"Winter is the season of recovery and preparation."

                                                                                - Paul Theroux


After the busyness leading up to Christmas - making decorations and cards, selling at markets and fairs, wrapping and numerous trips to the post office - as well as the seemingly endless list of personal jobs that is part and parcel of most Christmas households, I am all for some R&R over the Winter - making time for recovery and preparation for the coming year.


As an independent retailer and small business, you feel a certain obligation to not take your foot off the accelerator. But as a relatively new business, the start of a New Year is a good time to take some time to review and reflect how things have progressed over the last year. There are invariably things that I would do differently, some issues that were out of my hands such as a delivery driver damaging a beautiful antique bed in transit, and of course, the highs, including the wonderful feedback I have received from customers - knowing that the love and time you have invested into restoring a piece of furniture is appreciated, really does make it all worthwhile.


So here's to a happy and productive (not just busy) New Year, and many more satisfied customers!


Why I do what I do


I love a bargain and am sometimes guilty of buying something I don't need, simply because it has been so magnificantly reduced! But they are always of good quality and worth much more than I paid for them. And whether I strictly "need" them or not, I will love them, use them and wear them.

However, I do not agree with buying one ... or many items, simply because they are cheap and "throw away". Too often these items of clothing lose their shape or start falling apart after the first wash and so "throw away" is invariably the reality.


Like clothes, any furniture that is mass produced and cheaply made will often have a short life span. Once it has been assembled it can rarely be dismantled and reassembled successfully.


Not so, lovely solid items of furniture made of good quality materials and created by craftsmen. And that is the reality of the items of furniture I'm working with. The only negative is that the darkness of the wood doesn't fit well in the light filled interiors we now desire, and so these gorgeous, well made items of furniture are often disregarded and may well end up on landfill - negatively impacting on our environment.


So I buy these discarded items /donated items of furniture and sand them, paint them, wax them and give them a whole new lease of life so they will once again, be loved and cherished by their new owner. 


When you are buying an item of furniture from House & Garden Shop you are buying something with history, that is unique, and that has been refurbished with passion, creativity, vision and a desire for a safe and healthy planet for our future generations.


Happy shopping xx



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I wanted to thank you for the beautiful decoupage wine table and the stencilled chest of drawers I purchased from you. They are so pretty. They have been painted and decorated so well. 

It was a pleasure dealing with you Martene and I know where to come when I need another piece. Thank you.


Mary, November 2018


I wanted to say how much I'm in love with the cabinet! It's in the hallway outside our bathroom and couldn't be more beautiful or fit more perfectly. It will become the new home to our towels.


Every time I pass it, it makes me happy, and I remember what a pleasure it was purchasing from you.


Absolutely delighted, thanks again Martene.


Catherine, April 2018

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