“Leigh-on-Sea has an abundance of creativity. There are so many budding artists in this area and I wanted to create a platform for them to show their work. I get a real buzz when I sell one of their pieces.” Trudy Cross, owner of online interiors shop Tin Design, is a lover of artisanal products. With a background in interior design she decided to launch her own online venture, focussing on local crafters. The website is filled with unusual items at varying price points, all hand picked by Trudy according to her own personal style.
She says, “My style is very much ‘eclectic’. I love putting an antique chair next to a contemporary light, or an ultra modern sofa with a reindeer skin. I also feel that every room should have a statement piece, like oversized art that hits you as you enter the room. My motto is ‘try it and see’ – you can always change it. I choose products partly on latest trends but mainly on whether I like it or not. If I would have it in my home then I like to think that so would others.”