Big Grass Wins International Home Industry ARTS Award

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The San Antonio-based sustainable home furnishings and garden décor business wins the “Outdoor Lifestyle Store” ARTS Award presented by ART and Dallas Market Center. Big Grass collections are handcrafted from natural and recycled materials, blending functionality and art and supporting eco-friendly lifestyles.

Big Grass owners John and Duang Hanesworth accept the Outdoor Lifestyle Store ARTS Award

We are proud of our evolution into a nationally recognized business that helps customers reimagine and reconfigure both their indoor and outdoor spaces.

Big Grass Living, the largest provider of sustainable home furnishings and garden décor in Texas, won the “Outdoor Lifestyle Store” award at the international ARTS Award gala at Dallas Market Center last weekend.

“This award honors Big Grass as a destination oasis for inspired, stylish, eco-friendly living,” said John Hanesworth, who owns Big Grass with his wife, Duang. “We are proud of our evolution into a nationally recognized business that helps customers reimagine and reconfigure both their indoor and outdoor spaces.”

ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program for the home industry honoring designers, manufacturers, retailers and sales representatives. ART and Dallas Market Center, co-founder and producer of the ARTS Awards, announced the 26th annual ARTS Awards winners at a gala Jan. 16 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

Selected as an ARTS Award finalist in fall 2014, Big Grass was asked to submit a package outlining its business vision, marketing accomplishments and other milestones. Some highlights included the following:

  • Working closely with its artisan producers, Big Grass has created and grown several branded home and garden product lines for which it is the only U.S. source. Among these are the Loi™ and Sabai™ furniture collections, and the Ong® rainwater harvesting jar. Melding style and function, the Ong® jar is a popular alternative to plastic and metal collection vessels.
  • The Big Grass design aesthetic extends indoor ambiance into outdoor spaces. Big Grass furnishings, lighting and other décor pieces are handmade from natural or recycled materials, lending themselves to both indoor and outdoor rooms.
  • The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau ( has included Big Grass in its list of “Ten Most Fun Places to Shop in San Antonio.” In addition, Big Grass products, including the Ong ® jars, hardscape, ceramic pots, and terracotta décor, were featured in one of four homes showcased in the 2014 AIA SA Homes Tour.
  • Rehabilitated from an auto body shop, Big Grass' retail premises include a Zen-like garden displaying landscape features, fountains and décor focal points for customers to imagine and install in their own outdoor space. Irrigation is provided through rainwater and air conditioning condensate collected in Ong® jars.
  • Big Grass integrates sustainable business practices into other parts of its business, including using recycled packaging, optimizing shipping space to reduce the carbon footprint, and engaging in community water conservation efforts.
  • Through a national marketing and business development campaign, Big Grass has introduced a wholesale line for garden retailers around the country.

Hanesworth said that because Big Grass cultivates direct relationships with artisan producers, selected during regular travels across Southeast Asia and Latin America, the business is able to respond to customer demands while promoting sustainable lifestyles.

“Because we bypass middlemen, we are able to offer our producers fair compensation for their talents, while helping to promote ancient cultural traditions and sound environmental practices with products that enrich our customers’ lives,” Hanesworth said.

About Big Grass

Big Grass is the largest provider of sustainable home and garden décor in Texas and the only U.S. source for the decorative Ong® rainwater harvesting jar. The brand name references bamboo, one of nature’s most sustainable resources, to underscore a commitment to products hand-made from natural, sustainable materials. Big Grass takes pride in its relationships with artisan producers, supporting cultural traditions and centuries-old production techniques. These relationships allow Big Grass to enhance its product designs and offerings to meet customers’ lifestyle needs. Many Big Grass products can be found at, and fans can follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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