One of the outstanding ways that Room & Board takes care of staff members is by encouraging us to make wellness a priority in our lives. To me this goes above and beyond health benefits. Each of us is supported in our lives outside of work. Along side working for Room & Board, I went back to school and became a Certified Holistic Health Coach. To give back, I enjoy sharing my knowledge with my Room & Board team.
Last Sunday I did a slide presentation on a Fall Reset. We went over all of the small things we can do to make sure we are caring for ourselves and our overall well-being with the upcoming cold and flu and holiday season. Besides talking about adding in a good probiotic and a vitamin D supplement, exercise, getting good quality sleep, and eating healthy foods, we explored some of the less obvious. Making sure we are taking time for self-care like resting with a good book and a cup of green tea, walking in nature, relaxing in a hot bath with Epsom salts and essential oils and taking a nap when possible.
After the talk, so many people on my team shared with me the ways they were going to embrace these simple tips to create healthy habits in their lives.
One of the joys of working at Room & Board for over eight years is to be witness to the changes and evolution of certain areas of our business. When I first started in our San Francisco location we curated our accessories in a separate area and called it ‘Global.’ I think it was one of my favorite spots in the store. Everything from cowhide, sheepskin, ceramics, and African wedding baskets to antique oars in stands were represented.
By the time I helped open the Culver City showroom in L.A., we were just showcasing the accessories throughout the showroom in the room settings on tabletops and in bookcases. It looked beautiful in our assortment but in our large showrooms they somehow got a little “lost”.
A couple of years ago we introduced the gallery collection. It was a museum concept with maple cubes and shelves floating to showcase the lamps, ceramics, vases, bedding and throw pillows. Absolutely stunning!
And yet . . . Maybe it looked a little too precious and untouchable?
Now I am in the Seattle Showroom. I love what is happening. We are using our own products (dining and accent tables and freestanding shelves and cabinets) to display our accessories by color and lifestyle stories. This is my favorite yet. The accessories look approachable and are easy to keep refreshed and looking great at all times by being flexible to change. It will be interesting to see how this area of our business will continue to evolve.