By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH -- A new furniture store in town is bringing art into the house, and not just on the walls.
Get Busy Living Vero Beach is a new store in Royal Palm Point owned by Bryan and Ashley Dowdell. From couches to clocks to lighting to planters to photo displays, the store offers functional and artistically designed pieces to update a living space.
The pieces carried by Get Busy Living are a modern take on mid-century design, Mr. Dowdell said.
"They've used new fabrics, updated the design and made it easy to live with," he said.
Some of the companies carried at Get Busy Living are Gus*, a Canadian company, and a Denmark-based company, Normann Copenhagen.
"I like more modern designs myself, and it was very frustrating that in Vero Beach I could never find anything. I'd have to go places like Orlando, or West Palm Beach," Mr. Dowdell said. "I wanted to provide a place for people to get more modern designs. The kind of things we carry in the store are the kinds of things I would like to have in my own house."
For example, a chair design known as the Barcelona chair was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich in 1929, and it was designed for Spanish royalty. It is known to be beautifully magnificent, but not the most comfortable sitting experience.
"Inside Get Busy Living, a Delano chair by Gus* takes elements of the Barcelona design and makes it more comfortable and liveable for today's user," Mr. Dowdell said.
Inside the store there are interesting accessories, including modern Cuckoo clocks with sleek designs, upcycled ottomans, planters and desk organizers in the shape of pencil sharpeners.
Mrs. Dowdell is a local kindergarten teacher, but also a consultant for interior design and event planning, so she enjoys using her skills to help others create a special space.
"We hope people will come in and the products will help them live more comfortably and with more design in their life," Mr. Dowdell said.
One of the more intriguing pieces in the store is a slide photography wall hanging display.
"It's a slide light and you can put plastic or glass slides inside and display them," Mr. Dowdell said.
Though slides may be old technology, many people have kept them safely in storage, but now there is an innovative way to display vacation, landscape or family photos.
"There is also a company that can turn digital photos into slides to add to the display," he said.
In addition to providing artistic furniture and home décor, Get Busy Living is offering children's art workshops, given by Ms. Dowdell.
Get Busy Living will offer week-long art classes for children from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade this summer. Class size will be limited, so registration is required. Cost is $80 per child.
Classes for children enrolling in pre-K and kindergarten this fall are scheduled for June 17-21 and June 24-28; for those entering first through second grade, July 8-12 and July 15-19; and for those entering third grade through fifth grade, July 22-26 and July 29 through Aug. 2.
Business hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Get Busy Living Vero Beach is located at 29 Royal Palm Point, Suite 3, Vero Beach. Call (772) 301-1100 or visit facebook.com/getbusylivingvb.