Our founder Sand Atkinson has always had a passion for all things home and interiors. She describes herself as a home bird. While she loves to travel, she says home is her happy place. She is inspired by nature and regularly returns from woodland walks with a branch or greenery that she has grand plans for. Another passion of hers is cooking, and she is frequently found in the kitchen creating her own take on a seasonal recipe for friends and family!
Over the years, she has renovated several properties using her signature neutral aesthetic to create both stunning and comfortable homes for her family. She also renovated a gorgeous chocolate box cottage in the village of Chatton in Northumberland, which she rents out as a holiday rental.
She was previously employed as a Project Controls Director specialising in Commercial, Financial and Legal areas. However, when the opportunity presented itself to take redundancy, the time was ripe for her to take the leap and follow her passion and creativity for all things Home and Lifestyle.
Sand is passionate in her belief that the products we purchase for our homes should stand the test of time, they must be ‘evergreens’ that will not go out of style. She is influenced by the laid-back Australian style, which has an understated sense of ease. She has a similar take on her fashion choices, you will find timeless pieces in a myriad of neutral tones hanging in her wardrobe!
Sand believes that both
our homeware and
clothing should be
effortless pieces that
can be dressed up or down.
Her vision was to create a brand that was not only stylish but also conscious of the need to protect our planet for future generations. Hence the birth of Olives & Lilys the ‘Live boldly, tread lightly’ Homewares and Lifestyle store.