By Andrew Wilson
Record Herald Writer
TIPP CITY - While growing up in a small Alabama town that lacked traditional home furnishing stores, Terri Lane and her two sisters learned how to paint, design and construct furniture and similar household items. She may be a Buckeye now, but the activities turned into a lifelong hobby that Lane aspired to turn into a career.
That aspiration has become a reality with the opening of Terri Lane Creations, a store that enables its customers to order personalized furniture and home decor items. The store is located at 120 E. Broadway Ave. in Tipp City, adjacent to the railroad tracks.
Since its opening, Lane has created customized furniture items like tables, desks and chairs out of skid wood and pallet wood. Additionally, Lane can create organizational items like hair tie accessory organizers and wine racks as well as “upcycle” numerous items that were about to be tossed in the trash or donated to a thrift store.
“When you “upcycle,” you’re taking something and giving it a new purpose,” Lane said. “So instead of recycling it and using it for that same purpose, basically I’m doing an upcycle. If you repaint something and give it a new look, (you’re) up cycling it.”
Lane can also provide a service called “spacelift,” an activity that allows her to go into a home, business or office and give it a new look. Lane specifically recalls painting and changing the furniture in the waiting rooms of a few dental offices as well as providing the dentists with a way to organize their instruments and supplies.
“I try and provide a warm environment,” said Lane. “Right when you first walk in, that’s what patients look at is the waiting room. And if it’s scary, it’s going to scare them out of there or it’s going to make them more anxious to go in the back.”
Lane hopes that the cost of her services will help spur interest in her shop. While the precise amount will depend on the item and the amount of time that was spent constructing and painting it, Lane stated that she typically charges around $45 for an item that would cost about $100 in a store.
“I’m giving people a discount,” said Lane. “Because I’m all about the whole design on a dime (concept) and being able to afford things.”
Lane is married to Tim Hull. They have five children between them - Clayton, Madison, Makalee, Reagan and Riley.
Terri Lane Creations is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Although the shop is currently closed on Sundays, Lane stated that she may open the shop on Sundays and close on Mondays later in the spring.
For more information, visit terrilanecreations.com.