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1 Bed 4 Ways With the Citizenry

Happy Sunday, folks. I know it is a bit out of the regular to be posting over the weekend, but we are feeling very “extra” right now. I’m in the decorating phase of the mountain house (will be doing SO much over the break) and I had pinned a ton from The Citizenry, a company we love. They reached out to partner on a post, I said, “perfect timing,” and because I love their general sustainable ethos (as well as design), we jumped at the chance to team up.

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A Living Room Makeover With The Citizenry

We here at EHD love to showcase those products and companies that give back, are ethically made, support the artisans and craftspeople that make their products or contribute in some other way.

The Citizenry, who we have showcased on the blog before (click the link below each photo to see the full reveals), is one of the brands that we love and support for this very reason. They’ve created a sustainable company and give back to the countries and people that produce the products. They personally travel to each country and use only materials found locally. From there, they sell directly to you online–there is no middleman. This is how they’re able to offer handmade goods, crafted with the highest quality materials, at more reasonable prices than traditional luxury boutiques. We’ve used their products in so many makeovers and projects (including the upcoming Flash Makeover, which we cannot wait to reveal this week!!) and I wanted to highlight not only some of my favorites from their collection this holiday season but more so highlight them as a brand.

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Brady’s Living Room Refresh With The Citizenry

If you aren’t already familiar with the company, The Citizenry is a socially conscious decor brand that prides itself in working with local artisans and communities around the world to handcraft capsule collections featuring a variety of products from a specific region. With fair trade practices, sustainable products and giving back 10% of proceeds to the community in which the designs were created, they have not only a business model but a selection of products that we can stand behind and support.

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Brady’s Living Room Refresh With The Citizenry

They’ve introduced SO many products since we last showcased them in Brady’s living room makeover, so I thought it would be fun to do a little bit of pinning to create my ULTIMATE wish list of products that I want to use in the mountain house. As you probably know (and you’ll know more tomorrow because we’re posting an update on the blog), we are days, hours, minutes from finishing up that house and now comes the fun part of selecting the furniture, accessories, decor and art that will go in it. So, if I had an unlimited credit at The Citizenry to shop my little mountain-house-heart out with, here is what would be in my cart.

1. Puebla Marble Candle Holders (Set of 2) | 2. Puebla Marble Tray | 3. Patronato Circle Mirror Set | 4. Kambas Ladder | 5. Milagro Pillow | 6. El Mar Throw | 7. San Rafael Safari Chair | 8. Meru Counter Stool | 9. The Rowan Apron | 10. San Pedro Area Rug | 11. Halston Pitcher | 12. San Rafael Safari Stool | 13. Halston Mugs | 14. Kulon Side Table | 15. Onam Napkins (Set of 6) | 16. Puebla Marble Serving Board | 17. Halston Bowls | 18. La Nieve Pillow | 19. La Duna Pillow | 20. Cascada Throw | 21. Puebla Marble Half-moon Bookend | 22. Savu Chair | 23. Mercado Storage Basket | 24. Raid Leather Floor Pillow | 25. Hawa Lumbar Pillow

You get the vibe. It’s a lot of simple but special pieces full of wood, pottery, textiles, leather and more natural material. That blanket ladder is so beautiful. The counter stools are PERFECT for the black kitchen island. The San Rafael Safari chair would be the perfect accent chair in any room. The dining chairs are beautiful (just add a cushion, right?), I have a lot of the mugs already and I love them, and their oversized storage baskets would be so perfect for the kids playroom area.

Thanks to The Citizenry for being an example of a boutique company spreading good, using sustainable materials and inspiring a good company ethos. Now please send me my wish list (which is not part of this partnership but it’s always important to just ask for what you want in life). And if you want to shop the wishlist for yourself, you can click through to this link which has it all on one page for your buying pleasure.

*This post is in partnership with The Citizenry but all words, designs and selections are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands we love that support the blog.

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  3. I would like to see more information on exactly how much the artisans get back for their products. For example, a dhurrie rug from India costs us $125. At the current exchange rate, $1 = 81 Indian rupees. So $125 for a rug is around Rs. 8991 (rupees, indian currency). Of that, how much do the artisans get back? If it’s a small negligible amount of 1000 rupees, that’s not enough to stroke my ‘white’ privilege to say that hey, I gave back to the community.

    1. ITA. “Through our commitment to providing fair wages, happy working environments, and sustaining grants, our artisan partners are able to take their crafts and their businesses to new places.” –The Citizenry website…
      We just have to trust that this is true…”fair, happy and sustaining”…we don’t have any actual numbers. Who is checking and approving these claims? Many workers who live in places like the U.S. (and current spotlight is on France) don’t even have living wages.

      What we see from a video on the site: the latitude and longitude of a place, beautiful scenery and buildings, corporate Americans having a lovely vacation, and smiling artisans. All we know for sure is that this is a nice marketing campaign. I HOPE that this and other companies making the same claims are doing great things, honestly and fairly. But until they are transparent about their practices, we don’t know. We deserve to know.

      There is no certified Fair Trade logo on their site, unless I missed it. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t fantastic, but it would be nice to hear that they are working towards achieving and reaching that label.

      Anyway, am hoping all is good, and also that companies who are fair will begin to prove it.

    2. Hi Andrea, according to the company, they get fair wages + safe working environments + 10% gets invested back to the artisans thru grants for tools/equipment, training/education, and their workshop space. honestly, even without the 10%, i am willing to pay these prices just to guarantee fair wages and the safe working environments because most other companies (and you can bet everything at big box stores) is made in sweatshops in unsafe environments where the workers are paid barely enough to survive. so for them to also invest back to their community, they’re doing more than most other companies.
      In terms of the rupees and your example, if they were to receive 1000 rupees, as opposed to 10 if it was another big box store company, that is enough for me. that makes a big difference.
      I don’t think it’s about stroking your “white” privilege so you can tell people you gave back. It’s about making a conscious decision to buy from a company where the workers are safe and paid fairly. It’s all about your priorities.

      1. Thank you for bringing that up Andrea. I look at some of the things the have listed from Mexico, and I wonder if people would pay these prices directly to the artisans. “Fair Trade” is a term loosely thrown around, much like “natural” in the marketing world. I hope people pay attention to how transparent these companies are.

  4. I would like to see more information on exactly how much the artisans get back for their products. For example, a dhurrie rug from India costs us $125. At the current exchange rate, $1 = 81 Indian rupees. So $125 for a rug is around Rs. 8991 (rupees, indian currency). Of that, how much do the artisans get back? If it’s a small negligible amount of 1000 rupees, that’s not enough to stroke my white privileged self’s ego to say that hey, I gave back to the community. If the company is giving back half of the proceeds, then that is more commendable. It’s not enough to know WHERE your goods came from, but also to know HOW much you are giving back.

    1. I totally agree. Just to add to my above comment, they do claim to give back 10% to the artisans’ community. We don’t know what those funds go to exactly or how the actual artisans themselves are paid.

    2. I commented above about how much their giving back, but here’s a link to their website with more information along with the grants they gave for 2017 and 2015 and what they are used for.

  5. In the first photo, where is the end table from? Love that simple but warm design.

  6. Nice

  7. i love when you showcase companies that are trying to do good in the world AND pair fair wages and provide safe working conditions. it’s pretty sad that fair wages + safe working conditions is the rare exception in today’s retail world, but that’s the reality. it’s up to us to make conscious decisions to support the companies that do this. i have LOVED this company for so long. their products are obviously beautiful, but it’s their socially conscious business model that really appeals to me. almost all of this stuff is out of my price range, so i go vintage for most home decor/furniture stuff, but if it’s something i REALLY want, i will save up for it or it will have to be a very special Christmas present. in today’s world, everyone wants what they want RIGHT NOW. which means they want it for really cheap. in modern society, people can get that due to sweatshops and the great inbalance of wealth and power in this world. but, for those of us that actually care about where our products come from and how they are made and how the workers are treated, we’re going to end up paying more than we would if we got a knockoff from a big box store. maybe we don’t need everything NOW NOW NOW. maybe it’s okay to save up for something that you know came thru fair business practices. that’s just my two cents.
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    ANYWAY, i did a holiday gift guide of citizenry products in 2016 for my blog (back when i used to have more time and actually update my blog) because i love their stuff so much. https://honeymoonvintage.com/homeblog/2016/11/26/gift-guide

  8. Where is the art from? For example the beach photo and the cactus photo?
    Thank you.

  9. Thank you for sharing this – I knew they gave back but had no idea the different ways that they gave back. Thanks to the comment thread I did a deep dive into their site and they do showcase all the different ways they give back and the specifics of where the money goes. I love all the items you rounded up.

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