If you’re looking for someone to furnish a Victorian home or a Colonial estate, I’m not your gal. I don’t really know the subtleties of high-end furniture and which fork goes where. But if you need planning, procurement, and installation of a complex interior such as a general store or a pharmacy, I can help.
My first general store project was the J. R. Jones store in Greenfield Village, where I was in charge of reproduction store stock. For my second general store, the Greenwell store in Captain Cook, Hawai’i, I developed a “patented” spreadsheet to track the complex set of information needed to execute such a project on time and on budget. With hundreds of items—tools, bulk goods, clothing and fabrics, dishes and kitchenware, patent medicines, and hundreds of containers plus the things that go in them and labels that go on them coming from dozens of sources—the spreadsheet was essential to our success.
I used it again on the recent installation of the 1830s dispensatory (doctor’s office and apothecary) and depository (a storeroom for goods) at Hawaiian Mission Houses. Both Hawai’i project received Preservation awards from Historic Hawai’i Foundation.
By the way, it’s not really patented. I’ve given it away and done a couple of sessions about how I used it for the Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).
Contact me to see how you can use it, or if that’s to scary, I can use it for you!