Lavender Room is a gorgeous lifestyle boutique situated in the North Laine in Brighton (there is also a boutique on the seafront). Lifestyle stores in Brighton are fairly ubiquitous but the Lavender Room stuck out due to the sheer variety and volume of lovely items it stocks. It is brimming with cute finds including lingerie, jewellery, bags, prints, homeware and lighting. It is a slightly dangerous spot in that you feel like you need to buy everything! I was particularly impressed with the fabulous selection of mugs and loved the eclectic lighting on display.
16 Bond St,
This women’s wear store in laid back Laguna Beach does casual Californian chic to perfection. It stocks great brands such as Mother, The Great and Ulla Johnson and has an amazing selection of jeans, carrying great new season styles. You will find a fantastic selection of jewellery, the delicate subtle sort which goes great with simple t-shirts. I also spotted the most wonderful colorful bucket bags, gingham purses and flat leather sandals. Pay a visit to stock up on wearable everyday clothes that are not only fun and relaxed but also bang on trend.
210 Beach Street
Les Filles Au Balcon is a small and trendy concept store located in Rue Cheverus in Bordeaux. The interior is well organized and visually calming, decked out in appealing white and pastel hues. You will find homeware, decorative objects and bold statement jewellery, artfully laid out in wire baskets and on wooden shelves lending a definite Scandi feel. Pay a visit if you’re after quirky storage, tablet cases and unusual printed fabrics.
29 Rue Cheverus
Gathered is located in the lovely market town of Sherborne, Dorset and prides itself on selling a beautiful section of specially curated gifts and other unique items. The store is a showcase for the designers and the owner most definitely loves sourcing and displaying beautiful things. Some of my favourite items were the beautiful and affordable jewellery, the knitted baby beanie hats and the cute stationary. Gathered also runs a subscription service where if you sign up, pay the subscription fee and select the type of gift you want (for example baby, women’s lifestyle or home) you or a loved one will receive a special gift in the post each month. I’m tempted!
81 Cheap Street
Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BA
The Hambledon is a fantastic independent department store, housed in a red brick Georgian building in Winchester, selling vintage furniture, stationary, menswear, womenswear, accessories, cosmetics and books. The store’s interior is beautiful, with stripped wooden floor and white walls making it the perfect backdrop to display the refreshingly distinct range of goods. You will find brands such as Becksondergaard, Chinti and Parker, MiH and Hudson. There is also a space which hosts temporary exhibitions and pop up shops. This store epitomises what independent shopping is about:- carefully selected products, beautifully displayed in a creative original setting which gives rise to a very gratifying shopping experience.
The Hambledon, 10 The Square, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9ES
Images courtesy of www.thehambledon.com
This lifestyle store located in Guernsey, the Channel Islands has an instant feel good factor. It could be a rainy miserable Monday in January but you automatically forget that once you step inside the door and encounter the light and airy interior and pretty displays. Indica is the perfect place to go if you need cheering up. It is incredibly well stocked with beautifully selected pieces and is a browser’s paradise. On the ground floor you will find gifts, stationary and baby goods whilst downstairs, displays fabulous textiles, cushions and homewares. Indica stocks some great brands including Bob & Blosson, Green Gate Copenhagen, Rifle Paper Co. and Linum.
Images courtesy of www.indica-interiors.co.uk
Indica Home Interiors, 39 The Pollet, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1WQ