Stockists of delightfully cheerful homeware, you can be sure there’s never a dull moment at Vibrant Home. Owner Sarah filled us in on all things bright and beautiful…
SM: How did Vibrant Home come about?
Sarah: As our children grew up, friends often commented on how bright and ‘vibrant’ our kitchen was and asked where we bought it all. Based on this, two years ago we set up Vibrant Home, to share all the lovely colourful things that we use every day. Our focus started with Rice melamine, as this has, and continues to be, used by us every day (and still looks as good as new years on). Our aim was to provide a very wide range of colours and styles across the Rice range as I find I get frustrated when I can’t purchase everything from one place.
SM: Which are your best selling items?
Sarah: Has to be the colourful Rice melamine cups and the beautiful raffia baskets, they are so gorgeous. As coffee lovers, my husband and I have also tried out every ‘travelling coffee cup’ we can find and discovered the JoCo cup and these are now very popular…
SM: And which do your own family like best?
Sarah: We all love the colourful melamine, especially the small melamine bowls as they have so many uses from breakfast yogurt to Strawberries and Cream.
It is interesting that whoever comes to our house, everyone (adults and children alike) automatically pick the bright melamine plates or cups rather than the classic white china (and my girlfriends are always checking my cupboards for the latest collection additions).
SM: What are your biggest challenges, running the business?
Sarah: Trying to juggle a growing business and family life, two dogs and a cat. My technology skills have grown considerably as I’ve learnt to run an online business! My husband helps a lot (he designed and configured the web site) and has even learnt how to wrap a parcel nicely.
SM: How do you source products/brands?
Sarah: We add brands and products from things that we see when out and about and my daughter is always full of suggestions – she drives the Happy Jackson brand and the stationery (what is it with teenage girls and their addiction to pencil cases?). We are always looking for British made or British designed products or those that are ethically sourced (check out the Muggi’s and the handmade colourful shoe laces as unusual examples)
SM: What tips would you have for adding colour to one’s home?
Sarah: Add the colours that you love, a few bits of colourful melamine can change the whole look of a table or your kitchen without having to spend a fortune. Add a raffia storage basket to any room, perfect place to store magazines or a few toys, but brings a touch of instant colour. The kitchen range from CKS Zeal is durable and really useful and compliments the Rice Melamine or other colourful accessories.
Be a bit daring and ‘Live Life in Colour’.
Shop online at www.vibranthome.co.uk