Trina Berg and Tina Lemcke have been gal pals for some 20 years and parlayed their friendship into a home decor, garden and gift shop called Fiddleheads, in Port Angeles, nine years ago.
Now they’re bringing their eclectic sense of style to Sequim as Field Notes and are remodeling, with their husbands, Brian Berg and Frank Lemcke, the 1911 Knight-Godfrey building in downtown Sequim.
“We’d talked about a presence in Sequim so when this space (the former Dungeness Wine & Cheese) became available, it seemed like a good time,” Trina Berg said.
“And the historical character of the building was really attractive,” Tina Lemcke added. “We’re excited to build on its historical character by revealing some of its original features. This place will be able to offer a lot more things and it’s nice to be doing it in our hometown. I really love as a merchant the sense of community with other merchants — most are other women who are inspired to do great things.”
Removing the low dropped ceilings uncovered two bonuses: a high ceiling with rough-hewn old-growth Douglas-fir planks and a trio of windows above the plate-glass on East Washington Street.
The women advertise themselves as “two small-town girls doing things in a big way” and say they share a lot of the same passions, especially when it comes to home decorating and setting up shop in Sequim.
“We feel Sequim is vital and having a great collection of home and garden decor will make it even a more fun place to shop,” Berg said. “We feel we’re aiming for a niche that complements other retail stores but with products that are uniquely ours — naturally inspired decor with creative whimsy thrown in — very vintage-inspired with a fusion of old and new. There definitely will be a vintage vibe with florals of fine silk, dried and fresh materials.”
Lemcke added, “Our pieces have a lot of character; they’re eclectic. We’re really about you telling your own story in your home. The more unusual and collected a home is, the more interesting it is.”
Berg said the Field Notes moniker evoked a sense of nature, of taking note of what surrounds customers and their personal history and incorporating that into their homes.
“A nod to nature, if you will,” she said. “It’s a matter of finding what’s right for their space.”
Lemcke said the women enjoy taking their decorating skills out in the field by offering color consulting, redesign and placement services, setting up new spaces and grooming spaces into what a homeowner’s needs are. They also plan a nook called the Prairie Girl Studio within the store to work on their own projects and to give classes to others.
“It’s a way to add new experiences to a retail shop and we have taught classes before,” Berg said.
“They’re the types of projects you’d see on Etsy (a handmade marketplace) such as fairy gardens, painting furniture or mixed media collages.”
Unable to pin them down on specific inventory, Berg would only say Field Notes will be a “lifestyle boutique” and people will just have to come and see it after the soft opening in mid-September.
“It feels so good coming back to Sequim; it feels like coming home because this is our hometown,” Berg said. “Field Notes is retail as our art, our artistic outlet.”
“That’s what brought us together,” Lemcke added. “It’s so exciting to do that for other people and give them the confidence and tools to decorate in their own homes.”
Field Notes is at 123 E. Washington St. and hours will be 10:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday, with Sunday hours possible. To reach Berg or Lemcke, call 452-2114.