My Story

Katy Parkinson from Folk Interiors photographed with her children by Katherine Taylor

Folk Interiors came about after I became a mum. Whilst I was pregnant I lost all my belongings in a house fire in London. A collection amassed over 30 years of vintage clothes, treasures from across the globe and inherited furniture from my grandparents gone in an instant. I found myself confronted with the blank canvas of my material life and a new baby daughter to provide for. 

Whilst my husband and I were designing the interiors for his new bar in Manchester I took a trip to Maison & Objet in Paris to source crockery and found my eyes opened to a world of European brands that weren't yet available in the UK market. Over the next three years I worked with some of the best designers and craftspeople from across the globe to source high quality and sustainably made interior wares to curate a unique and thoughtful collection. 

Fair trade is at the heart of Folk Interiors and it is important to me that all the crafts people are paid a good wage with a low impact on the environment. This means the majority of the products I found myself drawn to were made from natural and recycled materials.

I set about creating Folk utilising every spare moment I got. Whilst my children were sleeping in the middle of the night or from my car parked outside the nursery for a few hours a week, I built the website and was soon ready to launch.

With a small amount of savings  I bought some stock and with the offer of an old barn from a friend I began to take orders, packing them on the kitchen table whilst the girls were at school. In the early days there were only a handful of visitors and many of them remain loyal customers to this day. It turns out I wasn't the only one looking for something different. 

So this is what I bring to you

An unfussy, personal experience, filled with simple delights that bring joy into daily life packed with love from Devon.  

I hope the experience of Folk Interiors brings you joy.