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Continued from page 35 SEPTEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Sue Rich, Proprietor of Just Peachy Dream Job: Archeologist Sometimes Sue Rich’s work can be a little distressing, but that’s OK, it’s by design. The owner of the Weatherford Downtown emporium, called Just Peachy often uses distressing techniques in creating her rustic, farmhouse furniture, antiques and home decor. “When I was a little kid, I wanted to be an archeologist,” Rich said. “When I got older I wanted to an interior designer.” She became a realtor, something she enjoyed, but there was always a concept that she had in the back of her mind. That’s the distressed furniture technique and style behind Just Peachy. Did Rich ever imagine that the public would embrace her concept the way they have? “I hoped that they would,” she said. She’s tapped in to a days-gone-by look that is quite voguish. “I think everybody is wanting to go back to their heritage,” Rich said. “It reminds them of their grandparents, things they saw in their grandparents’ homes… . With an artistic eye and uncompromising taste, we 44 work hard to provide rare, one-of-akind items for your home. We have a passion for all things old and it is our mission to present our pieces in new ways. Our home decor antiques and furnishings are sure to add life to any space.” Industrial Chic or Industrial Farmhouse style has been called timeless and neutral, simple and clean. Its signatures are aged materials and utilitarian design. Recycling, upcycling, renovating and repurposing are the drivers behind the style. A big part of Rich’s work involves ferreting out old things to restore — tables and chairs, cabinets and dressers, doors and mirrors, stoves, just about anything old that can be reclaimed and made functional again. A wooden door becomes a one-off chair, a jeweler’s work bench a wine cabinet. “[The work bench belonged to] the guy who took care of the clock here in Weatherford for all those years,” she said about the work bench. “We recreated that, repaired it, and turned it into a wine cabinet. It sold in five minutes. We like finding pieces that have history here in Weatherford and we try to find out as much as we can about them so that we can keep that history alive to the person who buys it.” As might be imagined, Rich’s search for potential treasures takes her far afield, to auctions, flea markets and estate sales, anywhere a piece of the past might be reclaimed and returned to use. She enjoys this aspect of the work — saving what some consider outmoded from the scrap pile. Increasingly, Rich said, when it comes to home decor people are wanting differentiation, to express themselves within their home surroundings in unique and personal ways. They don’t want the run-of-themill decor and furnishings that others have. “We specialize in Industrial Farmhouse decor, a lot of distressed furniture, stuff you can’t find anywhere else,” Rich added. “Everybody’s gone to putting windmills [etc.] in their houses. They don’t have as many walls, because we all want the open-type home now; so we don’t have a lot of interior walls. They’re wanting [things like] windmill blades and tails — more objects than paintings and things like that. We do a lot of rustic, metal-type pieces.” Concerning furnishings, she said people are “disillusioned” with newer furniture which looks good but does