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.
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.
This Beach Hut design is contemporary and stylish with its minimalist lines capturing the essence of a lazy day on Hove seafront.
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.
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
Is it too early to mention Christmas?! Well, even if it is, Brighton is always a fabulous place to go shopping. It is peppered with a plethora of beautiful, quirky, imaginative, practical and inspiring independent shops, cafés and boutiques, and particularly in the North Laine, we’re spoilt for choice, so I thought I’d offer some inside tips to help you have a fantastic day, starting with a strong coffee of course…
1. Cafe Coho, 53 Ship Street
Conveniently located on Ship Street in the Lanes, this is the perfect place to kick off a day’s shopping. It’s outside seating gets mid morning sunshine and they offer blankets if it’s a chilly one. I love the stripped-back brick interior, they make amazing coffee and their croissants are delicious. There is also a Cafe Coho near Brighton Station if you’re getting the train.
2. Edited, 3 Gardner Street
You’ll probably have been drawn in by their vibrant window display anyway, but Edited is a must-see! They have a varied and eclectic selection of homeware and soft furnishings including colourful candles, throws with vibrant geometric designs, and train ticket cushion covers over three floors of this beautifully merchandised shop. The staff are always friendly and enthusiastic too!
3. Present in the Laine, 34 Gardner Street
One of the North Laine’s newer additions, Present in the Laine has a focus on bright colours and hand-picked gifts. Stylish accessories, baby gifts, homeware and handbags are on offer in this vibrant new shop.
4. Posh Totty Designs, 31 Sydney Street
A Brighton success story established by Alice Rivers Cripps a decade ago, her original shop in Bond Street Cottages is well worth a visit, but Posh Totty Designs have just opened their flagship store on Sydney Street in the North Laine, where they make and sell their own distinctive brand of beautiful personalised jewellery. They specialise in stunning keepsakes, hand stamped and made to order with your personal message, favourite quote or child’s names in a range of stylish, contemporary and classic designs.
5. Temptation, 56 Gardner Street, Brighton
Need a coffee break? This is a stylish and cosy cafe (with a license, if you fancy something stronger) with a delectable selection of lunchtime plates, salads, sandwiches and delicious home made cakes if you fancy jumping straight to the sweet stuff.
6. Little Beach Boutique, 74 North Road
Well, I couldn’t recommend a visit to Brighton without a visit to my shop could I, and what better time to visit than straight after a lovely lunch?! Opened in May 2014, Little Beach Boutique is new to the North Laine and offers a hand-picked range of handmade gifts, many of which are made in Brighton and the UK. I make all the glass pieces in my workshop here and you can pop in to see how it is done, as well as browse a unique range of accessories, keepsakes, homeware, clothing and wall art, including our best-selling “fabulous” felt animal slippers.
7. Utility, 28a North Road
Just across the road from Little Beach Boutique is Utility, stocking a fantastic range of “no-nonsense” household goods made by independent manufacturers, including tableware, glassware, stationary and storage ideas. Always playing excellent music, this is a must for your trip to Brighton.
8. Snoopers Paradise, 7 Kensington Gardens
No shopping trip to Brighton is complete without a good rummage around Snoopers Paradise. Purveyors of all things vintage, as well as an art space, workshop and boutique market, it is a haven for a curious shopper!
9. Pretty Eccentric, 10 Bond Street
Incredibly glamorous vintage inspired dresses and accessories designed by owner Michelle Scott, your Christmas party outfit is sorted for the year! Influenced by the styles of the 1920s to 1950s, they have a stunning range of dresses and separates, as well as jewellery to add sparkle and fascinators to make a statement.
10. 64 Degrees, 53 Meeting House Lane
Round the day off with some amazing food! My favourite place to eat in Brighton, tucked away in the South Lanes, it feels like you have been let into a secret at sixty four degrees. Compact in size, with a focus on incredible food, impeccable service and the theatre of the dining experience, you can choose to sit at the bar and watch the magic unfurl. It’s not to be missed!
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…
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 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…
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!
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!