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Since we love shopping for everything from apparel, to beauty products, and home decor, we thought adding a Shop Talk section would be fun. In this section we will bring you new stores from all over the world (online and brick & mortar), interviews with shop owners, unique boutiques, and other times we may just have fun and just do a little shop talk!

Let’s face it, we were not all born with the gift of interior design. However, beautifying the place that we call home is always on our to-do list and we can all accessorize! Even after you pick your colors and begin with the basics, how do you take it to the next level? Where can you find that “it” piece that brings it all together? Well, Gambrell Renard Home Decor is the perfect place to start. Specializing in home decor including pillows, throws, and rugs, they create pieces that blend exotic materials and eye-popping colors to give your room just the right amount of pizzazz. Sometimes that one piece is all you need to take a room from drab to fab!

Tell us about Gambrell Renard Home Decor and how you became a designer and manufacturer.

After graduating from college in 2004 I spent years working in Las Vegas and Chicago for a company that manufactured and distributed luxury outerwear, such as leather and fur coats. I started as a sales rep, then transitioned to research and development, and then ran a showroom. From that experience I decided to start my own brand and began focusing on the home line (pillows, rugs, and throws) and selling online.

Many of your designs blend various materials and/or color combinations. From where do you derive your inspiration?

The idea to blend materials and colors with the home decor items came from my experience with luxury outerwear. With outerwear we would often blend different types of furs & leathers. I decided to take that same approach with my pillows. Working with a variety of materials, (i.e. burlap, leather, fur, cowhide, and cotton fabric)

Do you have a favorite throw, rug, or pillow from your many collections that reflects your personal style?

One of my favorites is the first pillow I created and that was the red fox fur pillow. I made it back in 2006 many years before I decided to create my own brand. I originally only made 4 and the reaction to those was great. It’s a simple design red fox fur on the front and black lambskin leather on the back.

What’s next for Gambrell Renard Home Decor?

What’s next for the home line is more furniture. Accent chairs, benches, and ottomans with both metal frames and wood frames. I’m working with a variety of leathers, fabrics, and furs. Those items should be available online in Spring of 2015. Also working on a line of outdoor pillows for the summer and the plan is to release my line of outerwear for men & women in the fall/winter 2015. There will be 3-5 womens pieces and 3-5 mens pieces.

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Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.

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