I recently got to interview business owner Roseanne Guaglianone, and it was a real pleasure. She has a wonderful presence, and the environment of her store, Hemisphere Home, is beautiful and calming. We talked for an hour-and-a-half, and time flew by.
Hemisphere Home is both a retail store and a showroom for Roseanne’s design business. It has a sense of style that makes it worth a visit. She carries product lines you can’t find anywhere in our region, but it’s not just a furniture store. She combines furniture with local art and antiques and treasures that she has found throughout the world, or maybe from a local estate sale.
Everything in the store is beautiful. The merchandise is displayed very thoughtfully. Roseanne even has fabric samples that you just have to feel. As a bumbling bachelor, I didn’t even know what you’d do with the fabrics. Roseanne patiently explained that they could recover an old chair that was worn, transforming it into something stunning. The fabrics could become window or wall coverings, or even clothing.
Style that reflects each customer’s personality
Roseanne is a local. She was born in Los Banos and grew up in Clovis (graduating from Clovis High). Like many local professionals, she got her start at Gottschalks, where she created special events and fashion shows. She continued her work in the fashion biz at Macy’s.
When a friend asked her to create an interior style for his home, she found her true calling. She realized she could interpret what a person wanted into an environment that reflected their personal goals. She doesn’t impose her style; instead, she likes to customize for each client so their home reflects their taste.
When a store called Interior Systems was listed for sale in Fig Garden Village, Roseanne seized the opportunity to share her design creativity with a broader audience. I am not a shopper. I hate shopping. I measure a successful shopping venture by how quickly I can get in and out. But, I used to love to go into Interior Systems. I even have a set of candle holders (Candelabra? Candle stick holders? I don’t know what they are called, but they’re really cool) from that store.
Roseanne then purchased a dilapidated house on Palm Ave. and with local architect Art Dyson, transformed it into a modern marvel. She took the name Hemisphere to indicate her combined love for travel and finding cool items to bring back for her customers. The store was very popular but, like many others, struggled during the economic downturn. Roseanne also found that she had to battle a personal illness, which she has overcome and is now a picture of health.
Where to find Hemisphere Home
Roseanne’s new store Hemisphere Home is the culmination of all her experiences. The store has everything from gifts (my birthday is in August), lighting, art and accessories to a range of furniture lines you can’t find anywhere else in town, such as Bernhardt, Lexington, and Della Robia. The store is located in the Opus One shopping center on the northwest corner of Palm and Bullard across from Petunia’s Place (children’s books) and the Grape Tray (wine shop). They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Drop in for a great experience and say hello to Roseanne, Cindy, and Sweetpea (Roseanne’s adorable rescue pooch).
Give Hemisphere Home a call at (559) 226-0666. Take a look at their website at www.hemispherehome.com or check out their Facebook page. I always suggest that people like pages and give a great rating on social media to locally owned businesses to give them a boost. You can see more of the store and get the feel through this video produced by local filmmaker H Steele. You can also listen to a radio spot that local radio station mogul John Ostlund created.
Incidentally, Roseanne also likes to give back to our community. She is a big fan of the Fresno Art Museum, and she had an idea rolling around in her head for a few years. The idea was Trashique, which brings artists and supporters to the museum for a fun event where people create art out of trash. In this case, it’s fashion. She believe that anything, even trash can be beautiful, edifying, and entertaining.
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