Spotlight on the Brand - Hannah @ Coulson Macleod
A design studio producing greeting cards, art prints, gifts, & notebooks.
Who’s behind Coulson Macleod?
Coulson Macleod was founded in 2009 by Mark Coulson and Hannah Macleod (hence the name). We’re now married and I did change my name to Coulson, but keep Macleod for business-purposes.
We launched Coulson Macleod actually as a side-line to our graphic design business (since sold) in the hope it would earn us some holiday money. We worked from a home office and used all our existing skills and office equipment so it didn’t cost us a single penny to start up. We started with canvas prints, but then introduced wooden prints, which were featured in Elle Decoration. So by the end of that first year trading we’d gained some great press, and customers too; one of the richest men in the world bought a wooden print and the Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi became a repeat customer.
We’ve been published in a coffee-table design book and won various awards. But it was really with the launch of greeting cards that the business took off. We moved into a 1,300 sq. ft. studio/warehouse space in 2016 (which has now doubled in size) and we’re a small team of five.
What do we love about Coulson Macleod?
We loved the Art Prints from Coulson Macleod when we came across them. There is something very special about becoming a grandparent – we think that these wise words sum up our thoughts exactly.
We have seen many different words written about having a baby, but we thought their baby print was so true and made us laugh!
If you are looking for a gift which is slightly out of the ordinary then these would be perfect.
‘A Little Bit Dotty’ is all about gifts for babies and family so we thought it would be interesting if we asked a Hannah a few parent related questions. This is what she said.
What parenting tip would you have given your pre-child self?
What do you miss most about life before children?
Nothing actually. When my daughter was little I sometimes missed the ability to be spontaneous. Perhaps having more disposable income; kids don’t half cost a lot.
We’re a very modern family; our two eldest are Mark’s children from his first marriage and our youngest is my daughter from my first marriage. My happiest times have been when we’re all together; we used to have Mark’s children every weekend (they are now grown-up and have left home) and I used to love Sunday picnics, all the kids sitting in the back of the car singing, and of course holidays. This year our eldest, who is now 22, won’t be joining us and this makes me really sad.What would you say is the hardest part about being a parent?
In the early days of the business we used to work from home and I often had to put the business before my daughter. There’s nothing more stressful than having your daughter standing at your desk needing you as much as a work-related problem. But the hardest thing of all is seeing them unhappy; I’ve cried many a private tear over the years.What’s the most embarrassing thing your child has said or done in public?
I’ve had a few instances in public toilets when I wished the ground could swallow me up; a mother never gets to go in private with small children around (even at home!). Commenting on what you’re doing out loud, then asking why she has to be quiet. Really cringing. I hear the same conversations going on in public loos all the time so know I’m not alone.A big thank you to Hannah for taking part in ‘Spotlight on the Brand’.Shop Coulson Macleod in our For Mums collection.