Interview : Wanderlust Wares

Fringed Cushions from Wanderlust Wares

When I first started this blog, back in 2009, I never thought that I would regularly be featuring local Devon-based businesses. But over the past few years I have come across an increasing number of inspiring companies right here on my doorstep. The latest company that I want to introduce you to is called Wanderlust Wares. It is run by a lovely lady called Wendy who lives just down the road from me here in Devon.

I first met Wendy in hospital, just after my second daughter was born. We were on the same ward for a day or two as my daughter had lost a bit too much weight and her son had come a little too early. We then bumped into each other again at the local children’s centre where we went to get our babies weighed. And now our children go to the same pre-school.

Weirdly though, I had no idea that Wendy ran an online homewares store until I came across her on Instagram. Funny how that tends to happen. I’ve discovered some great local brands on Instagram. Anyway, I love Wendy’s store and I thought you might too. So I asked Wendy to take part in an interview so that we could all learn a little bit more about Wanderlust Wares.

Wendy of Wanderlust Wares

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
After studying Textile Design at Chelsea Art School I started working for Primark as a Trainee Fashion Buyer. After five years in the buying industry here I took off travelling and ended up in Sydney. I continued as a Fashion Buyer, met my husband and had our first child over there. We lived there for 13 years and came back here to live in beautiful Devon a few years ago.

How did you end up living and working in Devon?
We wanted to live somewhere really beautiful on our return to the UK, so as soon as we arrived back we bought a caravan and travelled around the South West for three months over the Summer and fell in love with the South Hams area.

Fringed Cushions from Wanderlust Wares

What do you like most about living and working in Devon?
The beauty of the countryside and being surrounded by water. I also love the flexibility of having my own business as I now have two children, and can do the school run and activities as I can work anytime of the day.

When did you first discover your love of design and what are your earliest memories of design?
Well like most young girls, I grew up loving fashion and reading all the magazines but I guess it wasn’t till I studied for my Arts Foundation course that I really fell in love with visual design and carried that through to my degree in Textile design.

Fringed Cushions from Wanderlust Wares

Can you tell us about Wanderlust Wares and how it started?
Work opportunities for Fashion Buyers are scarce down here so I knew my career was going to change. I’ve always loved homewares and design and was always online looking at retailers from around the world and loving what I saw. I decided to set up Wanderlust Wares as both a new career focus and an opportunity to solely concentrate on items and brands that I loved and believed in.

What can people expect to find when browsing the Wanderlust Wares website?
Hopefully some beautiful things for their home or themselves! I also love colour and we have a lot of that!

How and where do you source the products that you sell?
Living in Australia I had some brands like Uashmama that I wanted to bring over here, as even though its an Italian company they have a few amazing shops in Sydney. I’ve travelled to the US and Morocco to source, although that was put on hold for a while as two months after starting Wanderlust I fell pregnant with my second son! I also attend trade shows and the internet allows me to source product when I have less time to travel due to my kids schooling needs.

Fringed Cushions from Wanderlust Wares

What is your favourite product that you stock and why?
Oh gosh its so hard to say as I love them all for different reasons.. Uashmama is my obsession I guess, its totally additive and I have them all over the house. Babatree baskets are just so beautiful because of the weaving and colour combinations. At the moment I am loving the rattan baskets we are selling and that are doing so well.

What are your top tips for incorporating beautiful travelled objects into your home?
Buy it when you see it! If you love something so much and can afford it, don’t hesitate to buy it, even if you don’t have immediate space for it. We bought a beautiful Indian peacock mirror years ago in Sydney and had it under the bed for years until we had the right space in the right house for it. There was also a beautiful stained glass lamp in India, which I made my husband carry around in his rucksack on our honeymoon! That way you can build a really eclectic home with items you love.

Fringed Cushions from Wanderlust Wares

What are your long-term goals for Wanderlust Wares and do you have any exciting plans?
I really just want it to grow and keep sourcing new things that people love. I have two young kids so I have them to think of with any expansion plans. This year is about sourcing new products and getting out to some festivals in the Summer so we can combine work and some family fun!

Wanderlust Wares product selection

A huge thanks to Wendy for giving us some insights into her beautiful business. Above you can see a tiny selection of the amazing products that Wendy sells in her online store. As you can see, all these products are perfect for the ‘Global Nomad‘ trend I wrote about last week. So, if like me, you’d like to bring this trend into your home this season, Wanderlust Wares should definitely be on your shopping list.

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24 Comments

  1. April 19, 2018 / 1:01 am

    The boho chic / jungalow style is booming right now. Bright colors, fringe and pops of color work together to create a beautiful space. And the perfect rug ties it all together.

  2. April 17, 2018 / 11:03 am

    The fringed cushions are to die for! What a lovely story. They sound like they are living the dream teavelling around in a camper van and living in Dorset. And I do love the way the internet or Instagram in this case opens up doors to smaller companies. Lovely feature Stacey.

  3. April 11, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    I’m loving this bohemian look, really loving the tassel details

  4. April 11, 2018 / 9:40 am

    I am starting a get the look series based on my world travels so this shop is a good resource a lovely interview

    • April 14, 2018 / 12:13 pm

      Oh glad you’ve found the post useful Nicolette. Just drop Wendy a line if you need anything! She’s lovely.

  5. April 10, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    What a small world we live in! I love that this post has a little story with it.

    And ohhh… those cushions!! Stunning 💛
    Off to have a browse now, the shop sounds fab x

    • April 14, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      I’ve become increasingly aware of what a small world we live in. And yes, the cushions are awesome!

  6. April 10, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    Always great to discover new independent brands and know their story. Love how you guys met and connected! I love having things at home that remind if travelling. It’s one of the powerful ways our rooms can tell our unique story…

    • April 14, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      I think sometimes you are just meant to meet someone. Our paths were obviously meant to cross. And now I know why….those cushions!!!! Lol

  7. April 10, 2018 / 10:40 am

    What a great post! I love the idea of creating an interior that grows we me through my travels. So I really enjoyed reading this! Thank you for writing!

    • April 10, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      It’s a lovely idea isn’t it? I think I need to travel more though!

  8. April 9, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    I love her style. These pieces are really beautiful.

  9. April 9, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Just browsing her website now (and the famous Uashmama products). Such a beautifully curated shop. I like the “Buy it when you see it!” approach. No regrets that way!

    • April 10, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      Exactly Juan. I so need to take this advice!

  10. April 9, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Everything looks absolutely beautiful! I’d happily take one of each of those cushions..

    • April 14, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      I might actually have to buy them. They are perfect for my living room.

  11. April 9, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    Looks as if they have some great designs Stacey – I love the Baba tree baskets – they have some brilliant colours on their website.

  12. April 9, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    So true that when you see beautiful things you love when traveling that you should try to buy them….Ive regretted not buying things I’d loved and never had the opportunity to find them again.

    • April 10, 2018 / 1:27 pm

      Oh no. Such a shame when that happens! At least you know for next time…buy buy buy!!

  13. April 5, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Lovely to discover a company new to me! Those tasseled cushions are gorgeous and I bet they’ll be super popular xx

    • April 5, 2018 / 12:26 pm

      They are perfect for the Global Nomad trend that is so popular right now!

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