8 of the best homeware stores
From binge watching George Clarke's Amazing Spaces and Grand Designs during lockdown, we're feeling inspired to 'do up' our decor! Check out some of our fave interiors and homeware stores across Leics and Rutland.
Bagel&Griff, Markt Harborough
What may start as an innocent window shop, may well turn into a shopping spree once inside this Muddy award-winning store. Spread over two floors, this home and lifestyle store is run by Helene Inchmore who has translated her love of neutral tones into this homeware haven in Market Harborough. The shelves are stocked with beautiful glassware, ceramics, vases and it’s all so wonderfully laid out and colour coordinated and it’s obvious, Helene knows what she’s doing! Expect a carefully curated mix of contemporary pieces that you’ll want in your home. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Jo Purtill’s splendid homeware store is neatly ‘sandwiched’ between two cafe on Loseby Lane. Once inside, it may feel overwhelming (the store is big and brimming with beautiful bits!) but Jo is always on hand to help out on your decor dilemmas. Expect everything from dried flowers to colourful jute rugs, gorgeous textiles and more and her styling skills are second to none and oh, did I mention the store has even won a Muddy award?! Think French rustic meets tumbledown country farmhouse. It’s wonderful in every way! I wonder if I can get Jo to come over and sort out my decor?
Harriman and Co, Leicester
This was one of the first stores I visited when I moved to Leicester. They’ve always got a pretty display of homewares that spill out onto the pavement outside, it’s a great way to entice unassuming customers into the store (like me!). Opened by Drew Harriman and his partner, James, the store is chock-full of beautiful homeware and furniture, hand-picked for beauty and functionality. Inside you can pick up stylish products like the ever so trendy, seagrass baskets and brass framed mirrors as well as locally made bits from brands like Wild and Wood and ceramics designer and maker Sue Pryke.
Goodwin and Belle, Uppingham
I could easily spend a few hours in this beautiful store and it’s in the best location on Uppingham High Street too. Everything they sell is simple, functional, beautifully designed and made to last. You’ve heard of slow fashion, this is the equivalent for interiors and Thalia obviously has a great eye for it (I wonder what her home must look like?) I digress. Inside the store, you’ll find everything from stylish decor items to delicious home fragrances and more.
Margo and Plum, Engine Yard, Belvoir Castle
This is definitely not for those who like to play it safe! Margo and Plum is where you come for glamour and luxe. Although the Engine Yard store is small, it’s brimming with bold colours, statement designs and rich textures. Think quirky and eclectic decor pieces like a gold flamingo lamp, a velour green cocktail chair, flashy gold and white zebra print trays. It’s a glammed up boho paradise.
Elizabeth Stanhope, Oakham
This Rutland-based interior designer’s shop is absolutely brimming with gorgeous goodies including decanters, glassware, mirrors and more. Her style is understated elegance with a few rustic, country chic touches thrown in for good measure. Currently, we’re loving the collection of locally handmade ceramics. Her own Signature Collection is made up of a carefully curated collection of pieces for the home, including fabric, furniture, lighting, cushions, throws, tabletop and lifestyle accessories.
From its charming exterior to its calming interior, this teeny tiny store in Cosby offers lots of lovely lifestyle and interior products and even a made-to-measure interior design service. It’s run by Liz Archer who already runs a successful interior designer service in Countesthorpe and transformed this old post office into this gorgeous store so you can already see some of her handiwork. The adorable shop features beautiful textiles, ceramics and a few home decor bits.
Brambles Vintage Interiors, Hinckley
A fab indie store run by Stacey Grove who upcycles, refurbs and glams up tired, old pieces of furniture herself by hand. Don’t be surprised if you see her paintbrush in hand – who knows what project she’s working on behind the scenes! Inside the store you can also buy candles, wax melts as well as a wide range of accessories and interiors for your home. Definitely worth a visit and who knows what bargain you’ll find.