Our Founder .. Georgina
This is me, Georgina, the face and voice behind the brand. I’m a local girl born and bred down the road in Reading. I moved to Wokingham 17 years ago, when I fell in love with this quaint little market town. I now live in a gorgeous 15th century cottage in the town centre with my husband and big grey cat Maverick and can often be found hanging out in the local eating and drinking establishments.
Maison Rustic was set up by me in 2010, to enable me to reignite my passion for interior decor. Everything you see on our website and in our shop is handpicked by me. I use my interior design background and eye for gorgeous things to create our ranges and collections. I have a love of all things rustic and handmade, especially tactile natural materials, raw woods, concrete and rough metals, soft fabrics, hand made ceramics and anything with a bit of character. I take my influences from Scandinavian design, urban lofts, old buildings and traditional country cottages, combined with my passion for versatile modern living and light airy rooms to create our unique interior styles. Combining this with a colour palette of blues, greens, stones and greys, it creates our signature modern rustic look. I also love the high street and have a passion for retail, so I champion keeping it local and independent. I believe that nothing compares to the experience of walking in to a real shop, touching and feeling products, visualising items in your home and being transported in to a creative zone, whilst receiving support, great advice and good old-fashioned customer service. My mission now is to bring that to online so people far and wide can share and be part of the Maison Rustic experience.
Our Team ... of lovely houseologists
Our team of lovely houseologists will greet you with a smile and a warm welcome when you walk through our doors or pick up the phone. They are all passionate, trained and knowledgeable in all our products and how to create the perfect rustic décor for you home, armed with a smile and willingness to help. Georgina Says … “I am lucky enough to have a fantastic team in the shop who are equally as passionate and enthusiastic about our gorgeous products and ensuring our customers leave with a smile. I select all staff for their friendly smiley demeanour, passion and love of beautiful things and most importantly love for helping people. Working at Maison Rustic and Antique Rose is not like any other vocation as no two days are the same, but I’d like to think that’s part of the reason why they love their jobs and stay smiling. When I ask them what they like the most they always say ‘the customers and the products’ and they love seeing all the new stock coming in and chatting and helping everyone as they walk through our doors. I believe this energy and enthusiasm is picked up by our customers and extends to online customers over e-mail and the phone, based on all the positive feedback we receive.”
Our houseologists all work part time and we pride ourselves on our communication to ensure any shopping experience is seamless, so just pick up the phone or drop us an email to ask for any advice or support before or after you make a purchase. We have Joanne, mum of two who loves horses and is particularly good at chasing suppliers when we are waiting for stock; Amanda, mum of three, trained midwife and our resident painting and furniture expert. We also have the lovely Faye, our longest team member who has been with us since the beginning, mum of two boys, also our supervisor and resident HR Manager. Lastly, the newest member of the team is Ali, she loves renovating and has just decorated her cottage in Devon and is full of ideas, she also loves helping people so much she helps out with old ladies in her spare time. Some days we have our gift shop co-workers covering if we are short staffed and every now and again you'll get to speak to Georgina, pick her brain for free interior design and room advice if you get the chance.