About Me

Vivid Hue Home started as a home decor blog in 2012 by Heather Grahling, a Connecticut resident, who believed that everyone could use a dose of color in their lives.  The blog inspired Heather to later open a shop in the historical village of Farmington.  Initially, the shop was located in a charming stand-alone cottage that was filled to the brim with hostess gifts, greeting cards, small home furnishings, customer furniture, fashion accessories and more! 

Heather has been able to leverage her large following on social media to increase visibility for Vivid Hue Home that reaches far beyond Connecticut.  The shop purposefully sources unique brands with Palm Beach or Chinoiserie style.  They are often made by rising artists in the USA that are on the cusp of making it "big" (without being overly commercialized).  

Now, in 2017, Vivid Hue has found itself in the wonderful position of needing to expand their shop to accommodate more of the unique items that are in demand.  Vivid Hue Home has relocated two doors away from their original location, into a much larger footprint.  Each room is well stocked with stylish home decor and also includes more fashion accessories, jewelry, gifts and clothing.  

Please come visit --look for the hot pink door and navy/nantucket blue awnings at 769 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT  06032 (Rt. 4 next door to Truffles Bakery).  Or visit us online here or here.  

About Heather of Vivid Hue Home:

I'm totally fascinated by design and decor and have always dreamed of opening my own shop (a dream that I decided to follow through on in 2015).  
I love design and I love to mix pattern with colors.  The more mix of patterns, the better in my opinion (as long as it's done tastefully).

I am always on the hunt for what I call "character" pieces.  These are items that can be added to a room and will make a statement.  It's usually something people who see the room for the first time will notice right off the bat and make remarks about. 
I love mixing a few quality items with more reasonable finds.  I love pulling this off.  To me, it's like pairing a classic Chanel clutch with a Target Missoni A-line skirt. 
Blogging about design has been a great avenue to satisfy my appetite for design and decorating!  My love for decor is insatiable and I am constantly thinking of ways to remodel or redecorate a room. 
I ravage my mail for my latest decorating magazines and can sit for hours leafing through pages of magazines getting inspired. 

I was born in the arm pit of Texas. I won't admit where because those of you that live there will get offended and act as if you don't know it's the armpit.
I moved to Germany when I was 3 weeks old. Ah the life of an army brat. My parents say that they moved 18 times in 15 years...or was it 15 times in 18 months. Oh whatever. You get the point. We moved around a lot when I was little.
My dad is a retired Army Colonel who made a career out of the military.  I respect that. 
My mom is a Southern Belle who married her first love.

My sister is on the same wave length as I am... sort of like the phenomenon where one person burns their hand on the stove from across the country and the other person suddenly feels a twinge of pain in their wrist and says "ouch" for no apparent reason. Yeah. We have that sort of chemistry.

I'm going to call her Kurby in my posts, but her real name is Brett. Like a boy. That's how we always described it growing up so that people wouldn't call her Brit. Only, she looks nothing like a boy at all.

In fact, someone at her work told her she looked like a Ralph Lauren model today.

Her reply, "Thanks, I even rode my horse today."

That sums up Kurby. A debonair beauty with smart ass wit. She's my partner in crime and my design soul mate. Look for her guest posts in the future. Look for our eventual business collaboration in the future future. We'll make it happen one day.  
My first car was a Chevrolet Chevette with a huge Sandpiper bird on the side.  I’m convinced this inspired my use of birds in decorating.

I was supposed to marry Ricky Schroeder, but married my soul mate instead.

We have two little Jedi's:

Every year, for mother’s day weekend, I take a girlfriends' trip to Vegas for the Bon Appetite Uncorked Food and Wine Festival. 

We laugh hysterically, act younger than we really are, and recharge our “mom batteries.” (that’s me, the one crossing my eyes on far left).   That's Wheeza in the middle.  And Fitch on the right.

My idea of luxury is laying in freshly cut grass and looking at the clouds in the blue sky with big sunglasses on. I'm a beachy-warm person, not a snowy-ski slope kind of girl. 

Before I opened the shop, my day job is working with my husband at our medical practice as our practice manager.  Sometimes, I would work on this blog during work.  If I got *caught* I would just say I was on my lunch breakEven at 10 am

Here's more about my family.

Need to get in touch with Vivid Hue Home?

Go to our facebook page and email via there or contact Heather here (hgrahling@gmail.com)
Guest Contributor, My Sister Kurby 


Anonymous said...

I am so happy you're finally doing this. This is what you were destined to do. Good job H

Anonymous said...

This is such a sweet post. I love the trip down memory lane and the sweet connections to Brett. I can definitely see this dream come true one day for both of you.

Sarah said...

You rock!

Anonymous said...

about your motto, being tagged as 'unknown', let me tell you the source. Back in the 1970s, the FLQ crisis erupted in Quebec, with the FLQ kidnapping the British consul and a provincial cabinet minister. The Canadian Prime Minister at the time, Pierre Elliot Trudeau said he'd was going to bring in the army and impose the War Measures Act, essentially martial law. Critics said 'you can't do that.' He replied, 'Just watch me."

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