New home, seasonal decor business was born in home attic

By By Lance Traweek / American Press

After many years of collecting and

building quite the personal inventory of decorative elements such as

furniture, florals,

seasonal items, and home decor accessories, Vicky Thomas’ home

attic was her decorating playground. Vicky’s personal creative

escape began to establish a reputation and life of its own.

Jokingly, friends and family started to ask her, “When can we

come shopping in your attic?”

Thus, From The Attic: Home and Seasonal

Decor was born. Vicky’s son, Lance, after finishing up a stint on an

HGTV reality

show, moved back home from Los Angeles and joined up with Jamie

Lewis, an accomplished interior designer of 20 years to become

the lead creative forces behind the From The Attic.

What sets your business apart from others like it in Lake Charles?

From The Attic’s mission is simple:

Service. With every team member a Certified Interior Decorator, we

strive to be much more

than a retail store. From the in-store experience to the on-site

decorating executions, we can ensure our clients with expertise,

attention to detail, and most importantly — unparalleled service.

Where do you get your merchandise?

Our team travels all over the country

to markets in Las Vegas, Dallas, Atlanta, and High Point to name a few

to find the most

unique and stylish decor items. Many of the items in the store are

also created in house or by local undiscovered artisans

in the Lake Charles area. Such items include custom monogrammed

linens, pillows, hankies, and tea towels for any occasion

— perfect for wedding, birthday, seasonal or baby gifts. We also

carry a line of custom lamp shades by Mindy Shwarzauer of

Three Blind Mice designs. Much of the artwork and antiqued

furniture pieces and accessories, floral arrangements and wreaths

are all created in house as well.

We are a onesie, twosie, one- of-a-

kind sort of store. We steer clear of retailing multiples of one piece

on shelves. We

hope to make all of our merchandise special, because there is

nothing worse than investing in a nice piece and walking into

a neighbors home to see the exact same piece there. We want our

guests to fall in love with an item and not leave without

it because it may not be there tomorrow.

What services do you provide? What classes do you offer?

We provide full interior decorating

services for the home, both seasonal and everyday. We provide a

Christmas tree decorating

and rental service as well. We also teach decorative painting

classes with our top of the line Maison Blanche decorative paint.

Other classes being added to our schedule will consist of floral

arranging, wreath making and editorial gift wrapping for

the holiday seasons.

How would you describe the style or feel of the store?

The style and feel of our store is unlike any other retail store. It feels as if you are walking in to someone’s home. All

of our merchandise is showcased in stylish and editorial vignettes to really capture the beauty of our merchandise.

What seasonal decor do you offer? When will you offer it?

We offer decor for all seasons from Christmas to Mardi Gras, Spring to Fall. Our seasonal decor will always be integrated

into our vignettes year round. We hope to inspire the guests of our store to experiment with seasonal decorating and hope

to showcase new and inventive ways to decorate for all seasons.

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Send your Businesswise suggestions to Lance Traweek, American Press, P.O. Box 2893, Lake Charles, LA 70601; or email suggestions to .

Business Snapshot

• Location: 3505 Country Club Road

Owners: Vicky Thomas, Lance Thomas and Jamie Lewis


Interior Decorating and Design, Home and seasonal Decor, Painting

Classes, Custom arrangements and furniture refurbishing.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., extended hours closer to the holiday season

Time in business: 4 weeks

Employees: 3 Certified Interior Decorators

Phone: 656-2878