You’re nearing the end of the build so now to the fun bit – the finishing touches. Whether you like an urban industrial vibe, pretty shabby chic or opulent furnishings and fittings, our area is brimming with creative businesses offering beautiful items to fill your home. Many of them provide interior-design services too, so if you want a bit of guidance for the final phase, it’s on your doorstep.
It’s not just an amazing annual summer fete that the residents of Abbeville village enjoy. Cosy pubs, cutting-edge cuisine and fine-wine merchants feature aplenty. While it may have lost a couple of independent shops in the last few years, there are still some veritable treasure troves to discover.
Piccoli & Co
Bringing the traditional nursery up to date with a fresh approach to furniture, bedding and decor, owners Leopoldina Haynes and Aine D’Souza have created a very special shop, with monogramming at its heart. From Liberty-print-lined moses baskets to a handcrafted changing table inspired by 18th-century French antiques, their range is heirloom quality.
Cowhide rugs, unusual signs, glamorous make-up bags and humorous mugs from this well-established gift shop will add a splash of colour and comedy to your home.
There’s always been a buzz in Old Town, with small independents dominating the shopping scene. It’s more urban than other “villages” in South-West London and residents love its quirky coffee shops, one-off patisseries and established ice-cream parlours. Alongside these are some cool interior outlets that are worth a detour.
Pick your way past the sensational cut flowers and investigate further because, while Birksen is an impressive florist’s on the outside, it has shelves groaning with beautiful tableware, vases, plant pots, candles and pictures frames within.
Places & Spaces
This shop exudes cutting-edge, quality design. Showcasing some of the sharpest national and international brands, featuring the latest designers, makers and trends, the Places & Spaces owners search for home accessories, furniture and lighting with heaps of innovation and a smidgen of fun thrown in for good measure.
Sass & Belle
Whimsical and cutesy with more than a hint of woodland adventure, the colourful range at Sass & Belle on The Pavement is pure joy. Think pretty pastel fabrics, owl phone cases, bunny jewellery stands and fox frames; that’s kitsch style sorted, then.
Home to many established furniture specialists, Battersea Park Road is the hub for householders after something special. From vintage treasure troves and antique emporiums to lighting showrooms and Italian kitchen designers, this road has beautiful pieces that will last your lifetime – and beyond.
Circa & Marmorea
Circa offers a selection of high-quality, mid-twentieth-century furniture and lighting, specialising in unique pieces that encapsulate the design flair of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, including tables, chairs, storage, lighting and mirrors. Its sister company on the road, Marmorea, is fast building a reputation for having some of the finest antique and reproduction marble and stone fireplaces in the country.
Battersea Flower Station
From window boxes to house plants, tubs to pots, bring some greenery into your home with expert help and friendly advice from the green fingers at Battersea Flower Station. With home consultations and sameday local delivery, it’s worth popping down for a dose of springtime magic.
Clapham’s artery to the river is lined with fantastic businesses that are well worth a stop off. A bespoke milliner sits alongside a traditional shoe shop and luxury bathroom showroom, among others, so for those finishing touches, look no further.
Les Sardines is a lifestyle interiors shop filled with beautiful hand-picked finds. An ever-changing collection of elegant nineteenth-century painted French furniture is complemented by an exquisite collection of new homewares. The owner also offers an interior-design and home-styling service.
The Art Movement
Launched by Camilla Girardot in 1995, The Art Movement is a collective of art consultants and exhibition curators. With 20 years’ experience in the art world, they can source artworks from a wide range of artists, galleries and dealers, and help advise on art buying for your home by offering a personal visit to ascertain your style and budget.
For gorgeously squishy, comfy sofas and beds made for “loafing” around on, this is the shop to come to. Although the business is predominantly online, Battersea is lucky enough to have a Loaf “slowroom” of its own, complete with ice-cream parlour and kids’ corner to occupy the little ones while you choose your latest interior additions.