Dragonfly settles into historic Luverne space
LUVERNE -- As customers recently strolled into Dragonfly, a new interior design business in downtown Luverne, they looked around in awe and exclaimed that Margaret would be proud.
Margaret, of course, is the late Margaret Vegge, a fixture at Renfro Variety for 64 years until her death last summer.
Stacy Riphagen said her family made their first purchase in Margaret's store when they moved to Luverne a dozen years ago. Now, she owns the building and has transformed it into a furniture boutique and design store.
Riphagen spent eight years working at the Furniture House in Luverne prior to its closure, and completed online courses to earn her degree in interior design from Sheffield School of Interior Design in New York, N.Y.
Combining her work experience -- she also spent two years as a floral designer at Glen's in Luverne -- education and passion for design, Riphagen is eager to assist homeowners with everything from cabinet placement to color use.
"I've always loved rearranging stuff," Riphagen said. "I've always liked design and color."
Whether it's new construction or reenergizing an older home, Riphagen said she's open to any job.
"Design is all about the individual," she said. Depending on the person's need and the function of the room, each design project will be different.
As part of her design services, Riphagen meets with clients and asks them questions to find their likes and dislikes, and comes up with options from there.
In new construction, she prefers to work upfront with contractors so that certain design features can be planned for in the building project.
"We can take into consideration the angles and windows," she said. "With the background I have, I like to work with the contractor to get it all to flow, to get the function perfect."
Riphagen said she likes to bring different colors and textures into design, and she likes to work in all different types of rooms, whether it's a kitchen, master bedroom or living room.
Dragonfly offers Uttermost lighting and lamps, Country Cupboards cabinetry and the Norwalk line of home furnishings. With 850 different fabric swatches for customers to choose from, Riphagen said each furniture piece is custom-made for the client.
"I just love working with people and seeing the end result," she said. "When you work for your dream, it doesn't seem like work."
Riphagen and her husband, David, purchased the former Renfro Variety store in January and did a complete renovation over the course of the next three and a half months. Their sons, Spencer and Carter, were "amazing helpers" in getting the boutique ready for its late-April opening.
Dragonfly is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Riphagen said Mondays are reserved for on-site design appointments, and she's willing to do one-on-one consultations by appointment.
Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.