Christmas Windows!

It’s almost December and time to do the Previous Christmas windows! After a spot of wood collecting and some experimental gold spraying, we set off with a car full of sparkly twigs and all sorts of golden balls. My able assistant Tilda, (home from studying Art at Uni), was a fantastic help – once she’d tried on the new clothes and accessories ranges. She never could resist cashmere.

A little bit of invisible thread and some twinkly lights go a long way in a window display and we soon had it sorted. Pop in and see what we’ve dangled: silver eggs, cubist matt gold decs, vintage glass santas, cherubs and churches,  even jewel-coloured pants. All ready for the Grand Corsham Christmas Lights Switch-on, next Friday 4th December 5-7pm – we look forward to welcoming you.

Lots of Fabulous New Ranges – Ideal for Christmas (there I’ve said it!)

It may be freeezing cold outside, but we’re keeping warm, because we’re busy, busy, busy (and we are wearing Ruby Brown’s marvellous felt slippers (almost sold out, but about to order more). We’ve had quite a few new ranges in this week and they are already selling well. Choose from:

Gorgeous all-natural bath and beauty products (for men and women) from Priddy Essentials, all made by hand in small batches in great packaging – and most importantly, they smell divine! From £4.50.

Probably the nicest pants you’ve ever seen! Cotton lawn undies from Paris company ‘Germaine des Pres’ in jewel colours with contrast trim, which come beautifully packaged in matching drawstring bags. At £12.95 each they come in small, medium and large, so we can all have some.

Fabulous reading specs, also from Paris, by See-Concept, in all sorts of wonderful colours, including red, green, navy, black and tortoiseshell; they are top quality, unisex and are available in the full range of strengths, from 0.1+, to 3.0+, and in sunglasses. They come in grey felt pouches and lovely boxes – super-stylish and only £22.50. Why pay more?

Also new in are artisan-made cushions and lamp-shades from Caernarvon-based design company Peris and Corr. They are spare, but decorative ‘Welsh blanket’ tapestry prints on quality linen in amazing colours, perfect in a traditional or contemporary style home and you can be pretty sure no-one else will have them. We can take orders too, if we haven’t got the colour/size you would like.

We’ve also re-stocked on low-cost, but funky stuff for kids, from whoopee cushions to clockwork ballerinas and bow and arrows, as well as some very funny cards and our gorgeous silver jewellery dipped in 18 carat gold (in great boxes) from £14.

And lots, lots, more…..come in and say hello, or call us if you’d like anything sent. It’s only a month away!

 

 

Thank you Corsham!

Feet have hardly touched the ground since we opened our door in Corsham High Street last Monday – it’s been a bit of a whirlwind, (in a good way). Most popular have been the hand crafted animal night lights and the wonderful Raine and Humble range, but vintage pieces have been a hot ticket too and now I need to get out on the hunt for new stock, as soon as.

I’ve been especially thrilled by the range of folk coming through the door, despite the drizzle, from grandfathers to babies and everyone in between – lots of lovely locals, but a surprising number from further afield too, London, Windsor, Norfolk, the Lakes and even South Africa. Very cosmopolitan.

New in: grey rattan dog beds with soft cushions and removable covers in vintage fabrics, gorgeous scarves and the new range of (very reasonable) Previous candles, diffusers and room sprays in all sorts of wonderful natural essential oil fragrances. There are quite a few new and exciting ranges coming in the next few weeks, not least perfect Christmas present bath and body ranges, spectacular Parisian specs and the funkiest French pants ever.

Lots of Vintage Stock New in and Going Fast…

I’m an owl, not a lark, so it was with grit and determination that I fell out of bed at 4.30am to go vintage hunting in the dark this week. It’s been a very busy start at the new Corsham shop, most of my vintage stock has sold, so needs must. You never know what you are going to find, of course, but beautiful armchairs, funky mid-century pieces and some unusual things were at the top of my shopping list.

The results are now on the website and most are in the shop. They include quirky signs, gorgeous Champagne glasses, some wonderful oil paintings, religious icons, a very funky scarlet swivel chair, two amazing nineteenth century armchairs and a spot of taxidermy. One of the armchairs has gone to my skilled upholsterer to be covered in a really stylish faded taupe, vintage French ticking, which will work with almost any colour scheme (watch this space) and the other (ref 4774) came straight to the shop to be sold in its raw, stripped back to hessian state. You may have seen such chairs recently in the pages of glossy mags like ‘Interiors’ and some people use them as-is in their homes, in keeping with the rustic chic vibe that is so fashionable in contemporary interiors. This one, however, was snapped up instantly and is being re-upholstered in the customer’s choice of vintage linen.

If this sounds like the sort of thing you’d like, (whether raw, in your choice of fabric or in something from our collection of beautiful vintage fabrics), do contact us and we’d be very happy to source it for you. And now I’m going to have forty winks.

 

Christmas Is Coming

It’s been an incredibly busy week in the shop. I’ve met so many lovely people and am starting to run low on stock; the brand new own-label range of Previous candles, room sprays and diffusers in gorgeous natural scents have been flying out of the door. So I’ve ordered several new and fabulous ranges, never before seen in Corsham, which will be hitting the shop floor in the next couple of weeks. I am also going vintage hunting this week, so watch this space for interesting, useful and beautiful new finds.

Now, I am firmly of the view that Christmas doesn’t start in August, September or even October and I have to leave shops that play the seasonal music too soon. However, Corsham’s Christmas Market on Saturday brought lots of visitors to the town and the shop was full of gentlemen of a certain age carrying clanking boxes from the local Castle Combe micro-brewery stall…I realised that I have to accept that Christmas isn’t that far off and my thoughts have turned to the Previous Christmas window displays.

To that end, dogs in tow, we set off to nearby Lacock find some suitable branches. We squelched and we squirched, but we came home with a boot full of likely twiggy bits, (plus a dozen local eggs) and I’ve unearthed some beautiful vintage baubles and Victorian crystal chandelier drops. Now all I need is a Sunday roast.