When two Charlotte, NC friends- Kristin Holler and Rachael Daugherty stood on a rain-soaked porch and realized they wanted something more for their lives and their homes. They loved designing spaces but cringed when the products they loved came from companies that didn’t give back in a meaningful way. They could buy shoes, clothing, bags, food - virtually everything they needed from companies that gave back to causes but they couldn’t find affordable home decor that was as socially conscious as they aspire to be.
They headed to Guatemala to source fabrics for custom pillows. While sitting on yet another porch in the lakeside town of Panajachel, Guatemala they had a conversation that changed everything for the friends. Alyssa, their guide (and new friend) explained that it only costs about $1000.00 USD a year to educate a kid in Guatemala in private school. At that moment, Rachael and Kristin decided that helping end the cycle of poverty in those communities would be a goal. Since then, they have been able to continually sponsor 5 Guatemalan kids in private schools.
Rachael and Kristin grew increasingly concerned with inequalities and problems in their own community and country. From those concerns, they began to grow their philanthropy to causes like dog rescues, Together Rising, The ACLU, and Habitat for Humanity. Currently, they donate 15% of their profit to the education initiative they created and to issues that impact us in the US.
Giving back is at the core of what we do. Sure, we love pretty spaces that nurture the bodies, minds, and spirits of our families. But, with that, we will never lose sight of the fact that our privileges come with a price and we need to pay that forward so we may all have our lives affirmed and a cozy spot to call home.