Camelion Design closing after 24 years in Ballard

The home furnishing store Camelion Design will be closing in December* after 24 years on Ballard Ave.

Owner Nicole Vandermeulen announced the news on Facebook, saying she’s going to shift her focus to her interior design consultation work and close her brick-and-mortar at 5330 Ballard Ave.

“It was love at first sight when I stood under the arch of the bell tower looking down toward Ballard Ave, more than 24 years ago,” Vandermeulen wrote in her farewell. “I knew instinctively that this was the street and neighborhood I wanted to open Camelion Design and offer furnishings, custom upholstery, home décor and so much more to elevate our homes and the way we live in them.”

Vandermeulen says her first location was just across the street from her current storefront, where she’s been for 17 years. She writes about watching Ballard Ave grow and change over the years.

“It truly has been a magical ride, seeing Ballard grow, seeing all the other wonderful neighborhood businesses thrive and seeing my own business grow by leaps and bounds,” Vandermeulen writes.

“I pondered long and hard over this and have come to the conclusion that I’ve truly creatively expressed everything I wanted to bring to this amazing community and to my customers. I realized that this is the right decision for me and my family.”

Vandermeulen is offering large discounts on products until the official closing: 20% off until the end of October, then the discounts jump an extra 10% each week until the final week of business. Along with product sales, she’ll also be selling display props, antique pieces, storage shelving, and more—”and lots of freebies” she says.

The store will be open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 6pm, Saturday from 11am to 6pm, and Sunday 11am to 5pm (closed Monday and Tuesday).

Photo: Camelion Design on Facebook

*The original version of the story incorrectly stated that the store would close at the end of November.