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.
Where are you from?
Clapham, London. I’ve lived in Brighton for the best part of 17 years now.
How long have you been running your label?
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.
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.
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.
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!
Where can people find you online?
My website is www.ottohome.co.uk and I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
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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