I know a little place

i know a little place

I know a little place…

When we are researching bits we get obsessed, it is all we talk about, look at, research and then a week later  we are on to the next obsession. So here is a list of some of our favourite online shops who we have used, as much a prompt for me as help for you! Some of the places are


SPAB – if you live in an old house then I would recommend you become a member. They have a lovely technical helpline if you get stuck


Granby Workshop  – Turner prize winning community art. Experimental handmade products for the home. If you don’t know much about them pop over and have a read it is very inspirational. We have their lightpulls and a print which are amongst my favourite things.

Re-found objects – there are always lots of delicious things in this vintage interior shop. I blame them for my paper Christmas decorations obsession

coventry demolition – door handles and locks at a great price, we have spent a fortune with these guys on door knobs, escutcheons, rim locks, coat hooks and radiators.

Timorous Beasties – Traditional, quirky and gothic. So far we have mugs, plates, cushions and wallpaper (which we haven’t hung yet!)

Cast in style – this is the best place for all those hard to find bits, such as an ornate brass air brick cover, or a dolly maid

Blackbird – This beautiful little shop is only up the road. Favourite buys include a welsh blanket reinvented into a cushion, a brass wasp vesta case and a 2lb door stop. They also do a great job reupholstering classic vintage pieces too.

Merchant and Mills – An online Haberdashery store. It is a utilitarians dream full of perfect pins, scissors, and patterns. Their beautiful studio scissors live on my desk and nobody is allowed to use them but me. I wish I could sew (and more importantly enjoyed sewing) but I once had a fight with a sewing machine which ended with me running a needle through my finger.

The Shop Floor Project – beautiful bits and prints

Howkapow – great home finds and great gifts. Never bought anything but I always take a look, particularly like their children’s books

Moon Fabric – Great fan of the amazing wool fabrics they produce, we have cushions and blinds made in their fabric, but also we have blankets which they produce and sell (pretty cheap and they have sales)

Hicks and Weatherburn – I keep talking about their paint. We have used it throughout the house it is very good quality and they are a local business. Previously I had used Little Greene and Farrow and Ball but this is just as good and cheaper. Also they are the oldest paint manufacturer and producer in Yorkshire. They produce theatrical paint for Opera North.

Dowsing and Reynolds – lights, bulbs, fabric cable, light switches. We are friends with the owners and have used loads of their products. Most recently we bought their bulk lights for outside.

Art and Prints

Counter editions – great contemporary artist limited edition prints. They give an early discount of 20%. We have bought a few prints from here including Gary Hume

Pictures On Walls – where it all began, this is Banksy’s official outlet (they also verify artwork at PEST). Recently we bought a great print by Maya Hayuk 


Leeds coppice workers – for us this is local eco friendly fire wood, I am sure there are other coppice co-operatives around the country.

The log shed – I have tried a few log delivery people but these are the nicest, easiest, cheapest and simplest. I order online and they deliver with a little flat bed with hiab crane so they can deliver it over the wall straight into the garden.


The Floorstore Leeds – large independent flooring shop. We have wood flooring from them, lino, and carpets. They have a great range and good fitters. They are also local!

Designer Carpet Remnants – they do a brilliant rug creator. If you know what you want then they might have it.

Building Materials and Tools

Conserv –  online traditional materials building merchants, We have bought limewash for the coach house, lime putty and lime mortar for the fireplace.

Mone Bros – our local Quarry.  We use them for hearths, paving and gravel – they often feature on Emmerdale (which is filmed nearby) as a place to go to ‘hide the bodies’ 🙂  They also recommended the local stonemason who gave our house it’s name back.

Rutlands – all things woodwork – Saw blades, Router bits etc.

Screwfix – you name it! Chainsaws, Circular Saws, Drill bits, Overalls, Table saw – and all with next day click and collect at our local store.

B&Q – B&Q actually have one of the most comprehensive selections of timber locally (often better than the builders merchants like Wickes or Jewson).  We’re lucky to have a full B&Q warehouse nearby.


Great Dixter – Garden inspiration and well curated shop.

Red Hall Nursery – this is the overspill shop for Leeds City Council Parks and Gardens.  It’s very seasonal and very cheap – great for picking up perennials, annuals and pots.

Greenscapes Nursery – brilliant small plant nursery up near Shadwell.  Great perennials and they specialise in Lavender.

Vertigrow – Big plant nursery near York.  This is where we go when we want something specific.  They have a huge range of perennials, shrubs and trees.

Barchams – this year we need to plant 4 or 5 larger tress. We’ll probably buy them from Barchams.



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