The Luxe Lowdown: Lauren Reece

We chat to Lauren Reece, founder of Bulan Living, to discuss the launch of her business and get the lowdown on her luxe things in life...
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Getting to know you >>

Name

Lauren Reece

Title

Founder of Bulan Living

Where is home?

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Three Reasons you love where you live?

I love where I live because I’m home – I grew up in Newcastle and love being close to family, Newcastle is 20 minutes from the most beautiful countryside and 20 minutes from the stunning coast. I particularly love the small shop scene in Newcastle, you always find a gem somewhere. 

The day job >>

What do you do for a living?

I have recently launched my business, Bulan. Bulan is a luxury homeware brand which sells everything you could possibly need to make your bedroom the most important space in your home. We sell products such as scented candles, silk eye-masks, the softest bathrobes – The list goes on! Soon we will be launching our beautiful bed linen collection. Well, I think it’s beautiful!

A day in the life of you?

An average weekday starts with a lemon and ginger tea, followed by urgent emails in bed. I have a call with my assistant and run through our tasks for the day. I catch up with my suppliers and check in with my warehouse to make sure things are running smoothly. Evenings are spent in front of the TV or trying new recipes from Hello Fresh; with the occasional glass of champagne.

Any recent, ongoing or upcoming projects or achievements that we should know about?

I have recently launched my business, Bulan, which has been exciting in itself. We are launching our Hydro Cotton robes before Christmas, which will make the perfect present for anyone who likes to be comfy and snug; particularly during lockdown!

What does downtime mean to you?

Downtime is really important to me, I can spend all day thinking about Bulan, what’s happening currently and what is happening next. I like to take time each day to relax and be calm – I think it’s really healthy for you.

Lessons in life >>

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I really wanted to be an Interior Designer, which is funny because I’ve managed to combine my love of interiors and interest in business to create my Bulan brand. 

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Everything happens for a reason.

What is your greatest fear?

Snakes 

Which living person do you admire the most and why?

My Dad John – he is such an inspiration to me. The way he has been able to build an incredible business at the same time as an amazing family, all in an effortless way and with a smile. Both his intellect and his love are neverending – he is a true hero and I love him so much. 

Living Luxe >>

What is top of your bucket list?

A road trip down the west coast of America in a mustang, or swimming with wild dolphins. 

What is your most treasured possession? 

A necklace from my Grandma Wendy, it was left for me as a gift for my 21st Birthday. 

What does the weekend mean to you?

The weekend is a time to catch up with friends over zoom, renovate my house and get some much-needed sleep.

A memorable holiday?

What I should be saying is the French Alps, where I was proposed to by my lovely fiance. However, I would be lying if I didn’t say my Hen do in Portugal! Five days with my nearest and dearest was absolutely amazing and I will never forget it.

Best dress?

I would have to say my wedding dress – hopefully, one day I will actually get to wear it!

Who would be your top three dinner guests?

David Attenborough, Oprah Winfrey, Elton John. (Elton, if you read this – please contact me immediately!)

Last thing you ate?

A Wagamama’s delivery – Thank goodness for Deliveroo in lockdown!

Last thing you listened to?

How I built this – It’s a podcast which explores how some of the worlds most innovative businesses were created. They do a deep dive into how they were started and grown.

Since starting Bulan, it has been so helpful to understand the process of growth and the personalities behind some of the world’s most successful businesses. It’s the perfect fix when you need a little inspiration or a nudge to keep going when things seem really hard! 

Last thing you watched?

The Vow, a documentary on HBO

Your three luxe things in life?

My bed, my dog and my Bulan dressing gown.


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