The Edmond Sun

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December 2, 2013

Boutique features whimsical to traditional decor

OKLA. CITY — Walking through the door of a small shop tucked in the corner of a shopping center on North May, one finds a boutique featuring furniture with French and Italian accents as well as gifts and decorating items.

Tara Starr, the owner of Starr Home, opened her boutique a year ago in November fulfilling a dream she had even as a small child.

Seasonal decor can be spotted throughout the store interspersed among the other decorating items. A salute to wine country and everything that has anything to do with wine from fur bottle collars to napkins and platters for cheese accompaniments is apparent upon first entering the store.

A marketing major from the University of Central Oklahoma, this Edmond resident said she has been moving furniture from one spot to another since she was old enough and strong enough to do so.

“I always liked moving furniture and I was always rearranging my bedroom furniture,” Starr said.

Growing up in Altus, Starr said her family always came to Oklahoma City to shop.

“When my parents moved to south Edmond I realized there was a lot of building going on around the area they had moved to, but there was little building of new businesses and no boutiques in sight,” Starr said.

The first time Starr went to market she said she had an idea of what lines she wanted to carry in her store.

“My inspiration for what I carry and how I display it in the store comes from what I see, from traveling and from visiting other businesses.”

Starr Home is filled with items from the whimsical to the traditional with Christmas decorating items spotted throughout the store.

Whether seeking something as small as quirky wineglass charms or as large as a farmhouse table, Starr and her staff are ready to help customers find just the right piece to make their home complete.

She also carries lines of specialty food.

“I love to cook and my family was in the grocery store business for more than 90 years,” Starr said. “One of the best-selling food items is on Oprah’s Favorite Things list and mine too. Truffle oil and truffle salt are good on just about everything.”

Starr says life should be enjoyed: Your home should be filled with beauty; your food should be delectable; and you should spend your free time surrounded by friends and family.

One of the items that stood out is the Red Pomegranate line of spun glass  gold and copper gilded tableware. Included in the line are oval bowls and plates made in a paisley design known for its Persian roots. The pattern also has been used as the symbol of life and eternity. Not only is it lovely it is practical and can be used to serve hot or cold foods.

From English imported soaps to hand-crafted candles in hand-blown glass jars, customers are able to find a gift to match any price range.

Starr said opening her shop has been fulfilling and extremely rewarding.

“I am glad I took the risk to make one of my dreams come true,” Starr said.

STARR HOME is at 14201 N May Ave. #204, Oklahoma City. The store’s doors open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, go to starrhomeokc@hotmail.com.

 

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