Coffee with Violet & Thistle + Giveaway

Violet & Thistle applause light box

Violet & Thistle applause light box

There was a time when i was really paranoid about shopping online - but what kind of bargain hunter would i be without the internet . When i joined Instagram Jane from Violet & Thistle was one of the first people to say hello to me - so me being naturally nosy i had to check what she got in her store - and i was in for a treat !
Violet & Thistle carry a range of ever changing products for your home and garden (have a look at sale section also - there are some great bargains )- from cushions to lighting . Carefully chosen by Jane,  There are a few customer favorite accessories that have become a staple items of her store - like the light box . I love my applause light box - and i use it often - for the past year that box gets light up along with a dose of my sarcasm to wind up Mr. Grumpy - when he needs it ;) Ohh not to forget a disco ball !! - my dogs are obsessed with the beautiful light shapes it throws all over the room when sun hits it - by obsessed i mean they are jumping all over the place trying to eat " light"
There a far to many products in store that id love to have at home - i seem to forget that i live in a small 2 bed and when i order some goodies i have to bypass Mr Grumpy so he wont see the latest purchase then swap things around in hope he won't notice - luckily so far so good ;)
I was over the moon when Jane agreed for me to bombard her with questions - so you can get to know better the amazing lady behind equally as amazing store . And did i mention shes got a fantastic taste in interiors ? - check Jane home on her Instagram

Violet & Thistle disco ball :)

Violet & Thistle disco ball :)

1.   Can you tell our readers about yourself and your brand?

My name is Jane, I live in London with my husband and 2 daughters who are 4 and 9. I use to work in fashion and spent a lot of time traveling around the world. I started Violet & Thistle so I could have more time at home with my children. Since buying our first home I found myself becoming as obsessed about interiors as I was about fashion, so it was a natural progression. Having children has seriously impacted on the amount of money I have to spend on myself and our home. So, I wanted to create a brand that stocked unusual, good quality items but was still affordable and accessible to most people.

2. What piece are you most proud of, or one that has a significance to you

I couldn’t pick a single piece, I tend to love our all our latest items! 😊

3. Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in your design journey?

I spent 7 years working for high street fashion retailers in buying and merchandising. That gave me the foundations to understand range building, sales forecasting, pricing and margins. Following that I owned a jewellery design company who supplied high street retailers. This has really helped me to spot trends early and to start to develop our own label for the future.

4. What would be your tips for anyone thinking of starting their own business in design

Plan your margins and range carefully. Retail trends can change quickly, you have to ensure you have enough stock to maximize the sales potential but not so much that you will incur high mark down costs.

5. Can you tell me about your greatest high in your career?

When I had my own company supplying costume jewellery I use to see our jewellery everywhere. The weirdest was seeing them in the teenager’s bedroom of the house we bought. The best was seeing tabloid pictures of Pixie Lott wearing our headband for her birthday celebrations.

6. What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?

In my previous business things ended acrimoniously with my business partner. It taught me that you have to be aware every aspect of your business. Even if you think you know someone really well, you probably only do if you live with them. 😉

7. Who has impacted you most in your design journey and how?

No individual in particular, I get inspired by the design I see around me in London and from when I use to travel to the Far East and USA.

8. Who is your design or style icon?

 Charles Eames
9 What do you think has been your brands super power?

Spotting trends early.

10 Were you artistic as a child?

No not at all! I was planning to be a stockbroker (spot the 80’s child) then an actress. 😊 I ended up doing a law degree. I was always interested in clothing and fashion though and use to spend ages rearranging my bedroom.

11. Since Style Squeeze is all about small spaces - how would you squeeze most of small square footage (your tips suggestions)

A bit of an obvious one, but painting, putting up shelving or picture ledges and adding accessories and good lighting can make a huge difference to a room. Especially if you don’t have much room for much furniture. I have always believed in investing in unique, well designed, statement lighting. Try to avoid high street buys to be really unique, look for vintage buys, shop at independents or make a piece yourself.

 12. What do you do in your spare time?

Like most mothers of young children, I have very little time to myself at the moment. I spend far too much time thinking about interiors. I love visiting museums & National Trust houses with my children, cooking and reading.

 13 Do you put limitations on the work in terms of brave and bold or is there no fucks given?

It really depends on my mood! 😊

Disco ball when sun shines on it !

Disco ball when sun shines on it !

Quick Fire questions
14 - design or functionalit
y -I would say design all the way. However, after spending 14 years with my husband who is a very practical and logical, I now demand good designs which have been well made.
15 What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done? There are probably too many to list and they would involve being younger, alcohol and losing things.
16. Which bad habits of other people drive you crazy? I really believe that we all should look after society and the environment and not just focus on ourselves. I don’t understand people who don’t care about anyone else or the environment.
17. favorite dinosaur ;) Can I say none?
18. What was the worst job you have ever had?. As a student packing boxes in a factory.
19. would you rather Kiss a jellyfish or step on a crab? Step on a crab.
20. Got any hidden talents? (what are they)?  Err not sure. I’m great at mental maths does that count?
21. coffee or tea? Either, but I love coffee but it has to be ground coffee.
22. What is the one thing, you can’t live without? Coffee, mainly lattes. I guess I should also say my children and husband too. 😉
23. In " Alternative universe if you could be any piece of furniture what would you be? Given my obsession with vintage chandeliers it would have to be a 1960’s Murano glass chandelier.
24. What was your worst decor faux? -pass I hate the patterned wallpaper in our living room. I try to blame pregnancy hormones though!
25. who would be your idea client to work with? Anyone who wanted design help really. I am great at offering advice for others but find it so hard to make design decision in my own home.

Win this lightbox :)

Win this lightbox :)

now -the fun part !
Jane from Violet & Thistlehave donated one of my most favorite purchases ever - applause light box to a one lucky winner - how cool is that ? to be in the chance of winning please

competition will run till Sunday 27 th of August and winner will be picked at random and announced on Monday- Good luck everyone