Alana Stoyas is the kind of person who can see the potential in a few cuts of leftover wood and a piece of furniture that has seen better days.  Her business, Flight of Fancy, took off because of her ability to see the beauty in old things and her talent to create gorgeous items for the home with a whimsical flair.  A big believer in hard work and getting her hands dirty,  it’s not a surprise that Stoyas’ vision for a vintage furniture shop and design business is thriving.  What started as something she liked to do turned into friends asking her to design furniture for them and quickly accelerated into a full fledged business where she offers design services as well as instruction.

One hot summer night this July, we accompanied Stoyas to an instructional workshop that she hosted at the historic Sally Mill Farm in Middleburg, once owned by the founder of Middleburg, Leven Powell.  There, Stoyas taught those in attendance how to create a custom serving tray.   To learn how to create your own stylish and custom serving tray, check out the Fall/Spring issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living.

Edited by JESSICA MONTE.

Design by Alana Stoyas of FLIGHT OF FANCY, Photo by JESSICA MONTE

 

This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

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September 3, 2017