About Louisa Blackmore
After escaping the City in 2010, Louisa Blackmore set up West Egg - an online boutique store specialising in sourcing and restoring antique and vintage furniture and decorative home accessories.
When she is sourcing products for the store, Louisa looks for pieces that encompass simplicity, quality and most importantly, charm. Her English roots mean she loves to source local pieces so the company retains a sense of heritage and unique British quirkiness but she also searches out vintage French pieces and decorative Chinese ceramics which give an eclectic feel to the West Egg collection.
At the heart of the West Egg philosophy is the spirit of warm, comfortable living but they also want to help the planet any way they can. One of the best ways to do that is to reuse what is already out there. Antique and vintage pieces of furniture made with natural materials have an enduring, timeless quality that prove the old adage that they don't make them like they used to.
A firm believer in mixing old and new, Louisa loves the beauty and elegance of antique and vintage pieces but she also loves the functionality, practicality and simple working ability of modern furniture. For her, interior design these days is all about eclecticism. Co-mingling pieces of old and new furniture and decorative home accessories is a brilliant way to bring comfort, elegance and a unique timeless quality to modern homes.
Louisa is proud that West Egg is an authentic interiors store which is not high-end, unattainable or over-styled. West Egg's collection of pieces range in price so there is something affordable whatever your budget. If you are looking for a particular piece of furniture or decorative accessory or have seen something you love but that has already sold please check out the SourceBook where you can upload a description of your must-have item along with your contact details and we'll get back to you with the Top Matches sourced from our network of incredible antique and vintage dealers in the UK and Europe. It's completely free, quick and easy to use.
In addition to running West Egg, Louisa is on the expert panel for the monthly Q&A feature in Period Homes & Interiors magazine and regularly contributes to interiors magazines and newspapers.
About Lucinda Nicol
Lucinda Nicol designs and produces artisan homeware and interior accessories. Her work is inspired by her love of antiques, haberdashery and costume. Combining these elements Lucinda creates distinctive, beautiful and practical textile pieces that add character to the modern home.
After taking an Art Foundation Course specialising in Textiles, Lucinda completed her Embroidery degree at Manchester Metropolitan University as well as several short courses at Edinburgh College of Art where she focused on screen printing and Photoshop.
With her background in embroidery and textiles, Lucinda's natural career progression was to create a range of products which promoted traditional techniques and incorporated her meticulous eye for detail.
Louisa and Lucinda met in 2009 when their respective army officer husbands were both posted to Colchester Garrison. With a mutual love of all things antique and vintage, their shared passion for charming and timeless interiors resulted in their first collaboration for West Egg which launched in October 2011.
Lucinda designed and created the wonderful limited edition line of French vintage inspired cushions for West Egg which you can take a look at by clicking here. Drawing inspiration from traditional French fabrics including ticking and toile de jouy, Lucinda's line of cushions perfectly encapsulate the key staples of the relaxed French home. Her thoughtful design and attention to detail have resulted in a collection of hand-finished cushions that are not only beautiful but practical too as all the cushions are suitable for hand-washing and made from 100% linen or cotton fabrics.
As well as designing and creating products for West Egg, Lucinda also accepts bespoke commissions for cushions, bed runners and other interior accessories. To contact Lucinda directly for more information, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.