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New baby, new blog

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Hi friends! So, the blog has been quiet for a while due to a slight life disruption…. Namely, the sweetest little baby boy named Ash entering our world. It’s been quite a ride for the last year, from pregnancy and newborn months and trying to keep a growing business on track through it all. I’m relaunching the blog in the hopes of capturing the crazy moments that are unfolding as our family and business grow, and also to give a little behind the scenes peek at our version of small business life (with all its twists and turns!).

So, pregnancy…..I was one of those women who got hit with major morning sickness right away, and the incessant nausea and feeling like I’d been hit by a truck lasted about six months. In the early days of this, I had just enough energy to feel terrified that Graymarket would never survive now that I spent a good portion of my day on the couch and essentially felt like I was slowly dying. The business was growing just as I was being forced to majorly slow down, and it was stressful. Luckily I had an angel of an assistant to take a lot of work off my plate, and eventually I fell into a routine of working and resting my way through the work days. Not my most productive months for sure, but by month six I felt confident we could keep things rolling. It helped that my wonderful wholesale customers were incredibly understanding of my being slightly off my game.

A big portion of our business is wholesale, and a huge part of that is doing trade shows a few times a year to release our new collections. During my third trimester, when I was too pregnant to fly, my sweet husband, Matt, had to handle these trade shows solo-- and this included spending his 30th birthday alone in Vegas. Yikes. At this point, Graymarket was not his full time gig (update post about that later!), and he had to sort of cram these events into “spare time” between his full time work. This was a major task, as these shows require a ton of energy and are a lot of work for even two or three people. Matt was in charge of traveling to the show, setting up the whole booth and then staffing the booth for four days, and I sat on the couch at home receiving texts with orders to start preparing. It was crazy, and I kept telling him (and myself), “someday we’ll laugh about this!”

Our team (and my sweet mom, who was in town to help with the baby) was busily filling orders right up to the day before I went into labor, and I was back in the studio a few days after coming home from the hospital. I didn’t think it would be a huge deal to not take maternity leave, especially because I have the luxury of being flexible with my schedule when I need to be. I envisioned my life as a working mom and saw myself just carrying on as normal, but with a tiny baby in tow. Even typing that now, it seems laughably ridiculous and naive and, needless to say, that vision did not become a reality!  To be honest, it’s been a lot juggling these two huge aspects of my life, and I’m not totally sure “new mom” and “small business owner” can coexist that smoothly in the early days. Five months on, and with Ash in daycare so I can finally sit down and write a blog post, I’ve settled into a groove of a slightly lighter workload with a major system of checks and balances to compensate for my sleep deprived brain. I’ve also had to learn to prioritize things and work much more efficiently, which has been a great thing actually. And as tired and overwhelmed as Matt and I can get in the midst of a crazy work week, it’s also really energizing to think that we’re not only working to build a business that provides our family’s livelihood, but that we’re also growing alongside our workshop in India. How cool that Ash will hopefully come to know these special people and witness firsthand the amazing craft traditions we are lucky enough to work with everyday. Also, Ash has inspired our first baby products, and we can’t wait for you all to see them!! 

 

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Our Kickstarter was funded!

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Thanks to the support of many amazing friends and customers, we were able to hit our Kickstarter goal, and are so excited to be able to give the green light to our team in Jaipur to begin the bedding production process. We have already placed our cotton order from one of the best cotton mills in India, and once it arrives at our workshop in Jaipur the printing will begin! Here is a glimpse at what will be available in our store in a few short months...... 
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Fall Tabletop

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We LOVE the rich, vivid colors of fall, and are celebrating the season with some beautiful fall table shots:)

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Dreaming of Jaipur

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Matt and I booked our tickets for Jaipur today, and can't wait to get back to see our crew at the workshop. I'm in the midst of designing a collection of bedding- duvet covers, pillow cases and shams, and we'll be sampling that collection during this visit.... more to come on the bedding release in the next few months! I've been designing like crazy, and we've been hunting down the softest cotton we can find, and I can't wait to start putting wood block to cotton and making this collection come alive! Stay tuned, and enjoy this little snippet of the sweet chaotic streets of Jaipur in the meantime:)
Jaipur Streets

Dreaming of the streets of Jaipur today... Can't wait to get back and see the crew in January! #Jaipur #India

Posted by graymarket design on Saturday, October 24, 2015
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Cataluv- the mobile app for the home decor obsessed

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We recently became a featured designer on Cataluv, a new mobile app that curates a feed of amazing home decor and accessories from shops and designers. I thought we should call attention to it because it's AWESOME and will have you totally hooked on the never-ending stream of amazing textiles, ceramics, art and other decor in no time. It's basically like Instagram for home decor enthusiasts, and the best part is that you can tap on each picture in their feed to learn more about and buy the featured pieces in the image. Really amazing place to discover new up and coming brands and get design ideas- check them out! 

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