Hello, I'm Lucy, Guvnor of The Wise House.
I've always wanted a little shop of my own. At the age of 11 my best friend and I decided we would set up our own bakery (based purely on our love of cakes). We called it McEnrowe, a 'tasteful' combination of our surnames (a habit which caught on for The Wise House*). We spent alot of time designing the shop front and dreaming up the cakes we would sell (one of which had a whole Mars Bar in the centre). We put that idea to bed when we realised you had to get up early for the baking....
Over the years I have developed a love for 'housy bits' and can forever be found rubber-necking outside people's windows and unsubtly taking myself on a house tour (disguised as a trip to the toilet). It's hard to pidgeonhole my 'style' - I sway between a love for the classic subtle English look and a more brightly, coloured seaside/scandi vibe. But really I continue to be inspired by a more eclectic style that shows off an individual's personality. I think that's why I find as much inspiration from people's homes as in magazines.
For The Wise House I try to avoid products found on the high street or on lots of other websites. The product range grows organically as I stumble across new things that I love (which I do, all of the time!). I haven't found a huge need for trade shows as I seem to have come across lots of talented people and lovely products just through the clever world of the social network as well as the odd spot at a village fair.
Basically, if you can fill your home with practical things that also look nice, mixed in with meaningful photos & other bits that you have accumulated on life's journey, then you're onto a winner!
*We bought my children a little wendy house for the garden and decided to give it a cheesy name combining the 'Wi' of Will (son's name) and the 'se' of Rose (daughter's name). We obviously had nothing better to do at the time?!! Hence, The 'Wise' House was born. It seemed like it was meant to be when I started the business and I didn't think twice about calling it The Wise House.