This journey started a few months ago when Mum and I decided that we were ready to share our love for design and interiors with a wider audience. This wasn’t a decision that we took lightly, for my Mum in particular – a social-media shy, once-upon-a-time technophobe and very private person – sharing things online was not something that came naturally. But we had talked for months – years loosely – about working together on a project that encompassed our mutual love of furniture with a history, our affinity with bright spaces filled with pieces that mean something and the belief in how important a person’s surroundings is to their well-being. Coupled with the jolt that comes with a devastating loss (we lost my beautiful Grandma at the end of last year) we felt that if we had learnt anything – it was that life is short and we should jump.
We started Layer as an interiors blog to share styling ideas, before and after stories and our inspirations. A big part of what we wanted to achieve was also to show appreciation for a trade that so lovingly sources, restores, looks after and then passes on these objects – whether they class themselves as serious antiques aficionados, mid century experts or hobby traders of vintage pieces, they are perpetuating an industry that we love. We launched our Meet the Trader series as an attempt to seek out and acknowledge these people, starting with our very first interview with the wonderful Abel Sloane of 1934.
One of my favourites parts of this experience to date has been the opportunity to visit some exceptional parts of the country in the pursuit of these elusive traders. In London alone, we’ve been north, south, east and west. We travelled to the very northern end of the Northern line to spend time with Amanda Holly and to see her beautiful, glamorous Old Hollywood style mirrors and objects in situ in her home. Natalie Harding of House of Twenty showed us around their two East-London warehouses filled to the brim with stunning mid century chairs, sofas and storage. The Golborne Road was our first destination in West London, spending time with Georgia Hendey of Hutch Interiors who has curated a selection of lighting, fabrics and furniture that just blow you away. Most recently, a trip to Erith (yes, Erith is a place!) to meet the wonderful duo behind Hopper + Space in their truly breathtaking studio living/workspace (one that I can’t wait to share with you). We’ve stepped outside of the capital bubble to visit traders in places as far-flung as Derby, Bristol and Nottingham. We even stumbled across a stunning showroom in the hilltop village of Menerbes in the South of France and we couldn’t hold ourselves back from interviewing the owner Liz Wyatt.
At the time of writing this, we have seven Meet the Trader interviews on the website, five to be published over the next few weeks and lots more interviews in the pipeline. We’re constantly amazed and astounded by the wealth of knowledge possessed by the people we meet, their passion for design and their hospitality. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all!
We’d also like to thank all the people who visit Layer every single day to read our content, we are overwhelmed with the support we’ve received and are excited for what the future holds for Layer.