Kings Furniture Store; Billings, MO

Once there was a tale, of a gal who loved to travel and tell her stories to all those in the land. And then, she got pregnant and bore her third child. So lived the tale of the girl who loved to travel and tell her stories……..

There’s a chance I’m being slightly melodramatic but there is truth to every tale right? So, since I’ve last posted, I got pregnant with my third child, survived said pregnancy with causing only a moderate case of pregnant-husband-traumatic-syndrome, PHTS if you will. I spent those 9 months having some anger management problems (not kidding), complaining about this pesky nerve pain in my upper right side, and being totally and utterly exhausted. This was proceeded by the next 3 months of experiencing that overwhelming sleep deprivation that Momma’s experience during the newborn phase of parenthood.

But, I’m beginning to feel like my old self again. Sarcastic and playful. Adventurous and charming. So in light of the return of Pan, I would like to finally relay a story of a fantastic little store I happened upon last year when I headed down south for work.

There’s been very few times in my life that I’ve had the opportunity or need to venture down to the southwest part of the state. Not sure why it’s never occurred to me. That part of the state is beautiful in the late spring/early summer when the fields have just turned that spectacular shade of emerald green and the baby blue skies sit just above the treeline baring stark contrast. I found myself thoroughly enjoying my peaceful four hour drive and breathing in the intoxicating smell of country-clean air.

My drive that day brought me straight through a town I’d never heard of before; Billings, Missouri. When I happen upon these small towns, I smile to myself and revel in the excitement of finding a gem off the beaten path. I instantly become a “Sunday driver” of sorts where I find myself inexplicably driving about 10 miles under the speed limit until the angry driver behind me lays on the horn and brings me back to reality. When I’d driven about halfway through downtown Billings, I noticed a beautiful century-old storefront with a new sign afixed to the front, Kings Custom Vintage. I made a mental note to stop there on my way back through town, once I was done with my work for the day.

Because I love old architecture, I likely would have stopped just to look at the outside of the store but the floor to ceiling warehouse-style windows welcomed me inside with open arms. Imagine my surprise when I find thousands of square feet of beautifully redone furniture.

An upright piano turned wine rack. Genius!

All pieces have an original paint style that is specific to just that piece. The owner of Kings formulated her own chalk paint (amazing!) that has a smooth, not cake-y texture, and coats the furniture in the beautiful, chalk finish that is so popular now.

If you can’t find a piece here that you fall in love with, you’re not going to find one anywhere! And with the expansive space of the store (4,000 sq ft +!), the owners keep piling in more and more original designs that you are sure to fall in love with.

Owner, Sharlene King Ferguson, poses in her one-of-a-kind furniture shop in Billings, MO


Kings holds do-it-yourself clases

If you’re in the area of Southwest Missouri, do yourself the favor of stopping in and seeing what’s on the storeroom floor! Kings is located on Highway 60 in downtown Billings, Missouri. Call them at 417-844-2810 for questions.

Shop local!


Boutique shopping in Rolla, MO


Back in December, several weeks before Christmas, I realized it was SEVERAL WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!! Panic quickly set in, the morning I heard on the radio just how little time I had to get my shopping done, cookies made, gifts wrapped and holiday party hosted.

This also happened to be the week that I was having a Mini-Mommy-Meltdown. You know those weeks. The times you don’t want to crawl out of bed and be all adult-y. The times that you want to just come home, slip into those beautiful, black, uber comfy yoga pants and slide straight in between your bed sheets to indulge in that slightly trashy romance novel that you are almost ashamed to admit you love.  Those times that I am certain every single parent has but doesn’t want to admit to having for the fear of looking weak or like you don’t really love your kids….

It just so happens, an opportunity came upon me at the height of my Mini-Mommy-Meltdown. (And by meltdown, we all know that nobody knows you’re actually having a meltdown. You keep that all inside right??) So, like the good little nurse I am (wink, wink), I volunteered to make my way from Columbia to Rolla to have a quick visit with a client.


With my travel mug full of fresh, black coffee and the most gorgeous drive through rolling hills into the sunrise, I made my way from Jefferson City into the town of Rolla. Just as I entered town, my attention was caught by a unique sign, “Front Porch Boutique”. Colorful with a rustic edge, my interest was piqued and I planned to stop in for a little holiday shopping once my work was done.


I got finished early and had to wait for the shop to open (they opened at 9:00am on this day) but relished in the silence of my car with my fresh coffee refill, surfing through the ridiculousness that is Facebook.

All it took was one step over the threshold to realize I was in shopping heaven. I have never been a fan of box stores that have variations of the same exact item as every other box store. A retail store that has taken the time to carefully pick out their inventory as if selecting it specifically for each individual customer will win my vote every time.


As I meandered through each nook and cranny of this store, one section at a time, I fell in love. Pure shopping love. Front Porch Boutique has gifts for nearly anybody and everybody. They have clothes, boots, knick knacks, food, headbands, dinnerware, things for kids, things for the men in your life, things for the women,you name it.


I got my sisters each some gifts and I ended up maybe, just maybe, buying even more for myself. For me, I got a peach dress (made in the USA! which I find awesome), a blue jean dress, and a very soft, cozy oversize cardigan for those cold winter days where you just need to be wrapped in comfort.

I easily spent an hour roaming and digging and searching for those perfect, unique trinkets that you decide you can’t live without. I found myself going back through rooms a second time and kept finding something I hadn’t seen the first time around. I believe I even had to put some things back on the shelves in an attempt to restrain the shopping frenzy that had overcome my senses.

The next time you’re in the throws of your Mini-Mommy-Meltdown, or Daddy-Downer-Days, make your way to the door of Front Porch Boutique in Rolla and gets your spirits up with a little retail therapy. Trust me, it’ll do you wonders!