Design duo Holly and Jakki, or H&J for short, tell us about juggling their day jobs in construction with their new business, and why they’re firm believers that all big things have small beginnings.

 

On where it all started…

We’ve been best mates for about 14 or 15 years and recently celebrated our 30th birthdays. Whilst away on a road trip around America last September, we both decided we wanted to start a side business that allowed us to be creative.

As soon as we got home we put pen to paper, excited to start putting together some designs. Then we created a business name and logo, set up an Instagram account and that’s really when H&J took off.

 

On swapping construction for design…

We both work as full-time buyers for the construction industry, so this is our side business. H&J keeps us busy in our spare time, but it’s something we’re able to juggle as we’re so driven to grow our business to where we want it to be.

Six months in and we’re already further than we expected, so we’ll continue to dream big and focus our passion and hopefully we’ll have another successful six months to follow, as we’d love for this to become our full time job at some point.

The best parts of running our business are coming up with ideas for new prints and running our Instagram account. We feel like we’ve become part of this brilliant online community of really supportive interior lovers in such a short space of time.

 

On their ‘Wild Thing’ art print…

We have a little obsession with leopard print! Whether it be interiors or clothes, leopard print is like the colour black to us – it goes with everything! When it came to designing this print in particular, we loved the contrast of the pink writing on the background.

 

On finding their inspiration…

As born and bred Londoners we get a lot of our inspiration from the London scene and street art. We find exhibitions are a great way for us to get ideas and inspiration, and quite a few of our most popular designs are based on quotes or relevant sayings that we love.

 

On what’s next for Holly and Jakki…

We’ve been thinking about expanding into accessories and printing our designs on tote bags and phone cases. And we’ve got some more designs featuring leopard print in the pipeline too!

 

 

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