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Getting Christmassy: Little Eden Interiors

21st October 2016

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Photography by Ben Bentley

Little Eden is a shop with heart: nestled in Easingwold, its inviting exterior beckons you in. A family-run shop emanating the personality of its founders and the shop’s namesake. Who better to set the scene than those at its core:

“We are a family run shop: James, Amy and Eden. Whilst studying at Uni we started ‘doing up’ old furniture for our own student house. Friends and family started asking if we would paint stuff up for them and so we decided to start selling! We approached Blossom and Walker in York and Jo agreed to start selling our stuff. This was massive for us and was such a great platform to try new things. When Blossom and Walker closed we ended up having a shop load of furniture back, enough to open our own shop. We were expecting a baby in December 2015 and wanted to have a project on the go for our parental leave (as if having a baby wasn’t enough of a project). Eden arrived on New Year’s Eve, the perfect start to 2016 and in the March our aptly named ‘Little Eden Interiors’ was born.

If something is painted, it has been painted by us, if it is a unique find, we have found it!

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Little Eden stock furniture, homeware and gifts in vintage, retro, industrial and country home styles, their main passion being industrial furniture: in fact they stock a number of heavy industrial items: "such incredible statement pieces. We currently have an old baker’s tray unit that would make an awesome shelving unit. We are searching and buying pretty much constantly to ensure that the shop is always packed up with unique and interesting items that won’t be found anywhere else. Nothing in the shop that is a one-off stays more than a couple of weeks: it’s a very fast changing shop. What gets us most excited, and inspires our own home, is being able to source something that is an exclusive rare treasure at a price that is so affordable that you could turn up and buy it on the day. Not to mention that we can also deliver to your door and put it in pride of place."

"It is so humbling to experience the support and investment our customers have placed in both our products and our family unit. If something is painted, it has been painted by us, if it is a unique find, we have found it! It is such a beautifully tactile experience to pick up the find on our travels and be the one to sell it on at the other end from our shop. We try to ensure that our unique furniture is affordable to all and we hope that we can inspire each home with something from our shop. We are also big on collaboration and work with lots of independents in the area whether it be Stow and Co Interiors or Lavender Bleu helping us to source or Hearts Interiors who we run monthly workshops with. We even had the wonderful Flanagan Collective and Gobbldigook Theatre collaborate in our shop space for a one off performance night!"

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On 1 November from 6pm, Little Eden invite you into the shop for "a bit of a knees-up, late night shopping event. We decided to invite everyone to share the season with us as Little Eden’s first Christmas: it’s designed for customers to get the first look at all of our new Christmas stock and spend a night snapping up all of the individually sourced gifts we have prepared for the occasion. We also have mulled wine, mince pies, live music and a free goody bag if it wasn’t tempting enough…

James and Amy have sourced and saved a number of unique finds through the year for the Christmas season: from an old child’s play till to restored wooden decorative sledges, they are getting cracking on the shop’s Christmas window displays. There are new gift ranges to explore, from rusty bell garlands to an apothecary candle range: the shop has worked closely with The Great British Exchange to showcase as many new British made producers over this festive time. "We won’t give too much more away," says James, "but it is not to be missed because with one-offs, when they are gone, they are gone!"

On the shop’s ethos, Amy comments: "We want customers to feel like they have entered into a shop that is interesting and intriguing, somewhere to inspire a change in design of your whole house. We strive to strike a balance in the shop where it feels like an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ where you can spend time exploring and discovering treasures but equally would suit someone flying in for a quick card and prezzie. We want to really push for our customers to see the potential in old pieces of furniture which have already lasted the tests of time and try to recycle or re-purpose it for a modern use. All of our finds have age and all the more character and charm because of it. We want to encourage our customers to be ecological, reuse, re-purpose and reinvigorate the thousands of items a year that are being tipped when they could survive another hundred years."

James concludes: "And of course… buy local, support local. Local is even more special, individual and pleasurable than any chain could manage (well, in our opinion anyway)."

For more details click below to view the shop’s website.

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