Thursday, September 29, 2016

Terms of Use 4

Please take a few minutes to review these Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions apply to your access and use of Gracious and any related web sites and mobile applications (together, "the Web Site") and your relationship with Gracious Style, Inc. and any of its affiliates, partners, or employees (together, "Us" or "We.")  Your use of our Web Site or our mobile application constitutes your agreement to follow these Terms and Conditions and to be bound by them.  These Terms and Conditions, including all documents referenced herein, represents the entire understanding between You and Us and supersede any other agreements, statements or representations.

All policies, including but not limited to the Privacy Policy, Return Policy, Ordering and Payments Policies (together, "Policies") posted on the Web Site or communicated in any other written medium by Us are hereby incorporated as part of these Terms and Conditions.  You hereby agree to such Policies in any use of our Web Site or any other communications, transactions, or interactions with Us for any purpose whatsoever.

These Terms and Conditions and our Policies may be updated at any time in the future without notice to You, and you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions including any updates.

This Web Site and our mobile applications, and all Content available on this Web Site, our mobile applications, or both, are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis without warranties of any kind, whether express, implied, statutory, or otherwise, including without limitation warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability, non-infringement, or fitness for a particular purpose. You acknowledge, by your use of this Web Site or our mobile applications, as applicable, that your use is at your sole risk, that you assume full responsibility for all costs associated with all necessary servicing or repairs of any equipment you use in connection with your use, and that We shall not be liable for any damages of any kind related to your use of this Web Site or our mobile applications. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations and disclaimers may not apply to you. To the extent we may not, as a matter of applicable law, disclaim any warranty or limit our liability, the scope and duration of such warranty and the extent of our liability will be the minimum permitted under such law.

From time to time there may be information on our Web Site or in our catalog that contains typographical errors, inaccuracies, or omissions that may relate to product descriptions, pricing, and availability. We are not responsible for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies on the Web Site.  We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update information at any time without prior notice (including after you have submitted your order).  

Any order placed on the Web Site and any inquiry directed to Us is an offer to enter into a transaction by You, and We reserve the right to decline any such offer at any time for whatever reason.  As part of your order, any payment information you provide us, including but not limited to billing address, bank account, and credit card numbers, may be used towards payment of or collection for subsequent fees incurred as a result of your order, including but not limited to address correction and customs duties fees.

All of the Content on the Web Site is subject to copyright, trademark, service mark, trade dress and other intellectual property rights or licenses held by Us.  Your use of the trademarks, service marks, trade dress and copyrighted material displayed on this Web Site is strictly prohibited. You may download, print and store selected portions of the Content, provided you (1) only use these copies of the Content for your own personal, non-commercial use, (2) do not copy or post the Content on any network computer or broadcast the Content in any media, and (3) do not modify or alter the Content in any way, or delete or change any copyright or trademark notice. No right, title or interest in any downloaded materials is transferred to you as a result of any such downloading. We reserve complete title and full intellectual property rights in any Content you download from this Web site. Except as noted above, you may not copy, download, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, transmit, transfer or create derivative works from the Content. 

Any comments, feedback, notes, messages, ideas, suggestions or other communications (collectively "Comments") sent to our Web Site shall be and remain the exclusive property of Us. Your submission of any such Comments shall constitute an assignment to Us of all worldwide rights, titles and interests in all copyrights and other intellectual property rights, including but not limited to moral rights, in the Comments. We will be entitled to use, reproduce, disclose, publish and distribute any material you submit for any purpose whatsoever, without restriction and without compensating you in any way. 

To the extent the Web Site contains hyperlinks to outside services and resources, the availability and content of which We does not control, any concerns regarding any such service or resource, or any hyperlink thereto, should be directed to the particular outside service or resource.

If any of these terms and conditions are deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, the parties agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the unenforceable condition shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition. Headings are for reference purposes only and do not limit the scope or extent of such section. These terms and conditions and the relationship between you and Us will be governed by the laws of the State of the California without regard to any conflict of law provisions. Our failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive its right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. We do not guarantee it will take action against all breaches of these terms and conditions.  

You agree to binding arbitration without the right of discovery of any complaint exceeding the jurisdiction of a Small Claims Court.  The prevailing party shall be entitled to legal costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, resulting from any complaint exceeding the jurisdiction of a Small Claims Court.

You agree to the personal jurisdiction of and venue in any federal or state court of competent subject matter jurisdiction, including Small Claims Courts, located in the City of Los Angeles, State of California for the adjudication of any matters arising between You and Us, that have not been resolved through arbitration.

Friday, September 16, 2016

About Us

Founded in 1999, Gracious Style has worked with designers, architects, and consumers to furnish everything from private jets and yachts to luxury hotels, embassies, and private homes. It has been featured in numerous publications and television segments including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Traditional Home, Veranda, and Bon Appetit.

A lot of people say they started a business because they always knew how to decorate. Well, Gracious Style happened because we had no idea how to decorate. Here’s the true story:

Carolina: In 1998, I’d left my job as an emerging markets research analyst at Bear Stearns in New York.  We’d recently bought our first house together, a two-story Colonial in Scarsdale, so I started renovating.  In three months, I changed the layout, remodeled the bathrooms, and added a new kitchen and breakfast room in the back.  

All excited, we started thinking about hosting our first Thanksgiving, when I told Si: “We need a new tablecloth.”  I was surprised by how hard it was to actually find a nice tablecloth, so I thought “Let’s import them ourselves.”  After all, we’d seen very nice linens on our work trips to Europe, so how hard could it be?

Si: At the time, I was working as a portfolio manager at a hedge fund, and when Carolina told me about her idea, I thought “Cool!”  I envisioned going on romantic buying trips to Milan, Paris, and who knows where else.  So I quit my job and joined her.

It was slow going for a while, but we did end up going on those fun buying trips.  We went to Europe year after year, looking for small, family-owned manufacturers who specialized in high end linens.  We even made the front page of an Italian newspaper once!  (Ok, it was a very small town.)  Fortunately, those were the products that top interior designers and architects were looking for, and gradually our business grew.

Carolina: But meanwhile, our own house sat pretty much unfurnished.  An IKEA table floated in the new kitchen and breakfast room (but with a nice tablecloth on top!)  The living room never got furnished.  When we sold the house, there were just some boxes in it, and people thought we’d already moved out.

It wasn’t until five years later, when I built a new house for my parents, that I got serious about decorating.  I went through each room and wrote out a story for it: My parents watching the Lakers here, my sister cuddling up with a book and cup of tea there.  From these stories, I came up with plans for each room and the house as a whole.

In the process, I realized that it was the finishing touches that mattered the most.  That’s what I was missing back in the Scarsdale days.  You can have a beautiful kitchen with the Viking and Subzero, but it’s the light fixtures, the rugs, down to the plates and napkin rings, that’ll give your home its unique personality.

Si: And that’s where Gracious Style is today.  We’ve come a long way from the early years, when we just imported table linens.  Today, our goal is to help you find those special things that complete your home’s story, and make it easy for you to do it.  Learning to decorate and design has enriched our lives, and we believe it will make a big difference in yours as well.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Affiliate Program

Do you work with high end consumers, designers, and architects who love to entertain and decorate?  If so, you could showcase some of the most exclusive brands in the world as a Gracious Style affiliate.

The Gracious Style affiliate program offers you:

  • Commission on all your referred customer purchases, no commission leakage.
  • Commission on subsequent purchases from our bridal and gift registry program
  • Bonus for designers and architects who register through our trade program.
  • 45 days cookie period, 30 days recall.
  • Affiliate commission is based on amount of each sale:
    • 6% for sales up to $999.99
    • 7% for sales between $1,000 and $1,999.99
    • 8% for sales between $2,000 and $2,999.99
    • 9% for sales between $3,000 and $3,999.99
    • 10% for sales over $4,000.00
  • Commission tracking is performed by ShareASale.  Please look for us under ShareASale merchant ID 65015.
  • Incentives sites are welcome.
  • No PPC.

For more details please contact us.