Goodbye 2019!

Emotionally, this year didn't start well for me. I had just suffered yet another devastating loss, with the passing of my cousin Thea Nerissa Barnes on December 28, 2018. Thea, was a major influence in my life who had inspired me in countless ways. In an attempt to keep her legacy alive, I decided to dedicate 2019 to her memory. I didn't fully know what that would look like, but whatever the case, I knew it would entail me working my butt off. I can honestly say that's what I did. I'm exhausted mentally and physically, but I'm extremely proud of what I was able to accomplish both personally and professionally with the company. So before we move to a new year and ultimately a new decade, I want to take a moment to reflect on my favorite highlights from 2019.

There are so many great moments to choose from, but I'll start with the transformation of our inventory. We offered a variety of unique wall decor made from natural sea grass, cow teeth and two that I designed myself that were made from snail shells and cowrie shells. The cowrie shell version was purchased for use on the set of Empire and was also featured along with the cow teeth version in fashion designer Ann Everett's fall runway show.

We also added several striking statement necklaces to the store. Our black feather and beaded necklace in particular, received a "top pick" award at Randolph Street Market's Designer's Choice for Charity event in September and has become one of our top sellers. Although it is currently sold out, it will be restocked in 2020. Speaking of awards, Global Attic received several awards for our merchandise from top interior designers and influencers in addition to being the recipient of the Build 2019, Home and Garden award for Most Exotic Home Interior Design - Chicago.

We also introduced the Jikoo collection in 2019. These healing stone and crystal bracelets are handmade by my