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EVERYTHING HAS A BACKSTORY; SOMETIMES IT’S NICE TO KNOW WHERE THINGS COME FROM AND WHO MADE THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE

Philippa May shares her favourite independent shops in Bath, especially those which specialise in one-off pieces with a history behind them

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he saying goes that your home is your castle, so when it comes to decorating it, I think you should treat your choices carefully, ensuring that your personality and charm is reflected in the pieces that you choose, and that the pieces are from somewhere that embodies your values too. Everything has a backstory; sometimes it’s nice to know where things come from and who made them in the first place. When it comes to interior design, for me, sourcing unique items that feel personal is the key to success. Although I do love a certain Swedish brand for easy basics, Bath is full of wonderful treasure troves to explore, and nothing will give you the same satisfaction as wandering the city and finding something brand new every time. From vintage items to contemporary designs, Bath’s independent shops have something for everyone. In the same way that each of us embraces an individual style for our wardrobe, we also like to have an individual style for our homes, and so finding shops that live life outside of the box and hit back at the everhomogenising high street, means you can always find something wonderful and personal. I’m fortunate enough to live up the road from a fantastic shop called Homefront Interiors. As soon as the bright, neon sign was placed on the pavement of Margaret’s Buildings, I knew the shop was going to be a great new find for me. With a wonderful sustainable angle of sourcing only pieces with a history, you’ll find an Aladdin’s cave here. Every item has that story I’m telling you about: fairtrade origins, small-scale handmade production runs, or vintage and

recycled finds to get excited about. You never know quite what you’ll find; the way it has been thoughtfully curated with such personality is one of the reasons I love Bath and its many incredible independents. Margaret’s Buildings is one of my favourite haunts on a sunny weekend and I would say it’s probably one of Bath’s loveliest spots – a picturesque street lined with indie shops such as Homefront and Uber, with coffee stops and breakfast spots such as The Green Bird Cafe keeping you from ever needing to venture down into the centre of town if the mood doesn’t strike you. This thriving pedestrian street never fails to put a smile on my face; it almost makes you feel like you’re in a separate, special al fresco town altogether, especially with the wonderful scents of the carefully potted public herbs. Bath has become a city full of special districts all with something unique to offer. You have Kingsmead Square for Parisian-style outdoor dining, and Walcot Street’s artisan quarter where you’ll find a selection of small businesses such as Sam’s Kitchen, Meticulous Ink (who do amazing calligraphy classes) or Johns Bikes. But my go-to for a weekend treat is The Fig Store – a tranquil and rustic shop absolutely oozing charm, and housing beautifully neutral linens, woven baskets and homeware with proper character – perfect for a Georgian home. Most of their furniture items are one-offs, and their handpicked tableware always has me melting with excitement. With the weather getting ever brighter, I might have to hide my wallet... Philippa May is an interiors enthusiast and the designer and brand creative manager for accessories label Abbott Lyon. Follow her on Instagram @_philippamay_

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