We meet two inspired local young women who have launched their own businesses this year
When Georgina Saunders’ parents failed to find a decent footstool for their sitting room, Georgina made them one. Six months on the former fashion buyer runs a business, Sorsha Rose Designs, from her Chorleywood home, designing and manufacturing bespoke stools-come-coffee tables. Her first collection, Willow, is a range of hexagonal stools with pale timber 50s shape legs upholstered in various fabrics has proved popular
“I identified a trend for his shape in interior design – it’s Scandi and clean edged geometric. Recently we’ve added Neapolitan, a dark bronze coloured metal framed stool with velvet seat and Fontana, a footstool and coffee table set launched last month at Decorex. I do a lot of work with print designer Charlotte Jade who is based at Sarratt. She creates amazing bold textiles from hand drawn patterns as well as stunning wallpapers and tiles.”
There’s a lot of buzz about Laura Gutlé’s new workshops held at the Florence Brown Hall, Hillside Church. The newly established home-based florist, aka Grace and Violet, ran two last month – Autumn Floral Jam Jars followed by Miniature Garden Terrariums. Fear not if you missed them, there are more to come…Autumnal Wreaths (18 Oct) and Floral Pumpkins (26 Oct – see one in photo) plus pre-Christmas sessions are planned. Laura, whose background is in marketing, trained with florist Jay Archer and at the Tallulah Rose Flower School and loves loose, natural style floral décor with heaps of greenery and especially likes sourcing blooms from small local suppliers. She offers a bespoke personal wedding service, taking the client to the flower market for early consultations and being on hand throughout the wedding day for moving or refreshing flowers.