Fleurish Home was born in 2013 and has been growing and evolving ever since. But really it started long before opening its doors as a home decor and gift shop...
Meet Debra and Doug Campbell: Debra started her career in visual merchandising for various retail stores after completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bowling Green State University in Fashion Merchandising. It was during this time she began mastering the art of decorative finishing (gilding, faux finishes, glazes, murals, Venetian plaster, etc.) that had previously just been a hobby in her spare time growing up. With a young family now, traveling for her merchandising job became difficult so in 2000 she started her own decorative finishing company called Wallartistry. Over the years she was asked to showcase her work in Homearamas, model homes, designer showhouses, etc. She was commissioned to do hundreds of homes and commercial projects from small one room projects to large 10,000 sf residences to work for local celebrities and sports figures to restaurants and ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition television show. She also won multiple national awards for her work. In 2008, Debra decided to open a studio/school to use her knowledge and talents from her extensive experience in the field to teach others the art of decorative finishing. It was here that she was introduced to Chalk Paint® by one of her students in the late summer of 2010 shortly after it landed in the United States. She was instantly hooked! After becoming a retailer, Debra traveled the state of Ohio (logging in over 100,000 miles on her van and who knows how many steps on her pedometer!) showing retail shops and paint studios how amazing this new paint product on the market was.
Up to this point, Doug had been basically working two jobs each day: his "day job" as a journeyman electrician and assisting Debra with large decorative plastering jobs in the evening and weekends as well as picking up and delivering paint to the other local retailers, daily trips to UPS, setting up at trade-shows and events, etc. And as demand for furniture paint continued to grow, it became obvious that the studio set up was not enough. They needed a shop with regular retail hours. And, along with paint, customers had starting asking what other items were available for purchase. So, they closed the studio and started work on the retail shop. To make this a reality, Doug took a huge leap of faith and left his day job behind to spend all of his time getting the shop ready to open business. "We've always wanted to work together, so opening the shop was a dream come true for both us. We are so lucky to work side by side every day and make this our family business," says Debra. In addition to selling decorative paint and sundries, the couple decided to curate a collection of home decor and gift items that add a refined rustic quality to everyday living and entertaining.
Fast forward to 2019 and the shops are now regarded as the "go to" gift shop in south/central Ohio. Everyone on the Fleurish Home team wants to help others to fleurish in their lives and look beautiful while doing so. The company motto is: "Helping you Fleurish in Little Everyday Ways". Debra carefully curates the vendors and products sold in the shops and works with small businesses, artisans and entrepreneurs who share the Fleurish mission to enrich the lives of their customers. Paint is still part of the core Fleurish business as we find it to be the most affordable and transformative medium for updating your surroundings but we no longer carry the Annie Sloan brand. We now carry Jolie Home which we find to be a superior product and whose mission statement could easily swap out with ours: It's Your Life. Make It Beautiful.
Doug and Debra Campbell opened their first Fleurish Home location in May 2013 in Springboro Ohio. They quickly expanded by added a shop in Columbus in June 2014, Cincinnati in June 2015, and Hamilton in September 2017. They have four sons: Ethan (24), Seth (20), Luke (11), and Grant (4). (Yes, they know that's a huge range! And they know it's a little bit crazy but feel overwhelmingly blessed too.)
At the end of February 2019 the Campbells closed the Columbus location to find some life balance and focus their attention on the "triangle" of stores in Springboro, Cincinnati and Hamilton and spend more time with their children. They are passionate about their children and company and providing the best of themselves to both and this will help them better achieve that goal.