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Meet Fairen Hartunian

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fairen Hartunian.  

Hi Fairen, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I began Grounded Picnic by setting up tablescapes in a bohemian-type outdoor setting for friends or myself when wanting to entertain. I have a fascination with repurposing items so when I would do the tablescapes I would do them using only second-hand items. Eventually, I made a business of it & here I am today, using only second-hand items including the pallets I use for the table itself, repurposing things that many would overlook while not only making for adorable table settings but keeping things out of our landfills and giving them a second chance to tell their story! 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No road is ever totally smooth but that makes for a better journey! I struggled with people believing that this was something I could do because they didn’t think I would be able to always find what I would need to meet a theme request secondhand. While there are challenges at times when it comes to finding all the “perfect” items, that’s what makes the whole idea behind the business so great, the imperfections are the perfection! 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I create unique picnics & tablescapes using only second-hand items including pallets to sit at for all types of events from baby showers to girls’ night out to birthday parties and more! 

I specialize in finding items to repurpose that can fit any theme requested. 

I am known for the way they’re put together to create the most magical setting for events that encompass the beauty of being grounded in who we are and what we can dream up! 

I am most proud of the fact that finding myself was what led me to find Grounded Picnic. Learning that untying myself from material connections and the indoctrinated idea that we have to have the biggest and newest items or our homes/clothes and parties we host won’t be good enough was the very lesson I needed in life to become a happier more grounded version of myself… which ultimately led me to help others see the same beauty in the mundane things that people give or throw away. The ability I have to take something that has chipping paint and messy stitches and see what beautiful story it once lived out and its ability to reinvent itself once again is something that makes me feel beautiful myself because it’s seeing past the first look and what some see as flaws and seeing the potential that matters! 

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
The best advice I would give a small business owner or new adventurer is to find the very root of what makes you happiest and use it to grow; grow yourself, grow your business, grow your project, grow in life. Being happy and loving what you do is the only chance we have at succeeding because that’s what true success is; inner peace! 

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