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t’s the smaller, independent shops that give our high streets character and charm; they’re also the ones

that have suff ered most during this pandemic. Here are fi ve wonderful independent shops that have recently reopened their doors, and whose wares will transform your home this summer:

1. WATTLE & DAUB, SURREY Housed in a gabled Tudor house, the exterior of this Godalming store is gorgeous. From ceramics to textiles and furniture, each product is hand-picked by Gemma, who you’ll meet — whippets in tow — on every visit. T e must-buy: Wattle

& Daub’s throws are big, beautifully made and luxuriously soft. Opt for Inca Yellow, a slightly darker, more golden shade of mustard, and a colour that’ll really warm a room. £47.50,

2. POOKY, LONDON T is Chelsea store has the most wonderful array of wacky

products, from wall lights to lampshades. T e designs are both beautiful and varied to suit every taste, and what’s more, they don’t cost the earth. T e must-buy: T e Lottie table

lamp, which comes in diff erent sizes, is distinct in its design, with bold slate stripes running down the urn-shaped base. It’s expertly made; a solid accessory that will stand the test of time. £137 (base only, shade costs extra),

3. INSIDESTORE, LONDON A real north London gem, Insidestore houses a curated selection of modern homewares at its Tufnell Park store. Simplicity is a theme here, but every product also has a playful



Homeware enthusiast Charlotte Wigram-Evans rounds up her favourite independent shops and must-have items

twist that will add personality to a room. T e must-buy: We’re all going

to be drinking at home a lot this summer, so smart glasses are essential. Insidestore’s tall, rippled glasses come in both smoked and clear glass and are sure to make every sip of gin and tonic feel so luxurious you could almost be in your favourite cocktail bar. £49 for four,

4. PRINT CLUB LONDON For anyone keen to buy prints your friends won’t have, head to Print Club London. T e building houses not only a shop but an exhibition space for emerging local talent, and a printing studio where you learn the skill yourself! T e must-buy: Clare Halifax


is a London-based artist who produces highly original silk screen prints inspired by her environment, from cityscapes to nature. Particularly striking are her wildlife pictures, the zebras in particular, which stand out boldly from the mottled pink background. £40, exclusively from

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