We’re extremely lucky here at Fetch & Follow that our studio is based in Hackney, surrounded by some amazing creative businesses. Just down the road from us and opposite Haggerston park is the stunning Grace & Thorn. This rule breaking florist renowned for their off-beat approach to floral and plant styling is a favourite of ours. We spoke to owner Nik about how she started the business and how her two dogs Belle and Nuccio fit into the day to day running of a florist.
Belle is 7 year old rescue pup. She was a stray and we have had her for 4 years now. She’s a beaut, a real Princess & the Pea but not a diva, she will lay anywhere as long as it’s on a blanket as she’s so bony! People think we are precious with her when we take her blanket down the pub but whippet/ greyhound owners get it! She independent but only in the fact she will go off into another room in the house…unlike Nuccio, our needy Bedlington Whippet X, who always has to have his eye on us. We got him as a puppy, which I do feel bad about, as I have rescued 2 greyhounds in the past and two whippets (massive fan of sighthounds).I am very pro adopt not shop but I had my heart set on that cross and he popped up and was from a very good breeder. The terrier part of him barks at random dogs and humans for absolutely no rhyme or reason!! He barks at 45% of them, which can be frustrating/annoying… he doesn’t do anything just runs and barks. Luckily we live in an area of great dog owners who don’t even blink at him. He is the cuddliest most affection dog I have ever had; he will lie on you and nuzzle into your neck all for as long as you let him. Importantly they love each other SO much, constantly side by side and cuddle in bed all of time, it breaks my heart. They actually mirror each other every morning when they come into our bed. SOO CUTE.
I started Grace & Thorn from my living room 8 years ago. After becoming despondent after 13 years of IT recruitment, I did a course in floristry for a month and there was no looking back. Since then we have become one of London’s biggest florists, catering for many companies, brands, hotels and restaurants across London. We have a shop in Hackney, which sells lots of plants, flower, botanical gifts and ceramics. We also do events, weddings, plant styling and installations.
I used to take them to the shop more regularly but Nuccio barking at random customers was a tad stressful at times! Now me or my partner Tom run them in the woods behind our house in Buckhurst Hill every morning. Depending on what time we are home our dog walker will come and let them out for a wee.
Epping Forest or any beach in North Norfolk.
Poo bags and a ball / stick for Nuccio to try and distract him from running at other dogs.
More of North Norfolk, its such a dog friendly part of the world, most of the pubs cater for dogs, and the beaches do too. They are so expansive and stunningly beautiful they love it!