Our Top Posts from 2017
Dec29

Our Top Posts from 2017

Fort Wayne in 2017 was full of intriguing stories from new dining options to familiar festivals to people who make you think, laugh or both. Living Fort Wayne set several new readership and social media records, which will go down as the social media hub’s most popular year to date. Take a look at our top posts LFW readers loved the most this year as we switch to my “imaginary radio DJ countdown voice!” Number 5 – 07 Pub A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jul 3, 2017 at 10:18am PDT Starting us off at number five – a ZIP code experiencing a renaissance in Fort Wayne is 46807 (or the ’07). Our popular “Food & Drink” writer Reneta Thurairatnam took a look at 07 Pub – your new favorite place to hang out. Have you been there yet to hang out? Number 4 – Abode A post shared by ASHLEY CLAUSS (@bluebird_photo) on Mar 31, 2017 at 1:45pm PDT Great new things in our area aren’t just within Fort Wayne’s city limits! Writer and photographer Ashley Clauss gave us an inside look at one of the area’s trendiest home decor boutiques. This boutique is located in – surprise – Leo-Cedarville!  Take a gander at Ashley’s aesthetically-pleasing writing and photography in our number four post of the year, Abode: A Trendy Home Boutique in Leo?! Number 3 – Umi Seafood and Sushi Fort Wayne   A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jan 4, 2017 at 8:30am PST We started off 2017 with a bang with Reneta’s hot scoop on Umi – a new sushi restaurant located in southwest Fort Wayne. That helped make January 2nd one of our most popular days ever and this post our third most popular post of the year! Number 2 – Pumpkin Patches and More Fall Fun A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Sep 24, 2016 at 12:13pm PDT Each year our leadership team eagerly awaits our annual “pumpkin patch” readership bump. Or maybe it’s just me? This year was no different as pumpkin patches and fall fun ruled our autumn nights and finished number two for the year. Look for our 2018 edition in September. Number 1 – Just Cream Ice Cream Boutique It may be freezing cold in Fort Wayne to close out 2017, but our hottest post of the year is all about ice cream. Just Cream is an ice cream boutique on the north side of the city located on Dupont Road. This piece was authored (once again) by Reneta, our venerable “Food & Drink” writer. Fort Wayne folks really love their ice cream! Top Posts –...

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Abode: A trendy home decor boutique in Leo?!
Mar31

Abode: A trendy home decor boutique in Leo?!

I’ll admit it – Leo-Cedarville, Indiana may not be the first place that comes to mind when searching for inspiring and fresh home décor. You might not expect that the little gray house on Center St. in the heart of Leo’s downtown holds such unique and stylish pieces, but one glance from the outside draws you in! Owner and interior designer Carey Burchfield and her husband Nick completely remodeled this pre-1900s home and transformed it into their chic new home store called Abode Design + Decor. I sat down with Carey to chat about how it all came about. Walk me through the process of the transformation this house has undergone? Abode came about because I’ve always wanted a retail design storefront. A little over a year after finishing our own 2 year farmhouse remodel, I drove by this run down little home right on the major highway thru town and close to my home. I could instantly see the potential for the building and the location for a business/design storefront. After viewing the space with my husband, who seemed much more enthusiastic than I expected, we decided that this quaint 900 sq. ft. home was nothing compared to the renovations we had done on our own home. We jumped and took a leap of faith. Renovations took us about 8 months. One area even required a chain saw to cut out the existing unlevel floor joists (which were actually just tree trunks). The floors are all the original hardwood dating pre-1900.       It’s a space that you have to see in person to appreciate. My goal was to create an environment where as soon as clients walk through the door they immediately fall in love. My favorite thing about the store is the furniture, are some of these restored vintage pieces? I like furniture that catches my eye, just something in my gut that says I’m beautiful, take me home! If the furniture needs a facelift that doesn’t scare me. Furniture I buy for the store, whether classic or unique, needs to be relevant to today’s design trends. I need to be able to envision it either in my own home or a clients. I definitely want people to find one of a kind pieces in my store that they can’t get anywhere else. Do you offer interior design services if someone wanted to recreate this type of look in their own home? I offer design services for any type of style a client has. I like to get a feel for what my clients are looking to accomplish in their homes, how they use their...

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