Welcome to Mendez Manor! I'm Nicole - Curator, stylist and photographer here at the shop. I've always had a passion for vintage home decor and in 2015 I opened my shop as an extension of my design/lifestyle blog.
I love 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 sell here on Etsy as well as my own website. 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 like to 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!