Owner and Interior Designer, Elaine Doran, brings 30+ years of design experience to Room With A Past. She has been a designer at Ethan Allen and Pottery Barn, and as a stager and Realtor. Elaine has helped many clients integrate new and vintage pieces into their homes with items they already have and love, creating a cohesive decor. consultation. She has always loved helping people create Beautiful Rooms.
She is now offering personal decorating assistance to individual clients.
Our Past & Future
Our Story- The Past & The Future
The Past. In 2002, Room With A Past opened its doors inside a warehouse in Walnut Creek CA. It became known as the "Room" and was only open 4 days each month and filled with a collection of Vintage, Antique, Collectibles, Furniture and Home decor that “ Had A Past” A very talented group of Consignors, a.k.a. “Roomies” searched each month for unique treasures to offer customers when the store re-opened for the 4 day opening . It was an exciting place to be for customers who wanted to fill their homes with interesting vintage finds and home decor treasures at reasonable prices.
In 2014 - Elaine Doran took over ownership. With the help of family, friends & the Roomies, she brought quality and fun vintage home furnishings to the Room. Having been a Roomie herself prior to ownership, she always had one goal in mind - For each customer to find delight in searching for unique and often one of a kind vintage treasure to integrate into their own home decor while having a fun experience shopping at “The Room”
In 2018-2019 - The Warehouse store closed in fall of 2018 to search for a new location, but continued by participating in Pop- Up events around the East Bay. In 2019 Elaine and a some Roomies joined Quail Country Antiques, a long time Antique Store in Walnut Creek.
The Future. NOW, the Summer of 2020 - Due the unprecedented times with Corona Virus, Elaine has decided to leave Quail Country Antiques and NOT be part of a retail store at this time. Elaine and Room With A Past will now focus on helping individual clients with their homes. Because Elaine’s passion is decorating and staging, she thinks this is a good time to go in this direction.
Does YOUR Room with a Past need a change too? Do you have a room or rooms that could use some help? If you love her ability to change the look of rooms at the shop by moving, refreshing and adding new treasures, you'll love what she can do in your home too.
Services Offered - 1. Guide you with suggestions and decorating ideas for updating rooms. 2. How to update while integrating new and vintage pieces into rooms. 3. What to do with items you no longer want. 4. Estate Sales. 5. Decorating Classes for small groups - how to decide what style you love. 6. Shopping Service - searching for a special piece.
Be sure to keep in touch and find out new sale locations through email blasts and our Facebook page