For the past couple of years, the husband and wife team of architect Kevin ten Brinke and interior designer Kalah Talancy have run their business, KTII Design Group, out of their Sudbury home. Until the business outgrew the space, that is.
“It was getting dysfunctional with both of us working at the dining room table,” says Talancy. “We’d rush around cleaning up the kitchen on a Monday morning for a client meeting.”
Without a doubt, they needed a real office for their design firm. But they had grander plans in mind. Talancy, who worked on the display team for Anthropologie for years, wanted to launch a retail home furnishings shop, too.
“Not everyone is ready to hire an interior designer,” she said. “I wanted to make myself more accessible to people by offering a curated experience of the furnishings and accents I really love.”
And so, Casita was born. Located in an old post and beam structure on Boston Post Road in Sudbury, the artful trove opened in September. Ten Brinke and Talancy had eyed the spot for years. Both Sudbury natives, they wanted a shop with a prominent window where they could create eye-catching displays.
“One of the saddest things to see in town is that every available commercial space seems to turn into a bank or a Chinese food restaurant,” said Talancy. “We wanted to offer a different kind of retail opportunity.”
Ten Brinke’s office is on the top floor. Talancy’s studio is a few steps up from the retail space on the main level. The shop is part furniture showroom: Lee Industries upholstered furniture is showcased along with reclaimed farmhouse tables crafted by Watertown-based Salt Woods.
“People are able to get a sense of quality and the way things fit,” she said.
Casita also offers lighting, including chandeliers and pendants by Currey & Company. There is also a selection of gifts — from picture frames to artisanal soaps to hand-woven baskets and thick wool throws. There are antiques, too.
“We pay close attention to where things are sourced. We’re trying to support small businesses that are doing something unique,” Talancy said.
The store will host pop-up shops for home-related brands along with others devoted to fashion and art. Added Talancy: “We want this to be a place where people gather.”
Casita, 357 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, www.kt2designgroup.com/shop/. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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