Earlier this year when I went to AmericasMart in Atlanta, I walked into one showroom in particular and fell in love. Their name? Imagine Home. They were different than anything else I had seen there. The color palette and choice of materials were impeccably beautiful and classic, yet everything felt comfortable and approachable.
It wasn’t long before I met the owner of this newly-launched home decor and furnishings company, Staci Lantz and her design partner, Billy Roberts. They told me stories of how everything in their complete home line was created with the mission of helping people in under-developed locations, who had incredible skills and talent. They wanted to help them make a living that could support their family.
Use consumerism for the betterment of others.
Staci and Billy personally went to Haiti, Ghana, India, Peru and many other countries to find the right artisans that could use the right materials (think organic, resourceful, and/or recycled materials) to hand-make everything that was in their vision. Every piece carries a story and helps sustain a community and a craft that sometimes has often been taught for generations.
(Above is Staci, Jean Paul – an artist from Haiti, and Billy. Jean Peal makes light fixtures and unique home items, like that vase, out of TOBACCO LEAVES! He tries to buy all the tobacco leaves he can from the markets so the local kids can’t buy them and smoke them. Then he makes art with the tobacco leaves to sell to companies including Imagine Home.)
I could try to explain more, but I think the short video they created sharing their beginnings, vision and purpose for their company, does a much better job:
Here are some of the lovely things I photographed of the booth in January…
Gorgeous set up right? They drew inspiration from the classic Nantucket and Hamptons style. Their showroom was set up like a home, with different “rooms” showing all their products. All the dyes are natural, and they even had a video showing footage of them meeting the artisans, as well as the artisans making some of the products. They actually won best in show at AmericasMart in January!
I think one of the most inspiring parts of their company mission, is they are elevating the craft of these artisans. Instead of making beaded jewelry to sell to tourists for cheap, they are custom-making beaded chandeliers, napkin rings, and wall art to commissioned by Imagine Home. Instead of selling small rugs and shawls to tourists for cheap, they are weaving and knitting textiles for pillows and throws, weaving and hand-tufting rugs, and naturally-dying fabrics for upholstery. They are empowering these families by giving them opportunities to create for a completely different and reliable client.
Every purchase makes a difference.
I’m not going to talk much more, instead I want to show you all the gorgeousness and let it speak for itself. If you are interested in more of their story GO HERE to read about their mission when working with artisans.
So here is the really exciting part.
Imagine Home is having a huge feature launch with One King’s Lane TOMORROW!!
They created an exclusive line of products just for One King’s Lane, that includes some of the items from their show at AmericasMart.
Imagine Home is a ‘For the Trade Only’ company, meaning they offer their products only to retailers. Because they debuted in January, they are just newly established in several home decor stores across the nation, but are looking to expand! If you know of a home decor store (or you own one) and want to get your hands on their goods (besides what is available at One King’s Lane),
then visit their contact page HERE.
They can also tell you if there is a store offering their products (newly listed on their site) close to you!
So, I asked Staci if we could do a giveaway and she graciously said yes! Here is what she is giving away from the Imagine Home Spring line:
Set of 4 hand-thrown mugs, with matching breakfast plates PLUS a set of 4 napkins as pictured here:
There are 4 choices of color for the mug/plate set: Gray, White, Teal, and Aqua.
Each plate and mug is signed on the bottom by the artist who created it. The retail value for the plates, mugs, and napkins is $248.
Here is a picture of Billy with one of the artists:
Remember!! If there is something you saw in these pictures that you would love to see being sold in a local store close to you, CALL THAT STORE! Ask them to contact Staci! She is fulfilling orders of all sizes and is eagerly looking to be in shops all over! They are a ‘for the trade only’ company, so buying their things can only be done through your local retail stores or One King’s Lane right now.
Giveaway is open to US & Canada, must be 18 or older.