DESIGNER DECOR: Impeccable Nest interior design shop strives for unique beauty
Friday, September 20, 2013
edford’s Emma Porter Cole Paradis, owner and creative director of Impeccable Nest LLC, found the inspiration for the name of her home furnishings store in the design of a bird’s nest.
Her business, which is focused on interior design and event planning, recently opened in the Bedford Village Shoppes, 178 Route 101.
A bird’s nest, she said, is a many-layered thing. It is constructed to satisfy the needs of the bird. The bird parent-to-be somehow knows the number of fledglings to be occupants. The bird senses how much space its mate will need. Some birds adorn their nests with bits of white fluff from bursted milkweed seedpods or strands of colorful yarn pilfered from neighborhood discards. Could these accoutrements be considered bird’s nest decor?
Paradis, 33, said she sees a parallel between birds’ nests and the workplaces or homes that people strive to make as comfortable as possible. Her interior design and event planning practice centers upon creating welcoming spaces..
Paradis said she’s been aware of late that homeowners are mindful of the approaching holidays, when visitors may arrive en masse. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s – followed by Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 2 – are close at hand.
What needs to be done to make a home or other interior better? Would an office benefit from a splash of color? Would some accessories of contrasting textures add zest to a den or a kitchen? Does the upcoming wedding reception or corporate banquet event require formality or a dash of California cool?
“Like a bird layers its nest over time, your home is built in layers,” Paradis said. “You start with whatever is important to you to fill a room.”
Paradis, a Bedford resident for 10 years, has a keen sense of the classics. She also has seen her share of trends, as she was raised in southern California, outside Los Angeles. Her college days were spent in Boston. She taught history at Bedford High School before opening Impeccable Nest on June 1.
Today, Paradis – who is married to Timothy Paradis, an investment adviser, and has a daughter, newborn Prudence Sparrow Paradis – is reaping the fruit of much forethought. She is living her dream of helping people decorate with a little flair, and planning memorable events.
“Don’t be afraid to experiment,” Paradis said. “It’s never too early to plan. Lay out a plan for yourself visualizing what you want to do.”
She has fostered connections with other decorating and event-design professionals, so she can plan a party for two or a thousand, and call upon associates offering services from lighting and sound to entertainment to transportation.
Paradis is eclectic in her choice of products, including unusual crafted pieces.
As Paradis explained how she started the business, she paused to admire some new stock, and arranged some Sugarboo serving trays. The turquoise stoneware was patterned as with vintage lace. A Derian cake plate was displayed near some Caskata fine china. Aromatic soaps were displayed near some handcrafted note cards and elongated pillows designed for lumbar support.
Other products included sheer, printed fabrics, stone-encrusted cuff bracelets and pendants dangling slices of amethyst, carvings, and a shadowbox featuring gold feathers seemingly caught in free-fall. Chalkboards in round frames, oversized paper flowers, wooden sculptures and teak tables also enticed visitors to linger.
“I felt there was something lacking for myself and other consumers,” Paradis said. “I wanted this to be a resource for myself and for other designers.”
One young admirer of the store, Owen Pete, 6, of Bedford, surprised Paradis when he bounded in with his mom, Colleen. A first-grader at Riddle Brook Elementary, Owen was on his second visit to the store. He had told Colleen as they walked past that they should “check it out,” and “see how the new store is doing.”
Owen paused alongside items that intrigued him. One was a full-sized, zebra-print rug on the floor. The fabric rug also comes in a leopard print. Owen next pointed to a cross-section of a weathered log painted with a bull’s-eye design rendered in his favorite colors – red, blue and green.
His mom noted that tomorrow he may have a different set of favorite colors. Paradis was unruffled. Tomorrow, she may have some log slices painted in purple, orange and yellow.
“Opening the store was a huge leap of faith,” Paradis said. “It’s been welcomed with a huge, warm reception.”
Then, she returned to Owen and asked him what else he liked. He pointed at his selections as he whirled in a circle and answered.
“That, that and that,” he said.
For more information on Impeccable Nest, 178 Route 101, Bedford, call 438-2082 or visit www.impeccable-nest.com.