I often have those pie in the sky moments, where I dream about opening up a little shop of my own and filling it with all the items and products that I personally love, but then I'd just want to buy everything myself and take it all home with me, so the next best thing for me is visiting and shopping in little independent Home and Lifestyle shops where I can indulge in the kind of retail therapy that you just don't get in big department stores. I have my favorite haunts here in Jersey that I like to visit, and also a few on our neighboring island of Guernsey, which are always a treat for the senses.
Victoria Suffield's home, owner of The Hambledon
If like me you have a love for these kind of independent retail and lifestyle shops then I think you will enjoy a new book that was released last month, by Caroline Rowland of 91 magazine The Shopkeeper's Home by Caroline Rowland, published by Jacqui Small, (£25 Hardback) It is Caroline's first book in which she features beautiful shop interiors from 30 independent stores from around the world and the shopowner’s homes, its just like taking a shop tour of all the best little shops but without leaving your armchair, then getting an invite to take a snoop around their homes picking up decorating tips, and suggestions on ways to store and display everything from books to quirky collections.
Adeline Klam Shop In Paris
Home of Susan Cropper, owner of Loop Knitting
Home of Sabine Stadtherr home, owner of Room to Dream
Another great feature of the book, is that most, if not all of the shops include their website addresses so you can experience a little retail therapy online, plus check out their social media profiles as well, I've already started following the Instagram account of Room to Dream and my list looks set to grow. The Shopkeeper's Home looks set to be the perfect coffee table companion for me as we head into winter, gathering ideas and inspiration for me to try out in my own home, and you never know I might just be inspired to set up my own such Lifestyle shop one day, ah a girl can dream....