A stable full of hidden treasures in Lurgashall

PUBLISHED: 15:34 07 July 2014


Hollie Monhemius and Amy Whitmore run The Bottom Stable, a quirky little interiors shop in the beautiful village of Lurgashall, near Petworth

Hollie and AmyHollie and Amy

“We knew we had to fill it with unique and delightful things,” says Hollie. “We’re both passionate about interiors with an eye for the unusual, and set about sourcing things that you wouldn’t find on the high street, championing up-and-coming designers as well as scouring antique and flea markets for one-off vintage pieces and quirky finds. It’s a really eclectic mix of old and new that is constantly changing.”

“Lurgashall is a magical place. The happy and relaxed atmosphere is in part thanks to Lurgashall – customers come in, muddy boots and dogs in tow after a yomp through the bluebell woods, clutching a glass of something local from the pub next door for a browse in the shop. Visiting somewhere so beautiful, it’s hard to be in a bad mood so the lovely thing is that everyone is always very jolly.”

The Bottom Stable is open 11am-3pm from Monday to Friday, 11am-4pm on Saturday, and 12pm-5pm on Sundays and bank holidays, or by appointment.

The Bottom Stable, The Noah’s Ark Inn, Lurgashall Green, Lurgashall, Near Petworth, West Sussex GU28 9ET; 07851 742155; www.thebottomstable.co.uk


Home décor tips from The Bottom Stable

Home décor shouldn’t be too matchy matchy. Try and mix themes: modern with traditional, industrial with retro, bohemian with glamorous. This adds intrigue, interest and drama to a space.

We’re fans of colour, so think pops of colour against muted backgrounds. So a bright occasional chair, scatter cushion, lampshade or flowers that ping against an inky dark background (we’re crazy about Farrow and Ball’s Stiffkey Blue) or a pale neutral like a chalky white or pale grey.

A home should have a sense of humour. Dot a few oddities along the way, to surprise and delight, like our ceramic animal heads.

A home should be a just that, it should cocoon you, envelop you. We need to feel cosy and we need to feel safe. Use rugs, throws, candlelight, photographs, books, and plants to help achieve this. Bring the outside in with cut flowers from the garden, or berried branches from a woodland walk. Be proud of your collections, your finds and your treasures and don’t hide them away in a cupboard. Surround yourself with your beautiful things. Let your home tell your story.

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