A black day in Nina’s Apartment’s history. When your beautiful shop gets destroyed by a fire.

Nina's Apartment lethenty mill destroyed in fire

I keep remembering things I had in the shop. A beautiful vase, a vintage Danish pottery dish. Pictures and mirrors. My toolbox and staple guns! My books. My upholstery foam…that must have burned well in the fire. Countless items of furniture. I have now even lost the concrete wall I use as a background for taking pictures for the web shop.
Everything is gone. I went to have a look yesterday and it was the saddest thing I have ever seen. My wonderful, beloved shop, my baby, my creative haven, my pride and joy… the thing I had built up and created all by myself and that I had poured my heart and soul into.
I saw a shell full of rubble. The sign is still up, looking strangely optimistic and almost untouched, as well as the stupid dead plants outside the shop that I should have chucked away ages ago. Inside it is a complete mess. Nothing to salvage. The roof has caved in, everything is burnt. A sad green ceramic coat hook peeps up from underneath the mountain of ashes as a vague reminder of the happy, colourful place my shop used to be – until that early Thursday morning, April the 28th 2016.

interior shot of the shop

I was just having my breakfast, sorting the kids’ packed lunches and getting ready for the day when my friend phoned. It was 7.30am. “Did someone die? Who on earth calls this early?” I thought while running to the phone. “Have you heard it on the news?” she said. “Lethenty Mill is on fire”.

Nina's Apartment lethenty mill destroyed in fire

The thick plumes of smoke were visible from miles. As I drove up seeing Lethenty Mill in the distance I could only cry, knowing that what I would find would be horrific. I parked my car and ran over. They were all there, the guys from the cabinetmakers, the garage owners, my landlord and mill resident Allan – thank god he got out save, even if it was only in his pyjamas – and a crew of caring neighbours serving us coffee and tea. Eight fire engines and 55 fire fighters were trying to tackle the blaze but nothing could save my wee shoppe.

nina's Apartment lethenty mill destroyed in fire

Nina Eggens Lethenty Mill fire

People have been so kind. Hundreds of messages of support on social media, via text and email, phone calls and people turning up at my door with flowers, chocolate and bottles of wine. I am truly blessed and overwhelmed by everyone taking the time to show they care. I know it was only a retail unit and ‘stuff’, nobody physically got hurt, but it felt like my heart got ripped out on Thursday. And I am sure I am not the only business owner in that building who feels like that. I have lost everything and wasn’t properly insured for this kind of event either. Yeah, bummer. So I gotta start all over again.
What will I do next? I need to think. It would be the obvious thing to just continue as soon as possible, finding new premises, gathering stock, getting that high speed train back on track again. But I need to think. I need a rest. I have used up way too much energy building my business the past four years without taking a breather and the destruction of my shop has suddenly put everything to a halt. You know how you realise how exhausted you are the first few days when you finish work and go on a holiday? That’s how I feel. Drained. Except, it’s not a holiday.

So my next steps? I am going to sleep on it. Not one night, not two, but pretty much all summer. And then I will be back. In one shape or another. But I will be back.
Thanks for sticking with me, you are all amazing.
Nina x

Nina in front of her shop Nina's Apartment in Inverurie

North East Trades Awards 2015 – Nina’s Apartment is a finalist!

I received some amazing news today: Nina’s Apartment has been selected as a finalist in the category Home Improvements / Interior for the North East Trade Awards 2015. Not bad news to start your week off with!

I have worked incredibly hard to build up Nina’s Apartment over the past three years, running the business on my own while being a mother to two little boys under the age of four. To receive recognition for all the blood, sweat and tears that I put in week in week out, is just incredible and I am very grateful for this. So am I excited? You bet I am! 

The winners will be announced on the 12th of June. Until then: onwards and upwards, no stopping me now!


Nina’s Apartment at the AECC / Scottish Home Show 2014

I am incredibly excited to announce that for the first time Nina’s Apartment is taking part in the Scottish Home Show at the AECC in Aberdeen. It is a 3-day event taking place from 26-28 September and hopefully many more people will get to know Nina’s Apartment and what we do and sell.

On Friday 26th of September, 1pm, I will also be giving a demo on the big stage about how to transform unloved furniture into statement pieces.

Go and get some tickets, there will be plenty to enjoy for all!

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Sparkles, fur and lots of fun at the vintage ladies night


The very first ladies night organised by Nina’s Apartment in Lethenty Mill was a great success! Over 35 lovely ladies made a fantastic effort to stick to the dress-code “sparkly vintage” and arrived in the most spectacular outfits – including hats and fascinators, glitter dresses, posh satin gloves, high heels….and a LOT of fur. Necessary, as it was only just above zero degrees Celsius. The cocktails and jazz band soon warmed us all up though. Sparkling Vintage – Ladies Night really was a great start of the festive season.

Here are some pictures to prove it!

Nina’s Apartment is open every Saturday from 11am to 4pm.


Nina having a giggle

Nice hair do!

Good effort, ladies!

Handmade goodie bags (upcycled magazine pages stitched together!)

Barbara, our bar manager for the night wearing the hottest hat she could get her hands on

Bags by Black Butterfly

Coasters and lavender hearts by Mydecorideas

Canapes

Barbara, Diane and Nina looking Christmassy

Jazz singer Cindy Douglas and band

The most spectacular vintage outfits of the night!

Vintage jewellery by Peapod

Sparkling Vintage Ladies Night – Friday 8th of November

On Friday night 8th of November ladies are invited to join us for some quality Christmas shopping, live musical entertainment, drinks and canapes and the opportunity to get yourself photographed in our glamourous vintage photo-booth.

                                   DRESS-CODE: *SPARKLING VINTAGE* !

A great opportunity to dress up like a diva, catch up with friends and get started on your Christmas shopping! 🙂

Stalls include vintage fashion and accessories, beautiful one-off handbags, gorgeous crafts, unique handmade jewellery and gifts for your loved ones. Plenty to spoil yourself with too!

Tickets are limited and cost £15

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With your ticket you will get 2 free drinks, canapes, a goodie bag with little surprises and your photo taken in our glamourous photo-booth. Plenty of exclusive special offers in store too.

Jazz vocalist Cindy Douglas will be providing us with quality musical entertainment, fitting in perfectly with the theme and atmosphere of the evening. cindydouglas.co.uk


If you’ve been to any of Nina’s Apartment’s bazaars before you know you can expect a fun environment, inspiration, quality products and a friendly atmosphere!

                          

Furniture in stock right now: Danish design, retro sideboards, storage units and more

Ladderax unit with desk £395

‘Trioh’ Danish design teak coffee table £160

Solid wood chest of drawers £85

Danish design teak coffee table with glass top £95

G-Plan low sideboard £140

Retro – super comfy! – swivel chair £150

Vintage ottoman £40

Upcycled bedside cabinet £45

Lloyd Loom ‘Lusty laundry basket £35

Retro 1960s sideboard £245

Upcycled chair. painted and slightly distressed, plus recovered seat £85

Vintage stackable school chairs £40 per chair or £200 for six

Pop-Up *craft* Cafe at Nina’s Apartment this September

Fancy learning to use a sewing machine while enjoying a cup of coffee? Doing a spot of upcycling or learning some knitting techniques?

From Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th of September we are organising a fabulous POP-UP *craft* CAFE at Nina’s Apartment.

Between 11am and 4pm you are welcome to stop by and enjoy some coffee & tea, home-bakes or a light lunch, take part in creative drop-in classes on offer or just have a browse in the vintage shop.

The cafe will be run by Yvonne from TeaArtandDesign, who makes her own handmade tea (yum!) and will also serve fresh soup, scones and German cake (yum again!).

Plenty of 1960s/70s knitting magazines also for sale!

The classes are run by a talented bunch of ladies; sewing queen Barbara from RockingStitch, knitting expert Janet from I Heart Art, upcycling and vintage fan Diane from Dee-Licious Finds and sewer and lover-of-crafts Linda from Fimbly.

Need any more more reasons to come down? Hey, there is of course also my shop Nina’s Apartment, full of vintage furniture and things for the home! Plus the workshop tutors will be selling some of their own handmade creations too.

Plenty of craft supplies are also for sale during these four days, to help you stock up on fabrics (cause you can never have to many ;-), haberdashery and other bits ‘n bobs.

See you there! x



Nina’s Apartment…a local vintage shop with European flair

 
If you are on the hunt for a beautiful piece of vintage furniture, a statement mirror or just a splash of colour and uniqueness for your home, you’ve come to the right place. Meet Nina’s Apartment, a vintage shop in Lethenty Mill, just outside Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.

Nina’s Apartment is run and owned by Dutch vintage enthusiast Nina Eggens, who came to live in Scotland eight years ago and was missing the choice in home interior shops she was used to on the continent. After working for different North East arts organisations and becoming a mother she opted for a career change and opened her own shop in 2012. As she puts it, Nina’s Apartment offers people “colour, quality, quirkiness and European flair.” Above all, everything in Nina’s shop is carefully selected and curated, creating an inspiring shopping environment.

“I have always been a collector of vintage and design and am forever reading interior design magazines and pinning myself silly on Pinterest”, Nina says. “I dreamt about opening a shop for years and after having my baby boy 18 months ago I decided it was now or never.”
“I started selling only online and at fairs at first, but soon my house was full of furniture and boxes of china and it was time I found my own premises. My husband was delighted he got his garage back and since opening the shop in October I have been truly overwhelmed by the positive response from customers.”

In the shop you’ll find an ever-changing selection of vintage chairs, recovered foot -stools, painted chests of drawers, mirrors, upcycled lampshades, well-traveled trunks, retro dinnerware and blankets. Sleek mid-century sideboards, tactile Danish ceramics and graphic patterns show Nina’s love for the Scandinavian style, which also shines through in the cushions she designs and makes herself. 


“I love the clean lines and simplicity of Scandinavian design. It never bores and goes with so many different interior styles. I always get very excited when I come across gorgeous items on my travels. Last year I discovered a set of forgotten Hans Wegner wishbone chairs in the back of someone’s shed. Needless to say they sold pretty quickly. ”

One of the strong points of Nina’s Apartment is the mix and styling of products in the shop. This is no coincidence as Nina tries to bring a message across. “Vintage is a very trendy word at the moment, but I want to offer people something that works well in their own, modern interiors in the long term, whether you call it ‘vintage’, eclectic or timeless – as long as it is beautiful and made with care. I want to show them it’s easy and fun to mix and match old and new furniture and accessories in order to create a home with soul and personality, rather than to buy lots of mass-produced items in the same matching colours from the same shop. After all, your home is yours and shouldn’t look like everyone else’s.”

Nina’s Apartment is currently open on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm and by appointment on other days. She also sells at local vintage fairs.
www.ninasapartment.com
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Published in Made in Scotland magazine

A very sunny summer bazaar

Hundreds of people flocked to Nina’s Apartment’s summer bazaar on Saturday 15th of June, for some quality vintage shopping, yummy BBQ, fresh lemonade or having silly photos taken in the photo booth. The sun was out, which made the day even more special. Thank you to all who came and enjoyed themselves! Here’s to a great summer!
Photos taken by photographer Kelly Compton.