Carolyn Wood is excited to introduce her new furniture, art and accessories store in Mount Dora this summer.
Her radiant smile and infectious enthusiasm for Mount Dora are evident when she talks about her new venture, Love Home Harmony, which will open in July at 120 E. Fourth Avenue is in the Fuller Building.
“We just love Mount Dora,” she enthuses, “where we came from, you had to get into your car to go anywhere! Here, we live close enough to downtown that we can walk to everything.”
Wood took a circuitous journey that led her to Love Home Harmony, and to Mount Dora. She says she has an “artsy” background that saw her decorating Atlantic City casinos for the holidays, then working as a buyer and designer for a very large furniture store before she began her own line of furnishings called “Your One and Only,” so named because each piece was absolutely unique. “I was selling pieces that were refinished and redone, in a store of brand new furniture. At first, I wondered how well that would work, but people loved it,” she explains. (See Wood’s Portfolio for Your One and Only line at Kensington Furniture here.)
Wood, who studied landscape design, comes to Central Florida from New Jersey. She and husband Brian vacationed regularly in Orlando for years. “We had a timeshare, we did all of the things people did in the theme parks, we love the ‘mouse.’”
“One year when we were planning our vacation, we decided we needed to do something a little different. I got online, looking for things to do that were close to Orlando,” she explains, “and we found Mount Dora. Once we got here, I wondered, ‘Why have we never come here before?’ We just immediately fell in love with it. We bought a home here to use as a vacation home, and finally moved here full-time in October of last year,” says Wood.
Currently, Wood works daily on her furniture – selecting and buying just the right sale pieces, reworking and refinishing them – as she brings her personal touch to them and builds a variety of offerings to add to her inventory.
One day, while perusing craigslist and considering the possibility of opening a shop, she saw an ad for a space in Mount Dora. That led her to inquire about the advertised spot in the rear of the Fuller Building. But, when Blue Sky, Blue Water vacated their street front location the very day before Wood was to sign her lease, she says she knew that the soon-to-be-vacant space was the ideal spot to launch her business – so she changed her plans and moved her space up to the more prominent location.
For the most part a one-woman show, Wood does get occasional assistance from her husband Brian (Woody) who will pick items up and bring them home when a job takes him near an interesting estate sale. Brian has a high-demand job as an elevator and escalator technician, so he travels the area a bit, Wood says.
Wood is planning a July 4th weekend opening for Love Home Harmony.
She says to look for upcoming classes that will offer tips and techniques for painting and refinishing furniture, offers of studio time – so people can bring pieces in and work together on the craft of refinishing furniture – and classes where people can “gather, learn, and just have fun together.” She’s also a fan of pallet art and says she will feature a lot of it, as well.
Although she’s not open yet, Love Home Harmony’s owner is cheerfully working away creating one-of-a-kind household treasures, waiting the few weeks until she opens her doors to everyone. Until then, follow Carolyn Wood’s progress on her Love Home Harmony Facebook page here.
Melissa DeMarco, Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)