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Riva Chic in La Grange offers unique approach to custom design

Owner Warren sees her dream come true
to opening new store

LA GRANGE, Ky. (December 2020) – The newest home décor business in La Grange, Ky., Riva Chic, was born out of a dream. Owner Lucy Warren pays homage to her father while turning a hobby into reality.
“I’ve always said I wanted a store,” said Warren of her new venture, which celebrated a grand opening Nov. 27 at its new location at 107 N. Walnut St. A few years ago, she became interested in interior decorating, and after painting her first table and flipping it, she was more determined than ever to make her dreams come true.
She began by selling repurposed items to family and friends and on Market Place. Warren continued dabbling in hand-painted furniture, selling custom ordered pieces, while working a full-time job.
“A lot of my customers wanted me to paint for them,” she said. As part of her interior design work, “I’ve also painted and glazed kitchen cabinets.” She will offer this service in her new business.
She has worked for 28 years in the corporate world but always held onto the dream of having her own business. Originally from Chicago, she married her husband, Kevin, who is from Lexington, Ky. The two moved to Oldham County one year ago. “We’ve moved a lot because of his job,” she said.

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Owner Lucy Warren poses at her new Riva Chic furniture and gift shop that opened Nov. 27 in La Grange, Ky.

The business venture came about by accident because “I was not planning on opening a business until the opportunity came.” While visiting La Grange, “I found the right place and the right store space” in the downtown historic district.
The Walnut Street location offers many different interior decorating styles, including rustic, Farmhouse Vintage, French Country and Country Shabby Chic. Shoppers will find live edge (natural edge) furniture, hand-crafted decorative pillows, bourbon tin signs, wreaths and “lots of woodworking.” Every item is one-of-a-kind.
Along with her own repurposed pieces, Warren has chosen seven local designers “to showcase their items. They are so talented, and make these items as a hobby.” She stresses that Riva Chic “is not a consignment store.”

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Riva Chic is sure to inspire customers with its variety of decorating styles. The store is at 107 N. Walnut St.

The name of the business has a sentimental meaning for her. The Riva is a special pedestrian heaven in Split, Croatia, infused with distinctive cafes and restaurants. Split is Croatia’s second-largest city, lying on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea.
The Riva is the ideal place for having a morning or afternoon coffee, which is just what she and her father did several years ago. Warren’s parents are from Croatia, and it was a “special place to have coffee by the sea.” She is the first generation of her family to be born in the United States.
Her father died in 2017 before he could see her dream of opening her own business come true. “We were very close,” she said. “I asked him to give me signs.”
And that’s just what she believes he did after his passing. “The real address to this building is the month and year he died. It all came together in three and a half weeks,” so she knows it was meant to happen.
Warren plans to have a website in the future. For now, information can be found on Facebook, and she does plan to offer curbside pickup due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, call (502) 265-0604 or message her through Facebook.

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