Meet Laure

Moving to Ireland and Opening her Upholstery Business

Welcome to the exciting first edition of Elle Aime Blog. In this issue, I’m thrilled to share my journey of venturing into the upholstery business at the tender age of 27, all the way from the picturesque landscapes of France to the warmth of Ireland or Irish people I should say!

BONJOUR

Hey there, fantastic folks, both the newcomers and the loyal supporters who’ve been with me since the glorious year of 2018!

Welcome to the exciting first edition of Elle Aime Blog! In this issue, I’m thrilled to share my journey of venturing into the upholstery business at the tender age of 27, all the way from the picturesque landscapes of France to the warmth of Ireland or Irish people I should say!

Here’s an exciting glimpse into what you can expect from my blog:

  • Exploring Ireland and France: Whether it’s about furniture or not, I’ll take you to my favourite spots in Ireland and France, showcasing the places that deserve your attention.
  • Shop Offers: Keep updated on New workshops, shop discounts & events
  • DIY Adventures: Get your creative juices flowing with DIY projects that I’ll guide you through.
  • Behing-the-Scenes: Gain access to the exclusive behind-the-scene glimpses into the upholstery and design world.
  • Passion for Art and Textiles: Explore my unwavering passion for art and textiles, with a unique perspective influenced by my French background.

With each post, you’ll dive into a world of passion and precision, just as you’ve come to expect from my work.

What am I like?
What inspires you?

Art!!! Art in all it’s forms. Coming from Paris, I am surrounded by art everyday, whether it’s the architecture, the culinary arts, visits to museums, or exploring a flea market on a Sunday afternoon. It is an insatiable source of inspiration for me.

How different are you in real life?

I’m, pretty much the same in real life as I am on social media. I don’t know what I’m doing, really, which  you can probably tell from my constant laughter (at myself). I like to think that I’m organised, but because I like to do things I’ve never done before, it can quickly become disorganised.

What’s your style like?

Depending on my mood – sometimes “Less is more” – but more often that not, I’m a maximalist. However, I always strive to maintain a cohesive sense of style. No tackiness, please! Preloved is a must!!

Why did you move to Ireland?

After finishing my last year of apprenticeship in upholstery and interior decor and obtaining two degrees, I wasn’t ready to settle just yet. I began my apprenticeship at 16 years old and completed it by the age of 21, which felt too young for me to commit to a career.

At that time, I was eager to explore a place where I could open my window and see as far as possible. Living on a farm would be a bonus, and why not learn English in the process, because my English skills were quite lacking! Ireland wasn’t far from home & always sounded pretty charming to me.

How did you become self employed?

This one is a bit of challenging to explain… Years ago, I compiled a list of various potential plans, more like a collection of all the dreams I might have had. Having my little shop and creating my own products were on that list and if I recall correctly, it was likely considered Plan B. I honestly can’t remember what Plan A was; it must not have been all that exciting [laugh].

So, after working various jobs in West Cork, after my initial move, I made the bold decision to take a significant leap. Brimming with energy and fuelled by brainstorming, I went ahead, hoping for the best.

Top Photo: Photographer @annagronieska

Middle Picture: @sevenredsquare

Bottom Photo: 3rd year of apprenticeship. La Bonne Graine School of Guild Boulevard Voltaire, Paris 75011

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