It’s exciting to see what’s currently happening just off the High Street and the latest business to open is Applebee House near Brake Shear House.
The Applebees – Amy and James – work as highly complementary team. She is an interior designer and stylist, previously having worked for The White Company as Merchandising Manager and he is carpenter and joiner. Their industrial unit has been his workshop for a year, but it’s been reconfigured so that most of it is now used to showcase their work.
During the week they work on commissions and source furniture and homewares, with the shop is open at weekends. However, items are also available for sale on their website. Amy comes from the Midlands which she finds ideal hunting ground for vintage furniture and many of their smaller household items come from France. I was admiring some gorgeous cups and saucers that she’d found there. Amy also works closely with her mother who makes bags from graphic fabrics and they’ll also be working with some of her own fabric designs. Candles are another speciality whose fragrances the women create together and have made by a supplier who also works with Liberty.
The Radlett-based couple (James is originally from Barnet) offer a comprehensive package of sourcing, renovating, upholstering, custom painting and, time permitting, also offer a furniture restoration service. They have a great eye and it’s a fabulous shop for browsing.
With Nightingales Emporium next door, this quirky corner of Barnet is fast becoming a notable destination for stylish and individual furnishings with something for all tastes. And it’s always a pleasure dealing with such lovely, enthusiastic people!