Emma & Mike, husband & wife, homebodies, although not ones to shy away from adventure, we created Vincent Living with a passion for traditional methods, making life beautiful and our planet.
We live by the sea in South Devon and find ourselves listening to the waves after long days creating, we love nothing more than a cosy night by a fire with our little Cyprus rescue dog Lola.
After relocating to Devon in 2016, Vincent Trading was born, we had always wanted to do something as a team and this seemed like the perfect option. Combining Mike's traditional joinery skills and Emma's passion for interiors & all things reclaimed, we set about designing our first products, within our first month we were making 200+ products for Soho Farmhouse and creating bespoke pieces for online companies such as National Trust and Nordic House.
2020 set about a year of change for the business, with the carpentry, joinery & bespoke furniture side quickly overtaking the manufacturing. Rebranding as Mike Vincent & Vincent Living, Emma became involved in project management, utilising her skills to keep the business moving forwards despite such a strange year for all.
Emma is currently studying for her interior design qualification to keep our small & plant friendly business growing.
Vincent Living and everything about it is our passion, it keeps us pushing through late nights and busy weekends, creating beautifully considered and functional items for you to enjoy. By sharing our journey we hope to connect with like-minded folk, bring a little happiness & thoughtfulness back to everything we do and have a positive impact on our planet.
Things we believe in:
Reclaimed & Sustainable
We all know wood comes from trees, but we don't seem to think about the beautiful tree that will be cut down from our constant need for new. Although wood can be a sustainable material, and it's far better than plastic, it's still so very important to consciously source, reuse and re-purpose wherever possible.
All of our wood is sustainably grown and managed. When organising the removal of items from homes and sites, we always do the best thing for the planet, whether this is selling something on, giving it to charity or recycling it.
Beauty in Imperfection
Buying something handcrafted & lovingly made from natural materials, gives the item another level of beauty that cannot be explained, it creates tactile timeless items where no two are ever the same.
These items become loved for each additional groove, bump or knock they receive in their lifetime before, and after, their life in your home.
We give a proportion of our profits back to create sustainable woodlands, places for wildlife to, not only live but thrive. This way you know that each item you purchase is giving back to the environment in more than one way. We also donate weekly to sendacow.org.
We also give any usable leftover materials and props to charity shops and are looking to join a befriending service to give back to our community.
We have also used one of our fields and planted a new woodland, currently, it's in its infancy yet it has already brought so much wildlife and joy to our family. You can see more on our YouTube.
Let's not change our homewares every year, instead, let's have a collection of items for each season, a little like that big box of Christmas decorations in the loft, they come out each year, are celebrated for a whole month then head back upstairs for another 11 months.
If we have a collection of beautiful items we love, cosy blankets in the winter and all the blues in the summer we can keep our homes looking fresh and interesting without purchasing all the new trends each year.
When designing and managing your projects we focus on ensuring they are timeless.
Built to Last
Using only the very best materials and high-quality joinery techniques, our items really are built to last. With 15 years experience, Mike really knows what he's doing, plus we only ever work with the most skilled and quality checked craftsmen and women on any project we collaborate on.
We spend our time carefully choosing sustainable materials in order to create pieces that fit simple criteria; they need to be durable, beautiful and built to last. Items that are not destined to end up in a landfill.
The other side
Sustainability doesn't just end with the products, we try to use sustainable heating methods, recycle or reuse everything we can. Compost at home, shop organically & locally, use refill shops and avoid plastic whenever possible.
We use renewable energy suppliers at home and try to repair rather than replace where possible.
You can see our everyday sustainable life on Instagram @vincent.living