t was a chance meeting on the South Beach that led to not only a brand new friendship but also a brand new Greystones business.
Having just recently moved from South Africa, Lara was happy to find that, like her, Gillian was a mum of young boys who also really, really needed a little me time.
During that original encounter two years ago – an encounter aided and abetted by Lara’s golden retriever puppy – the two ladies discovered that they not only lived doors away from one another in Waverly Close but they also happened to share a passion for interior design.
“And that’s pretty much how Lily Pad Home Accessories came into being,” says Lara, sitting outside her groovy new Waverly extension [pictured]. “We had both struggled to find work that fit around our families, especially with the likes of school holidays, so, being able to throw ourselves into home decor from the comfort of our own homes, it just made perfect sense.”
Having decided to finally take the plunge in April, Lily Pad Home Accessories has come an awful long way in a very short time. Not only has the duo already built up a following but the Lily Pad website is now up and gunning.
“Our main criteria is to only stock items that we would want to have in our own homes,” says Gillian. “The idea that we could have anything here that we weren’t in love with ourselves would be like a band covering songs they don’t actually like. It’s all about the passion for us…”
Which is why the lily pads in the garden pond of a beloved, departed aunt of Gillian’s inspired the name. “I just wanted to pay tribute to a wonderful woman…”
A duo who are clearly willing to take the whisk – once it’s well designed, of course – we decided to find out a little bit more about how Gillian and Lara got from there to here…
With everything from candlesticks, cushions and vases to throws, trays and rugs, you can check out the full range of Lily Pad Home Accessories right here.