Now we’re in our thirties and have our own pad, finding good homeware is pretty much on a par with filling the wardrobe, when it comes to the list of shopping priorities.
There was even talk at one point of going for a little lie down.
Seriously, when it comes to homeware, Harriman & Co is darn near perfect.
Co-owner Drew, who has worked in the business all over the world, has returned to his Leicestershire roots to set up his own shop and he’s created a place that could sit quite comfortably among the boutiques of Covent Garden or Notting Hill.
It’s all about handmade, well-crafted goods, with lots of items created here in the Shire.
“These tables are made by my father, these bowls are made in Market Harborough. I’ve got a lady in Rutland who makes beautiful stonewear and a ceramicist from Enderby,” he says.
So there’s lots of made-in-Leicestershire stuff. But Drew and his partner, James, also source items from across the globe – beautiful Portuguese terracotta, Latvian candles and Swedish tea towels, to name just a few.
Everything in the shop is simple, but beautiful. And expensive-looking, too. Prices are reasonable, though, especially considering the time and love that has gone in to making some of the pieces.
It’s about “beauty in everyday items,” says Drew. And it seems to be working.
The shop has been open less than a week on the day of my visit, but there’s a constant trickle of customers passing through. Almost every one of them comments on how beautiful the store looks.
At the minute, the shop occupies a small ground-floor space. The plan is to open the first-floor soon, though, to sell furniture.
A taste of this can be found at the back of the store, where a reupholstered armchair from the late 1800s sits looking fabulous. It was covered by a Leicester company, while the cushions – plush tartan and luxuriously plump – were made by Drew’s cousin. It’s a real family affair.
On the walls are mirrors made in India, by a company that works with communities in the country to make eco-friendly products, as well as art created from old sash window frames and vintage bus roll. Clever, eh?
Everything is done with a lot of love, which makes Harriman & Co the perfect addition to the independent stores in the area.
Now all we need to do is have a clear-out at home so we can start stocking up.
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