Anyone of any income bracket can have beautiful, even regal, surroundings, and I am living proof (see Layaway policy and blog "how-to" articles).

When I was in my 20s and had my first apartment without roommates, I saw and coveted a mosaic mirror that was way out of my starving painter price range, so I made one. When I bought my 1902 crooked cottage just a few years ago, I couldn't find the kind of light fixture I dreamed of, so I made one.

I regularly scour the internet, thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and the occasional dumpster, resuscitating my "rescues" into wall tapestries, window treatments, sumptuous pillows and grand chandeliers. With a little creativity and minimal skill, the humblest of dwellings can look and feel luxurious, even if the actual life of luxury feels out of reach.

The problem with internet scavenging and the occasional dumpster dive, though, is that fantastic vintage linens are often stinky from years of basement storage or smoke, and formerly beautiful light fixtures are sadly neglected and broken beyond repair. I once received from an online auction site (nameless HERE, forevermore), a shipment of tattered, musty, inaccurately represented curtains, rudely shoved unfolded and unprotected into a thrice-used box. A box like that says, "I don't care about you. I don't care about World Peace. Thanks for the money." I decided that I - nay, THE WORLD - deserved better.

The world needs a shop that has not only the highest quality vintage and handmade products but that, upon receiving their purchases, makes buyers feel like they are opening presents.The world needs a shop that has accurate photographic representations, truthful and detailed descriptions, quick shipping, and the best customer service ever. The world needs a shop that promotes World Peace through fair and friendly commerce. So I made one. Welcome to Queen Boheme Maison.