Fleurish Home was born in 2013 to serve a growing demand for Annie Sloan's uber-popular Chalk Paint® decorative paint. 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 Annie's 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 the full Annie Sloan line, the couple decided to curate a collection of home decor and gift items that add a refined rustic quality to everyday living and entertaining. Many of the shop's items are from small businesses and/or handmade by themselves or other artisans around the country. They want to help others to fleurish in their lives and look beautiful while doing so. Their motto is: "Create Your Own Style and Fleurish".
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 and a shop in Cincinnati in June 2015. They have four sons: Ethan (24), Seth (19), Luke (10), 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.)