Monday, 17 October 2011

Lovely and British

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I was very pleased to discover an alternative weekend morning shopping activity in my local area of Jesmond in Newcastle upon Tyne, to my usual Tynemouth flea-market treasure hunting. Lovely and British is the perfect place to visit, only a ten minute drive from my home, for those days when I choose to be indoors, savouring the warmth with a cup of something hot and sweet awaiting me post-shopping, in the newly enlarged cafe.

Lovely and British houses a beautiful selection of old and new, especially those little vintage treasures that could quite easily take me hours to uncover at the flea-market. As well as vintage trinkets, clothing and interior pieces, there are also accessories and jewellery ranges by small, independent up-and-coming designers from around the UK, which I am unlikely to find anywhere else in my local vicinity.

My friend and I spent a lovely couple of hours a few weeks ago, chatting over coffee, to owner Barbara Oliver. Her enthusiasm and ambition for her projects inspired us immensely and was so infectious. It was interesting to meet the face behind the brand, this is one of the huge benefits in my opinion, of independent stores over faceless chain stores. There is a comfort and intimacy that works very well in the small independent environment.

While I am always overjoyed to find something different in the North East of England to share with you here (creative and distinctive are fairly few and far between concepts in Newcastle), a sister store to Lovely and British also exists in London's Bermondsey Street. So this time shoppers at both ends of the country have the opportunity to experience these very Lovely and British lifestyle stores for yourselves.

*EDIT: Sadly, the shop in Jesmond is no longer open for business.

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(all photographs taken within Lovely and British @ Fern Avenue)
Lovely and British @ Fern Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lovely and British, 132a Bermondsey Street, London
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33 comments:

  1. Ohh I absolutely LOVE this, I'm going to have to check it out sometime - thanks for sharing!
    And the photos are beyond beautiful, as usual :) x

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  2. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww I felt like I was inside the place, such is the magic of your photos.
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  3. Some of this stuff looks incredible - I need to find somewhere to get stuff like that, all carefully chosen in London!

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  4. And now they need to open one in the Midlands for us folk stuck in the middle. ;-)
    It looks lovely.x

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  5. That looks so lovely! I really need to find more places like this in my hometown. Or maybe I should just move to England...ha! :)

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  6. the little boxes are so cute
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  7. I love mooching around shops like this! So many pretty, gorgeous things! XX

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  8. I've been here before when it was just @fern avenue, might pay a visit when I'm off work next week.

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  9. Such gorgeous photos. It sounds like an absolutely lovely place!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  10. really like the fact that you go to chat in person about the project. that makes it all more interesting and it's great when people speak passionately about their ventures, which ends up rubbing off on you

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  11. wonderful pictures! it looks so lovely. & those suitcases are amazing!

    xoxo.

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  12. I love the mini suitcases, very chic
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    www.itschimere.blogspot.com
    x

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  13. What a lovely items !!!
    your picture is so sweet xxx

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  14. I would love to find a place like that stateside...so fun! And I love that red wall!
    xo
    Sharon

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  15. Oh god! I miss England!

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  16. Looks like great place. Adoring those suitcases.

    X x

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  17. How I have not ben here before? Definitely going for a little adventure there soon!

    Gorgeous photos as always Paula

    xx

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  18. I need this place very quickly. Beautiful photos as always, you make me crave more for England every time!

    xx

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  19. what an amazing shop! places like this our far and few between here as well but i think then when you find one shop like that you treasure it so much more!

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  20. This looks brilliant - I'll have to pay it a visit very soon! Thanks for posting about it x

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  21. I was there the other week when I was shopping for bits for our new house and it was such a lovely place! I've already got my eye on a 1920's sofa and a beautiful white wicker desk from another antiques shop in Jesmond! x

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  22. Looks absolutely lovely! Will have to check out the London store sometime.

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  23. I LOVE the little union jack suitcases. Those are too cute! Such a neat look place and such magical photographs!

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  24. les petites valises british sont super chouettes!

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  25. Your photos are more beatiful. I love it!
    Very nice.

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  26. This store looks fantastic, I will have to remember it for when I'm next in that neck of the woods. Those union jack cases are brilliant!

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  27. what a gorgeous shop/cafe! how lovely to have somewhere so nice to go that's right nearby. :)

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  28. I have to say that I randomly discovered your blog and I love it !
    You write really well =)


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  29. oh nice
    i'll have to visit that store next time i visit London !
    thanks for sharing
    x

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