Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
As a little girl, I used to play around my mother’s workshop. It was a small furniture-making business which supplied both international clients (like luxury hotels from the Swiss Alps to Dubai) and bigger manufacturers. This has instilled in me an appreciation for the value of both great materials and craftsmanship. These are the two cornerstones of Laurel and Yew since its conception.
We design beautiful interiors that suit your lived experience, whether it’s your home, your office or the coffee shop where you have brunch on a Saturday morning (we work on a wide range of residential and commercial projects, both big and small). Our suppliers are carefully selected to meet a standard of ethical procurement and quality. Our signature style is one of timeless elegance and sophisticated simplicity.
These values also translate into the work we do with flowers and events in our new floral design and events design divisions. We believe in the power of beauty to give us a quasi-spiritual experience, a belief backed by research on the psychological impact of architecture and design (here’s a BBC feature about that). Beauty also makes your wedding or event memorable in a good way (think Instagram and Pinterest-worthy).
We work closely with our clients to understand their vision, and then rely on our expertise in design and artistic capabilities to turn it into reality. You can hire us to source you something small, or to oversee a whole project, so you have peace of mind and can go about your daily business having only to make the final decisions and then enjoy the result.
I first started Laurel and Yew in July 2016 with the dream of becoming a provider of opportunities for young people in an area with high youth unemployment, and being a value-driven workplace. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I look forward to what the future holds for our company. Our company name is two plants which were a staple of the 18th century garden. They’re evergreens (timeless elegance); the laurel has been used throughout history and cultures as a symbol of honour and achievement, while the yew (before its fame as poison in Shakespeare’s time) was symbol of strength and longevity as well as rebirth (and the symbol of Clan Fraser). It fully incapsulates our influences and vision.