Room Service, Carroll, Iowa

Isn’t that a sweet little tableau above? It’s from my friend Tom Schmitz’s beautiful store,
Room Service, in Carroll, Iowa. I’ve known Tom for a long time, but got to know him better when I owned a consignment store in Carroll. Tom’s a decorator there, and he’d bring things by that he didn’t need any more. These were always fun days for me, not just because I got to visit with him, but also because I never knew what he was going to bring in. Some of the treasures he brought for me to sell for him were sold to ME, on the spot.

He opened a new shop, and I finally got to see it when I was in Iowa recently. Awhile back, Tom had sent me an email telling me he’d found something I might be interested in on one of his local treasure hunts. Emails like that go straight into the “omg” file. More on this later. First, have a look around:

 As you can see, Tom’s a master at combining interesting textures and patinas. He appreciates every mark and color on objects, and knows how to make them play off one another. It’s fun to examine the details in his arrangements.

 Who drank all this wine, hmmmmmm Tom? If only these corks could talk.

Upon closer examination, I saw this lamp is made from pieces of USA Today, and takes the fonts and colors of the everyday paper to create a kind of mid-century looking art piece. Fun addition to a serious library.

Tom’s sister Maureen shares his creative gifts — she makes this gorgeous, one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Tom’s also your guy when you need a brilliant wall treatment. I love the contrast of the gold mirrors.

Ok, remember that email I told you about? Well, check this out. Tom found this sign in someone’s garage – and yes, that Sheehan is my mom. She was the county recorder for many years, and she ran some wacky campaigns back in the day. This sign was driven around town atop a car, and for whatever reason, was saved by the good citizen who made it. It’s great for me to have it. I wasn’t around much during that era, and to have such a classic souvenir is just so GREAT. That’s my friend Gayle and I giving it the Vanna White treatment. 
Thanks so much, Tom, for appreciating what a treasure you’d found, and saving it for me. 
If you want to see more beautiful finds, “like” Room Service on Facebook.

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