Spotlight On Venice Beach House + Win Beaded Chandelier
There is a lot i could say about Daniela at Venice Beach house - Girl Power ,Kindness and compassion are the top 3 words i could describe the Lady behind the Brand - I will not go into detail just yet as this will spoil the interview - but let me tell you something - this lady trully rocks ! and so is the selection of beautifully made products - that fit to any style not just beach house - think industrial , boho , glam , rustic - pick a key pieces and watch the space come alive - my to go items are always statement lighting , mirrors and cushions ( plus now my shopping list grew massively - thanks to this lady !
SO grab a coffee and enjoy reading as to how products are sourced and why you should always trust your gut x
1. Can you tell our readers about yourself and your brand ?
my name is Daniela Alziari I’m an interior designer and the founder of Venice Beach House. We’re an independent homeware brand, specialising in statement lighting and have just launched a new furniture range.
2 .What piece are you most proud of, or one that has a significance to you:
Definitely the beaded chandeliers. The fact that I stumbled across the artisans completely by chance whilst on holiday in Bali two years ago made the whole thing feel like fate. They are the most amazing team of empowered women who handcraft all of our beaded chandeliers, rattan bags and baskets.
3. Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in your design journey ?
I think being an Interior designer has helped a lot in getting started. In this bespoke craft industry, being patient is key to ensure the level of quality is reached and deadlines are met.
4. What would be your tips for anyone thinking of starting their own business in design?
Be kind, be patient and be positive. And always listen to your gut.
5. Can you tell me about your greatest high in your career?
Definitely starting Venice Beach House. It happened very organically. I’ve never felt so driven and lucky to have all the support I’ve received so far.
6 .What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
Although it sounds cliche, probably not starting Venice Beach House sooner.
7 . Who has impacted you most in your design journey and how?
My mother has been a big design inspiration. She’s an interior designer so I grew up surrounded by some pretty wacky and unusual pieces.
8. Who is your design or style icon
I love the simplicity of Rose Uniacke’s interiors. They’re so serene and calm but she’ll add a bit of drama with an oversized statement chandelier. I’m like her in the sense I like to mix old with new so will always include an antique chandelier or vintage rug.
9 What do you think has been your brands super power?
Definitely supporting female artisans. We had the option to go down a different route but chose to support the women we had grown so close to. Even though it definitely wasn’t the easiest option with a huge language barrier in our way but somehow we managed.
10. Were you artistic as a child?
I was always coming home with paint on my hands and hand drawing birthday cards for friends and family. I went on to study illustration at University of the Arts London.
11. Since Style Squeeze is all about small spaces - how would you squeeze most of small square footage (your tips suggestions )
I recently worked on an Eco-Cabin project in Cornwall which needed some serious storage solutions. We hung wire wall racks and made sure every bathroom mirror had a built in shelf. We dotted mirrors all over to bring in extra light and create a sense of space. We even managed to squeeze in a third bedroom by installing a fitted bunk bed and adding a small window for light.
12 .What do you do in your spare time?
I’ve always been a big yoga person, it’s probably the only thing that calms me. I’ve got a real travel bug and love discovering new surroundings. I also love seeing live music and exploring antique markets looking for hidden gems.
13 Do you put limitations on the work in terms of brave and bold or is there no fucks given?
It depends, if it’s for an interior design project you always have to listen to the client’s needs and gage their taste. When it comes to designing products, definitely just go with the gut.
14 - Design or functionality
15. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?
After a long day at a trade show in Paris I was so delirious I walked straight into a bollard mid conversation with a client. It was very embarrassing.
16. Which bad habits of other people drive you crazy?
People who chew with their mouth open.
17. Favourite dinosaur ;)
18. What was the worst job you have ever had?
Working in a shoe shop serving very demanding customers and being paid minimum wage
19. Would you rather Kiss a jellyfish or step on a crab?
Probably kiss a jellyfish so I don’t kill the crab!
20. Got any hidden talents ?
I’m a secret mixologist ;)
21. Coffee or Tea?
Coffee. I’m one of those people that needs a cup first thing in the morning in order to function. Although I do love a nice cuppa in the afternoon.
22. What is the one thing, you can’t live without?
Animals! I couldn’t function without my dog and cat.
23. In an alternative universe if you could be any piece of furniture what would you be?
Probably a really punchy chaise longue.
24. What was your worst decor faux -pass
I had a real thing for skulls...
25. Who would be your ideal client to work with:
I really love Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton, they’ve both got great style. I listen to their podcast all the time and they sound like they’d be great fun to work with. I also love Lucy William’s style. She’s a fashion and travel blogger but with a real eye for interiors.
Now for the fun Part !
You can win this Natural Beaded chandelier (swoon!) worth £395 - Thanks to generosity of The Venice Beach House
To be in the chance of winning please
1- follow @venice.beachhouse on instagram
2 follow @patirobins on instagram
3 - Tag as many mates in my latest post (@patirobins) - as each comment with tag will count as one entry in the prize draw , this competition is open to UK only and will run untill Sunday 10 of june 2018 - with winner announced following Tuesday
Good luck and a massive thank you to amazing Venice Beach House for making this giveaway possible
For more products please visit https://www.venicebeachhouse.co.uk/
Love Pati x