Black Rooster Decor may only be available online, but visiting owner Nina Ber-Donkor’s home is practically a sneak-peek into what is coming up for the home decor retailer. With rumors of a pop-up shop on the horizon, we can’t wait to see what is next from Black Rooster.
Until then, one lucky Rue Daily reader will win a $300 gift certificate from Black Rooster Decor. J
ust comment below with your favorite item from Black Rooster Decor before 4pm on Thursday, April 4. A winner will be selected at random. The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Stephanie who said, “I am obsessed with all things gold, so definitely the peace fingers!!”
Tell us about Black Rooster Decor and how you got started.
We were selling furniture privately, mainly for commercial projects and some local clients, and decided we need a website to showcase our goods. Once we started working on the site, we thought “why not add a cart component?”
So that turned your design business into a retail business as well?
Yes. It took about a year to build the site, and we finally launched last March. It’s been a whirlwind of a year, seeing orders come in from Norway and Australia, and our goods are being shipped to homes and restaurants all over North America.
What current partnerships with designers are you especially excited about?
Christine Dovey of Bijou and Boheme is a gem of a blogger and an amazing designer. I’ve been very fortunate to work with her and have many of our pieces used in her clients homes and especially in her home.
What is the Black Rooster “aesthetic” and what sets Black Rooster Decor apart?
We only sell what we love and can personally vouch for as outstanding and different. We’re always on the lookout for exceptional artists and manufacturers to enrich our collection. And we make every effort to engage with our customers before and after their purchase.
In terms of aesthetic, we love colour and patterns, mixed with some whimsy. And we’re all about mixing styles, and not pigeonholing pieces to their “designated” rooms – we love transitional furniture that can be used in various rooms throughout the life of the piece.
Here at Rue, we love mixing styles though we each have our favorites. What is your favorite era and type of antiques to collect for yourself personally?
I love blue and white ceramics, and just recently started collecting them – definitely inspired by my mom who’s had a love of them for decades. And I’m slightly obsessed with lavender. I have dried bunches all over the house. Mainly I collect shells from our travels. Last summer we lugged home a huge piece of driftwood which we found on a beach on a Greek island. It now sits in our fireplace.
Hunting for the perfect pieces for the shop must make it hard to give some pieces up. Any pieces that you absolutely had to keep for yourself?
A beautiful high back vintage settee upholstered in black velvet. It’s now in my dining area being used as a banquette.
Your shop is online only, but you also work with clients locally in Toronto. What are the best things about your city?
I have the streetcar at my doorstep, the best coffee shop in the city is whithin walking distance and lots of interesting shops and great restaurants nearby. There are many creative people in Toronto, and its a great hub for style and culture.
Anything exciting in development for Black Rooster Decor in 2013?
We’re looking at opening up a pop up shop in our neighborhood, and hope to work on more commercial installations which are always a lot of fun. Our main focus will be continuing to grow our online presence and staying small while working big.