Saturday, December 6, 2008

To Market, To Market We Go...

So, I make pretty things. Well, I think they are pretty. This would be why I make them. I make pretty things for living spaces out of eco friendly stuff. I LOVE fabric and the best kind is the kind that isn't covered in formaldehyde. You might be surprised to find out how much ickyness goes into the fabrics that cover your home and body. But I am not into preaching, I simply intend to infiltrate as many houses as possible with my eco-warrior ideas via pillows and linens.




I am not going to make a habit of posting my own stuff, (cause there is a chance somebody would tell me it isn't as pretty as I would like to think,) and normally wouldn't... but I am doing some market research and want to ask people that I don't know or rather, who would tell me some honest things. I need some questions answered. So I am posting them here because... well I don't really know how else to do this. I thought about standing out on the street but quickly dismissed this as a) it is friggin cold out this time of year, and b) I am looking for people with good taste AND who put at least a smidgen of thought into their nest. That rules out a good percentage of Nelson. I love this town, but home decor is not really at the top of important things around here. Snowboarding, drinking good coffee and a crazy vibrant arts scene yes... sofas, no. And it woud be hoped, that you, dear readers (all three of you at this point, lol) are at least a bit interested. Definitely you are stylin, or you wouldn't be here, right? Hahaha... yes. Well.



So. Some Questions:


1) What was the last thing you purchased for your home that was of a decorative nature (ie, not a lightbulb)?


2) Where did you purchase said item?


3) Roughly how much did you spend?


4) Do you consider the purchases that you make for your home to be well thought out, impulse buys, "I only buy what I absolutely love" or filler (like as in, "I need a pillow for my sofa. Oh, here's one, I'll take it.")?


5) Do you ever purchase anything (that is not "safe to buy without actually seeing up close" like CDs or books) online?


6) How important is the eco-factor in your purchases? Mucho, kinda or not at all?


7) How often do you "upgrade" the look of your abode? Are you the seasonal type? Or have you just decided on a look and stick with it? Or is your space a collection of items from the past decade that you have added to a bit at a time?


8) Wal-mart, Anthropologie, Hermes or the artisan market?


9) Are you sick and tired of answering questions yet?


I cannot tell you how much it means to me to get you to answer these... :)


THANK YOU!
(PS. Yes, Bee, the bee was inspired by you!)

7 comments:

DebMcL said...

Is this where I respond? I've never done this before! And although I did live in Nelson for 4 years, I don't live there anymore, now I live in Rossland. Am I still eligible to answer? Well, I will anyway. Here goes:

1. A crazy, cool, twisty broom with a manzanilla handle from North Woven Broom in Crawford Bay, and a cool brown couch (sounds ugly, but it's not, I swear).

2. North Woven Broom, Crawford Bay and Home Goods Furniture in Genelle.

3. Broom - $80, Couch - $1,000

4. Pretty well thought out with a dash of "I only buy what I absolutely love." Sometimes you need something and can't find one that you absolutely love around here.

5. Almost never buy anything online. I like to see it in person.

6. This is hard to answer. We had the "student deco" look for a long time, because we were pretty broke for a long time, and only upgraded to a grown-up look when we bought our house this past spring. I don't think any of the options you provided would fit us. Maybe redecorate every 5-10 years? We'll see...

7. Importance of eco-factor is mucho to kinda. Depends on what is easily (by that I mean don't have to go to Calgary or Vancouver) available to us and, although I feel awful saying this (because it shouldn't BE a factor when it comes to Eco-) affordability is a factor.

8. Wal-Mart definitely not - we will buy movies & video games, etc there, but no home furnishings. Don't know Anthropologie. Hermes is a little fancy, pricy and high fallutin for the likes of me. Artisan market is always good for a look, but don't always find what I'm looking for. My problem is I don't always know exactly what I'm looking for, but I do know that what I'm seeing doesn't quite fit the bill. Other times, I know exactly what I'm looking for and I can't find it anywhere.

9. I WAS getting a bit tired, but I would have answered a FEW more questions!

The Lil Bee said...

These are so pretty, Andrea! I'm glad you posted them...I love seeing people's work. And to think I inspired something?! MOI?! Love it:)

OK I'll try to do these as best I can...

1. I bought a throw blanket today for my couch.
2. Target.
3. $30.
4. Most are well thought-out, like couches and furniture. The rest are impulsive.
5. Yes.
6. Very. I buy mostly organic food and always try to buy products that aren't tested on animals.
7. My space is always evolving, but big pieces of furniture usually stick around for a while.
8. Anthro
9. Haha!

PS Can you email me so I have you email for my project?

SQ said...
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Suzy Q said...

Here are some answers to you questions:

1) The last decorative item I bought was.....I think pots for my plants.

2) Home Depot

3)Each were cheap, but I still spent $80

4) I consider these purchases to be well thought out impulse buys. (I know that's not a clear answer, but it's true)

5) No

6) Mucho

7) I upgrade when I have an influx of money, which tends to be seasonal. If I had all the money I want, I would buy, build or find timeless pieces that I am likely to treasure for a long time and rearrange and ad accessaries from time to time. Speaking of accessories, have you heard of SHE SHE WOLF DESIGNS? Have you checked out the blog at sheshewolf.blogspot.com? It has a link to ARTIZAN HORTICULTURE at artizanhorticulture.blogspot.com, as well as a link to feathers, fressia and fishing tackle. Pass it on!

8) Anthropology and the artizan market. oops. did i write artiZan, I mean artiSan.

9) No, I'm avoiding studying for accounting.

Good luck.

Sue.

Ps, you can try to tell me how much this means to you. I don't get tired of hearing how great and helpful I am. ;)

cartolina said...

1) What was the last thing you purchased for your home that was of a decorative nature (ie, not a lightbulb)?

A small white shag rug


2) Where did you purchase said item?

Canadian Tire(don't tell anyone)


3) Roughly how much did you spend?

$120


4) Do you consider the purchases that you make for your home to be well thought out, impulse buys, "I only buy what I absolutely love" or filler (like as in, "I need a pillow for my sofa. Oh, here's one, I'll take it.")?

I never go shopping without a plan. I seldom impulse buy unless I am at a flea market type situation where I never know what I am going to buy !


5) Do you ever purchase anything (that is not "safe to buy without actually seeing up close" like CDs or books) online?

No - I don't even make dinner reservations without checking out the restaurant first.


6) How important is the eco-factor in your purchases? Mucho, kinda or not at all?

I like to buy local and I try to buy organic(when I can afford it). Eco-friendly is the most important thing to me these days when making choices.


7) How often do you "upgrade" the look of your abode? Are you the seasonal type? Or have you just decided on a look and stick with it? Or is your space a collection of items from the past decade that you have added to a bit at a time?

I used to change things up all the time when i was a bit younger. Now i quite like the way things look so the changes I make are smaller - throw pillows, rugs, lighting - that kind of thing.


8) Wal-mart, Anthropologie, Hermes or the artisan market?

NEVER Walmart. Sometimes Anthro. Local yes. Hermes no! Market and craft stores - yes!


9) Are you sick and tired of answering questions yet?

Is there a prize?

jenno said...

1) WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU PURCHASED FOR YOUR HOME THAT WAS OF A DECORATIVE NATURE (IE, NOT A LIGHTBULB)?

Two vintage art deco stools (one a silvery-charcoal grey one off-white) with wooden legs; so cute, round and stout with peg legs!


2) WHERE DID YOU PURCHASE SAID ITEM?

A lady off of Craigs list

3) ROUGHLY HOW MUCH DID YOU SPEND?

Thirty dollars for the pair!

4) DO YOU CONSIDER THE PURCHASES THAT YOU MAKE FOR YOUR HOME TO BE WELL THOUGHT OUT, IMPULSE BUYS, "I ONLY BUY WHAT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE" OR FILLER (LIKE AS IN, "I NEED A PILLOW FOR MY SOFA. OH, HERE'S ONE, I'LL TAKE IT.")?

Even when I have to wait to get an item (indicating that it may be well thought out – ha!), almost everything I purchase for my home is an impulse buy. Those who know me understand my innate inability to be patient, and know that as soon as I get the creative spark to choose something new (well, new to me only, for the most part) I can think of little else until it lives in it’s “just right” spot in my home.

5) DO YOU EVER PURCHASE ANYTHING (THAT IS NOT "SAFE TO BUY WITHOUT ACTUALLY SEEING UP CLOSE" LIKE CDS OR BOOKS) ONLINE?

I love to buy books online, and as with the afore-mentioned stools, I often purchase furniture (mostly chairs, for which I have an insatiable fetish) from Craigs List… does this count? I see it in person before I pay…

6) HOW IMPORTANT IS THE ECO-FACTOR IN YOUR PURCHASES? MUCHO, KINDA OR NOT AT ALL?

Mucho, mucho, mucho! For the most part I purchase or salvage vintage items, but when I do buy new I do the very best I can to ensure local design, eco-fabrication and always animal-friendly :)

7) HOW OFTEN DO YOU "UPGRADE" THE LOOK OF YOUR ABODE? ARE YOU THE SEASONAL TYPE? OR HAVE YOU JUST DECIDED ON A LOOK AND STICK WITH IT? OR IS YOUR SPACE A COLLECTION OF ITEMS FROM THE PAST DECADE THAT YOU HAVE ADDED TO A BIT AT A TIME?

A complete eclectic gathering of my most favorite things! I do start with a very particular underlying theme – right now it is a white walled mid century modern situation – but the pieces are always put together with finds and fancies from over the years.


8) WAL-MART, ANTHROPOLOGIE, HERMES OR THE ARTISAN MARKET?

A little bit of each, please ☺ Well, except for Wal-Mart… boo to the “box store”!

andrea of ffft said...

Oh, JennO, you have absolutely no idea! I am about chairs the way most women are for shoes... (not that my shoe fetish doesn't rank right up there, good thing Nelson is one big hill and I don't buy nearly as many as I did in the city)...if chairs didn't take up so much space! I just bought a gorgeous slipper type chair that I am hunting down a gorgeous fabric for.

Thank you SO much for filling these out guys, I am most grateful! I am also really happy that eco is a big YES so far! Good on you people! :)