Photos courtesy of Betsy Barron Photography
Uphome Limited, a home furnishings store in Malvern specializing in American and French antiques along with customized, one-of-a-kind pieces, is celebrated as AroundMainLine.com’s ‘Boutique of the Month.’
The shop has been a staple of King Street since 2009, after it relocated from its original Glenmoore location. The spacious, charming two story former bank building originates back to the late nineteenth century.
Owner Linda Ritter’s keen eye for eclectic American design and French country marries perfectly with husband Bryce Ritter’s handmade, custom designed furniture that is beautifully displayed throughout both floors. Bryce was named as one of the top 50 designers in America by Country Home Magazine and was commissioned to design several pieces for Camp David (the Presidential Retreat).
“I think one of the things we have going for us is that furniture making is a lost art. And our customers know we can work with them, use our imagination and design skills along with antique building materials to create something very beautiful and functional,” enthused Linda.
In addition to the vintage furnishings, the shop is ideal for hostess gifts, housewarming presents, handmade jewelry, glassware, linens, home accents, candles, quick pick me ups, and more.
In the rear of the store, their son Kevin recently installed a sample of his beautiful custom kitchen business, Timeless Kitchen Designs. Kevin works with only about a dozen clients a year.
RSVP for the Open House
On Thursday, March 8th Uphome will host a fun, French wine tasting and Open House from 6pm to 8pm. To RSVP to the party on Facebook, click here!
Q & A with Linda Ritter
AroundMainLine.com: Where do you find all your beautiful pieces?
Linda Ritter: Most of our furniture is designed and created by Bryce, but we also buy American and French antiques. I also shop the markets in Atlanta, High Point and New York where I have direct relationships with several of the artists whose work we sell in the shop.
AML: Talk about Bryce’s background and the pieces he is currently showcasing in the store.
LR: Bryce has a civil engineering background and worked in architectural engineering for years. His hobby was building and designing furniture. He started to do it professionally in 1988 and has been doing it ever since!
AML: What makes you standout from other home furnishing stores?
LR: Bryce builds and designs custom pieces based on customer’s real needs (dimension, color) and uses authentic antique doors, windows, and accents that become family heirlooms for our clients.
AML: What are some key tips you can offer someone who is looking to freshen up the look of a room in their house?
LR: Dash and Albert rugs are bright, cheery and can lighten up and change a room in an instant. I love the linens from Pine Cole Hill. Artwork from Sugarboo Designs and Spicher and Company Prints are two additional favorites!
AML: You will be traveling to France soon to search for more gorgeous pieces for the store. Tell us about it!
LR: In March we are headed to the south of France, Provence, where we will shop at small antique markets, brocantes (secondhand markets), and at a major antique event for the trade in Avignon and Montepelier.
Be Social with Uphome
Uphome Limited is located at 138 East King Street in Malvern, PA. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 4pm. Phone: 484-318-7109