It’s our first birthday in our North Laine shop!

Little Beach Boutique has just celebrated our first birthday in our North Laine shop and we would like to thank everybody for their support and custom over the last 12 months.

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Little Beach Boutique on North Road in Brighton’s North Laine – celebrating our first birthday in our lovely new premises

Moving from a small seafront arch to a larger space in Central Brighton was a big challenge (and an even bigger leap of faith!) but  this year has been amazing and we haven’t looked back.

Now a team of three – Suzanne, Claire and Jennie, we feel fully part of the North Laine Community of independent shops, cafes and venues. We have met lots of lovely local characters as well as talented and inspiring designer/makers from Brighton and further afield.  Since opening our new shop in 2014, we have expanded our handmade collections of homeware, jewellery, accessories and thoughtful gifts –  proudly showcasing new designers and emerging talent alongside our collection of glass which we individually design and make on site.

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We love this illustrated lighting by A Northern Light, made from parchment paper.
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Cassette cufflinks by Brighton and Hove based jewellery maker, Maria Allen
Hummingbird Earrings by Mica Peet
Our favourite earrings – we love these patterned hummingbird studs by Mica Peet

We have had our first workshops – including our “Introduction to Fused Glass” alongside our “Natural Skincare” and Aromatherapy courses, and during the May festival, we had a daily puppet show based on Mermaids and Sea Shanties which was a great success in our downstairs space.

This year we have started running our first workshops in our downstairs space.  Suzanne ran 'An Introduction to Fused Glass' and everyone made beautiful coasters, dishes and wall hangings.
This year we have started running our first workshops in our downstairs space. Suzanne ran ‘An Introduction to Fused Glass’ and everyone made beautiful coasters, dishes and wall hangings.
We continues to design and make our unique range of handmade fused glass in house and have done some lovely commissions for homes and hotels.
Suzanne continues to design and make our unique range of handmade fused glass in house and have done some lovely commissions for homes and hotels.

Now looking forward to the year ahead, we will be bringing you lots of new products for the coming months, creating new glass designs, and running more workshops for your crafting pleasure!

Dylan the dog enjoys his new home and gets spoiled rotten by customers with treats and cuddles!
Dylan the dog enjoys his new home and gets spoiled rotten by customers with treats and cuddles!

We would like to thank all our customers and suppliers for their support, enthusiasm, kind words and encouragement over the last year.

Pop in to see us at 74 North Road, Brighton – we are open 7 days a week – we’d love to see you!

Or visit our website – http://www.littlebeachboutique.com

Bye for now!

Suzanne x

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Showcasing Local Designers – Lighting by Brighton based artist Joanna Corney

We’re very lucky to live in a city like Brighton – it’s so full of creative people and there’s inspiration on every corner.

One of my favourite local designers is Joanna Corney who screenprints her stylish Brighton inspired illustrations onto a range of contemporary homeware.  Here at Little Beach Boutique, we’re delighted to be stocking her lampshades in a range of prints which capture the essence of our city by the sea.

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Little Beach Boutique, Brighton and Handmade Lampshades by Local designer Joanna Corney

I love the representation of the Deco buildings along Brighton seafront in this design.  It can be used as a ceiling pendent or for a floor lamp base.

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Deco Building Lampshade by Joanna Corney

This Beach Hut design is contemporary and stylish with its minimalist lines capturing the essence of a lazy day on Hove seafront.

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Beach Hut Lampshade by Joanna Corney in Little Beach Boutique

And this murmuration design is a stylish addition to any home, with a nod to the stunning patterns made by the starlings as they go to roost for the night on the West Pier.

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Capturing the essence of the starling murmurations near the West Pier in Brighton and Hove

These designs are all available to browse and buy in Little Beach Boutique, 74 North Road, Brighton and are also available made to order in different colours.

Each lampshade is made with screen printed cotton fabric, and bonded to a fire retardant PVC backing with rolled edges. All lampshades are handmade in Brighton.

Each lampshade is made from UV stable and flame retardant PVC which has been tested and passed the glow wire test carried out by the Lighting Association. 40 watt bulb recommended

This lampshade is available in a choice of two sizes:

20cm diameter x 20cm height (8″ x 8″)

30cm diameter x 22cm height (12″ x 9″)

 

It is also available with either a lamp base fitting or a ceiling pendant fitting

Our first few months in Brighton’s North Laine

Well, the months have flown by and the biting frost this morning reminded me that summer has well and truly passed! After three years on the seafront, I decided to move Little Beach Boutique to a larger space, where I could make my fused glass on site, and we would be able to stock a larger selection of work by local and UK-based designers and makers.  After a good look around, I found a (potentially beautiful) new space on North Road, Brighton.  But it needed a LOT of work…

Our new shop before the work
Little Beach Boutique when we first moved into our new space in the North Laine

Several coats of paint later, it looked like a different space entirely! With lots of help from “Handyman Sam”, I put in a new floor and some beautiful tables and shelves made from reclaimed floorboards and pallets. I added a bird decal which I found on Etsy (essential!) and some vintage display units from local Brighton flea markets.

The shop after a week's work, new floor, walls and tables
The shop after a week’s work, new floor, walls and tables

The final stage was easy- filling the space with beautiful handmade finds!  Of course, the felt animal slippers (which were everyone’s favourite quirky find on the seafront) came with me, as did my “Brighton Illustrated” and sea-inspired glass.  I was really excited to be stocking stunning ceramics by Amy Cooper and Lubilou, as well as jewellery by Brighton-based Hoity Toity alongside textiles by Rebecca Bourne and Charlotte Macey…

Adding the final touches to the display, handmade gifts, stationary, accessories and glass, (which I make in the workshop here)
Adding the final touches to the display, handmade gifts, stationary, accessories and glass, (which I make in the workshop here)

And the new shop was complete!  I have created a workshop in the back with three kilns and stacks of colourful glass ready to be made and fired into unique pieces. I just love having a warm, creative space on the (inevitable) cold and rainy days.  I am also going to be running craft workshops downstairs, which has turned from a dark dingy basement in to a colourful room ready for crafting!

Are you a crafty hen or do you have an idea for a workshop?  I'd love to hear from you. Watch this space for glass making workshops in 2015!
Are you a crafty hen or do you have an idea for a workshop? I’d love to hear from you. Watch this space for glass making workshops in 2015!

Little Beach Boutique has been open in the North Laine for a few months now, and although it was a leap of faith moving to a larger space,  it was the right move and I have loved meeting enthusiastic new customers and well-wishes, as well as local artists and designers who have started to sell their creations here. And I am delighted to say that many of our seafront customers have followed us up here, which is a wonderful endorsement of what we do! THANK you!