Fine Living started when Kimberly Cavanaugh decided to open a boutique, with the goal of offering both interior design and renovation services, as well as a solace for women to find unique and elegant home decor. Nearly three years later, her concept is going strong. She just moved to Stillwater (one of the best boutique towns in Minnesota) from Anoka and plans to expand to more locations in the future. Mpls.St.Paul Home spoke with the owner about the boutique, trends for fall, and her dream clients.
Mpls.St.Paul Home: You mentioned Fine Living was created as a place of solace for women. In the process of launching your store, why was this so important to you?
Kimberly Cavanaugh: When was the last time you felt relaxed pushing through the crowds of people and being bothered with, "Would you like to try our new..." every 50 feet? Women don't have time to search through big box stores looking for the perfect item.
MSP: So what can customers expect when they come into your store?
KC: We do the shopping so you don't have to. Instead of going to a big box store, we've done the research to find the best products at the best values. We carry items not found anywhere else in Minnesota and, in some cases, not anywhere in the U.S. We also pride ourselves on a personal touch that seems to be missing in today’s shopping experience.
MSP: Your brick-and-mortar shop is one part of your business, but you also offer design and renovation services. Tell us, who would you love to design a home for?
KC: There are two that come to mind. The first is Bethenny Frankel from The Real Housewives of New York City. Her designers repeatedly tried to talk her into pieces which were not what she wanted—not her taste and way over what she wanted to spend. People who function in this manner do a huge disservice to their client. The other person I would love to help would be Charles Barkley. I have always been a fan, appreciating both his humor and his straightforward, tell-it-like-it-is attitude—which comes in handy in the design process.
MSP: And with fall right around the corner, what would you recommend to Bethenny, Charles, or any one of your clients to spruce up their home for the new season?
KC: A focal point for any home is a timeless interior decorating concept. This can be accomplished with a great find like wall art, a unique piece of furniture, a chandelier, or an incredible handmade piece of blown glass art—all of which are available at Fine Living in Stillwater.
324 S. Main St., Stillwater, 651-430-1565, finelivingdr.com