Sunday, 25 September 2011

Autumn in the Shop

It's not just the squirrels who become frantic come Autumn. The foraging, the nesting, and frenetic preparation for the long cold winter which lies ahead. In their little minds they are hoping they have enough in their stores to see them through the winter. They feather their nests for extra comfort in their hibernation and pack on extra weight to ensure a safe and happy winter. We humans seem to feel the same and we notice the buying habits of our customers become a little more driven. With Christmas breathing down our necks, once again (is it just me or do they seem to come around quicker and quicker each year?) and the prospect of longer hours spent indoors, it is time to pack away the bunting for another year, and bring out the cosy blankets, sort out the guest room for those extra Christmas visitors and generally create a beautiful space for you and your families to happily see out another winter.

 Silver plate Deco nut dish. (sold)

Here at the shop, we start to prepare for our busy season. The displays change almost daily as new things are added and things are sold. We bring out more furniture and items which will cheer our customers up and bring fun and character to their lives.

 Beautiful Plant Tuscan Pink tea set with blue bird. (sold)

There's nothing like a bit of bling to raise the spirits.
This beautiful Mappin and Webb set makes a very special christening gift. (sold)

Beautiful silver spoons.
 An Elkington silver plate tea pot and pair of salad servers.
 These beautiful Edwardian silver baskets are ideal for that perfect, elegant Christmas table.

This gorgeous drinks trolley loaded with elegant crystal champagne saucers and decanters would surely make a superb statement for the perfect Art Deco home.
 Sue Board Hats are back in stock and already several have found happy homes for those chilly Autumn days.

 A warm and cosy pew which makes a lovely little breakfast nook in a kitchen or a lovely piece for the entrance Hall. (sold)

 Beautiful demilune console table (sold) with Noritake dinner ware.

 A fine restored victorian trunk. (Sold)

 A 1950's play pen.
 A lovely 1930's bureau (on casters) (sold)- the perfect solution for a portable office with writing slope, cubby holes, lockable front and drawers for paper, leads and all those unsightly bits that we seem to have so much of in our modern lives)

We also make sure we have plenty of other storage solution bits as we know how Londoners need to make use of every little nook and cranny.

 More of our luxurious down- filled squishy floral pillows to soften a sofa/chair or bed.

A heavenly 1930's dinner service in florals and soft sage green.
A very pretty pink tea set for warm cuppas and too many chocolate digestives shared with a friend.
 A 1950's miniature book for children with illustartions.

 The prettiest forget-me-not teaset, a beautiful gift for that special one in your life.

 Victorian viola teacup and saucers.

 A wonderful Lloyd Loom style hamper in original condition.

 I love ephemera and a selection of beautiful vintage postcards can really cheer one up.

 Our growing selection of delicious vanilla scented teacup candles are very popular as always.

Could this be the prettiest tea set yet? A wonderfully sumptuous pink with gold gilt 21 piece tea set.
 Vintage three tier cake stands hot off the press. Still a very popular gift idea.

 A new mix 'n match trio corner for those who prefer to make up their own tea set!

 A sweet little pair of bookends for that bookworm in your life.

A stunning 1920's harlequin teaset (sold) and glass upcycled butter dishes and cake covers.

 While we are enjoying some very welcome crisp and sunny Autumn days, our forecourt has been well utilised to handle the over-spill from a very full shop.

 Sweet little lemon stool in original vintage condition with upcycled silver spoon coat hooks.

A fabulous find. Burkins Circus bookshelf with drawer. A vintage home made shelf which was once upon a time, a gift from a Grandad to a very special grandson.

When the weather allows, we shoot off for weekend buying trips to the country and last weekend was an exceptional day. We headed off to West Sussex and Arundel for a snoop around and what a lovely day it was indeed! These photos were taken by my hubby on his hipstamatic.

Finally, a new term has started at the Nicholas & Steele School of Art. We have been looking at developing drawing technique and so, a multi- media series of botanical drawings are emerging from the studio, each meeting with many compliments from customers and fellow students alike.

There is a silver lining to every cloud and although cupcake week was accompanied by some rather awful weather, the lovely Dawn from Cupcakes to go delivered these two little scrummies for us to enjoy.

Our latest article in Darling magazine was published and has met with many positive and supportive comments. It is always difficult to write a journalistic piece when one's emotions are involved and so I threw that idea out and simply wrote from the heart. For those of you struggling to keep your independent shops growing, I hope this will encourage you and at least allow you to rest in the knowledge that you are not alone.

Meanwhile, our laptop (and lapdog) have been working overtime getting to grips with our first year of accounts. Thanks Mark for your help.

We wish all of our friends and followers a very happy Autumn and a calm scurry as you start to hunker down for the season ahead.


  1. Oooooooh! Loving the hexagonal teaset and the harlequin set that looks as if you are having afternoon tea in the woods from leaves. The sparkling silver and glass catch the sun so well, and as an inveterate letter-writer still (e-mail only for quick replies!) the bureau is perfect!

  2. Wow, what a lot you've got! I love the pretty pink tea set with ditsy flowers.
    Good luck for the autumn season,

  3. Beautiful things as always. Love that pink tea set. Not sure I'm a squirrel - more a magpie!
    Best wishes for the run-up to Christmas.