My Story


Hey friends,

My name is Pat, and I am the owner and curator of Salvaged Soul located in historic downtown Perry, Iowa.

From my earliest memories, I loved to be creative, making my own costumes from my mom’s leftover fabric, singing and dancing to my favorite songs I played on my little record player.  I always had a desire to create, daydreaming of a time where I could fill my life with my designs.  Life sometimes pushes your dreams to the back burner, so when I retired from the corporate world, I was still trying to find my way.  After a couple of bumps in the road, I found a small well-worn building in downtown Perry that my husband and I renovated.  The journey of Salvaged Soul began....

Salvaged Soul is one of the oldest structures in the downtown business and culture district of Perry, Iowa. She was built in 1883, thank goodness the original tin ceiling remained intact but not much of the original charm was left. My husband, Joe, and I collaborated on the interior design which in my opinion turned out perfect.  I chose the name Salvaged Soul because this speaks to my ability to overcome obstacles and rise out of life's challenges. 
As a furniture painter, I save furniture from the burn pile and give it a new soul.  Restoring this building was truly a labor of love and is proof to never give up on a dream.  

I dreamed of creating a space to shop but I wanted to be thoughtful with the items I brought in. I truly believe in giving back or paying it forward, so it is important to me that I curate brands that have a purpose or give back to those who need help.  I believe this gives the world hope for change by offering a hand up to those who are in need of a lift.  This might just be the change they need.  

When setting up the shop, I knew I also wanted to carry paint.  There are a lot of paint companies out there!  I searched for a paint company for a couple of years when I discovered my favorite artist, Tracey Bellion was a brand ambassador for Dixie Belle.  I began taking her classes, started using Dixie Belle and absolutely fell in love with their products!   The company is so supportive of the retailers and has excellent education programs not only to help us understand the products better but also to help grow our businesses.  Today I am an Elite Retailer for Dixie Belle Paint.  This means I carry the entire line of the Dixie Belle Products and can offer you everything you need for your next project.

My mission with Salvaged Soul is to offer small quantities of unique items to enable women of all ages to create a sanctuary in their home that is just as amazing as each and every one of them are. 

You may enter my shop for the first time as a guest, but you will leave as a friend.  I truly appreciate and love each and every one of my customers.