Interior design has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl; tirelessly drawing designs of my dream bedroom. I was besotted with bric-a-brac, jumble sales and junk shops, without ever really understanding why.
I was good at art and enjoyed design, but I was pushed away from creative learning by my parents who wanted me to do well ‘academically’. My love of interiors never left me, but I stopped seeing it as a career option and it was lost to me for 13 years while I chased my tail trying to find my niche.
Luckily Journalism is appallingly paid and the hours are not compatible with raising a family. So, when I had children, I fell back into furniture and began selling the upholstery and vintage investments which had been a hobby for so long.
I am now a mum of two energetic boys, Billy, six, and Seamus, four, and a step mum to Callum, 11. My business, Recycled by Jessica, has grown slowly alongside my children. I have worked on it during their naps, in their nursery hours and on weekends when my partner of 10-years Graham, is at home.
I have learned to restore furniture and expanded my skills to painting as well as upholstery. Billy is at school too now and Seamus is at nursery three days a week, so things have gone up a gear. In April I moved into studio and I finally have a real work space. Although the family home still seems to be overflowing with rescued furniture.
I have an Etsy shop; RecycledbyJessica, I’ve mastered Twitter, And Facebook, and I have started this blog.
The internet is packed clever and industrious people upcycling and repurposing furniture and scrap. I have found community, friendship, inspiration and support. In a funny way, I have found myself. I love what I do and I hope that my business will thrive so I can continue to do what I love and teach my children to follow their passion.