Nadeau Neighborhood Spotlight: Portland

Here at Nadeau, we value our community just as much as you do. We’re farmer’s market-hoppers, culture-seekers, furniture-lovers (of course), and most of all, we’re locals. That’s why we’re excited to bring you the second installment of our series devoted to the neighborhoods we call home. We chatted with store manager, Corinna Koopman, to find out Nadeau Portland’s best places to eat, drink, and, of course, shop.

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How long have you been working for Nadeau?

I have been working at Nadeau for almost a year. It’s been a great adventure so far!

What is your favorite thing about working at Nadeau?

I love to be a part of the ever-changing inventory of beautiful pieces that come in, but my favorite thing about working at Nadeau is helping customers bring their spaces to life. I love it when customers come in with pictures of a room, and challenge me to find the perfect piece. It’s great when they come back and show me how the room came together!

Where is your favorite neighborhood spot to grab lunch?

There are so many amazing places in the Pearl to grab lunch. My favorites would have to be Cha! Cha! Cha! for tasty and affordable Mexican food, or Tilt, which has the best BLT I’ve ever had. The food carts on Washington Street also have every kind of food you could ever want or think of.

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What’s your favorite activity to do in the neighborhood?

There is always some sort of event or festival taking place in the Pearl District. We have First Thursday every month. Businesses like Oblation Papers and Press (who hand-make paper on site!) stay open a little later and often offer free food and drinks. There are also the many many breweries that Portland is so famous for. Places like Deschutes, 10 Barrel, and Rogue call the Pearl home. If you’re looking for local, MadeHere PDX is full of high quality products made in Portland. A trip to the Pearl would also not be complete without checking out Powell’s Books, which occupies a whole city block and is so easy to lose an afternoon in.

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Oblation Papers and Press

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What is something that stands out and makes your community/neighborhood unique?

The Pearl is a special part of Portland, because nowhere else will you find award-winning restaurants, renowned art galleries, local boutiques and clothing stores, all squeezed together within a few beautiful city blocks.

How do you see Nadeau impacting the local community?

Nadeau plays an important role in the Pearl District, because we bring a variety and affordability that can be hard to come by in this area of the city. Many of our competitors have beautiful designer-based product that is out of reach of the average buyer. Nadeau’s hand-made and eclectic style brings something no one else has and provides diversity to our community.

Tell us one of your favorite customer stories!

I am lucky to work at a place that has so many great customers. Being in the Pearl District I have the chance to meet people from around the world, as tourists and business people often stay in this area. I had a couple, Melissa and David, who moved here to open a restaurant, and they purchased quite a few pieces from us for both their new home and restaurant, the Hairy Lobster. I later found out that Melissa is actually an award winning pastry chef! It’s been great to have them back in the store and hear about the success of their restaurant.

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The Hairy Lobster

Visiting Portland? Here’s your cheat-sheet to visit the best places Portland has to offer in the Pearl District:

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Nadeau Souls: Tazza Kitchen

What are the first things you notice when you first step foot into a restaurant? The smell of the food? The other guests dining? The noise level? How about the furniture and unique ambiance? While each component plays into your culinary experience, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the latest restaurant to let Nadeau furniture play a role in bringing some soul into their space: Tazza Kitchen in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Tazza Kitchen, Raleigh NC

Tazza Kitchen is a casual eatery with locations in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Their seasonal menu highlights ingredients sourced from dozens of farmers and food artisans, wood-fired cooking, and influences from Southern Italy and Baja California.

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Tazza Kitchen Interior

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With locations all over the United States, Nadeau stores consistently develop unique relationships with local businesses like Tazza Kitchen. We caught up with Nadeau Raleigh’s manager, Daniel Cavanaugh, about working with Tazza:

“Choosing Cameron Village as a location for Nadeau in Raleigh has been such a blessing for us. The Village merchants are more like a community, and they were more than excited to have us come on board. In fact, after meeting so many merchants in the area they started showing interest in having some of Nadeau’s soulful pieces in their businesses.  Tazza Kitchen has incorporated Nadeau pieces into the design of their space and it makes my heart smile hearing all the compliments they receive from their customers and guests about our pieces.”

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Nadeau X Tazza

Whether you’re designing for a retail space, restaurant, or your home, the unique pieces you choose have an opportunity to offer a direct reflection into your own personal taste and soul. With consistent new shipments of handmade imported furniture, Nadeau has you covered. Our stores are stocked with everything from mid-century pieces to the coolest furniture you never knew you wanted. Sign up on your local Nadeau’s email list and be the first to know when new shipments arrive.

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3 Ways to Bring the Coast to You This Summer

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It’s the middle of summer, and there’s no better way to bask in the sun than by bringing home some coastal vibes. If you love the feeling of walking on the beach but are either miles away from the ocean or too busy to get down to one, it shouldn’t detract you from experiencing it right in your own home. That’s why we’re here to give you some tips on how to bring the feel of crashing waves and sandy beaches into various rooms using a home on the coast of Savannah, GA as inspiration.

Savannah Grace is a nineteenth-century townhouse located in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District. It’s a beautiful vacation rental that takes advantage of its old world structure and location. Even though it neighbors an ocean, the interior design is what makes this home a paradise for beach dwellers. By tying in features of beach life into the furniture and accents, you’re able to simulate coastline ambience no matter where you live.

Neutrality | Add only hints of light color on walls or furniture. For example, Savannah Grace plays around with color in either the walls or the furniture, as opposed to both. In the living room, white and beige pieces are surrounded by light blue walls–simulating warm sand under clear blue skies. In the dining room, the painted dining table gives off a red hue and becomes the room’s statement piece. In the bedroom, a cool mint green wall gives the room an aquatic, almost reef-like, nature.

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Eclecticism | Combine two different styles in the same room. In the dining room, the painted wood table and painted x-back wood chairs complement the four industrial chairs beautifully. It even resembles a ship’s construction.

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Accents | Small accessories like the lamp in the guest room really energizes the neutral tones with its sandy shade and subtle light color. Attaching a painted framed mirror adds a bit of rustic flare to a room or hallway. Playing around with height and texture in the kitchen makes this important room a hot spot.

Tip* Layering your home with coastal decor is especially useful for when you’re working from home. By adding the very things that relax you, you’re able to work more comfortably and efficiently.

The best news? Even if you can’t book a few nights at Savannah Grace this summer, you can still bring the beach to you. Find your local store and sign-up for the email list to be the first to know when coastal styles hit the floor!

 

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6 Essentials For a Soulful Summer Outside

Days are longer, nights are warmer, and cravings for watermelon and BBQ increase 100-fold this time of year. When it comes to hosting summer gatherings or simply creating the perfect relaxing space outdoors, we’ve got 6 essentials to bring a little soul into the season. Read on to check out stores’ top picks for summer, plus one bonus summerscape that’s got us dreaming about lemonade and iced tea all day long:

1. Colorful Throw Pillows

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“Our bright throw pillows are Minneapolis’ summer pick because they are a fun, inexpensive way to add a seasonal pop of color!”

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2. Functional Teak Pieces

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“Our abstract teak bench isn’t just a piece of furniture, it’s a sculpture. The bench will enhance your outdoor living space with functionality and beauty (teak holds up to the elements!), making it our Charleston summertime pick!”

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3. Bar Carts on Wheels 

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“Bar carts are great for summer because they offer a versatile serving piece that you can you use both in your dining room or out on the deck.  They make entertaining a breeze!”

Nadeau Birmingham

4. Big Cushy Floor Pillows

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“Reading the latest Southern Living Magazine under the shade of the Savannah magnolia trees with these floor pillows and straw poofs are a summer must. They add color to your porch and can easily be carried to the grassy lawn!”

Nadeau Savannah 

5. Natural Decor & Accessories 

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Summer is about enjoying the sunshine, carefree fun and relaxing, which is why we’re loving these new accessories. They are the perfect way to easily brighten up and refresh your favorite spaces, while adding a pop of fun color for the season.”

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6. Classic Summer Adirondack Chairs 

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“This is the perfect chair for lounging by the pool, during your family cookout, or even watching fireworks!”

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Bonus: Pick up an entire outdoor set to bring it all together!

Casey’s beautiful backyard grabbed our attention when she tagged us on Instagram and it’s easy to see why:

“I wanted something unique that fit our laid back life style and Nadeau had exactly what we were looking for our outdoor living space. It has character and originality, we couldn’t be happier. The sales team at Nadeau in Austin, TX were absolutely delightful to work with also. I tried to leave with one of everything, but my husband thought maybe that wasn’t a good idea for some reason. We will definitely be back for more!”

Take a peak at Casey’s new set-up:

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For more summer inspiration, check out our Summer Outside board on Pinterest and just try not to add another strand of twinkle lights to your porch. Now if you’ll excuse us, iced-cold lemonade calls!

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Nadeau Souls: Manayunk Brewing Company

These days, the space a commercial business calls home is just as important as their product. Their storefront or restaurant is a reflection of how that business wants to be perceived. That’s why brands are putting more effort to make their customer experience unique and memorable.

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Manayunk Brewery Interior

If the location and building are the canvas of a customer experience, then the skin and hair would be the paint and brushWhen smartly matched, beautiful things are cultivated. Take a look at Manayunk Brewery, a brewery located in Philadelphia, PA. From their tasty beer to their hand-crafted furnishings, this brewery is known for cultivating a soulful customer experience!

Manayunk Brewery tapped its first beer in 1996, and have brewed more than 600 delicious beers since. They have also expanded their restaurant by installing a stone pizza oven and sushi bar, as well as a chic banquet space for weddings and meetings.

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Manayunk Beer

At Nadeau, we have a wide variety of pieces that can elevate any space. From industrial to mid-century, our unique selection is made even better with our economical price tags. That’s why small and large business turn to us, because they know they get the same quality as ‘large’ retailers at a fraction of the cost. Our Nadeau Philadelphia location has had a great relationship with Manayunk over the years and we are always ready to help instill more industrial charm whenever needed.

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Our industrial and rustic pieces are some of our most popular. In the image above, you’ll see a Nadeau industrial storage piece put to good use as a way to showcase the brewery’s very tasty beverages. This piece pairs perfectly with the brewery because it brings out the old factory space they encompass. In fact, industrial designs are inspired by the architecture of factories during the Industrial era.

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Manayunk Outdoor Seating

From a consumer’s perspective, we can tell when a brand is trying too hard to be something they are most definitely not. Manayunk is one of those businesses that embrace their surroundings. And we are incredibly honored to be a element in their experience.

Remember, finding the right piece doesn’t necessarily require for you to spend a great deal of money. All you need is a good eye and a unique selection to explore. Want to see more companies make their space unique with Nadeau? Check out our blog post on Woof Gang Bakery!

 

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When Furniture Meets Music: Nashville

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It’s not outlandish to think of furniture and accessories as one of the things that keep us going. We interact with industrial tables or contemporary cabinets every day and use their functionality and beauty to make our lives easier and full of soul. However, now and then, another feel-good commodity finds its way into our lives–music. Music has always been a major part of the Nadeau shopping experience. In fact, many of our stores are part of communities heavily influenced by music. And there is no bigger music capital in the United States than Nashville, otherwise known as ‘Music City U.S.A.’ We are proud to be part of a community that is the birthplace of music loved all over the world.

Nadeau Nashville has had incredible support from local artists, bands, and people part of the music industry over the years. We’re excited to highlight some of our favorite Nashville icons who we are not only fans of, but are also fans of ours. 

One of our favorite treasure seekers is Australian rock singer/songwriter Butterfly Boucher, who finds herself checking out our new shipments from India and Indonesia once in awhile. One day she made several appearances and a myriad of purchases including a black Edison table and 4 adjustable stools. Ironically, that was the same day we were streaming her music! It was the perfect moment for her to drop by and pick up a few pieces as unique as her.

Check out more of her music at www.butterflyboucher.com.

Drummer and vocalist Neil Mason of The Cadillac Three has been spotted picking out this soulful black coffee table.

Check out more of their music at www.thecadillacthree.com.

Miley Cyrus’ mom, Tish Cyrus, also stopped by and bought a few pieces before flying back to her current home in Los Angeles.

We have multiple shipments arriving each month. Be sure to add yourself to our email list to find out exactly when a new shipment arrives. Sign up here before your favorite musical hero gets first dibs on your favorite piece!

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Sherman Oaks: Grand Opening Party Recap

Our new Sherman Oaks location hosted its grand opening celebration with a bang this past Saturday! We had everything one might expect at a typical LA party–a celebrity host, tasty treats, and massive giveaways!

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Once the doors opened at 3:00pm on Saturday, folks started to roll in and wandered throughout our furniture treasure hunt layout, finding more and more unique items as they browsed. We were happy to meet our new neighbors as they perused the store, grabbed a drink, and chatted with our consummate host, Jenni Pulos from Bravo’s ‘Flipping Out.’ Jenni has been a long time supporter of Nadeau, has many of our unique furniture pieces in her home, and never misses a chance to refer her friends to us. At the party, she was super helpful, giving attendees feedback and insight on their interior design needs.

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Jenni Pulos(Middle) with Brian Pickler, President of Nadeau(Left), and Tom Nadeau, Founder(Right)

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Needless to say, the event was a success! Not only was it a pleasure to showcase our unique items, but it was a great way to bring the community together under our roof and introduce them to the soul only found at Nadeau.

 

 

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Nadeau Neighborhood Spotlight: New York City

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Here at Nadeau, we value our community just as much as you do. We’re farmer’s market-hoppers, culture-seekers, furniture-lovers (of course), and most of all, we’re locals. Today on the blog we are introducing a new series devoted entirely to the neighborhoods that we call home and we’re excited to start with our beloved Greenwich Village location. We chatted with store manager, Shay Collazo, to find out where to grab lunch, what happened when Bill Murray strolled in one day, and how Nadeau NYC has established itself as an integral part of the historic community.

Manager: Shay Collazo

How long have you been working for Nadeau?

I started November 14, 2005, so over 10 years.

What is your favorite thing about working at Nadeau?

I love all the facets that come with working for Nadeau, however, my favorite part is helping clients put together whole rooms from our products. Being creative and sharing that excitement allows me to live vicariously through our clients because I love all our furniture so much but have run out of room in my own home!

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Where is your favorite neighborhood spot to grab lunch?

The Grey Dog is the place to go for something healthy and quick. The new avocado toast is a favorite! A great place to people watch is Agata & Valentina: hot meals and great European, organic packaged goods.

The best Mexican food is Dorado on 12th Street, and for hot, cheap and fast we visit any Halal cart. Finally, we can’t forget Hundred Acres on MacDougal. It’s the locavore restaurant where we take all our visiting Nadeau family!

What’s your favorite activity to do in the neighborhood?

I used to be a regular visitor to the Village many years ago and now on my days off I’ll bring my son here and introduce him to all the places I love.

I love to walk. I’ll usually go to either Washington Square Park to listen to my favorite busker, Morgan O’Kane, or to the Union Square Green Market. I pick up fresh flowers, stop by a lavender stand, then visit Milford Dairies for the best cheese, pickles, and beef jerky. For shopping and unique NYC-themed gifts, the Strand bookstore is my go-to.

Whenever we meet friends from out of town we park in the Village and start our NYC tour from Nadeau!

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What is something that stands out and makes your community/neighborhood unique?

Well, it’s Greenwich Village!

The Village always has something going on — parades, festivals, political marches, indoor and outdoor entertainment, musicians, actors, composers, writers, poets, artists, tech spaces, great medical and educational institutions — and we get to be part of all that.
We also have great neighbors and a wonderful sense of community right here on our block.

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How do you see Nadeau impacting the local community?

We have a pleasing aesthetic and unique product at an unbeatable price and quality. That’s what people come to the Village for. We also contribute to local fundraisers every year.

Tell us one of your favorite customer stories!

We have so many. I think my favorite was when the co-founder of Google was shopping at Nadeau. He filmed me for our DIY blog while I was painting a piece – for him! He was referred by his sister and was really interesting. He emailed the video later which was posted to our blog.

Another favorite memory is helping Bill Murray. We had a whole comedic conversation and he was down to earth, fun, and hysterical.

Our local favorite is our next-door neighbor, Kenny from Corcoran Realty, who furnished both his apartment and country home with Nadeau. Recently he bought a wooden teak heart from Indonesia then came back the next week and bought us out, about 16 total hearts to hang in his trees at the country spot. So whimsical. Who does that aside from us?

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There are so many special clients and we are grateful to have their repeated business. Nadeau is a part of their homes in a very literal and personal way. From people rebuilding after fires and Hurricane Sandy devastation to first-time apt dwellers new home owners, everyone has a great story. It’s part of the experience at Nadeau.

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We Can’t Get Enough of These Home Decor Blogs

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of blogs these days, but we’ve got a few favorites that stand out above the rest. We love following the latest design trends and seeing how bloggers incorporate our real wood furniture into their homes. It gives us fresh new perspectives on how our pieces can be utilized within a space. There’s also nothing like getting to ‘know’ a blogger than through their work and style!

If you’re a fan of Nadeau, then let us introduce you to these 3 blogs that we can’t get enough of:

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If you’re interested in DIY, fantastic room reveals, industrial and farmhouse chic styles, and how to make it all happen on a budget, Lauren at Bless’er House is your new best friend. Her southern charm shines through and her expertise will help you get your home in shape without all the fuss. We love her modern farmhouse style and we’ve even spotted a few familiar pieces in her home!

Emily Clark

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Emily is the ultimate encourager when it comes to making your home look beautiful. She makes it easy, attainable, and fun. Her simple design ideas will get your wheels spinning and might just inspire a full-on makeover, minus the fuss. She’s got a sophisticated style and knows how to make an old piece shine in a brand new way.

Southern Hospitality Blog

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We’re such fans of Rhoda’s blog and her interior design work (and it’s not just because she’s featured Nadeau a few times)! In addition to home decor, you’ll find posts about fashion, recipes, and family. Rhoda’s southern style makes you feel right at home.

What are some of your favorite home decor blogs? We’re all ears!

 

 

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Color Can Bring You Happier Vibes!

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It’s no secret our furniture has a soul. But did you know it can also make you happier? The inclusion of color when picking out furniture is an important aspect for creating optimal interaction with popular spaces; even spaces you don’t use because of the lack of color. That’s why every now and then a unique shipment is dedicated to bringing over painted pieces from India and Indonesia. You spend a lot of time in your home and it’s crucial that every room makes you feel the exact way you want.

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Red is one of the most powerful colors you could add to your home! It oozes vivacity and joyful ambiance, creating alertness and even hunger. Yes, having a red painted piece of furniture in your kitchen or dining room will definitely help whet your appetite, which is why many restaurants feature this hue anywhere they can. Of course, the color red is known to carry romantic inclinations, which makes it an excellent choice for the bedroom; if you’re looking to spice up the love life!

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Mint Green exudes an ideal blend of serenity and efficiency within a work setting! By adding a piece with this shade to your office, you are welcoming in a more productive and worry-free mindset. It’s the kind of color that won’t let you slack off, but at the same time will not stress you out.

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Yellow cheers up any space with its sunny nature! If you ever want to add a pop of color to a room and/or highlight a piece of furniture, yellow is by far the way to go. It can even help illuminate dark spaces. The kitchen and dining room would benefit a great deal from having one or two yellow painted pieces around for extra brightness as they’re the rooms usually with the most traffic.

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Blue establishes peace of mind and tranquility! It is a solid color for the office and bedroom as it has the ability to relax you. It’s also an excellent color for the living room as it can encourage togetherness and family time. Sometimes you just need a unique item to help take the edge off.

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White is great for contrasting! It’s a blank slate for whenever you don’t want to bring in too much energy inside. The neutral tone is perfect for balancing out your home’s exuberant decor and wall colors.

There are so many ways you can tackle color. And there are so many meanings behind each color. Don’t be afraid to dramatically change the feel of a room if that’s the mood you want to instill. To stay in the know every time your local Nadeau receives a painted shipment, sign-up to be on our email list! Find your local store here and let the treasure hunt begin!

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