Spend long enough in my company and you’ll soon find out I’m one of those people who gets disproportionately excited by stumbling across little gems of interiors goodness while out and about. I love an independent boutique or homeware shop probably a little too much – especially if it comes with the added promise of cake. Which is why this weekend, if you’re in the area, I urge you to check out Catesby’s in Cambridge.
When I first heard about this place I was all ready to jump in the car and drive from my home in Devon to Cambridge, just to have a snoop at all the beautiful interiors goodies, before plonking myself down in the cafe with a slice of cake and a good book. Alas Devon to Cambridge is a long old trek, so I’ll have to put it off until I’m next “up country” as we say here in the South West. Until then, I’m going to look at these pictures and dream of a weekend away, child-free, with plenty of time to peruse the homeware and look at all the Pinterest-tastic prettiness.
Based in a 17th century townhouse in the heart of Cambridge, Catesby’s describes itself as “the antithesis of ‘fast retail'”. Instead, customers are encouraged to buy less but love it longer. In an age of weekly rolling trends, fickle fashions and Instagram fads this is a refreshing approach to retail.
The Catesby aesthetic is a timeless one, with French, Belgium and Scandinavian influences. The brand works with designer-makers to produce exclusive products, and is one of the only places you’ll be able to get your hands on Astier de Villatte ceramics (sold in Liberty and Designer’s Guild) outside of London.
With an array of products (and cake – did I mention the cafe?!) this would make the ideal destination for a weekend wander.
But for those of you (like me) who aren’t in the area, then all is not lost. They sell online too – hooray!