PORTSMOUTH Chad Callihan is the owner and founder of Weekender House in Portsmouth. Christina Van Blake is the owner and founder of Home, soon to open in Dover. Both designers have an extensive career history of entrepreneurial endeavors, interior design expertise and corporate employment. The similarities dont end there.
Six years ago, Callihan resigned from his position as a designer for a local furniture chain. He opened Weekender House and has since turned it into a successful business offering interior design services as well as furniture and decor. Six years ago, Van Blake was hired as a designer by the same local chain and recently resigned to open Home in Dover offering interior design services as well as furniture and decor.
Hearing of Van Blakes plans to open Home from a mutual business connection, Callihan contacted Van Blake about the possibility of a potential partnership.
When you are, by nature, a creative person, you are always searching for opportunities for collaboration and sharing of ideas Callihan said.
I was really excited to hear from Chad. Its always great to have someone to talk to who really knows the business, Van Blake said. We both agreed Dover has needed a new, fresh place to shop for furniture, window coverings and home accessories for a while. This area is just exploding and the timing was right for me.
The two met and found that although Weekender House and Home will each offer something different, they share the same business goals of exceptional quality, strong business values and unique goods to provide clients the best possible experience and results. Both offer design services, window coverings and stylish unique home furnishings
Collectively referred to as House & Home, both Callihan and Van Blake will be working out of Weekender House on Albany Street until construction is completed for Home. In the meantime, House & Home will be curating and sourcing the latest styles and trends in furniture, home decor, rugs and lighting at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Market before Home officially opens at Pointe Place this summer.
For more Information, call Christina Van Blake at (603) 285-2842 or Chad Callihan at (603) 289-4466.