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PLANTS OF PINK FROM AIME COX OF STUDIO COTTON
Aime wearing her favourite colour, blush pink Aime with husband and Studio Cotton co-director, Alex
Aime Cox-Tennant is a blush-obsessed brand and marketer from Bristol, UK. Aime began 2019 by opening her new inspiring space for creative business owners, Studio Cotton.
Nestled within Bristol’s Old City, Studio Cotton is a little oasis of plants, pink and the crafted goods of local makers. But, it wasn’t always like this. The space was originally like any other office – empty walls, blue carpet tiles and 11 different types of light fitting (yep, Aime counted).
Over an intense 6-week renovation schedule, the space was transformed. The parquet floor exposed, the walls painted, a mural criss-crossing vintage furniture finds, and so, so many plants come together to create a truly unique studio, and a home for Aime, her workshops and small businesses in her beloved Bristol.
In our Spring 2019 edition of House Edit, we’re speaking to Aime about her favourite spots in the city, décor inspiration and her favourite Swedish House at Home products.
1. WE HAD TO START WITH THE PLANTS
Plant-killer-turned-plant-lover Aime is spoiled for choice in Bristol, a city filled with independent florists, garden centres and plant shops. A lot of the Studio Cotton plants are from Aime’s own home and have been collected over many years, but some of the most eye-catching were chosen specifically for the space.
“Oh, everyone is in love with Veronica”, oh yes, Aime names the plants too. “Veronica is a stunning Monstera from our good friends at Old Market Plants. She was originally loaned to us for a photoshoot, but I couldn’t bring myself to give her back.”
The room includes finds from Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium, Wild Leaf, Riverside Garden Centre and Wilko, because all plants are good plants. “I love shopping local, but when you spot a good cactus in Wilkos on your paperclip shopping trip, you can’t leave it behind.”
2. ETSY HAS IT
Although the Studio Cotton renovations were completed in record time, it took a couple of weeks to create the defining feature that defined the studio’s relaxed, homely aesthetic. The gallery wall.
“I always knew I wanted a gallery wall but was waiting until I had the time to source the right prints. Then our photographer Georgia de Lotz was coming to shoot the space, and I realised I couldn’t invest in photography of something that was so far from what I wanted.”
Aime dashed to Ikea in search of simple black frames in the hope that she had enough prints from her old office, her home, and her close community of makers that might lend the needed finishing touch.
“It was only meant to be a temporary fix, but by some grace the collection of prints I could find in 24 hours was just right. I joke that it’s a wall of pinks, plants, cats and butts, but it’s also perfect, and exactly what the space needed.
The majority of the prints were sourced from Bristol’s many talented artists and illustrators, many of whom Aime met through her work with Bristol Etsy Team.
“That’s what I love about Etsy. You can be so darn specific – I want a black cat, in a kitchen, with a monstera – and you can find the print. Perfection!”.
3. MY NEXT INVESTMENT
Mustardmade The Skinny in Blush
The Studio Cotton furnishings are not what you’d expect from a normal business. The studio houses a workshop table (made by Aime’s husband and co-director, Alex), a few Ikea essentials as well as bargain vintage finds, all of which are set off with a select number of key pieces that add a premium feel.
“Next on the list is storage. We’re still a business with the usual supplies and sundries, but we don’t want that on display. At the moment, we can just about fit everything into our single cupboard, but that needs to change”.
Aime has her eye’s set on the new range of lockers from Mustardmade, now available from Swedish House at Home. These stylish pieces are bold but timeless, and will beautifully compliment the eclectic studio.
4. CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
L:A Bruket Hand & Body Wash in Sage Rosemary Lavender
“You have no idea how many conversations I’ve had about the studio’s scent profile”. Aime knew from the beginning that Studio Cotton didn’t just need to be photographed, it needed to be experienced.
“Scent is a big turn-on, and a big turn-off. I want my team and clients to walk and feel immediately spoiled”. This attention to detail runs through every feature at Studio Cotton, including the hand soap. “I get a little hit of joy with every whiff of the L:A Bruket hand wash, and who wouldn’t want that every day”.