All of my best purchases come from small businesses. It's true; the wine tastes better when you've been to the vineyard, the "thank you's" have more love when you've met the artist that handcrafted the cards, and the catnip makes the cat crazier faster when you find a cute catnip kicker in a fabric that makes your heart swoon.
Said catnip toy was purchased at Janery several years ago at Art on the Avenue (one of my favorite craft shows) and I instantly fell in love with Jane's taste in fabrics and obviously her business. Crazy cat toys and beautiful dog beds?! Come on! What's not to love?
Curl up and snuggle in to read the latest in our Artist Spotlight series featuring Jane Pearson of Janery.
Q's About Janery:
How did you get your start with Janery?
I’ve been a dog and cat mom for my entire adult life, and I’ve always loved interior design. One day, after throwing out yet another ugly dog bed, my friend and I were complaining that most dog beds were both unattractive and flimsy. In that very moment, I declared to a friend that I was going to start a business making better dog beds - ones that looked at home in a beautifully styled room, while also handling the messes that pet life throws on them.
What words would you use to describe Janery?
Sophisticated, durable, and ethical. We sleep better at night because we know we aren’t cutting corners - on style, comfort, or human rights.
What inspires your work?
My incontinent rescue dog, combined with my passion for colorful interior design, has inspired the products that I create. I’m convinced that durability and style can coexist. I get giddy with excitement when I find a fabulous fabric that can stand up to pets, and I’m passionate about creating fair labor jobs for people right here at home.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for inspiration, where would you go and why?
What a tough question, because I love to travel! Since I adore colorful design and geometric patterns, I think that Morocco would overwhelm me with inspiration. Some of my favorite mid-century modern architecture is right here at home, so I’d also love to visit Palm Springs and be inspired for a summer collection.
What small businesses inspire you and why?
I adore so many small businesses, so it’s hard to choose. Right now I’m very motivated by seeing the work of Danielle Oakey and her pillow shop - she’s a hard-working interior designer and mom who is sourcing fabulous textiles to create a beautiful home accessories business.
I also love Sydney Hale Candle Co - their candles give off the most delicious fragrances, and their company gives back 10% to dog rescue in the town where I rescued my first street dogs - Richmond, VA.
Q's About Jane:
What brings you joy?
I’m a super enthusiastic person and so many things, both big and little, bring me joy! I just gave birth to my second child, and right now seeing my baby smile and laugh is absolutely making my day, each and every day. Seeing my older daughter love on her little sister is also making my heart melt. A few more things include hikes with my dog, cuddles with my kitties, a good glass of wine outdoors on a sunny day, an organized closet, interior decorating projects, and digging in my garden. On a more serious note, I’m passionate about ethical manufacturing, so I’m always excited to discover new fashion brands made with fair labor.
What’s your favorite quote and who said it?
“Always stay curious. Curiosity instills creativity.” Aerin Lauder
What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
I don’t just have a favorite flavor, I have a favorite ice cream order at a particular place. There is a small chain of gelato shops in Italy called Venchi. Every time I’m lucky enough to visit one, I order a scoop of their dark chocolate gelato and a scoop of their passionfruit gelato. This is probably my most favorite ice cream treat of all time.
Do you have a favorite dish to cook?
Inspired by too many episodes of the Great British Bake Off, I’ve been perfecting my cream puffs/eclairs. I love learning the science of how baking works, and implementing small changes to test for improvements.
What are you grateful for right now?
This may sound totally sappy, but knowing so many families who have struggled to have children, I am grateful every day for my two little girls. But also for my husband, who has supported Janery from the moment it was just a declaration of an idea, and for the many amazing people who make up my community. Finally, I’m grateful for our new home - a few months ago, we moved out of the Washington DC suburbs to 5 acres in the country.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
A handmade flour sack towel with an illustration of Virginia on it. I love shopping for handmade gifts and was delighted to find a cute boutique in our tiny new town in the Shenandoah Mountains. I sent the towel to my former neighbors who, at the age of 90, moved across the country to be with their son. (Nope, 90 is not a typo. I’d like to be as brave as them when I grow up!)
A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
“Get off that computer and go for a walk, lady! It’s too beautiful of a day to be stuck inside!”
He’s here because sometimes you need a reminder to pull your head out of the to-do list, and just enjoy the moments that life hands to you.
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