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Habitation Co. is committed to honoring the process of living in a particular place and the journey of discovering beautiful objects that reflect the unique styles and stories of artists around the world.  Every pretty item you purchase supports creative individuals, communities, and organizations on almost every continent.

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Shop Small // Give Big: Holiday Gift Guide

Hailey Fynaardt

The holiday countdown has officially begun and before we know it, we'll be reflecting on the past twelve months and making resolutions for the New Year ahead. Between the shopping, decorating, celebrating, and making, the last month of the year always seems to fly by, but the things we all truly crave don't come wrapped in boxes and bows: new adventures, time spent pursuing old passions, gatherings with loved ones, moments of rest and rejuvenation. What if we simply saw everything we bought this season, and beyond, as tools for creating more of what we really want? This year, we want to encourage you to think outside-the-box when it comes to holiday gift-giving. Instead of focusing on more stuff, imagine the mood, and memories, each item will inspire...

But, we know it can be overwhelming, so we've rounded up a few of our most popular gift ideas for the artists and adventurers on your list this year:

1. Vintage Embroidered Camera Strap - $34

2. 14K Gold Infinity Arrow Necklace - $52

3. Medium Pink Hope Basket - $48

4. One-of-a-Kind Tassel Scarf- $62.50

5. Coconut Hibiscus Bath Soak - $18

6. One-of-a-Kind Mala Bead Necklace - $128

7. Everyday Envelope Clutch - $78

8. Tretchikoff Zip Pouch- $12.50

9. Handcrafted Soap - $6.50

10. Upcycled Patchwork Yoga Bag - $78

11. Sari Song Bell Garland- $24

12. Magical Mandala Wood Block - $44

PLUS, get FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders 11.26-11.28 at midnight with code SHOPSMALL at checkout, and we'll include a handmade ornament with each purchase *while supplies last*, so you can worry less about waiting in lines, and instead look forward to the postcards and posts you will inspire.

When you shop small, you give BIG, by supporting the kind of world you want to live in. Thank you!

Enjoy the process!

 

 

 

About the Process: Creativity, Meditation, and Finding Inspiration in the Everyday

Hailey Fynaardt

image courtesy of Marianne Angeli Rodriguez

image courtesy of Marianne Angeli Rodriguez

Marianne Angeli Rodriguez is an artist and designer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work is greatly inspired by her unique upbringing in various countries and cultures around the world, as well as the sights, sounds, and flavors she experiences in her everyday life. I fell in love with Marianne's work after finding her on Instagram before our own trip to New Orleans a few years ago and have followed her creative journey ever since. In fact, one of Marianne's "Offerings" paintings hangs in my own home, and inspires me on a daily basis. When Marianne and I discussed the idea of offering a collection of her original paintings through Habitation Co., I couldn't wait to learn more about her creative process! You can find links to our collection of original paintings in the shop after the interview. 

Enjoy the process!

Hailey


I never once considered taking up art seriously as a career, but I always had the urge to create things... It was an unusual effort of sustaining what seemed like a dormant beast, that I was subconsciously both avoiding and hoping would wake up.

Tell us a bit about your creative background growing up...

My parents are avid collectors of art and handmade goods, they acquired interesting pieces from travels abroad, and from local artists in whichever country we happened to be based in, including sculptures, textiles (rugs, accessories, traditional garbs), hand carved furniture, and paintings. Being surrounded by these unique items made me curious about art. When I was 10, I lived in Guatemala and our neighbor happened to be a watercolor artist, so my mom arranged for me to take an after- school session with her. That was my first ‘real’ art class. I never once considered taking up art seriously as a career, but I always had the urge to create things, so I made it a point in high school and college to take every single elective course in the arts. I took classes in photography, ceramics and mixed media collage. It was an unusual effort of sustaining what seemed like a dormant beast, that I was subconsciously both avoiding and hoping would wake up. 

When did you discover your true calling as an artist and decide to turn your passion into a business?

When I moved to New Orleans from New York, there was a period when I was completely on my own with few friends, I spent a lot of time by myself drawing and painting quietly and comfortably. Although I still had a job that I reported to, I would spend my evenings on personal projects, which grew into doing commissions for other people, and then further to collaborating with local and national brands. 

What core message do you want to share through your work?

I hope that my work is a reflection of the eclectic sensibilities that have helped shape me, to share beauty through various arrangements in color, pattern and texture. Deeper than that, I want my work to be a gentle reminder of how we are all connected, to appreciate one another and to appreciate nature. 

image courtesy of Marianne Angeli Rodriguez

image courtesy of Marianne Angeli Rodriguez

Can you walk us through a normal day in your life?

I begin my day attending to my three pets, I make sure that they get their care and exercise. Over coffee, I go over my small goals I hope to achieve for the day. Lately my schedule has been completely erratic and nocturnal. I handle all of my admin tasks in the late afternoon/evening. I start the creating process around 9/10pm usually up until 6/7am, sleep til noon, and start over. This may change with the season... 

Where do you tend to create your best work? What's your favorite time of day?

My best work comes about when I’m by myself in my home studio. My favorite time of the day are the couple of hours before sunrise, and then right at dawn - that tiny window of darkness before the sun comes up is magical. I’m usually wrapping up my work and washing my brushes at this time.  

You're a total nightowl! Where do you find most of the inspiration for your work? 

Thanks to the internet, I find a lot of interesting images on Pinterest and google that I’ll file for reference. I am obsessed with folk art. I love going to and always find inspiration at flea markets, vintage stores and ethnic food markets. I also draw a lot inspiration from foreign films in the set and costume design. 

image courtesy of Marianne Angeli Rodriguez

image courtesy of Marianne Angeli Rodriguez

If you could host a dinner party for 3-5 dream guests (past or present) who would you invite, what would you love to ask them?

I would invite his holiness the Dalai Lama, Alan Watts, Bob Ross, Salvador Dali and Ellen Degeneres. I’d ask them each what they would have done differently in life, and then after dinner we would all do group Karaoke.

Now that's a Karaoke party I'd love to come to! Can you share a bit about your creative process: what is your first step in creating a new painting?

I like to produce work in small groups or series, this way it becomes a longer drawn-out practice with the opportunity to go back and forth and refine whatever ideas and notions I want to capture. Sometimes I draft ideas out in pencil in my sketchbook and other times I go right in with paint. I often switch between watercolor and acrylic.

Are there any books, podcasts, blogs, etc. you would recommend for someone interested in a creative career?

There are so many wonderful resources out there to choose from! Personally, my creative journey this year has been tied strongly with my quest for spiritual wisdom -  keeping creativity a priority while putting forth the conscious effort to be a better human. I feel it’s important to first have clarity on what your intentions are, especially in doing creative work which serves as your unique message that you cast out into the world. On my website I have a section listing the various resources that have inspired me to pursue a path with more mindfulness. (link at bottom)

image courtesy of Marianne Angeli Rodriguez

image courtesy of Marianne Angeli Rodriguez

Where do you hope your business will be in 5 years?

It would be a dream to have a brick and mortar studio-shop space that would dually function as a small center for community gatherings geared toward the practice of meditation and all things related to wholesome living. 

That sounds amazing! Ok, last question: if you could hop on a plane tomorrow, where would you love to go? 

The sacred sites of the Buddha, Thailand


Shop our exclusive collection of original paintings from Marianne's "Offerings" series here

To view more of Marianne's work and follow her creative journey visit:

Website: www.marianneangelirodriguez.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marianneangelirodriguez/

Link to meditation resources: http://www.marianneangelirodriguez.com/dhamma/

 

Habitation Co. Featured in HGTV Magazine!

Hailey Fynaardt

It was 9am on a Wednesday and I was in the checkout line at Target frantically flipping through the latest issue of HGTV Magazine when I let out a squeak as I saw the word "habitationco" staring back at me from the center of a glossy page. There, in tiny text, just below a close-up of this basket, was the name of my dream business that I had imagined one afternoon, about two years ago. There was the website url I ended up going with when my first choice (same, just minus the "co") was taken by someone in France. There was the description for a basket I picked out, that was made by women in Rwanda who are supporting their families by sharing their gifts with the world. In an instant my mind was flooded with how many details, decisions, and hands it took, for me to be able to stand in an empty Target checkout line on a Wednesday morning and look down at that page- one photo, those few words (66 characters!)- and experience one of the coolest moments of this journey so far.

Obvs, nothing like this has happened in my business before, and since I've been getting a few questions about how this all came to be, I figured I would share exactly how Habitation Co.'s baskets ended up in HGTV Magazine. A few months ago I got an email (specifically, a contact-form via the website, which no one had ever used before...) asking if I could send a variety of baskets to Texas for an upcoming photoshoot/house tour for the magazine. Assuming this was either an elaborate ploy to steal a few baskets or, more likely, a mistake, I called the number on the email and left a voicemail for an editor at Hearst Corporation in New York City. She called me the next day and assured me this was "legit", and said another editor had found Habitation Co. on Pinterest! So after we hung up, I stuck their pre-paid shipping label on a box of baskets and immediately sent them off to Texas! The following week, the baskets arrived back on my porch. About a month later, I got another email asking if I could send one of the baskets to the HGTV headquarters in New York to be photographed for their "Get the Look" feature, which meant they were planning on including the baskets in the home tour! So, again, off the basket went, this time to NYC, and again, showed back up at my house about two weeks later. I had been told that "if" my baskets made it into the magazine (there's always a chance things could change at the last minute), they would be part of the November issue with a release date sometime in October, so I just had to wait. And then! I got a text last weekend from a sweet friend (and loyal HGTV Mag. subscriber) who spotted Habitation Co. in the magazine, so as soon as they hit newsstands, I went to Target!

Everyone at HGTV Magazine has been incredible to work with- super responsive and thoughtful throughout the entire process. (They even sent me a PDF with the full feature so I could share it here!) I have no idea what it's like on the other side of the camera, or how it felt for the family to have their home filled with random people and products, or how many details actually go into planning each house-tour (my guess is a whole lot), but all I can say, from this side, is that having a tiny part in this process was a milestone for my business, at the exact moment I needed it. And you better believe that the next time I come across the name of another small business, shop, or artist in a magazine, I'm going to give them one heck of a virtual high-five! Know that when you shop small or support a small business, it's a really BIG deal. With every purchase, you're literally making someone's freaking day (it seriously never, ever gets old), and you're causing a happy-dance ripple effect in kitchens, studios, basements, garages, and living rooms around the world. You matter. Your choices matter, your voice matters- you aren't just another sale or a number, you're an essential part of the story. And you're awesome. OK, NOW LOOK HOW PRETTY:

See that little fox? It was made by a husband and wife team in Chicago!

See that little fox? It was made by a husband and wife team in Chicago!

Hi Fox Family! You guys are adorable and your house is the happiest space ever. I love the idea of displaying a cluster of baskets together on the table for a pop of color, and they can serve double duty holding seasonal produce!

Hi Fox Family! You guys are adorable and your house is the happiest space ever. I love the idea of displaying a cluster of baskets together on the table for a pop of color, and they can serve double duty holding seasonal produce!

I spy a colorful kantha quilt hanging over their armchair!

I spy a colorful kantha quilt hanging over their armchair!

How amazing is that bed? And the inlay side table?!

How amazing is that bed? And the inlay side table?!

Guess which would have been my dream room growing up? Hint: it's the one with the alpaca. I really want that alpaca.

Guess which would have been my dream room growing up? Hint: it's the one with the alpaca. I really want that alpaca.

Those sliding barn doors and the indigo walls are amazing!

Those sliding barn doors and the indigo walls are amazing!

Still can't believe Habitation Co. gets to share the page with some of the biggest names in the biz, and my go-to sources for home decor inspiration: Anthropologie, Dot & Bo, Overstock, Spoonflower, and more! So friggin' cool!

Still can't believe Habitation Co. gets to share the page with some of the biggest names in the biz, and my go-to sources for home decor inspiration: Anthropologie, Dot & Bo, Overstock, Spoonflower, and more! So friggin' cool!


Thanks for being a part of our process!

Hailey

P.S. You can actually get the look right here

PPS. If you snap a photo of your baskets, be sure to tag us @habitation_co or #theprocessofliving so we can share it with our friends!