Sheen Living – home & lifestyle shop
Do you ever have those sweetie shop moments like when you were a kid, but transfer this instead in to a shop you might stumble upon? What a delight and surprise.
I was lucky enough to have one of these treats in the form of Sheen Living, located on 321 Upper Richmond Road in East Sheen. It is owned by entrepreneurs Anita and Jackie, who are not new to East Sheen or retailing as they also own Sheen Uncovered and Ruby Blue (lingerie and women’s clothing retrospectively).
The window caught my eye whilst I was on the bus, a huge pair of what seem to be angel wings. I thought to myself I must go to that shop. I have since heard that many people ask to buy these wings, but alas it seems they are not for sale, but they certainly do the job of attracting ones attention and peeking ones interest.
Upon entering you are aware of the rustic woodwork adorning the floor, giving it a homely warm feeling, the festooning of delightful items upon shelves, gracing the floor and walls.
I stood there taking my time to look around the various sections of the shop, each part taking me to somewhere else in my mind, perhaps a French Chateaux, a British Farmhouse, a country pub or home. My conscious prodded me constantly saying “oooh ahh, I like that, I’d like to have that!”
I exercised quite some self restraint considering and met the lovely Nicola, who I have taken to popping in to and chatting to. It is nice to walk in to a shop and not have an assistant leap towards one asking if you need help. She sat quietly, busying herself with I am sure the many jobs she has to do whilst I ambled within the small shop. Upon approaching I got a gentle smile and conversation was then struck.
I believe items are sourced from local artisans as well as maybe further afield. There are two types of tags, one for vintage and one for more modern. So for me being a vintage freak my taste buds were tickled in a visionary sense.
My first purchase was for a French Breakfast I put on for some of my neighbours, with a Christmas theme (yes I am going back in time but not too far). I bought some lovely rustic pottery, apparently by a local lady, the name evades me, but there is I promise you some of her pottery left in the shop. They are apparently soup mugs but my latte looks far more promising in there than minestrone in my mind. Having done pottery myself I can appreciate how hard it is to produce each piece and in this instance each piece is different, giving it the character of the artist behind the wheel.
I took some pictures in the naive dream that upon sending them to my husband who had not done his shopping he would perhaps buy me one or two things. One can only hope. I have to say in the whole shop, there was perhaps only one thing that though of fabulous quality did not fit my desires. I of course did not take a picture of this. However, men being men (I hear a tirade of angry male feet chasing me accusing me of feminism), he managed to in fact go in to this shop to purchase something, be it very near to Christmas. Unfortunately all photographed items had gone and hey presto sods law he bought the one and only thing I did not like.
Being a pug lover, I suppose I am a bit fussy about in my own particular way of how I would like a pug to look, the idea of one with pink lipstick brought visions of a cross between a drag artist (not that there is anything wrong with drag artists!) and a trout pout and it really was not something I wished to perch my bottom on, besides the roof of the house is nearly exploding from an abundance of cushions.
I looked forward to seeing Nicola and recounting my story of a man’s Christmas shopping antics and she very kindly gave me a credit note for said item with a subtle grin adorning her lips. The note is cherished lovingly in my purse and I am exercising self restraint not to use it yet, just to window shop and enjoy the visual delights on offer within this shop.
(one of my favourite items, not bought yet last I looked!)
Really well worth a visit.
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