In April 2014 I opened the doors of The Upcycled Home Co!
We were one of the first small businesses to set up within the newly formed ‘Barrow Centre‘.
I knew I had a challenge ahead to change opinions on mass produced, cheap items and consumers take on “upcycling” and the values of “artisan made crafts”. Our beautiful planet was suffering and we were in danger of losing skills that had been handed down, generation to generation.
Thankfully the tide, as it always does, slowly changed. Now words like ‘Eco Friendly’, ‘Artisan’, ‘Sustainable’ and ‘Recycled’ are the norm and I’m proud to be a small part of that shift in attitude.
Growing up in rural Staffordshire, I spent my childhood surrounded by nature. My parents, in particular my mum, instilled in me a sense of responsibility to reuse and recycle... and I have her to thank for my courage, creative energy and inspiration.
After several years spent travelling solo around the world I returned to the UK and spent time living on the South East coast, moving to Cornwall in the early 90’s to live a pared down lifestyle and follow my one true passion which was always creativity. After several interesting careers, as well as a Diploma in Professional Interior Design, I decided it was time to really follow my calling.
How it started
Today I offer customers a carefully curated, bespoke collection of Local, British Made & Global Fair Trade Artisan creations in my “Lifestyle” store. The core of my business is - and always will - be our incredibly talented makers, ensuring they are valued for their skills. My ethos is firmly rooted in upcycling, reusing and ensuring the sustainability of all of our products on offer.
I truly hope you enjoy your shopping experience at The Upcycled Home Co. and that it inspires you to bring a little “Ethically Sourced, Artisan Made” beauty into your life and those you love, and maybe even begin a journey of your own...