before & after: flower shop renovation

Has anyone noticed how many beautiful independent flower shops are popping up around the country? There was this gorgeous NYC studio renovation by Poppies & Posies; this beautiful floral studio that Sarah shared with us just a couple weeks ago; and now another lovely rustic flower boutique from Kristen and Katherine of Root 75. The pair has brought a wonderful breath of fresh air to the space, which started as a defunct carpet shop. I love the mix of dark jewel tones, rustic wood and clean, fresh styling. Lovely work, ladies! — Kate

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See more of Kristen and Katherine’s flower shop renovation after the jump!

Time: 6 weeks (plus months of planning)

Cost: $7000

Basic Steps: First, we started tearing down the heavy wood racks bolted to the wall to hold the old carpet samples. We weren’t unhappy to give that job to our husbands. Then the 80s forest green carpet was pulled up, then the checkered linoleum (which I secretly liked) and then the beautiful light wood with grey grain floor was laid. We’re in a beach town, and the floors look like they’re made of driftwood!

Plumbing for our sink was installed, walls were painted, light fixtures hung (one new, one from our friend’s garage) and new outlets added. Then we got to lug in the stainless steel tables for our work station and all the furniture we’ve been collecting over the last year, like the center table my husband rescued from the garbage, sanded the spit out of and painted with chalkboard paint so we can display our flowers and write their names next to them.

Our floors were expensive, and the electrician about three times as much as we’d budgeted. But we used an old ladder my mom had and cut up an old bench to create a giant shelving system. We thought we’d paint ourselves but came to our senses and hired someone to do it. So, somewhere along the line our costs sort of evened out. Sort of.
Our best advice is to stay true to your vision. Let go of the things you can’t control, but don’t be afraid to be stubborn and picky about the rest. If you’re trying to let something speak for you, it had better be saying just what you want it to. And you’re the one who has to look at it every day! You’d better love it. — Katherine


  1. Katie says:

    Wow, this looks like an amazing shop! Fantastic! xo

  2. sooo gorgeous. so so so gorgeous. love all of it.

  3. Brittany says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love to see independent shop owners thrive!

  4. Stacy says:

    Fabulous! Love the ladder shelves, and pop of blue shelving!

  5. Rachel Tatem says:

    So much better, much more open

  6. Ta says:

    Really lovely! When i was younger i desperately wanted to run a flower shop.

  7. Heather says:

    Beautiful. And very innovative. Great to see people thinking outside of the box instead of going for bog standard shop fittings. x

  8. Amber says:

    It looks stunning! Subtle and romantic, just the way a flower shop should be.

  9. Rachel Jones says:

    Chalkboard table-top is a genius idea–that’s something I can do right now even though I can’t paint the walls!

  10. Jeannie says:

    I didn’t realize this flower shop is right in my backyard! Hooray for adorable flower shops near San Diego!!

  11. denice says:

    The chalkboard painted table top is a great idea. I’ll definitely be putting that one in the bak for future use!

  12. Sara irwin says:

    Way to go kips and kristy! Love, love, love it!

  13. Jessica says:

    Kate and Kristy, so proud of you for the shop, and how wonderful it turned out! San Diego people, you have to see it in person!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Where did you get the Coronado print? Love it.

  15. Thanks for all the nice words. We worked our tooshies off getting this little joint together so hearing such compliments fills us with satisfaction! We sell the Coronado print in our shop along with some other cool ones. It’s by our good friends at Orange & Park(

  16. Jan Sierota says:

    Congratulations to you both. I am so happy for you and I pray that God will bless your business. Love, Jan

  17. Such a transformation. It’s so lovely ;)

  18. ivana says:

    nice place! please, where i can buy this” tear drops, hanging vase”.please!

  19. Anne says:

    Beautiful! Love the ladder shelf!

  20. Jessica says:

    Lovely redesign! Just wondering how you addressed the cooler space?

  21. Simina says:

    I love what you did!

  22. Melody says:

    Beautiful! A huge job! One question…I see so many flower shops with fresh flowers out of the cooler on Pinterest…how does that work for long-lasting flowers?

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      No, it doesn’t. The flowers really should be kept in the cooler as long as possible. But most shops rotate them in and out of the cooler and keep their water icy cold if the flowers are out.



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