As the Founder of online interiors store edit58, Lisa Mehydene knows a thing or two about curating beautiful interiors collections. Here, she shares her little black book of fellow UK independent homeware stores, selling everything from stationery to art, vintage and hardware
BUNTING AND BEAUTIFUL WINDOW DISPLAYS WELCOME VISITORS TO COLLATE INTERIORS IN AXMINSTER, DEVON
I regularly pay this place a visit as Petworth is such a great town for a wander around, with the added bonus of a brill National Trust property. So I often swing past Petworth Antiques Market and invariably find a whole host of things I want to go home with. Whilst it’s all under one roof, the market houses various individual traders who each have an area to display their stock. This means there’s always a good mix of pieces and the prices are pretty reasonable, too.
East St, Petworth GU28 0AB
LISA MEHYDENE, FOUNDER OF ONLINE INTERIORS STORE EDIT58
I love their stubby colourful candles, splatter enamel candle pots and metal flower candle holders. Beyond candles, there are also plenty of other brilliant items. Domestic Science – which has a shop in Stroud and another in Tetbury – is one of those independent stores that just makes me happy knowing they exist. Functional, no fuss, well-made homewares; proper heart-warming stuff.
Days Mill, 3 Old Market, Stroud GL6 0DU and 53 Long St, Tetbury GL8 8AA
I discovered this shop in Ledbury when I went to a wedding in the area. Tinsmiths stocks the most perfect mix of homewares; baskets by Jenny Crisp, beautiful ceramics by Katrin Moye (and others) and lacquer trays in beautiful glossy shades that are far more affordable than some other (lovely) ones on the market. They also have an online shop, but if you get the chance to visit, do!
Tinsmiths, High St, Ledbury HR8 1DS
A VARIED TREASURE TROVE OF FURNITURE, ART, LIGHTING, CURIOSITIES AND MORE AT PETWORTH ANTIQUES MARKET, WEST SUSSEX
This AMAZING stationery emporium used to be on London’s Columbia Road before moving to Seven Dials in Covent Garden, a couple of years ago. It is filled to the brim with the most beautiful stationery you can imagine; writing instruments, papers, pen pots, notebooks, box files, labels – you name it, they have it. Wonderfully styled in an old fashioned, nostalgic way, Choosing Keeping makes you yearn for the romance of letters scribed in fountain pen and ink. The cherry on top? They stock hand-printed Antoinette Poisson prints and a range of John Derian decoupage pieces.
21 Tower St, London WC2H 9NS
Having recently purchased in the area, this place has become much frequented. Don’t be fooled by the name, it is WAY more than a garden centre. Burford Garden Company stocks a fabulous array of pottery and ceramics, furniture, beautiful artisanal food and drink and dried flowers that are not at all fusty. There’s even ‘Little Burford’ – a separate area dedicated to children’s toys, crafts, clothes and books stocking some of my favourite brands including Meri Meri, Maileg and OMY, along with a cinema ‘cupboard’ to keep children entertained whilst you browse.
Shilton Rd, Burford OX18 4PA
TIMELESS PRESSED SEAWEED IN BEAUTIFUL COLOURS AND SHAPES AT MOLESWORTH & BIRD IN LYME REGIS, DORSET
This is another holiday discovery when we were visiting lovely Lyme Regis in Dorset. We visited the local mill and, while we there, stumbled across Molesworth & Bird; a wonderful pressed seaweed art shop next door. We purchased some pieces that will go in our new bathroom and I know I’ll love them for years to come. The colours and shapes are sublime.
The Miller’s Garage, The Town Mill, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU
On the same trip to Dorset I discovered this beautifully-curated independent homewares store in Axminster. Lovingly stocked by Naomi, the owner, here you’ll find a mix of vintage pieces and items created by artisans and craftspeople from across the South West. As Naomi says, “Collate Interiors is about bringing together what already exists in the form of carefully sourced vintage and antiques with locally made artisan craft, in a realisation that old and new really do work well together.” If you can’t get to the store, keep your eyes peeled for their Instagram stories and message them for more details/to buy – they will happily post. My most recent purchase arrived beautifully wrapped with a gorgeous note. The joy of buying independent.
Trinity Square, West St, Axminster EX13 5AN
VINTAGE PIECES SIT ALONGSIDE NEW PIECES CEATED BY ARTISANS FROM ACROSS THE SOUTH WEST, AT COLLATE INTERIORS IN AXMINSTER, DEVON
We stumbled upon this place a few years ago and fell under the spell of its lovely café and vast range of pots and ceramics. Whichford Pottery also creates an exclusive line for Soho Home, which you can purchase (at seemingly reduced rates?) here. Their bespoke engraved flower pots make for wonderfully special gifts, too.
Whichford, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5PG
As someone who is currently embarking on a full house renovation and redecoration, it was an utter joy to stumble upon Mark Lewis Interior Design‘s shop late last year. They stock all the hardware you would ever need (hooks, brackets, handles, drawer pulls etc.) all in the most wonderful metals that look loved and well-worn. Find their full range online or visit their concession at LASSCO Ropewalk; the fabulous architectural salvage store in London’s Maltby Street.
Read Lisa’s tips on how to create a stylish children’s bedroom that they (and you) will love here