That is how she and her husband, Cyril Blacha, recently spent what is supposed to be one of the most romantic days of the year.
“On Valentine’s Day, we drove up to north Georgia, out in the middle of nowhere, looking for little out of the way second-hand shops and other places where we can pick up great pieces for next to nothing and refurbish or re-use them in a new way,” she said. Adept at envisioning how vintage items can be repurposed into something unique, attractive and practical, Smith-Blacha designed and decorated the interior of Roswell Provisions, the European-style market she and her husband own on Roswell’s Canton Street.
That décor has proved so appealing that customers are always asking to purchase something, Cyril Blacha said.
“I’ll call Kelly up and ask her, honey, how much should we charge for this? She always says no, no, that’s not for sale, it’s part of the shop,” he said. “But sometimes I have slipped a piece or two out anyway.”
“He’s not kidding. We used to duke it out over this on a daily basis,” Smith-Blacha said with a grin.
To keep the peace, the couple opened Provisions for the Home in December of last year. The small, light-filled space at the corner of Elizabeth Way at Alpharetta Street is charming and thematically, it is quintessentially French. The shop is filled with one-of-a-kind antiques and collectibles that were either created by Smith-Blacha or shipped to her from a good friend in France.
“She’s an antiques broker and occasionally I’ll get a crate of things she has come across but doesn’t have use for herself,” Smith-Blacha said.
That’s how the vintage doors, one from a 1800s-era French church, came to be hanging on the back wall of the store. A porcelain fountain from France has found new life as a wine tub.
Old baskets with slender metal lathes have been integrated into eye-catching hanging lamps and chandeliers. And an antique wooden door, cut in half and hollowed out, now sports shelves that look as if they were always a part of the piece.
Smith-Blacha, who owns Party Chic, a café and events studio upstairs from Roswell Provisions, and a longtime family friend, Jean Pierre Marsaudon, collaborate on reworking the vintage woods. “I bought her a skill saw and nail gun for Christmas because she asked for them,” Blacha said. Works in progress as well as items awaiting transformation fill the couple’s garage at home and are beginning to overtake the living space. Provisions for the Home has been so successful so quickly that many pieces sell before they can be replaced in inventory.
“We’ve been very blessed. People are just loving it,” Blacha said.
Right around the corner from Roswell Provisions, Provisions for Home is open Wednesday through Sunday. For information, call (678) 938-7225 or find it on Facebook.