Stamford woman sets up Eve Wild Designs based at Stamford Corn Exchange
A Stamford woman has turned a lifelong hobby into a new business venture.
Kim Hughes set up her business, Eve Wild Designs, to save furniture from ending up in landfill by giving it a new lease of life.
“The concept comes from something that’s been in my family for generations,” said Kim, who named the business after her grandmothers to honour their way of life.
“I use it as an outlet to be creative.
“I found it quite helpful in the pandemic as it’s something I’ve been able to do.”
She added: “My grandmother taught me sentimental values and my craft goes beyond this. She also taught me how to knit and sew which are somewhat lost skills. Some people do them but it’s not as common as it used to be.”
Kim takes vintage, retro and antique furniture which is run-down or doesn’t suit the modern world, and restores or reimagines it, preventing sentimental items from needing to be thrown away.
The 31-year-old said: “I’m not the sort of person to browbeat people about being more eco-friendly but it’s something we could do rather than just going to Amazon or Ikea buying things that won’t last 10 years.
“You can bring in an antique and have it restored to something you like.”
Those interested in getting an item of theirs restored should ‘be prepared to get asked a lot of questions’ so that Kim has an image in her head of what it needs to look like.
Restoring a piece of furniture to an exact replica of what it used to be can be challenging.
Kim said: “When somebody says they want it to come back exactly the same, bearing in mind the condition, that’s nerve-racking.
“You can sand it back and make it look a lot better but not brand new.”
Kim, who works as a writer, also refurbishes furniture or items she finds on places such as Facebook marketplace to modernise them or give them a whole new look.
She believes a feature that sets Eve Wild Designs apart from other upcycling businesses is that she only uses professional products but is still affordable.
The business will be based in Stamford Corn Exchange and officially opens on Monday in line with other non-essential retail.
Kim said: “In Stamford we do so well at looking after local businesses that I wanted to give it a shot.
“It’s an absolute dream come true if it works out.”
For more information, visit: evewild.co.uk.