THE GOOD SHOPPER
All About Interiors
1. Designers Guild
Tricia Guild has been regarded as one of the country’s foremost interior designers for the better part of the last 30 years, during which time her contribution to the world of textiles has been particularly influential. Designers Guild on Marylebone High Street showcases Guild’s vast collection of signature upholstery fabrics alongside furniture and homewares by brands such as Ralph Lauren Home and Christian Lacroix. Be sure to pick up one of Guild’s many books on interior design for further inspiration.
Designers Guild, 76 Marylebone High St, London W1U 5JU
2. Little Greene Paint and Paper
Perhaps you’re wanting to add a little period drama to a room or two at home. Little Greene has been purveying smart paint and (wall)paper since 1773, and is well worth a visit if you’re planning a Georgian-inspired dining room. Little Greene has a partnership with English Heritage, so expect the C.1760 sage wallpaper from Albemarle Street to be as authentic as it gets. The shop’s paints are also based on traditional British colours, and can be browsed by era.
The Little Greene London Showroom, 3 New Cavendish St, London W1G 8UX
3. Another Country
On the hunt for archetypal British, Scandinavian and Japanese furniture? Another Country on Crawford Street is the shop you’ll wish you’d heard of sooner. A team of designers and craftspeople make bespoke pieces of ‘honest’ furniture and homewares, based on old forms but with a contemporary twist. Alongside their own designs, the shop also stocks a carefully curated selection of other brands to complement its own ethos. Look out for the Hardy Rocker, a beautiful oak rocking chair based on a poem by Thomas Hardy.
Another Country, 18 Crawford St, London W1H 1BT
4. At The Movies
Movie posters – especially vintage ones – have timeless appeal, and the originals can be a shrewd investment. A SwedishKing Kongposter from 1933, for example, is currently on sale for £75,000 at Marylebone’s At The Movies. Fortunately not every poster there carries such a price tag – you could bag yourself a 40th anniversary Taxi Driver poster for £95 – and even if you wouldn’t necessarily hang a movie poster in your home, there’s a museum quality about the place that makes it well worth a visit.
At The Movies Posters, 18 Thayer St, London W1U 3JY
Beautiful table linen is a timeless investment and Caravane has a superb selection. The French brand’s only UK store – on Marylebone’s Cavendish Street – stocks all manner of homewares, but the Bastille and St Germain washed linen tablecloths and napkin sets are certainly the highlight. And once you’re there you might as well push the boat out; the shop suggests different atmospheres or themes to help pair cutlery, crockery and glassware with the linen, for an expertly laid table.
Caravane, 38-40 New Cavendish St, Marylebone, London W1G 9UD