Yarn’s End: What a yarn shop should look like

I recently did the design plan for a yarn shop called Yarn’s End in Norwell, Massachusetts that I wanted to share. I’d done the design for their original location 3 years ago and was happy to tackle another location. Today, when I was in to take photos of the bathroom to share, customers were raving about the space and said “This is what a yarn shop should look like”.


When doing a commercial space, it’s important to take the company’s branding into consideration. My client always said that she wanted her space to be different – not some fusty old knit shop – modern and welcoming. Her logo above really illustrates this well, I think.

Her original shop was in a very bland “strip mall” kind of location. Her new shop is located in a wonderful building complex with lots of light and amazing floors and beamed ceilings.

This is the “before” photos of the space when she signed the lease.


I worked up a basic floor plan so they’d know what storage units could go where and where her table and chairs went.

YE floorplan

For the main store, I recommended Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year “Simply White” as it felt it complemented all the natural wood tones and was the perfect back drop for all the colorful yarns in stock.

YE Simply White inspiration

I’ll show photos of the main store later on. To be honest, once everything was moved in, it’s hard to get good, clean photos. Plus, the store is always so busy seven days a week that daytime photography is now impossible. But more photos will come eventually. I do want to share the vast improvement of the bathroom. Unlike the rest of the shop which has loads of natural charm, the bathroom definitely did not.


Since the store was going to be white, I wanted the bathroom to really pop with the corporate colors of orange (my client’s favorite color), red and green.

While I was in the very early thinking stages, I received an email from Walls Need Love, a wall decal adhesive art company based in Nashville. They inquired about partnering with me a on a project and I thought this was a great opportunity to try out and showcase their product. Here’s a cute “behind the scenes” video from Walls Need Love.

They have lots of really great designs and styles for all tastes:

WNL1 WNL2 wnl3

I decided on the Vintage De Stijl wall mural – as it had all the corporate colors as well as reminded me of a wall of yarns in abstract. And I just thought it would really be a fantastic surprise in a store bathroom.

So, I mocked up the design for my client’s approval. And it was a go!

YE bathroom

My client Alison and I installed the mural a couple of weeks ago. It was only going on the back wall of the bathroom with the rest of the walls painted Benjamin Moore’s Adobe Orange.


The mural came in 4 –  8′ tall panels which we had to trim to size. The first panel was the hardest as it had to be cut around a soffit and was behind the toilet. The rest of the panels went up very easily. We started at the top and pulled the backing off from top to bottom, smoothing as we went. The vinyl is thick enough to handle really easily – it never rolled over on itself for instance. It’s also re-positionable which helped. They provided me with a little plastic smoother which helped push air bubbles out.


We butted the panels up against one another and the seams are invisible. For the final panel (far left) we ended up lapping it over a little because it was easier to trim the length to the wall and get it as close as possible. You can only barely see the seam in this case.


And the final result, including the sink skirt I made – I though the birds a whimsical addition to the room, plus they harken back to her logo.








The customers have all been raving about the space. They love the mural accent wall and happy colors. Most also think that it’s painted and are very surprised and impressed that it’s a wall decal.

There is more to come in the shop with help from the nice folks at Walls Need Love – only in this case – it’s the stair case that will get a little love.

Thank you to my clients Alison and Bob for letting me go a little wild. And a huge thanks to Walls Need Love for providing product for this makeover!


xoxo Linda

2 thoughts on “Yarn’s End: What a yarn shop should look like”

  1. What a fun transformation of that powder room. No wonder their customers love it! The wall mural is very cool as is the camouflaging sink skirt! I hope you were able to add a little holder for your business cards somewhere….
    Great location near the garden center. Looking forward to seeing more photos of the shop.


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