You might remember the stunning Bristol flat of Kathryn Bristow which I featured recently. Kathryn is the founder of homeware website Between Dog and Wolf, so I wanted to share more about her beautiful product range and where she finds her inspiration, as well as the story behind her rather intriguing business name. She’s also teamed up with These Four Walls for a lovely Instagram giveaway – read on for details of how to enter…
Please could you tell us a bit about Between Dog and Wolf?
“It all began with the name, which I came across while studying French many moons ago. Entre chien et loup is a phrase used to describe the passage of time from dusk to night, when the dimming light could lead you to confuse a dog and a wolf. It can also refer to the limit between the familiar and comfortable and the unknown and dangerous. It struck a chord with me as I have a real soft spot for a moody hue, and I’ve built the concept of the business around it.
“The range covers tableware, textiles, prints and home accessories, and thoughtful design, muted colours and interesting textures always feature highly. As a consumer myself I like to buy things which I’ve not seen anywhere else, so I concentrate on stocking interesting and unique items. Most pieces are from small, independent designers, and they’re always things that I’d love to have within my own home.”
What’s your background?
“Mixed! I graduated from Goldsmiths with a degree in psychology – a subject I chose because, although I was terribly academic, I’ve always had a creative streak which I just couldn’t ignore. I worked mainly within research fields until my late twenties, before joining my partner at his Bristol-based business Trunki for the next five years. It was there that I realised I could run my own business if I wanted – I learned an awful lot, and being surrounded by creative people was fantastic. I started Between Dog and Wolf while at Trunki, and then made the leap to running it full-time as it grew.”
Where do you source such lovely products?
“Wherever I can – design blogs, Pinterest, online marketplaces which specialise in handmade products. I source a lot of items when travelling, too – I always look up local ceramicists and other independent designer-makers before I go anywhere, as it’s a great opportunity to visit their studios, check out their products in person and start a positive business relationship.”
What are your favourite products in the range?
“I love sourcing items for our tableware collection. Over the years my love of ceramics has grown into a bit of an obsession – when I’m home I love to choose a cup for my morning coffee from the selection that’s steadily taking over my kitchen shelving! My all-time favourites come from the Urban Cartel range of porcelain, all the way from Australia. It’s all handmade by a guy called Craig Pearce and it’s so beautiful; I can’t wait to open every order I receive and it gets lovely feedback from our customers.
“My other favourites are the new horoscope posters in our kids’ range. Maybe it’s springtime making me feel colourful for once!”
What inspires you?
“An (at times frustrating!) quest for my kind of perfection – things done the best way they can be – and a desire to create a look and feel, both at home and in my work, which I’m proud of. My suppliers inspire me, too – they’re phenomenally talented, and it’s a privilege to stock their work. I definitely feel the need to do them justice.”
What are your future plans for Between Dog and Wolf?
“Ultimately, a bricks and mortar store. But there’s a long way to go before that. For now the immediate plans include sourcing new products, developing some exclusive collaborations with our makers, and growing our online presence.”
Any tips on interior design trends?
“Navy is popping up a fair bit at the moment, and I’ve got my eye on some (yep, you’ve guessed it!) fab navy-glazed clay cups. I’ve also bought a load of navy tester pots for our new bedroom extension at home… it’s not yet built, but it’s good to be prepared!”
Finally, what do you like most about living and working in Bristol?
“After living in London I was really looking forward to coming back to my home city. It’s small enough that you don’t spend half your day travelling, but big enough that there are always new creative spaces and businesses opening up. The area of Bristol where I live is fantastically close to open parks and walks which get you lost in the woods. The architecture is so varied, too. And crazily, I also love the hills. Hills mean great views!“
Kathryn is kindly giving away a set of two porcelain espresso cups from Urban Cartel in either light or dark grey. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to Instagram and do the following:
- Follow @thesefourwallsblog and @betweendogandwolf
- Regram an image of Between Dog and Wolf’s products from @thesefourwallsblog, tagging @thesefourwallsblog and @betweendogandwolf
- Use the hashtag #betweendogandwolfgiveaway
The giveaway will run until midnight (UK time) on Sunday 19 April and is open internationally. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Instagram.
Photography supplied by Between Dog and Wolf