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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Antiques & Flowers

On Friday we crossed the river to have a girlie day with my sister in her new area. Hampton Court Village in Molesey is just gorgeous.  Pretty little streets lined with boutique shops, restaurants and organic food cafés serving ‘babyccinos’; it’s a bit plummy, of course, but the antique and vintage shops are ideal for a good rummage. 

With a wedding nearing and new homes to spruce up, we are always on the hunt for lovely things. Hampton Court Emporium is an Aladdin’s Cave of wonders; piles of silverware, lanterns, vintage clothes, antique lights, jewellery, toys, guns, stuffed animals… you name it, they have it.  If you ever need a exquisitely crafted wooden train or a set of teacups, you know where to look.  Just be careful to leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind you… 


The buildings in Hampton Court Village are very sweet too, some are mismatched and very old, making the whole place feel quite charming. 

You have to pay top dollar for such a pretty place so close to the city (the bunting costs extra), but you know you’ve made it when your local quilting shop has this many pots of buttons… 

While we mooched around we spotted a florist with stunning displays in the window. Looking for inspiration for a bridal bouquet, we ducked inside and started chatting to the friendly owner of Honeysuckle Rose. 

We found out she actually did the arrangements for the Olympics, and she had the most perfect Prince Jardinier roses. Their perfume was so strong and so sweet, I had to snap up a few stems to take home. Their blousy appearance is just stunning, and I love the pale pink colour.


I then had to purchase a jug to put them in, and luckily found this simple porcelain addition to our kitchen. 

What did you get up to this weekend?

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