Tuesday, June 29, 2010
festivities in the works include:
storewide discounts if you bring a dog friend
additional discounts if your dog is in an outfit
dog swimming pool stations
rowdy will be debuting his line of custom dog beds
new collars and leashes
in related news, brian meares just sent me this.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
how is it having a store?
it's wonderful. i am doing WHAT I WANT TO DO. that's pretty remarkable. i have no crazy boss screaming at me and having unprovoked mood swings. i don't have to ask anyone if i need to leave early. i don't have to go on wild goose chases, i'm allowed to tell people if they are being unreasonable, i pick who i want to as co-workers, i determine what i think is fair and i am proud of what i'm offering.
i work hard. everyday. i keep working when i get home at night. since what i 'do' is also my biggest hobby now, it never ends. after spending the day looking at fabrics and blogs for inspiration and helping clients and ordering things for the store and painting furniture, i come home and look at magazines and walk around our neighborhood at night time peering in people's windows from the street for inspiration. i search for interesting vintage furniture, i clip out merchandise i want for the store, i meet with design clients at night, i go over numbers again and again to make sure i can pay my taxes and take pictures of what we're eating for dinner so i have something to talk to yal about. and then i paint furniture again.
i don't make much money. i'd like to one day. the key is diversifying. retail alone will NOT do it. it's about the store. and the decorating. and the custom furniture. and painting furniture for customers. and the blog. and advertisers. and e-decorating. and selling fabric. and having an online store. and one day, a scent, a china pattern and a line of dog beds.
if i had kids, i don't see how i could do this. i also could not do it without a few really important people who i count on each and every day: keila the intern who makes it all happen and buys me kimonos, david the painter/cobbler/lamp maker who thinks he's hamish bowles, my mom who always shows up with a new mirror, my accountant, deanna who brings me lunch and unloads furniture, lauren brings me coffee and funny stories, caroline helps me remember to stay classy, and rowdy who at the very least gets me outside every few hours - but at the very most is dog perfection. and brian meares, who comes in the store every now and then and says, 'wow, furbish is real'.
it's a risk. every day you have to keep taking them. will people buy this? should i order more? try something different? is this too expensive? is this too cheap? should i paint these chairs blue and cover them in crazy fabric? will people buy them or tell me it's awful? it's not vegas. you can't cash out when you're up. you have to spend money to make money, and that's scary.
and then when you make it, you have to pay 37% of it to the gov't. so one day the bank acct is all dolla dolla bill$ and the next day, nada.
i get lots of emails from people wanting advice, and for me to share my story. i'm not ignoring you - i just don't physically have the brain power or time to answer every email.
i get excited when something sells, or i get a new client, or finish a project i'm proud of, but then you have to go right back to making it all happen.
it's a jump. a leap of a faith. every day.
but it's worth it.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
just a reminder about the accessories swap at furbish sunday night. please email me if you'd like to sign up.
jordan's spectacularly crafty brain dreamed them up.
they look extra pretty blowing in the AC.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
the wallpaper is quadrille. the vanity is a vintage piece i painted and distressed. knobs are from restoration hardware. the chandelier is from ballard, and the mirror is a vintage piece from furbish. the monogrammed hand towel was designed by a local seamstress.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
it's been a good long while since i freaked out on someone. i just showed clearwire what crazy looks like, and then hung up in frustration.
please save yourself the trouble and NEVER sign up for clearwire internet. ever.
Friday, June 18, 2010
bryn and i are hosting an accessories swap at furbish next sunday night. everyone will bring in 3 gently loved accessories to swap out for something new-to-them.
not only will you get to go home with newfound treasures , but we'll offer refreshing ideas on how to repurpose all of the items you've grown tired of.
*items must have a retail value of approx. $15 - $20. class fee is $30, and due upon registration. please email jamie to register, or call 919.521.4981.
so i'll also join in the celebration by posting these flip flops. yes please.
and there's also this. deanna, you've never been more validated.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
bonnaroo was fairly not disasterous. i've determined that things can go south there quickly if 1) it rains 2) you camp beside meatheads from jersey who stay up all night chest bumping 3) it's over 100° with the heat index.
we only had the heat to deal with, so i made it through. my attention wandered while watching indie rock bands (what's with all the dings and chimes? i don't get it), and i decided to take some photos of the those who were managing to look stylish in the sweltering heat. it was all rompers and rainboots, with a solid dose of hipster tank tops and 80's neon.
Anthro Prism Knobs
Galbraith & Paul textiles (you can pick and choose the colors you want for the hand printing
This J.Crew bathing suit (maybe the white will make me look less pasty?)
I just put these bamboo blinds up in our new home and I love them. They are inexpensive and the perfect color.
This candle (Scarlet Grapefruit) smells sooooo freaking good. It's pricey, but so worth it. I could just eat it.
I love this bag. Isn't it like a work of art?
Thanks for having me on the blog, Jamie!