Beautiful Pam in her home as seen in Cottage Living
When I first met Pam, Red Ticking was in it's early stages. Pam worked out of her apartment, selling her amazing stash of vintage linens, handcrafted into lampshades and pillows, along with fantastic pieces of vintage furniture hidden away in her garage.
Red Ticking pillows (photo by John Granen)
Eleven years later, she's one of my most treasured friends and Red Ticking is the best vintage store in Seattle, while her interior design business continues to grow and thrive.
Red Ticking (Photo by John Granen)
Pam's road to Red Ticking began with many years in retail, working for the likes of Ann Taylor and the Limited in all manner of jobs from selling to buying, merchandising and design.
Rolls of vintage linen (Photo by John Granen)
Even then, she was building the inventory of what would come to be Red Ticking. "Whenever we went to for work, I always made sure I hit the flea markets and began collecting loads of wonderful vintage fabrics. Stock piling. Wondering... what in the world will I do with all of these lovelies?"
Piles of fabric (Photo by John Granen)
Pam confesses to being a full-fledged workaholic in those days. "I was travelling all the time... , , , LA," she says. "I knew it was time to make a change. Finally, I woke up and did something about it. I quit my job and began working from my apartment. I had no idea what I was doing or if I could make a living. I just knew I had such a passion for creating something special and had to explore it."
Creating something special, an after-hours Christmas party at the Ticking
The most beautiful things in my home are from Pam, from the sweet red striped French bowl that sits on my kitchen counter and greets me every morning...
My favorite French bowl
To the chandelier that hangs in the dining room, presiding over the table at each dinner party like an honored guest.
...An honored guest at the table
I still have the first piece I ever bought from her -- a pillow made of the most gorgeous fabric -- I like to imagine what it might have been and where it lived before it came to me.
My first Ticking purchase--it's moved three times with me
Pam has the most amazing eye, a talent that seems to simply come naturally and started at a very young age. "My collection began as a teenager," she says. "My parents purchased several pieces for my bedroom. I will never forget feeling like the luckiest girl in the world! We went to a wonderful antique dealer and I got to select each piece. It was wonderful. So the HUNT began."
Pam's dreamy home (Cottage Living)
And it's the hunt that remains her passion, "For the most wonderful things in life...I simply buy what I love." Does she fall in love at first site? "Yes! all the time," she laughs.
These little bowls must dance in the store after hours--to Madonna, Pam says (photo Red Ticking)
And of course this lovely settee joins the party, too (currently available on 1stDibs)
Her finds have a way of becoming woven into your life. The feathers in your nest. The things that say the most about you and how you love to live. I can't imagine throwing a dinner party without something from Red Ticking on the table top.
Ironstone compotes, votives and Libeco linens all from the Ticking
Pam is as beautiful as the treasures she finds. When asked what she is most thankful for, she's quick to respond, "My faith, family and friends." She counts the relationships she's formed as the most welcome and surprising gift her business has brought into her life. What gets her out of her cozy Mateo-sheeted bed in the morning?
Mateo Linens at the Ticking (Red Ticking)
"Knowing that something unexpected will happen! Every day is truly a gift."
Happy Birthday, Red Ticking! And congratulations, Pam, on 11 inspiring years. Can't wait for many, many more. Thanks for your friendship and all the beauty you bring into our lives. XO