Who we are

The truth is, the idea of The Collective came from a purely selfish but shared love of travelling and finding a way to earn and justify our travels and our time away not only to ourselves but also to our loving and long suffering critics, our kiddies and husbands, and to save on otherwise much needed therapy.

My name is Alena. I originally come from Austria but have lived in the UK for so long, nearly 20 years actually, that I definitely consider myself a little bit British too. My background is marketing and advertising. I worked in this industry here in the UK, in Europe and in the US until I had my two girls.

I am Anna, I was born and brought up in Scotland. My passion is in art and design, having studied architecture at university. Since then I have worked predominately for myself and the last 8 years or so in interior design after the birth of my second child.