Hello! My name is Erika Perez. Anyone who knows me knows that decorating is my passion. My mom encouraged this in me at a young age – I was allowed to decorate (and redecorate) my room more times than I can count. She also fostered in me a love for the charm and appeal of vintage finds and the “thrill of the hunt!” She taught me what to buy and how to pull it all together, how to make something out of nothing and how to decorate on a dime. Her sense of style and her creativity are a constant source of inspiration to me.
My husband Alex and I opened our retail home goods shoppe, SWANK, nearly seven years ago in the quaint village of Hamilton, New York and have never looked back. What began as a 475 square foot project has grown into a 3200 square foot space complete with an interior design studio.
My mission is to take the mystery out of decorating your home – it should be FUN, not daunting! This blog is meant to inspire you to do great things – to mix and match the old and the new, the modern and the vintage – to help you create your own personal style and to show you how to live with the things you love.