Welcome to Heritage & Green
Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post! For those who don’t know me, I’m Karen Heritage and I live in Fleet, Hampshire with my husband and our two gorgeous girls. Originally from New Zealand, I’ve been living in the UK for over 20 years and despite still acclimatising to the long cold winters, the lure of exploring the UK and having Europe on my doorstep (not to mention the fact that my husband is English!) has meant that I've now got a British accent and a tea drinking habit that only a true local can have!
I love photography and being creative fills me with joy, whether that's experimenting with crafting and painting or simply pottering around in my garden. As a family we are always off exploring new places and have a family tradition to try something new every month, it could be visiting an art gallery, seeing a show or next up on the list is going indoor skydiving. We’re often visiting London (my spiritual home) or if the sun is shining we’ll be down on the South coast boating in the Solent or eating ice cream on the Isle of Wight.
Beginnings of Heritage & Green...
I have always loved old things and as a child spent many happy hours playing with my Grandmother's Russian dolls and a Japanese tea set decorated with beautiful handpainted cherry blossoms. Little did I know at the time that the fragile tea set belonged to her grandmother and was carefully transported all the way from Scotland when they emigrated to New Zealand in 1881. The very same tea set now sits proudly on my shelf in the UK having suffered only one tiny breakage in its many journeys around the world.
In homage to those precious reminders of our past and items that have been cherished by generations before us, I started a small online shop in 2017 selling antique and vintage home decor called Heritage & Green. Having a surname that coincidentally fitted the job description helped in choosing the perfect business name and I included 'Green' to represent the environmental aspect of reusing and repurposing pieces that already exist as opposed to mass-produced items which are so widespread now.
“I specialise in sustainable interiors and my design ethos is to create welcoming spaces that improve your wellbeing and have minimal impact on the environment”.
2019 was a busy one for me and in amongst travelling, several renovation projects and the juggling that comes with being a working mum, I qualified as an Interior Designer. This was something I had wanted to do for a while and was a natural progression for me having experience in photography and the antiques trade.
I have always loved the creative side of interiors; visualising a room to make maximum use of the space, using vintage furniture and accessories that are practical as well as making a statement and choosing a colour palette that brings the scheme together.
Staying true to my principles, I specialise in sustainable interiors and my design ethos is to create welcoming spaces that improve your wellbeing and have minimal impact on the environment. I believe that we can all have homes that are practical, beautiful and kind to the planet.
What's in store for 2020...
To kick off 2020 and my new business venture, I am immersing myself with all things interior and sustainability related and have lots of exciting events coming up that I will share with you regularly. I will also be bringing you a series of blog posts with information and tips on sustainability and how you can create a more sustainable home.
If you have anything specific you would like to know more about or have any questions for me, please leave a comment below or get in touch on social media @heritageandgreen or via email at email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you!