I am a native Finn, although having lived in the UK for over 20 years, I could almost qualify for an honorary Brit I think. I have learnt how to do small talk (us Finns don't do small talk, but always go straight to the point), how to cook a Sunday Roast (another alien concept to us Finns), how to form an orderly queue (I don't think any other nation know how to do this!) and of course many other British quirks that would take far too long to mention...but never forgetting where I come from. I have always had a love for all things gorgeous, particularly when it comes to home interiors and have lost count of how many trips I have made back to the homeland only to return with a suitcase full of treasures from the local interiors shops. I have been known to bring back an old jam jar or two as hand luggage, much to the amusement of the customs officers and to the horror of my family. But what wouldn't you do to hear "ooh how gorgeous - where did you get that" from a visiting friend?! And it's not that the treasures have been any better than what I would have been able to find here, but just different. And oh-so-Scandinavian. Which is what I love. And I hope you do too as that is what Utterly Gorgeous is all about. Scandinavian style home interiors here in the UK in an online boutique format!
All products in our collection are sourced and hand-picked from Scandinavian companies or companies that share the same sentiment. Many of the companies are old favourites of mine, but quite a few have been discovered during our twice-yearly buying trips to Northern Europe. These trips are vital in sourcing products that are as yet not widely available here in the UK and, of course, are great fun even if my feet may not agree all of the time...I do always remind myself that I am there to do a job and try my best not to skip (or do cartwheels) along the aisles of various exhibition centres when I have just discovered a new exciting product. It's a tough job, I know!
It is thrilling to be starting a new business and it has been a dream of mine for a long time. Unbelievably, it has now come true! The aim of Utterly Gorgeous is not only to sell products that are utterly gorgeous, but also to provide good, old-fashioned customer service.
I hope you will enjoy browsing the site and that you will find a treasure or two for yourself from our collection - conveniently delivered to your doorstep and not having to fly anywhere!