Frugal Friday: Hudson Bay Blankets & Amortized Cost
Allocating Decorating Dollars & what’s that word for accounting for the cost of something over a lifetime…?!
Oh yes, amortizing
As Designers, we like amortizing
It allows us to buy well the first time & justify it nicely to all our budget wielding friends, clients, spouses…..
Yesterday we talked about Hudson Bay Blankets. They are not inexpensive but are Decor items that go with everything.
(This season, they are Christmas Tree Skirts in this project)
A bit of History & a nod to my Canadian roots:
The Hudson’s Bay Company was chartered by King Charles II of England in 1670. This Royal Charter granted rights to “sole trade and commerce” in the vast wilderness, now known as Canada.
Point blankets were highly prized trading commodities for Indians. The points became known as the barter price, in prime beaver pelts. Thus four beaver pelts were exchanged for a four point blanket.
French Canadian voyageurs adopted much of the Indian dress, including the “Point” blanket coat, or “capote”. At one time it was possible to determine the home of a voyageur by the color of his blanket coat. Those from the Montreal district wearing blue coats, those from Quebec wore red, and those from Three Rivers wore the multi-stripe.
Queen bed size, our 6 point blankets are 100″ x 90″ and weigh 8 pounds. The 6 point blanket will make a capote up to Men’s coat size 56.
Today, points are still woven into the blankets as an historical reference, and to indicate the size of the blanket. Woven in England, from selected wools, the Hudson’s Bay Point Blankets are made to exacting specifications, as they were over 300 years ago.
(This History Lesson taken from Track the Wolf, linked HERE)
In this project alone we ordered:
That is not a “frugal” expenditure when you look at the line items on the Project Spreadsheet
As a Designer, I look for those pieces that will last no matter the decor changes ahead
Hudson Bay Blankets fall into those categories
Where to buy retail? Linked below.
The Bay Co (Canada)
& have you ever customized these you ask?
Why of course! We line the underside with a client’s Couture Chateau custom lining fabric…and it becomes a true family heirloom…
“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™