We caught up with locals Suzy & Lou, following the launch of their new online home décor store Layered Lounge ….
Where did the idea of Layered Lounge come from?
Lou: Having met through our children at school, Suzy and I often chatted about life, kids, the husbands, and our house renovations. The same topic of home accessories popped up time and time again and the fact that we struggled to find different, colourful, good quality products at an affordable price tag. So fast forward 3 years and we’ve decided to share our findings in Layered Lounge.
So what is Layered Lounge and what makes you different?
Suzy: We want to provide our audiences with inspiring pieces with the emphasis on price whilst still keeping an eye on the current trends without being led by them. The High Street offers an array of “on trend” items, which may not provide the quality or longevity of a product. On the other end of the scale, the products maybe very expensive which only a few can warrant.
So we have been very careful in selecting a range that covers everything from lighting to textiles, dining to photo frames. Items, which can instantly help, uplift your look without breaking the bank. We have also added a Summer Fun range, which is full of bold and practical items like bright towels, inflatables and games that should brighten up anyone’s summer even if you are staying at home!
What’s your favourite part of the job so far?
We have to admit selecting all the products, which feature on our site is absolutely our favourite part of the job. Actually we love to photograph them too! We have taken great care in choosing items that are not only gorgeous to look at but are also practical for everyday use. We have sourced products from Europe and beyond as well as some emerging designers closer to home. On the rare occasion that we don’t agree on a product then it simply won’t make the cut.
What challenges did you face launching Layered Lounge?
So being 2 local mums starting a business has not been easy! Working around school timetables, sick kids, running households and the general day to day life but Suzy and I are very proud of what we have achieved in 7 months. If it weren’t for friendship, supporting husbands and children and the sheer passion for what we are doing we wouldn’t have started this exciting journey!
Favourite thing to do at the weekend?
Suzy: When not tearing around after the kids, I love to play tennis at Gerrards Cross Dukes Wood Tennis Club (obviously!), and do some gardening, I know I am sad but I love trawling around Clifton Nurseries in London & Petersham Nursery when I get the chance. Sunday I like to leave completely unplanned as its the only day we can just do what we feel like on the day.
Favourite place to go for a meal?
Suzy: Love a Sunday roast at the Black Horse in Fulmer, one of the best in the areas. Also love to eat at the Three Oaks in Gerrards Cross superb menu which updates seasonally.
Lou: The Beech House, Beaconsfield for Friday night burger and chips. Can’t beat Maliks for a good curry either.
Favourite place to visit locally?
Suzy: Love a walk or run through Black Park and a wander around along Old Amersham High Street.
Lou: Love a long dog walk around Cliveden.
Which is your favourite Layered Lounge item?
Suzy: It has to be the coloured flax lamps with the digitally printed shades. All the colours are fab and the prints gorgeous, a perfect way to through some colour and fun into your rooms.
Lou: Loving the flower vases, especially the one named flower which is the perfect shape for a spring summer bouquet and can’t wait to get away and use our new inflatables once we reach warmer climates.
Favourite travel destination?
Suzy: Having spent weeks in Portugal every year since a child, it would have to be the Algarve. It has changed a lot since those early days but its still full of lovely food, great weather, lovely people and superb inspiration for our product range everywhere!
Lou: Mauritius, where we have been lucky enough to visit a few times but it will also be special due to the fact that I got married there 17 years ago!
OFFER: Layered Lounge are offering 10% off when spending a minimum of £50. One use per customer. Offer expires midnight 30th June 2017 quote ‘CCLL10’ at checkout. Happy shopping!