About Us

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........VELVET GRACE is a Home Decor Boutique and Style Studio located in the Village of Oswego, IL.  VELVET GRACE is owned and operated by Mary Blanchflower and Nicole Menard who are both Oswego residents. After years of designing, crafting, creating, and volunteering Mary approached her friend and neighbor Nicole in August of 2014 with an opportunity to buy an existing retail store in Oswego.  Together they decided that their joint vision was to create their own unique, retail store offering home decor, apparel, jewelry and gifts … so the journey began.
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........Mary attended the Colorado Institute of Art to pursue her love of the arts and returned to the Midwest after graduation and landed her first job at a graphic design studio in Chicago and then in Hinsdale.  Continuing her career in the graphics industry she owned and operated a graphic design studio out of her home while raising her kids.
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......Nicole graduated with a degree in Special Education from Illinois State University and taught at the High School level for 4 years. Shortly after marrying a custom home builder her interest, passion and talent grew quickly for building  interior design. Nicole's design accolades include having a home designed and built on the Luxury home tour in 2008, working in Naperville Illinois for 8 years as lead designer for the boutique and all design clients.  While Nicole's biggest joy in life is raising her three sons she also finds great joy in inspiring others with her passion for design, surrounding clients with all things beautiful for the home and soul.