Want to lust over gorgeous homewares, browse curated kitchen collections and glean fresh interiors inspiration? Check out these must-visit lifestyle stores in the South West
Sunshine & Snow, Devon
It’s hard to miss this lifestyle store, coffee bar and events space on Bideford’s Mill Street. An eye-catching multicoloured shopfront and floor-to-ceiling windows providing a glimpse of the eclectic products within ensure it’s almost impossible to pass without stopping for a peek.
Founded by India Snow in 2018, Sunshine & Snow is a curation of India’s favourite finds from ethical and sustainable brands around the world. From floaty linen beach dresses to recycled-cotton throws to chunky art tomes for the coffee table, expect a menagerie of aspirational items you might not need but will definitely want.
Buried within this Aladdin’s cave of contemporary treasures is a speciality coffee bar serving Origin espresso and Exploding Bakery traybakes. It’s the perfect spot to contemplate which martini glass best complements your kitchen aesthetic or decide on the beeswax candle scent that’s most “you”.
Explore the Sunshine & Snow online shop.
Alice in Scandiland, Cornwall
Get lost down a rabbit hole of Scandi-inspired homewares, accessories and vintage finds at this Lostwithiel lifestyle store and online shop. Alice in Scandiland started life in 2015 as a blog, with founder Alice Collyer soon winning a string of awards and an international following for her journals on interiors, country life and raising a young family. In March 2018 she started selling the vintage homewares she was writing about from her garden shed, which proved such a success that she opened a physical shop in August the same year.
The store in the heart of Lostwithiel is a mirage of neutral linens, oatmeal ceramics and natural wood. It’s the kind of place you pop into for a curious browse and leave wanting to redesign your whole house. Those who can’t make it to the High Street outpost can discover an extended wonderland of products online, helpfully curated into seasonal collections so you can match your cushions, candles and carafes to the natural world outside.
Explore the Alice in Scandiland online shop.
Those with an eye for interior design will already be familiar with ethical British brand Nkuku, but few know the online emporium also has a bricks-and-mortar lifestyle store and cafe in south Devon. Located within a collection a restored stone barns dotted around a peaceful courtyard, Nkuku’s hub near Totnes is where the design-minded gather to browse contemporary homewares and gifts, before pausing to sip coffee and consider room plans and pattern pairings in the cafe.
Many of the products in the catalogue are inspired by founders Ali and Alex Cooke’s travels. The couple established the business to work with and support artisans they’d met around the world, and the name Nkuku was borrowed from a Zimbabwean village they passed through.
Explore the Nkuku online shop.
St Kew Farmshop & Cafe, Cornwall
This unassuming pit stop on the A39 near Wadebridge is a must if you’re passing through the area. A cafe, local produce shop and lifestyle store, St Kew Farmshop & Cafe is a great find for gorgeous products, lip-smacking speciality coffee and delicious homemade fodder.
Take a tote (or three) to fill with fresh veg from local growers, Cornish wine, funky prints, leafy houseplants, natural candles, lusty-worthy ceramics and more. Every inch of space is crammed with beautiful artisan items designed to catch the eye.
Finish a shopping trip with breakfast or lunch in the courtyard or the cosy cafe space. Feast on the likes of Basque cassoulet, Goan veggie curry and ploughman’s with homegrown salad.
Explore the St Kew Farmshop & Cafe online shop.
Ryder & Hope, Dorset
Curved floor-to-ceiling windows revealing statement furniture, intricate fabrics and lush greenery preview the cornucopia of beautiful homewares to be discovered within Ryder & Hope’s Lyme Regis store. It’s no wonder locals and visitors meandering along Broad Street can’t help but stop at the Grade-II listed shopfront to ogle the latest display.
Everything within the shop is available to buy online on the Ryder & Hope website, accompanied by an extended range of web-exclusive textiles, kitchen pieces, prints, cards, crafts and more. The shop’s Dorset origins means there’s a nautical leaning within some of the collections – we love the yellow and white striped cushions with retro frill, Hammam beach towels and seaweed-press kit.
Explore the Ryder & Hope online shop.
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