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DECEMBER 2013 FIVE…The Newest Shop on Main Street By Carol Malin FIVE… the newest shop on Main Street is clever


and fresh with a dash of eco-green. Set against a crisp backdrop of white-washed floors and walls, shop owner Toni Rae has created a small, almost in- timate space, where customers may quietly browse or talk to Rae about decorating style. She describes her own style as “vint-dustrial,”


a word she fashioned to unite the unique mix she favors of vintage with recycled and industrial pieces.


Ringing in the old with new flair seems to be Rae’s mantra. The designer opened FIVE… for business in August. She teaches paint-


ing classes in the craft room at the back of the store every other weekend on Friday or Saturday evenings. The painting classes focus on how to paint furniture or collectibles to revive what’s old with style. Most furniture built before the mid-1970s was made with real wood, unlike much of what is man- ufactured today, so it is smart to invest time in renewing it. Those who are


ecology-minded see recycling furnishings as a step in the right direction. She “loves giving pieces new life” and says her fa- vorite thing in the shop right now is a very old dresser that she is painting. “December paint classes


are listed on my Facebook page, www. facebook.com/FIVE- blooms. I host classes regularly so customers should be able to find a schedule that works for them. I enjoy working to help clients achieve the look they want for their home, so I am available to visit their homes, as well as meet with them at the store. Clients may phone the shop or email five- blooms@me.com,” says Rae.


The good life for less


seems to be the price point for items at FIVE… . you can find things in the shop for $15 to $75 on average, with furni- ture being on the higher end. What’s in a name?


“People often ask me what the name (of my shop) means. FIVE is the number in my im- mediate family, my husband Chris and sons Nick, Cody and Brady — the dot, dot, dot(s) are for the boys. My family is wonderfully supportive and they are an inspiration for my business.” Rae got the bug to design at an early age by watching her mother and


aunt (who she labels “very crafty”) buzz around painting walls, staining desks and cabinets, and even laying flooring in their home in Lakewood, CA. Rae helped with their projects and went on to study design at Long Beach City College. In 2005 Rae and her family relocated from the Long Beach area to Temecula. Rae is a member of Film Temecula, Shop Small (a program encouraging


support of local small businesses), and the Temecula Valley Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Customers may be inspired by the holiday decorating ideas at FIVE.


“This year my decorating theme is Merry & Bright,” Rae explains. “In the shop we sell unique glass ornaments, as well as some fun felt mice, wool garland and pine sprig-scented soy candles. The holidays are a special time of year for me, especially this year as this is the first time I have my own store to decorate. And to share in the Old Town Temecula holiday celebra- tions is so exciting!”


FIVE… 42050 Main Street, Old Town Temecula, CA 951.553.0519 www.FIVEblooms.com


Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am to 5pm


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