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September 2, 2021
Fresh Face: Ville & Rue
This Fresh Face is getting a new coat of paint! Lancaster’s very own Ville & Rue, run by local retail expert and interior designer Rebecca Addington, has moved to King Street. And the space itself isn’t the only change this eclectic home furnishings showroom has undergone—Rebecca has also expanded her offerings, her team, and her vision for Ville & Rue’s potential.
Rebecca, who has a formal education in both communication and interior design, has always had a penchant for retail; her first job at a York County gift shop lit the initial spark. After embarking down several different career paths, it was her job as an interior design manager that helped her connect the dots between the creativity she loved and the leadership in which she excelled.
“But it was always my dream to open my own company,” she clarifies, “and it was always my dream to live in Lancaster.” In November 2019, Rebecca’s wishes were granted when she opened the doors to the ﬁrst Ville & Rue location in 101NQ.
Just a few short months later, the pandemic hit. But those who know Rebecca are familiar with her unshakeable optimism and tenacity. She used this time to reevaluate Ville & Rue’s direction.
“The thing that really kept us going was our design services,” Rebecca recalls. “But I realized it would be impossible for me to do that and run my business.” Enter Michael Chiodo, a dear friend and Lancaster native, who was a perfect fit for the job. With his help, she was able to grow Ville & Rue from a home furnishings store to a full-scale design studio.
Rebecca’s new storefront, which is nestled at the bottom of the historic early 1900s Beaux-Arts style Kirk Johnson building, boasts French-style display windows that flood the showroom with natural light. Its tall ceilings are accentuated by decorative white moldings of a bygone era. Industrial elements, which were added later for present-day functionality, contrast for an eclectic aesthetic that echoes Ville & Rue’s.
Here, Rebecca offers complimentary design services that include a free in-home consultation (with a refundable deposit after purchase), design boards, renderings, floor plans, and even an upholstery program. She oversees the entire process for clients from selection to delivery.
As for her signature style? While the words cozy, worldly, and chic come to mind, Rebecca says it’s all about the taste of the client. “We love meeting new people, and helping any way we can—especially when it comes to their home becoming a personal reflection of their lifestyle!”
Visit Ville & Rue’s new space on 8 West King Street to get some inspiration for your next remodel.