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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Gorgeous One-Off Shops

After much dithering about the state of the magazine nation I have come to the conclusion that Easy Living is almost definitely the magazine most in tune with the lifestyle a heap of Vintage Housekeeping bloggers are waxing lyrical about daily...

This month it has outdone itself with a supplement featuring fifty of the finest independant shops in the UK, many of which, rather deliciously have online stores too.
So in an effort to make last minute Christmas shopping a little easier for my fellow UK readers I hereby present quick links to the most scrumptious of the scrumptious. Don't blame me if you spend a silly amount of money now will you?

Made In Hastings.
Winner of the Country Living Business award 2007, Made In Hastings is a co-operative featuring an eclecticly delicious collection  of handmade often local loveliness. Look out for the Sophie Azimont paper bunting...

Berry Red
Featured on Brocante before, Berry Red is a Hereford based store with a rather stunning website featuring all the latest Greengate products, a collection of vintage wares and much else besides. Love, love, lurve the Squint style Kimono Fabric Bench...

With a simple, easy to navigate website, Colloco is a one-stop shop for loveliness with a huge range of wares perfect for Christmas shopping. I particularly love the Keep Calm It's Only Christmas cards...

Law and Company
Based in my sisters neck of the woods, I do believe I may have received a gift or two from this lovely little boutique. An ode to decorative living, there is a very hard to find in the UK, rustic crown, available in the Christmas section...

Now ubiqtuous on every Uk Vintage shoppers boutique list, Re-Found is described by Easy Living as "shopping nirvana, plain and simple" and I couldn't let this list pass without directing you to go see the French "Antique" Journals which are quite frankly close being the nearest thing I've ever seen to notebook heaven.

Decorative Country Living
Still one of the finest County lifestyle boutiques in the UK today, Decorative Living's online store is a credit to Amanda Knox's eye for truly beautiful things. The mirrors are to die for...

Period Features
Like happening across an old fashioned hardware shop made pretty, Period Features is jam-packed full of quirky loveliness you probably didn't know you know you need, but will henceforth find yourself unable to live without. Case in point: almost everything in the Sundries collection.

Owned by sisters Casey Gregory and Jemima Johnson, the newly opened online division of Wren is quirky enough to charm your pants off. Featuring everything from old fashioned wooden skipping ropes to Cosy Cottage Socks (yum!), the French Lavender Glass Bottle is (obviously!) a favorite of mine this year...

Sage Inspired By Life
Smacked with luxury, Sage online is a scrumptiously well-edited collection of tiny bits of cosy nothing selected by Becky Sage. My favorites? The rustic-ly lovely sticky notes.

Lavenders Blue
Described as "a real piece of France for you and your home", Lavenders Blue features a lovely collection of French furniture, vintage good's and accessories. I would sell my Mummy for the grey Library Bookcase with Ladder, but obviously I would rather you didn't tell her...

Diana Forrester
Based in Edinburgh, this online store features an affordable collection of lovelies for the home, some of which are rare around these parts, not least of all the gorgeous collection of embroidered shelf-trim so beloved of Vintage Housekeepers from near and far.

And finally...

McCully & Crane
Who cared enough to create a lovely little tour of their shop for our pleasure, and have such a fine little, rather bonkers collection of vintage lovelies, I feel inspired to find my way to Rye because online shopping isn't available. Where Rye  may be...

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