NEWPORT BEACH — If home furnishings could speak, newly opened Magnolia Mews Consignments would be a place to tell their stories.
Tucked into what owner Hillary Niblo described as a "small but mighty space" at 314 Old Newport Blvd., the 750-square-foot consignment shop is a stage for paintings, baubles, home decor and furnishings bursting with intimate stories of times gone by.
"I've always felt like old things have a soul," said Niblo, 45, who grew up on Lido Isle and attended Newport Harbor High School. "I'd like to tell their story and be able to bring them to life. This store is something that I've always had in the back of my mind as something that I wanted to do."
In working with about 75 consignors, Niblo has a mix that include modern items, original pieces from local artists, and objects dating back to the 19th century.
From brooches to custom leather furniture, they all have their own hidden narratives, she said.