coffee with Curious Egg + Giveaway
Hi Guys! Today i would like to introduce you to a very special lady - Lorraine that together with her husband - are founders of Curious Egg - a true mix of amazing homeware , lighting and art - on other words one stop shop for latest , unusual and must have peaces . And to top it all off Lorraine was one of the first ladies that followed me on Instagram and the support she gives to everyone is inspiring , she also writes an amazing blog ! be sure to check it out !! I have a mile long wish list of products id love to have in my home - but Mr. Grumpy keeps reminding me that - we are living in a small 2 bedroom house not a "bloody mansion! - and i am on a shopping ban" - he really does not know what he is saying - he is a heavily medicated Veteran ! - anyway back to Lorraine - well if you never heard about this company - then you are missing out! - i suggest you pop in and have a look ! here https://www.curiousegg.com/
Lorraine the floor is yours !
1. Can you tell our readers about yourself and your brand?
I’m Lorraine, I’m an artist trained in sculpture and fine art and I set up Curious Egg an online interiors store along with my husband Roddy at the end of 2015. After working for years on both private art commissions and public art projects, I realized that I wanted to create a business that brought contemporary art & interiors together. Galleries can be daunting places to go into so I thought if we created a virtual space where people could browse and be introduced to new emerging artists in the comfort of their home, it could make buying good quality art a more natural and enjoyable experience.
I also wanted to source an exciting collection of unusual interior products mostly small batch and independently designed that wouldn’t be found on the high street. My vision was to place them alongside the artworks and beautiful apothecary products that enhance well being -helping people to create exciting and happy homes.
2 .What piece are you most proud of , or one that hasa significance to you
I love all of our products of course : ) but rather than one product, I’m really proud of the Art Room. It’s only a year old but it’s something that was at the heart of why we started Curious Egg and it’s going from strength to strength. I deliberately try not to refer to it as a gallery which can sometimes feel like a place to look but not touch, hence the name Art Room which has connotations of a place we all loved to go to be free and expressive as kids! I absolutely LOVE working with other artists especially new graduates, mentoring and supporting them and helping them to show off their work to a wider audience.
3. Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in your design journey?
I think not coming from a business background or retail I could approach it with creative ideas from the heart and there was no one to tell me I couldn’t! Roddy is also a creative mind, his background is in e -commerce and marketing and he never shuts down an idea. We always think how it could work? I think I’m quite good at putting people at ease as I like to be myself with out too much formality so in that sense I build a good relationship with customers and suppliers. I do have high standards though and I’m not shy to say if someone is not meeting them!
4. What would be your tips for anyone thinking of starting their own business in design
I know it’s a bit clichéd but I think as long as you’re willing to put in the hard work and dedication then I’d always say go for it! You can work things out as you go because you’ll never know all the answers. I’m only at the very beginning so I wouldn’t like to preach at all but being in it is so thrilling and I never dread going back to work after a holiday – mind you I don’t have holidays anymore either!
5. Can you tell me about your greatest high in your career ?
It’s early days as we’re only a year and a half old but apart from the day we opened our virtual doors (which was so scary and exciting) it has to be being featured in Elle Decoration’s ‘Top of The Online Stores’ last year. That is something we’re still so happy about and it sends us visitors from all over the world to this day!
6 .What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
I can’t say we’ve had failure as such so far. Things just take a lot longer than you think so maybe expecting certain things to happen too early and then having to reassess but otherwise we’re moving steadily forward and learning all the time.
7 . Who has impacted you most in your design journey and how?
My husband is my closest ally and we bounce ideas off each other really well but I also think engaging with other retailers, sharing ideas as well as watching how the more established companies operate means we can choose what we like and don’t like and it helps us define who we want to be and what path we want to take. We’re all learning all the time!
8. Who is your design or style icon
I’m interested in the work of so many artists and designers but not one religiously. I absolutely love the sculptural lighting by Apparatus Studio especially when set in an interesting rustic context. I love quirky Parisian interiors (elegant but not too formal) as well as edgy industrial New York pads, relaxed Southern French style or simple island living – all of these things are inspiring as lifestyles. I think as you get a bit older you see the value in carving out your own style and that it’s ok to be different but its also ok to be the same. I dip in and out and get inspiration from all sorts of places, I think that comes from my fine art background where I looked to all sorts of places for inspiration rarely related to art.
9 What do you think has been your brand’s super power?
I guess just not doing things by the book. I feel people are interested in what we’re doing because we’ve taken a slightly different approach by having an unusual store that combines an art space, an interiors store, an Apothecary and a Gin Bar! People know I’ve personally chosen the products we sell and that I’ve put them together from an artist’s point of view for their quality and creative appeal above anything else. I’d like to think shopping with us is an experience!
10 Were you artistic as a child?
Yes, my mother was artistic and encouraged it and I was ‘the kid in the class who could draw’. My dad used to take me to wander round art galleries a lot if it rained – more because there was space for me to run about but I think it had an impact. I also used to notice details from as young as age two, I remember admiring patterns on door handles and on the floors of buildings. At age three I announced that when I grew up I wanted to live in a ‘bungalow with a patterned glass door’ – don’t ask but it made my mum laugh a lot.
11. Since Style Squeeze is all about small spaces - how would you squeeze most of small square footage (your tips suggestions )
Size is all about perception so I would say you can create the illusion of space with clever tricks – (similar to how small people can dress to look bigger – I know this from personal experience) by creating a flow of surfaces and not too many breaks for the eye in terms of colour or you can embrace the smallness , make it interesting, intriguing, magical and memorable. Either way remember to keep the clutter away with clever in inbuilt or hidden storage.
12 .What do you do in your spare time?
Spare time is rare at the moment, but since moving to Perthshire I’m a bit of a home buddy and love walking in the forest and can potter in the garden for hours if I get the chance.
13 Do you put limitations on the work in terms of brave and bold or is there no fucks given?
We haven’t launched our own label products so I can’t comment specifically but I think it’s funny that people often think all artists are all die hard rebels and set out to shock. My work’s never been about shocking for the sake of it – I don’t even swear in public! : D I can find that kind of work really interesting but it’s not my voice - I like to use art to make people see and consider things they might not have done and in doing so people may not like the art I’m showing but that’s not the same as offending people for the sake of it. That said, I feel we’re only at the tip of the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we plan to do with Curious Egg and I can promise it’ll be adventurous and exciting.
Quick Fire questions :
14 - design or functionality -For me good design goes hand in hand with functionality by solving a ‘problem’ so I don’t see the two as separate. It’s different to art in that sense.
15 What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done? -once spent a couple of hours clearing all the snow from a long drain in the driveway and piled it up against the garage door thinking my dad would be so pleased the drain was clear but he just looked at me like ‘ how can you be my daughter and be that stupid’ as he had to clear it again to get the car in! I was about eight but I amazed myself that I hadn’t thought about that.
16. Which bad habits of other people drive you crazy? -Oh by far bad manners and off handedness. I can’t stand it. I might not say anything to them but I’ll never forget it and it’ll completely change my opinion of them in an instant!
17. favourite dinosaur ;) -I actually did have a real fascination for dinosaurs and sharks when I was little, the scarier the better so it has to be a T. rex!
18. What was the worst job you have ever had - part time job in a gift shop in Glasgow, the management was so uptight and overbearing and there was nowhere to sit down a break – I wanted to shout ‘get a grip, it’s a gift shop not Nasa! ‘
19 . Would you rather Kiss a jellyfish or step on a crab? - Kiss a jellyfish!! I can’t bear killing things -I have a mental battle if I have to swat a fly! I even have flashbacks to accidentally letting the jar I was catching a spider in fall on it – its known as Spidergate!
20. Got any hidden talents ? ( what are they) - I can whistle the theme tune to Ski Sunday perfectly and I’m quite strong – like really quite strong.
21. coffee or tea? - Both -coffee is the fuel that allows me to cope with the rudeness of early morning starts but I only have one and drink Rooibos the rest of the day – don’t judge me!
22. What is the one thing, you can’t live without? - Kitchen roll – it’s an illness.
23. In " Alternative universe if you could be any piece of furniture what would you be? -A beautifully made timeless coffee table so that I’d be in amongst all the buzz of the house and passed down through generations i.e. not chucked on the skip after a couple of years!
24. What was your worst decor faux -pass -Not getting this house decorated before opening my interiors business! It’s supposed to be a showcase for our products but at the moment it looks like a building site!
25 .who would be your idea client to work with - Someone who buys an artwork from our Art Room because they’ve fallen in love with it and have taken an interest in the work of one of our artists by visiting our website or coming to one of our pop up events. I’d also say someone who values art and who would trust me with both the décor and sourcing of interesting artworks for their home - let me loose on it! : )
Now for the fun part !
Lorraine kindly donated 1 - A2 size printof their choice ( there are 8 prints ) from a -limited edition Angel print worth £75 - thisseries is exclusive to Curious Egg by Rachel Louise Lee1( the one pictured here is a3 - so the winner will receive the size up )
To be in a chance of winning please complete the following:
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competition will run till Sunday 24th of September and winner will be picked at random and announced on Monday x Good luck everyone
winner of the giveaway is@jaynegirginc congratulations
- This giveaway was made in collaboration with Curious Egg -All photos and views are my own.-Thank you so much for making this giveaway possible x
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