If you’d have told me back when I started this whole blogging business that, one day, I’d be sitting down to wax lyrical about a shop in my tiny home-town, I’d have laughed at you, scoffed, and then laughed some more. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the place where I grew up – quite the opposite – but it’s hardly a shopping mecca. Small, sleepy and determinedly rural, the high street mainly consists of pubs, estate agents, banks and places to buy tourist souvenirs.
The tourists come because it’s old and pretty; they don’t generally show up for the retail experience. But there’s a chance, on a small scale at least, that might be about to change. The last time I went back to visit my family, I ended up in one of the loveliest shops I’ve ever visited. Packed to the white-painted rafters with Scandinavian designed and inspired goods, it was the kind of shop I’d be thrilled to stumble upon here in London, let alone back in quiet little Ledbury.
The even happier news, for those of us who don’t live nearby (and, with the exception of my sister and her sweet friend Yvette, I’m guessing that’s you, me and very nearly everybody here), is that you can now shop at Hus+Hem online. They sell all sorts of deliciousness, from furniture and homewares to fabric, books and paper goods.
See what I mean? Completely beautiful. That fruit cushion in particular has my heart. Whether it’ll also have my hard-earned savings when I go down to visit in a couple of weeks remains to be seen. I'll keep you posted.