Swank Surroundings

Hi, I'm Sam!

I grew up near Portland, OR , just over the border in WA. My first career was as a hairstylist. I loved the creative aspect and the feeling I got when a client loved the results! Goosebumps! After several years I moved on to my next career, Nursing. Again, I loved taking care of people, but it just wasn't a good fit for a creative, introverted anxiety girl, like myself! I cared too much and carried it with me wherever I went.


Two years ago, we moved to VA and to keep myself busy while being unemployed, I started thrifting. The sheer abundance of amazing vintage treasures blew my mind. I had always loved thrift shops and antique shops. Nostalgia and coffee are basically what my body runs on and I could very easily feed my hunger for all things old and lovely in this area by rescuing these treasures and bringing them back to life. I love to drive around in the oldest neighborhoods admiring the homes. Two homes from my childhood that stand out in my memory are my Grandma Shirley's Mid Century Modern home with the olive green, striped, velvet wallpaper and gold shag carpet.  My Great Grandma's early 1900's cottage had cabinets full of vintage crystal and milk glass .  I felt safe and cozy in both homes and I try to recreate that feeling in my 


home and in the pieces I refurbish.  Because of this, my style is a marriage of Mid Century Modern mixed with a boho vibe and cozy cottage touches sprinkled about. I truly love what I do and admire the workmanship that originally went into these vintage and antique pieces that I refurbish. I try to honor that by listening to the pieces as they let me know what they want to become. My workshop is currently in Chesapeake, VA and my pieces can be found at The Industrial Cottage in downtown Norfolk.

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2500 B Church Street

Norfolk, VA 23504


Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday: CLOSED