Hi! I’m Nicole Mendez and I’m so glad you are here! Mendez Manor is an online home décor shop and lifestyle blog for the vintage enthusiast. Welcome to my creative outlet, where I share decorating inspiration, DIY projects, and ideas for living a modern life with vintage flair. My mission is to curate a shop full of unique treasures and to inspire the love for all things vintage.
More about me….
I earned my BFA in interior design in 2004 and worked in the design industry for over seven years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Currently I work on small consulting jobs when time permits, and I enjoy sharing the process of decorating my own home on my blog. My philosophy on decorating is that if you buy what you love, it will work. I love mixing styles and in my own home you will find hints of Industrial, Farmhouse, Mid Century Modern, and even a little Southwest. Mixing high-end department store items with inexpensive thrift store treasures is what I do best. I love incorporating family heirlooms and my kids’ artwork into my home décor. I especially love hunting for, and styling vintage pieces. I believe that it’s totally possible to have a house full of antiques that still feels young, modern and fresh!
I’ve always loved hunting through antique markets and thrift stores for my own home decor. I get excited when I find that perfect cabinet for the bathroom or an awesome vintage sign to hang on my wall. I like the idea of decorating with things that are old, unique and often times, one of a kind. I’m big on repurposing old things for new uses. An old trunk for storing toys, or a vintage suitcase for holding table linens. If I can reuse an old hutch or dresser instead of buying a new one, I feel like I’m doing a small part to lesson my carbon footprint. I also have a soft spot for smaller home accessories. I collect brass candlestick holders, vintage bottles, bud vases, and a lot of items for the kitchen. I love using these types of things when I’m styling a party or setting a holiday table.
I opened my online shop in 2015 and I sell here on my own website as well as on Etsy. Having a shop suits me perfectly because while I love collecting vintage home decor, I don’t have the space to keep everything I bring home. A lot of the items in my shop are things that I have purchased to use myself for a specific event or display. When I am ready to pass them on, I list them in my shop. Right now I focus on smaller home accessories that are easy to ship. And while I don’t have a lot of time for it currently, I am a maker at heart, and I also incorporate a few of my own handmade items into my inventory. I love having an online shop because it allows me to pursue what I love while still being at home with my little ones. That said, it has always been a dream of mine to have an actual retail space. I’m hoping to make that a reality once the kiddos are older and I have a little more time!
I started blogging 2012 and it has been an amazing creative outlet for me. I’ve blogged about everything from family vacations to my kids’ reading lists, but in 2015 I attended a blogging conference that inspired me to narrow my focus and “get back to my roots” so to speak. Since then, I’ve started posting more about the things I truly know and love: interior design, vintage home decor, entertaining and DIY. Some of my projects have been featured on BuzzFeed, BabyCenter, and The Huffington Post.