When opening House on Ridge, Emma Steckley wanted to create the type of home decor store she often found herself gravitating toward when travelling around.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to have my own store. I found every time I go into a little boutique when I would go away or went on a girls weekend, I’d always have so much happiness when I would go into a cute little store,” explained Steckley.
When the location on Ridge Road North became available, Steckley jumped at the chance and soon had her own store created around her personal esthetic, which she describes as calming and minimalistic.
“I find when your home is (calm and minimalistic) you have minimal things to kind of stress out your mind. I like to have a calming environment, but I also love to have a mixture of old with new,” she added.
To help achieve this design, Steckley sources antique pieces that have been imported from Europe, hand-picking each one from her supplier.
She also refurnished furniture for the shop, giving old, worn out pieces new life for her clients.
“The older items bring in more character, but then I always like to have the mixture of the new to have a little bit of a modern farmhouse vibe,” Steckley said.
Her current favourite item in the shop is a print called Dog on the Beach, which she says brings her happiness every time she looks at it.
House on Ridge opened on Labour Day, and since then she’s seen a consistent string of area residents stopping by to say hello and check out what the store has to offer.
In addition to her home decor in the store, Steckley will also be offering her services to those who are looking for inspiration to spruce up their homes.
“I’m calling it design and dash, and it’s a one-hour consult. Whomever it is can pick my brain with whatever project they have going on, whether it’s as simple as a paint colour or as big as a home renovation,” she explained.
Currently Steckley runs the business with the help of her mom and mother-in-law, but that will soon change with the third generation of help due in just a few short weeks.
“A lot of people will get to meet baby Steckley. They will be here, attached to me somehow or sleeping in the storage room, we’re just going to make it work,” she added.
Steckley said she doesn’t plan to let the addition to her family slow the store down though, with family stepping up to help run the business in the meantime.
HOUSE ON RIDGE
301 Ridge Road North, Ridgeway
Wednesday — Saturday: 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.