Interior Design alumna Mariya Boykova (BFA ’14) had her heart set on making an affordable home décor shop for young professionals like herself. As soon as she graduated, she opened 68 Home on 5 W Broad St in Richmond and began frequenting auctions and estate sales for furniture-owners looking to downsize or offload some retro-styled goods.
In an interview with Boykova, Style Weekly offered a glimpse into her strategies:
Because many people are unsure how to combine new and old pieces, she sets up vignettes in her shop so customers can get ideas about how to integrate pieces into existing rooms.
“People pick out elements they like and I help them figure out how to put it into their home,” she says. Boykova prefers a mix of modern and older pieces and likes to play with pattern. “I tell people not to be scared of color. It can be done right.”
All of 68 Home’s new merchandise is made locally by hand. Workshops on such things as circular weaving, tin types and making plant hangers refer to the ’70s and offer hands-on ways to decorate.
Boykova also does styling for customers designing on a budget. She adds new stuff weekly and posts frequently on Instagram to alert customers to the latest finds. Crocheted afghans in ’70s shades like gold, brown and orange are snapped up almost as soon as they arrive.
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Photo by Scott Elmquist.