Eclectic home decor, farmhouse, shabby, French, Boho

Oswego, Illinois On Etsy since 2012

3,363 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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Eclectic home decor, farmhouse, shabby, French, Boho

Oswego, Illinois | 3,363 Sales

Announcement    Distinctive, exclusive home decor and art treasures, made by one designer. My eclectic shop is filled with unique one of a kind home decor, art and gifts that you won't find anywhere else. No two pieces will ever be the same. Styles that I am influenced by are Coastal living - beach house, all farmhouse styles, shabby chic, cottage living, French Nordic - Scandinavian design, glam and flea market styles. Enjoy a walk through my shop. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. Everything in my shop is all ready created and can be purchased right away. The item in the photo is the item you receive. "Your home is the first place you see when you wake, and the last place you see before closing your eyes, fill it with all things loved. It should be your favorite place to be. ~~Anita Spero (friend me) me)
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Last updated on May 25, 2020

Distinctive, exclusive home decor and art treasures, made by one designer. My eclectic shop is filled with unique one of a kind home decor, art and gifts that you won't find anywhere else. No two pieces will ever be the same. Styles that I am influenced by are Coastal living - beach house, all farmhouse styles, shabby chic, cottage living, French Nordic - Scandinavian design, glam and flea market styles. Enjoy a walk through my shop. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. Everything in my shop is all ready created and can be purchased right away. The item in the photo is the item you receive. "Your home is the first place you see when you wake, and the last place you see before closing your eyes, fill it with all things loved. It should be your favorite place to be. ~~Anita Spero (friend me) me)
google 'Anita Spero Design' the pieces you want to see, then click images.


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About AnitaSperoDesign

Sales 3,363
On Etsy since 2012

A self made artist with an idea of mixing art and home decor.

When I was small I lived in a place where it was normal to not have much of anything ...nice clothing or even a real bedroom. Certainly nothing very pretty. I had a room the size of a small closet. For my room, I learned that to make it livable I would need to recycle everything. I made my curtains out of old shirts and my bedding was made from freebie fabric I would get from neighbors and my grandma. My bedding was made from strips of fabric that I would ruffle and add on slowly. It was beautiful.
I loved the thrift store. For me is was like walking into the 'land of recreating' . My head would swirl with ideas. " I can make ANYTHING here pretty". From old statues and mirrors to clothing that could be made into what ever I wanted.
When I became a mom reusing and recycling did not stop. My home was mostly decorated in things I found, made or bought from thrift stores. Every single person that walked into our place would be amazed at what I did. I was ALWAYS told I should start a I did!
I realized something when I finally had my FIRST REAL HOME and in starting my business. "Your home is the first place you see when you wake, and the last before closing your eyes". This is where my quote came from. Never having a real home taught me (or so I thought) that what your home looked like did not matter. But it does! Think about it, what do you remember from your childhood home? One of my daughters just told me she remembers the pretty bowls I set out in the morning for breakfast. It gives her that memory of sitting around in the morning in her cozy pj's eating breakfast with her sisters..A bowl, a pretty bowl brings up that much memory! wow! Your home is a powerful place. I knew then and there that if I was going to sell home decor it had to be from my heart. It had to make my customers best feelings come forward. It had to bring out a positive emotional response in me AND my customer. So I went forward with passion. I never had that special feeling about my home growing up, but my customers item at a time, made by one creator full of passion.
At 19 I started my first business...through my dining room and then garage. I sold items I made and pretty vintage pieces. It seemed like every week I was adding a new idea to my little business. My walls were covered with wreaths that had "for sale" tags on them. I made ribbon from old fabric. I never seemed to be able to turn it off.
From there I sold in many brick and mortar shops. 38 years later I am still at it. I have been lucky enough to write a column for a magazine and have been featured in others. I've had many pieces showcased in the most amazing blogs, so beautifully made.
My pieces are packed in handmade and strong well made boxes. I use a lot of shipping material. I have to account for items and supplies, fees and advertising, time and labor and other parts that make up my pricing. I don't skimp on anything. I use very good packing materials so that can be costly...but my packages never break. All my pieces are made with excellent and high quality materials and top notch ways to adhere my items.
I believe it's true that you get what you pay for. My customers deserve the best.

My products are well planned and carefully made using the best homemade safe paints and treatments. My distressing treatments and patinas are all homemade. I love to mix my own paint and come up with colors that you will love. There are a series of words you will often here me say. "treatment" and "technique". Treatment was the perfect word I thought of when I was selling in antique stores. My items were different. They were antiques that needed help. So to explain what I was doing I would say "this piece needs a treatment" and it stuck. My 'techniques" are very unique and always evolving. With my husband often gone and kids in school I spent hours searching for ways to make everything I use homemade. All of my formulas-everything you see in my shop, comes from mixtures I created years ago. Distressing and weathering has become an art and somewhat a science project. My liquid gold is one of a kind. I just could never find a bright gold, thick enough. AS for rusting I use a dry treatment and a wet treatment. Both are homemade and the real deal. It's more time consuming, but it looks more natural and after time does not crumble away.
"Your home is the first space you see when you wake and the last space you see before closing your eyes, fill it with all things loved. It is truly important that you love anything that you purchase from me and put into your home. I will only bring my best.

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  • Anita Spero

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I do it all. My pieces are made from what I find at estate sale,antique stores or they must be very well made I believe it's true that you get what you pay for. I do make sure my customers and clients get the best of everything.

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Last updated on March 13, 2020
Welcome to Anita Spero Design,
Your home is the first place you see when you open your eyes and the last before closing your eyes. Make it beautiful and fill it with all things loved.
My creations come from a background in the arts, I am a muralist and home decor. I create pieces that are a mix of home decor and art. Me pieces are well thought out and created to bring you something unique and one of a kind.
My packaging is not fancy. I put everything into the best packing materials on the market. From bubble wrap to packing pillows and good strong paper. I make my boxes very heavy duty and will make a box from crate wood if necessary. I always go by the shipping packaging guidelines and then some.
I want your items to get to you safely. The fun part of the shopping experience is receiving the package and opening it. I want you to feel excited, never worried. I am careful all year round, not just the holidays, Enjoy!

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept cancellations
Request a cancellation within: 5 hours of purchase
I don't accept returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
It does state that I do not accept returns. Etsy only gives two options to pick. So it does read I take no returns, I always take returns for broken/ damaged items.
I am very transparent and tell it how it is. LOL. So please understand that in the past some have purchased items just to decorate something temporarily. Then after they do not need the items, they want to return them. I do have to protect myself. For that reason I do not do any type of 'review and return'. If I did "review and return" I would have decorators buying and sending back items all day. I KNOW, I am a decorator. It would cost me lost time with my pieces and the extra shipping adds the possibility of damage.
Insurance is always provided for every item in my shop and I will always send tracking. I package every item properly and use the proper size boxing and packing materials. I have made packing into a science. Nobody should have to worry about careful shipping, especially during the holidays. I take pride in the way everything is packaged . I want your purchase to arrive to you in great shape. I like my customers and want to keep them, I'm very lucky to have always had amazing people shop with me. I will only list items that are the best and will pitch it if I don't like it.
PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION. My descriptions will give you all the important info on that piece. Read everything before you purchase so there are no surprises. I do not take returns because the description was not read. I will clearly show the flaws of an item in the photo and description. I can not refund for flaws you already know about. Vintage, antique as well as recycled items may have flaws that I purposely want there, or they are part of time aged pieces.
I ENCOURAGE QUESTIONS~~Before purchasing any item I encourage you to ask me as many questions as you want about that item. I love answering you an helping you out with ideas. Think of all the questions you can BEFORE buying anything from anyone, including me. Study my photos carefully. No question is stupid. I am more than happy to answer.
Custom and modified orders are final and can not be returned. This is part of our agreement when ordering custom with me.

PLEASE INSPECT YOUR ITEM(S) PROMPTLY UPON RECEIPT If there is damage please contact me within 48 hours for instructions on how to proceed. After 48 hours I cannot refund for the item.
For any issue please do not email me. Contact me directly through Etsy message. This way Etsy will be able to monitor the exchange for your protection.
Before a refund can be issued for damages, you will be sent an affidavit from our insurance carrier. You MUST complete and return the affidavit before a refund will be issued. You will receive a shipping refund on damaged items only.
TAKE CLEAR PHOTOS OF DAMAGES~~please take very clear photos of the item and the packaging. Do not throw out the box. Include photos of the box. This is your best evidence and will make the process go a lot faster.
PLEASE DO NOT JUST RETURN AN ITEM. Notify me first. We need to discuss the options. We need to follow the return policy carefully. If not I have no idea what the damage is. If you return the item before any discussion I can not refund for any shipping at all. I can only give a partial refund of 25% of the item you returned. If the item is damaged in shipping back to me there will be no refund on the item. Please contact me first BEFORE returning any item. If I am not told the item came to you damaged then how will I know the damage did not occur while being shipped back to me? Protect yourself from these kind of questions.
If there is a reason for return do remember that the item does belong to the purchaser until it reaches me.
1) Please wrap the item just as well as I sent it to you.
2) It is your obligation to have the item insured.
I am no different then any brick and mortar shop. If you purchase an item from a store, then decide to return it and then drop it and break it on the way back to the store, would you receive a refund? So do pack it just the way I packed it to you. If it breaks coming back to me there is no refund from me personally.
IF YOU FEAR THE ITEM IS LOST IN THE MAIL: If your item does not arrive after a reasonable time. Contact me via " Etsy message". This rarely happens but when it does I will be on it right away. I will have a trace put on the item, I talk frequently to the shippers and if needed I will tell them I want it intercepted and sent back to me. Have patience, I will do everything possible to find the package. If it is not found I will start the process of refunding you. I have never, in 30 years had a package disappear, that wasn't found. I can't promise, but I've only had this happen twice and both were found. I hope this never happens again. I do my best to control all my shipped items. Once it leaves my home I can't see what is happening, no shop can, but I watch the tracking carefully. It's very important that you receive the pieces I work hard on. I want my customers to be excited when it gets to their door.
Due to the fact that many of my items are from estate sales, salvaged picks, antique stores, flea markets etc, I cannot guarantee no odors. I try to be very careful and do clean everything very well. I use safe products to kill any odors. I will ask that you take that into consideration when you receive the item. It is part of the vintage and antique world..
CIGARETTE SMOKE. Please do contact me if there is a real issue with this odor and the recipe does not help (see below).
We do not smoke. I try not to purchase items that have cigarette odor, but I don't always catch it. Remember it was not that long ago that people could smoke everywhere.
I wish I could always promise my items were never around cigarette odor but that would be impossible. I do my very best to rid odors on my pieces. I do have Lupus so I understand sensitivities. Keep that in mind when ever purchasing vintage, antique or recycled items. I take this smell seriously and will work with you.
I do use homemade treatments and burlap fabric. These items can have a VERY temporary odor. It can be described as gas, lemons, smoke, sweet, etc. BUT all the odors do fade. Any tea or coffee treatments may smell like tea or coffee for a very short time. I do make all of my treatments. They are better and safer. I would rather have a light odor for a week then to send an item that could aggravate allergies. Do contact me if the odor lasts longer than 4 weeks. Just from being boxed odors can become stronger. This fades very fast after the item is taken out of the box.

AWESOME ODOR RECIPE: I deal with many old items. A great method to rid an item from "cigarette smoke" and "mildew odor" is to first spray the item or lightly wipe it with a mixture of vinegar and water. This kills the actual chemicals that you find in cigarettes. After a few days any lingering odor can be removed with a solution of baking soda and water. It's about 8 ounces of water and a tablespoon of baking soda . Shake it very well...Spray lightly a few times for a few days. UPDATE 2020: I recently found a product that killed all the odor of cigarette smoke in my friends car. She uses "OZIUM'. it works great and I plan on purchasing some. Do print the recipe out and stick it on your fridg. The recipe helps with animal odors also.
Check the item out carefully. Read the description and look at the photos. I encourage a lot of questions. Make sure you really want the pieces.
RESERVE AGREEMENT / CONTRACT. I do not do a typical layaway. This is a contract between us, please fully understand this.
If you wish to reserve an item, I require a $30.00 non refundable fee payment ( which is not in addition to the price, but part of the item's price) This is a legitimate contract between seller and buyer. The 30.00 dollars goes back into the item details if you decide not to purchase the piece. It is for fees, new advertising for the item, lost time as someone else could have purchased the item in the time it was on reserve, new photos if necessary etc; This fee is for each item you want to reserve and purchase.
The remainder price of your item is paid in 30 days. I will not bother and badger you for your 30 day payment. I may send a small note to let you know it is due.. Sometimes people forget, we are just human. I will relist the items after 32 days, if the remainder is not paid.

When you want to reserve an item I will send you an invoice from my PayPal to the email address you give to me. Once it is paid I will reserve the item. I will change the price on the listing to the remainder owed. It will also state that you did pay the 30.00 fee. PLEASE DO NOT PAY THE REMAINDER DIRECTLY THROUGH PAYPAL OR ASK ME TO INVOICE YOU THROUGH PAYPAL. You pay for the item through Etsy payment processing, like any other purchase you make on Etsy. If you pay for it through PayPal I will refund the money. It must be paid through Etsy.
There is a limit of 2 items that can be reserved per person. Once paid you can reserve again. The reserve price is not transferable.
NOT QUALIFYING FOR RESERVE> If you are interested in reserving an item please contact me through Etsy only.
When do I add a 'no reserve'? This will happen if an item is listed and very quickly I receive many people asking to reserve it. I give it some time before taking off the 'no reserve'.
Please feel welcome to ask me any questions about reserving an item with me.
I ship within 1 to 3 days on most items, although I strive to ship faster whenever possible. If I am very busy hang tight, it might go out on a 4th day. But most of the time I do get your purchase out to you sooner. All items are insured and tracking is sent to you.
I SEND YOUR ITEMS TO THE ADDRESS YOU HAVE LISTED (on the shipping label)., so please check your address for errors before you place your order.
I cannot be held responsible for delays in shipping or additional charges as a result of an incorrect address.
If an item is returned to me stating it can not be delivered to that address, you will be responsible for additional shipping fees (for the item to go back to you) and any fees I incur from the situation.

I take great care in ensuring that items are safely packed to protect against damage during shipping.
In the event an item arrives damaged, keep the item along with the packing material, and contact me right away for further instructions.

Large groupings may be packed in multiple boxes at my discretion to keep them safe.

I will combine shipping on multiple items IF it can be done safely.

DOMESTIC SHIPPING is predominantly through the US Post Office via Priority Mail or Parcel Post, depending on size. Larger items may go by UPS or FedEx at my discretion.

Expedited shipping can be arranged for an additional fee. (Please notify me before purchasing an item if you are interested.)


I ship to Canada, most of Europe, New Zealand/Australia, and certain Asia-Pacific countries. International shipping is limited by size/weight restrictions.

Look under shipping/policies tab on any given listing to determine where it can be shipped. Please ask if you have questions.

If an item is returned to me marked "Undeliverable" or "Refused", no refund will be issued. This includes refusal to accept an item in order to avoid paying your country's VAT. I will be happy to resend the item(s), but you must pay the additional shipping and applicable fees. Please let me know with in 3 days if you want it shipped back to you. After 3 days items will be re-listed, I can not refund for a refused item.

Please note - International customers are responsible for paying any import or Value Added Tax. Please be aware of such taxes or fees BEFORE ordering. Also, be mindful of your own country's customs regulations and restrictions, as we cannot be held responsible for any taxes, fees, penalties, loss or damage resulting from your package's processing through that system.

Once an item leaves the USA, we may have no way of tracking the item in another country. Please take note of your tracking information. It may be necessary to make arrangements to accept delivery with your local postal service/ shipping service. Please be watchful for your item. Watch tracking so you know where your item is. I always send tracking with your receipt.
If you do have questions send the message to me on Etsy. Etsy can watch our conversation this way so you can feel comfortable talking with me. Please do not send messages to my other store or emails addresses, if you purchased the item from my Etsy shop.
*Please note that under the price of my items Etsy has added "VAT included (where applicable)". I do not pay VAT. Please contact Etsy for questions.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS...There are few items I will do custom orders on. Please feel free to ask..

Custom orders must be paid before I start working on them. This includes modifying items already listed, or creating an item similar to one you like. Custom orders will cost more than a currently listed item. This is due to the fact that I will be contacting my sources, possibly driving around to find pieces to complete your purchase. I do charge for the time I will spend looking for the items, supplies, labor, removal of paint. Each piece I find for your custom order will be of high quality. I look for pieces at a fair price. Because it is a custom piece I can not take the same time to find less priced items. But the pieces will always be worth it. I only purchase the best.
Keep in mind, as most of my items are one of a kind, and made with vintage, reclaimed, recycled or salvaged materials, I cannot guarantee a "duplicate" item to one you are interested in. I will come as close as I can.
If I need to make large changes like removal of existing colors or adding colors (paint) to an item you are having me redo, I charge for added time it takes for that process including supplies used for paint removal.. The removal of paint can be a long time consuming process.
Once a custom or modified order is paid I can not refund it for any reason. Once I start the process I can't refund for a modified item. It may not appeal to others and I am also using more supplies and there is time and labor.
I will make the item as similar to the item you want it to look like. However I can not promise it will be the same.
Remember what you see in your head may be different then what the item will look like. I can not duplicate pieces you want recreated. I can come close however, I can't duplicate embellishments. Items like crowns can never be duplicated. I create each one like an art piece. All pieces in a crown are looked for as I create the crown. I've created 2201 crowns and tiaras and none have ever been duplicated. I use only the best rhinestone pieces. I use only high quality embellishments.
With anything that I am distressing, please remember distressing can take on a look of it's own. I will do my best to give it the look you want. Excellence is my top priority.