Fate, Estate sales and the amazing designer… Donna Rullo

26 Jan

Fate, Estate sales and the amazing designer… Donna Rullo

Those three things all magically collided this last weekend.  When Carrie was in town visiting, we decided to go to a few estate sales together.  There weren’t many estate sales going on this weekend so by fate, I happened to drive to an estate sale that I assumed was a misprint in the paper.  You see, the week before I had gone to an estate sale on Ridgemont Ave… and I thought the paper had the same Ridgemont Ave. estate sale listed again by error.  Good thing we chanced it because it was a new estate sale across the street!

When Carrie and I walked in the house, we were stunned and froze where we stood.

We saw things like this…

Things like this…

And this.

That’s because this estate sale wasn’t a typical.  The estate sale was for a house that had been professionally staged by the amazing Donna Rullo.  I don’t know who wouldn’t want to buy this house after seeing how Donna decorated it! I am still in awe!

Donna is not only insanely talented but she is also one of the most charitable people I’ve ever met.  She started H.O.P.E., a charity that assists and educates children in need in Africa. I can’t articulate enough how inspirational Donna is.  Everyone really needs to check out H.O.P.E. here and find out more.

Donna also did something I will forever be in debt for.  When she heard we were opening a coffee shop, she offered to help design our coffee shop for free and also helped get our future coffee shop promotional exposure at a fashion show she is having February 9th.  Our coffee shop isn’t even open yet and we are already getting the word out!!

Donna is meeting me for lunch today to discuss design plans for the coffee shop.  I am so giddy with excitement!!

If you look at all the following creations (all Donna’s!!) shown below, you will see why I am so excited she is going to help us with our coffee shop.

This is a large bird cage attached to the wall. It’s filled with beautiful vintage pages from an old book.

Decorated antique luggage.

This chandelier was made by Donna.  Circles painted on the ceiling with large round lights hanging from it.


Mannequin covered in buttons and bling!

Donna is not only a gifted designer but she’s also an artist.  Many of the beautiful paintings shown here, are her works of art.


Love this and had never seen it before! Colorful lamp shades hung randomly together in an area of the room.


These are faux yarn spools.  Donna took croquet sticks and wrapped yarn around them.  The sticks appear to have a massive amount of yarn on them but hidden underneath is styrofoam… so only a small amount of yard was used.


This was a fun room with cowboy decor.  There are even small chairs actually attached to the wall.

We bought these chairs for our coffee shop. The orange pillows on top were handmade by Donna.

Guitars covered in buttons. 


Don’t you love Donna’s creative style!?

- Angie

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3 Responses to “Fate, Estate sales and the amazing designer… Donna Rullo”

  1. Andrea @ Vegvacious January 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    It sounds like fate is coming together for you Angie! How awesome — I love her light fixture above!!! I can see how her work would fit perfectly for a chic and hip new coffee shop – I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

  2. Angie & Carrie January 30, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    Everything is fabulous! Love the yard spools especially! I’m making some!! :) Can’t wait for the Grand Opening! Love you my friend!!

  3. Jennifer May 7, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    One of my favorite things in the world is going to estate sales. Your store is beautiful and full of great things!

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