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Issue Date: September 2008


Home Away from Home

If you’re looking for smart design, unique home décor pieces and cool gifts, Room Service can deliver.
Holly Crawford
Treat yourself to one of Room Service’s more than 600 items.alking into Danielle DeBoe’s boutique, Room Service, in the heart of the developing Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, is a sensory experience that will whisk you away to a funky little art gallery somewhere in the ninth arrondissement of Paris via sound, scent and sight.

A cheerful Cleveland native and visual merchandiser, DeBoe has captured the essence of charm in just 600 square feet, with a revolving inventory of objets d’art, from versatile occasional tables (priced under $200 and made to go alongside a sofa, chair or bed) and adorable Matryoshka-printed “You’re a doll” stationery ($3.50 a piece) to dishes and other kitchen tools made from recycled melamine (from $5 to $89). Housed in an early 20th-century bank building with exposed brick and extensive updates at the hands of DeBoe and her photographer beau, the sunny space (usually filled with the scent of burning Kobo soy candles like Vetiver & Shaved Vanilla and sounds of French singers such as Serge Gainsbourg) is a playground celebrating all things pretty or cleverly designed, including popular homegrown “Defend Cleveland” tees ($22) and sweet bulldog prints by Small Screen Designs (from $19.99 to $150).

“Above all, I desire that each customer feels some inspiration in this space,” says DeBoe, who also worked in interior and set design and costuming in Los Angeles. “I want them to come here for ideas, even if they can’t buy all of them, come in, get inspired or hang out and chat with me.”

Look for unexpected treasures (about 600 to 800 of them) including many one-of-a-kind pieces like vintage cookie jars and books as well as funky French-inspired wallpaper borders. You’ll find them all lounging on antiques and tucked in nooks and crannies —but don’t expect to see the same thing twice. If you fall in love with something in the store, buy it. “I intentionally do not do a lot of re-ordering of the same product,” DeBoe explains. “I want the look and the feel of the space always to be evolving and changing, to look and feel a little different from the last time you were here.”

Room Service, 6505 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, (216) 281-4221, roomservicecleveland.com

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