Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Brit Decor: Goes to market

All images / Mike Ahern

I would imagine that I am no different to many of you, in that I tend to take the easy, dare I say it, lazy option when it comes to shopping; I head to the High Street. So at the weekend I decided to turn my attention to the independents and took a long overdue trip to Frome's monthly Artisan market, otherwise known as 'More than a market' where the main street in this pretty Somerset town is reclaimed by a plethora of market stalls, selling their handmade, independently produced wares, food stuffs and oodles of personality. 

We arrived at about 2pm on Sunday by which time the market was in full swing and the smell of freshly cooked mouthwatering food was everywhere. Add a large crowd of relaxed shoppers, some bunting, and a huge dose of sunshine and we had the perfect recipe for outdoor shopping heaven!

Whilst intentionally loosing myself in the sea of people and stalls, I discovered some new and exciting homeware brands to add to my little black book of inspiring interiors stockists, including Hector and Haddock for their vibrant prints, and Decorator's Notebook with a beautiful selection of goodies, especially their white terracotta dipped mugs which were to die for.

Of course I couldn't leave Frome without a visit to my favourite menswear-meets-homeware store Assembly (previously featured on Brit Decor back in January) and the lovely Anthony. 

So what did I take away from my trip? Cookies and cream cupcakes and a mustard yellow wallet aside, I left Frome with fresh inspiration and a renewed determination to shop independently more often. Whilst the High Street is here to stay and thankfully so, I think it's important to embrace a little antidote to full-on consumerism too. Let me know if you have recently visited an independent market - was it inspiring?

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