Friday, 24 November 2017

Small Business Spotlight {Polkadot Living}

I've mentioned a few times lately on my blog how I have been looking to steer my blog in a slightly new direction, and one thing I'd love to write more about is my home and interiors. It's something I've always been quite passionate about, and love nothing more than to find little trinkets for my home, or to spend time updating our Lincolnshire home which we moved into a year ago. I find that I spend hours scrolling through Instagram, and the photos which always catch my eye are home and interiors ones- seeing into people's homes, getting interiors inspiration (and envy!) and getting inspiration for my own home. 

One such Instagram account which I follow is Polkadot Living, curated by the lovely Pip, who also runs her own interiors business, Polkadot Living. I absolutely love her Instagram feed and having a sneak peek into her beautiful Derbyshire cottage. 

I've been chatting to Pip all about how she got into interiors and how she started her own online interiors business...

Pip, what is your background?
I worked as a dental nurse for years and then went on to get a degree in Biomedical Science. I decided to have a bit of a change when we moved into our Derbyshire cottage and became really interested in interiors, and so I started my own interiors accessories business. 

Where did your love of interiors begin?
I've been interested in interior design for years but I was able to put it into practice and found a real love for it when we bought our first little cottage here in Derbyshire. 

The kitchen space is light and airy and actually very similar to my own kitchen. I love the shelf above the tiles and think I'll do something similar in my own kitchen. It's the perfect way to display trinkets and add a bit of interest into the kitchen. 

What inspired you to start Polkadot Living?
When we got our cottage it needed an awful lot of work but we only had a tiny budget to do it. That meant teaching ourselves to do a lot of the work including fitting kitchens and tiling. We had no budget for accessories and finishing touches so I started making things to fill the empty walls up. This included a wine cork memo board for the kitchen as well as a photo gallery wall from frames found at  laces like car boot sales. After lots of research I realised there might be a gap in the market for my ideas and Polkadot Living was born! As well as developing my own products I wanted to be able to support other small business' here in the UK so I decided to stock some of their lovely homewares too. 

 Pip has spent the past 18 months renovating and carefully styling her Derbyshire cottage to get it looking just how she wants it. The grey, white and blush bedroom looks so contemporary and fresh, and the bathroom looks like the perfect place to relax in and unwind after a long day.

Do you have any interiors projects on the go at the moment?
Yes! We have now moved into a slightly bigger cottage and we are working on putting our stamp on that, which is really fun and so exciting. It had been done up to a certain degree but a lot of the work hasn't been done all that well and has had to be replaced over the last 18 months since we moved in. The house had very much been just done up to sell and wasn't all that well thought out, it was also lacking a bit of character so we been trying to make it more practical and put a bit of life put back into it, but as ever with houses, there's always more work to do. 

Kitchen envy! I love how Pip has styled the shelves with cookbooks and mugs, and also how she has created a feature blackboard on the pillar into the dining space. 

I really love this little corner in Pip's dining room in her cottage. The dark blue alcoves just look fab and the industrial style light pendant above the table works really well with the contrasting older features such as the wood table and the stone mantle. 

Do you have any projects in the pipeline for Polkadot Living?
I launched a Christmas card for the first time this year to try and raise money for Bowel Cancer UK after my Dad was diagnosed last year and has since received successful treatment. The range of foil prints and memo boards available is also growing and all being well there's lots of new ideas coming together in the New Year too.

These beautiful foil charity Christmas cards are £2 each or £10 for 6, with 20% of the sales going to Bowel Cancer UK, a charity very close to Pip's heart. 

There is a lovely collection of foil prints on the website. I'm hoping to get a couple to put in our office as well as our kitchen. 

It sounds like a really exciting time for Polkadot Living, and as ever, I love nothing more than to support small businesses. There are some really beautiful products available over on her website, with the recycled cork memo boards being some of my favourites.

Thank you so much Pip for giving us a peek into your beautiful Derbyshire cottage. For more information about the accessories featured, do pop over to Polkadot Living

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