Meet the Maker: Otto Home

After her official launch at our Spring Soirée last week we’re delighted to invite you meet the maker behind Otto Home: the lovely Bex Wickham.

Meet the Maker - Otto Home - Flock Brighton

Where are you from?
Clapham, London. I’ve lived in Brighton for the best part of 17 years now.

Otto Home at Flock Brighton

How long have you been running your label?

I launched Otto Home at the beginning of this year.
Otto Home at Flock Brighton
What do you consider when sourcing vintage pieces?

I love to know the story of the piece if possible….who owned it, where it’s from etc. I will get a feel for the quality and style very quickly, and often it’s love at first sight! I consider the condition of the piece as I restore older furniture, so it needs to be pre-loved rather than shabby.

 

Meet the Maker - Otto Home - Flock Brighton
What type of piece do you most enjoy searching for?

The best finds are the unexpected ones…that’s the beauty of collecting! I like to follow my intuition. I’ve always been told I have a good eye and now that I have a shop I am really enjoying digging for treasures to bring here. Being an interior stylist means I am always on the look out for stuff that I can use.

 

Meet the Maker - Otto Home - Flock Brighton

Where do you source your items?
I have been a collector for many years, and source from all over the place. Charity shops are amazing ( especially the hidden away ones) as are car boot sales and flea markets. I love picking things up when I’m travelling too.
I stock soaps and market baskets from France and love to go over there when I can to visit the brocantes. I prefer to buy in person rather than online, as part of the fun is meeting other traders.
Meet the Maker - Otto Home - Flock Brighton
How did you get into making botanical products?
I’ve always been interested in natural remedies and plants, and then trained to be a holistic therapist back in 2007 which included studying Aromatherapy and herbal medicine. 
I am a believer in simplicity and nature – having as few additives as possible in what I use. I’m loving making my own range of Otto Botanics products….it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
Meet the Maker - Otto Home - Flock Brighton
What is your favourite botanical ingredient to work with?

I love lavender! The essential oil just has so many uses… to aid sleep, for burns, as a room purifier… I use it all the time.The dried organic lavender I use in the bath salts comes from Provence and has a heavenly scent, and the essential oil I use comes from a local farm in Surrey.I’ll soon be stocking handmade lavender bags to bring that scent into the home.

Meet the Maker - Otto Home - Flock Brighton

What’s inspiring you right now?

So many things! I see things every day that inspire me, from the light in the conservatory at the back of Flock where Otto Home is, to the resurgence of my garden after winter. Plants! I’m so thrilled that houseplants are having a moment as I’ve always loved them.

Launching my business is an amazing journey, and all the people coming into the shop are inspiring me to keep going with it.

I’m also loving the indigo dyed hanging baskets made by Ondine Ash that I’m stocking in the shop. Beautiful!
Meet the Maker - Otto Home - Flock Brighton
Where can people find you online?
My website is www.ottohome.co.uk and I can be contacted on hello@ottohome.co.uk

Instagram: @ottohomebrighton

I don’t sell online yet, as I’m busy in my lovely shop and creating a treasure trove here!

Watch this space…

Have you explored Otto Home yet? What’s your favourite piece?

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