This week was hectic and crazy and a little emotional too. A lot was happening at our showroom, the event in Astra restaurant and at the D&D Spring Market. I walked up and down the floors looking at all the beautiful window display in other showrooms, as I got near our window I watched my 11 year old daughter holding a big sign featuring GoodWeave image and our partnership with them, right by our showroom door. It took me a few seconds to “swallow” the moment, then I approached her and asked if she knows what the sign is about. She pointed at the children in the picture and said “oh mom, they to go to school…you sell rugs and give them money so they won’t have to work”. I heard her answer but wasn’t sure what her voice told me. A typical eleven year old? maybe not. But I rushed to explain to her, again and in simple words so an eleven year old would understand the big meaning behind everything she sees, touch even wears, how privileged SHE is, and how many children around the world are not as fortunate and miss out on so much that she, at a young age, have experienced in her childhood.
Some day, I told her, I want my daughters to join me on a trip to Nepal to see and talk to these beautiful children who are lucky enough go to school, eat, visit the doctor when needed and feel loved and cared for. And it is only because of a great effort and compassion, I added, that come from good humans who care enough to help. Simple but fundamental things that many children in this country take advantage of. And just like her, I added, these children have dreams and want to become somebody when they grow up.
I look at the children on the image and think about my daughters who are talented, beautiful and healthy, and can’t stop but thank god for the gift he had given us and for the opportunity to teach, inspire and support others. I hope that some day my daughters too will make a difference in someone’s life. The reward is priceless.
I stumbled upon this inspiring note late last night, when i checked my last emails before bed and i couldn’t stop but wonder:
Do you do something worth writing about?
little notes of design – Pieces rug
Growing up in Israel i remember my dad used to buy my mom flowers every Friday. But not just flowers. It was a big bouquet of protea flowers, or pin cushion. I remember them vividly because i would try to draw them. I liked their unique shape and bright colors. Did you know that pin cushion flowers are one of the oldest families of flowers on earth? they are absolutely gorgeous and extraordinary.
It’s no surprise that a design inspired by this beautiful bloom was in order and Pieces rug was born. Drawn by the strange and brilliant structure of this flower, which is a composite bloom and not a single flower as i use to think, I aimed to design something minimal in appearance and abstract but just as unique. Fascinated by the individual pins (flowers), I used them as the inspiration for the pins in my design. After I submit the design for production I knew what to expect in term of vision, but when the rug arrived and i unrolled it for inspection the whole story behind it got a new meaning. I can honestly say this rug has such a unique and exotic mood, tribal in feel and works extremely well in contemporary rooms.
Every time a client orders Pieces rug, especially in the color of their choice, i can’t wait to see the end results, what the rug will look like in its new home. The image below is a project done by one of our clients and she used Pieces rug to pull the beautiful elements around it. I love how the chairs, the lamp, the colors and the rug work so brilliantly together. Some Pieces of inspiration.
It’s just a beauty. Amazing what a single flower can make you do.
Something special happened today. An email i received from our employee who kept me updated about the happenings in our NY showroom. She is a nice energetic saleswoman i havn’t met yet. She was hired by the Mr. and we even exchanged a few emails but face to face – not yet. Her email today is the perfect example I’m trying to show and inspire my daughters for so long, in which also taught me a thing or two about myself as well.
The email said (name was eliminated, not sure if she would like it):
Today, two designers visited the showroom and fell head over heals in love with your designs. I overheard them saying they will not work with another showroom now and will scheme the house with…ours instead.
Dunes pulled them in the door. Then they waxed rhapsodic over Midnight, Silhouette, Sultry, Shadow and Sultana. They said the blends, especially where you specified the silks and all the colors were amazing.
I want to thank you for making my job so easy. All I have to do is know the prices and yarns–the rugs sell themselves.”
I have read this email over and over and showed it to my daughters. Sometimes children listen to strangers (that’s how mine learned to swim – in five minutes flat when we stayed in Atlanta for exhibition) and I knew that a message like this from people they don’t know might inspire them.
This is a beautiful positive response I want my daughters to remember and that actions dictate life. That hard work pays off. That true passion, true energy that’s created at will, shows in your craft. That faith in people and believe they are smart, make you do smart work. That your success is not only yours alone, but shared with others who love and recognize your passion as much as you do. The reward is unmatchable. Last but not least – that i did not make this stuff up.
My passion pulls me 200% in! and the more i’m in the more thirsty i become, to design. The more passionate i become the more burnout i feel by the end of the day. It’s an amazing feeling in the most positive way. Yeah, burnout! it fuels me to want to do more of and pass it on to my daughters.
I’ll end this post by adding a sweet comment I also got today from someone who emailed me in response to my oil painting: “if all of your paintings change your life, it will be thrilling ”
And it will
There is always room to grow
Have you ever done this before? writing all the good things, it could be even one, that happened to you today and put it down on paper and read it to yourself? if not, try it.
You see, it’s been a while since my last post and I’ve been itching to write and share my recent summer travels and inspirations with you, and talk about my work which i love and grateful for, but this time I’ve been doing some thinking even made new goals for the coming year.
The high holidays are approaching and Rosh Hashana is coming really soon. So naturally at this time of year, every year, it happens that I’m doing some thinking to “re-organize” my life and consider my future actions.
All I’m trying to say is that I’m grateful. But being grateful is more than just thanking g-d. Being grateful takes faith and a lot of hard work, task well worth its effort and one that lasts a life time.
This upcoming new year I intend to make some changes. Changes from within. It’s the only way to make them last and to value the new you. Concentrating on the quality of life which to me means everything, from the simplest task when I open my eyes in the morning to the moment when I close them at night, feeling grateful for another beautiful day to come.
The choices and aspects in life which dictate the way we live are priceless. To make the best of these choices we must use our skills wisely by paying attention to our loved ones, contribute to the community when opportunity rises, value the simplest most luxurious moments that life has to offer, the list can go on and on. There is so much to be grateful for.
It’s in our behavior and attitude to create this beautiful balance between what we need and what we want. Life is not a one way street. When we focus on the joys of life by simply being happy, trustworthy, respectful and caring of others and value them as much as we would like to be valued, everything else falls into place. Not because we deserve it, but simply because we earned it.
For those who celebrate Rosh Hashana and for those who don’t, I wish you a happy new you and life full of joy.