Well it certainly has an abundance of 'interiors' shops available - they seem to be on every corner pretty much.
Last week, I took an outing to source items for a client project and decided to give Ilkley a go. Now Harrogate is more my usual hunting ground or Red Brick Mills of course. But there's lots to offer in Ilkley - from a specialist hide and nordic themed interiors shop (yeah I know!) through to the more traditional stalwart of Yorkshire based Richard Grafton Interiors.
We spent pretty much the entire day (well school day anyway!) mooching in the many shops from the larger Bay Tree Interiors (which there are a few of in the region) to the smaller independent Nora's Interiors and Gifts (very friendly and some great items here, although there are a fair few similar shops in the area too). Arcade Kitchens was a large and friendly place with some great inspiration on colours for kitchens, Waltons Fine Furnishings was full of a great range of carpets like Richard Oates (one of my favourite carpet ranges, full of contemporary designs and king of stripes done well!) and the usual myriad of fabric books. Feeling the overwhelming choice issue as always, my companion decided to leave it for another day . Theres got to be a gap in the interiors market here for a better way to display and assist in fabric choices without having to literally know every range ?
So I teased with a mention of animal hides earlier and Alpine Home Interiors doesn't disappoint. It has to be one the most random shops to find in a place so far away from anything snowy - apart from last week of course!! But it is apparently a destination travelled to from far and wide, as well as having an online presence. Such friendly people and gorgeous rugs, Mongolian fur bar stools and great lighting selections too. So many gorgeous textures, along with a fair bit of the more random (antique skis and bedding with snowboarders on!!).
Aside from the hide shop which is a standout, the feel of most of the stores is similar - they seem to know their market really well.
The exception to this is the ever gorgeous Oliver Bonas, a whole different experience - I re-fall in love with this brand every time I encounter them. Their home accessories - from these stunning mixed metallic tables to the gorgeous pineapple I proudly display in my living room - are so on trend and I happily spent a good half an hour here, drooling! They are definitely worth a visit - and none of the prices are breaking the bank level either.
So if you're looking for a cute home gift or accessories, mirrors, photo frames for your house then Ilkley is definitely somewhere to try with the added benefit of lots of clothes shops too. However, if you're after a larger piece of furniture, something more unique or antique, room set inspirations and more of a quirky feel then my money is still on Harrogate...
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