We did a Q and A with Owner Nikki Pietersen of Shanti Décor and Homeware exclusive handmade decor items from the East. We found out some info that will help you get even more inspired with her lovingly personally sourced collection . Which is available for sale to the South African market online. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway here.
Q: Tell us something about yourself.
A: I was a web designer for 9 years before running my online shop full-time. I started Shanti Décor on the side about a year ago…and today it is my full-time job and passion! I also strongly feel that chocolate should be a food group.
Q: How did you get started? A: I bought some scatter cushion covers overseas 2 years ago, and they didn’t last that long due to inferior stitching. When I wanted to replace them in SA, I found that they were extremely overpriced in the shops, and I wasn’t happy with the quality, and I couldn’t find any online locally. I live in a small town and do most of my shopping online. So the dream of finding these scatter cushion covers and selling them in SA was born. My experience as a web designer obviously helped greatly, as I could build and maintain my own website. Q: How frequently do you go overseas to get stock? A: I would like to go every 6 months, but realistically only once a year has been possible thus far. I’m planning a buying trip in February. I’ve built up wonderful contacts over the globe, so I can order some of the stock as needed. Q: What inspires you? A: Hailing from a design background, I love colour, and intricate designs. I’m inspired by the beauty in everyday life that we all tend to just pass by, life is truly beautiful – once you step back and just soak it all in. Q:Indian Artefacts what makes you purchase them? A: I’m very particular about quality. I only buy neatly made products…all the items being handmade, this has proven to be a challenge at times. And then colour; glorious, wonderful, bright colour 🙂 Q: How is your interior at home? A: I would say it is an eclectic home. My husband and I both love antiques, so we have a few gorgeous pieces, mixed up with some Shanti Décor items of course.
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway here.