Brighton's best home and design shops

Happy Friday, friends! Do you have lovely plans for the long weekend? We're hoping to go on a long walk tomorrow {weather permitting} and Phillip Yancey is speaking at church on Sunday, so that should be ace. Long weekends are perfect for travelling a little further afield, on road trips and adventures. And if you're in London or the south, Brighton is a brilliant option for a lovely trip away - either for a day or a whole Bank holiday weekend. Because we all like to be beside the seaside, right? I studied at Sussex uni way back when, and since then Brighton has had my heart. Stepping off the train makes my heart flutter and immediately I relax and take a deep breath.

I popped along for a day trip recently to see the lovely Emma {from Coco Wedding Venues}, and afterwards I had some time to do some shopping and get a coffee with a dear friend. I love how Brighton has changed so much since I lived there, the essence is still the same - the creativity, the spark, the fresh sea air - but new, delicious shops have sprung up, and they are well-worth a visit! Now, obviously Brighton has a lot of shops and there really is something for everyone. There are vintage treasures, healthy treats, super luxe furniture and high street fashion to name a few. But the shops that I get drawn to every.single.time I visit are the homeware, design-led and lifestyle shops. I'm like a homing pigeon. A big thanks must go out to Emma and Jo for their shop recommendations - thanks lovelies!

These shops were new {to me, at least!} and are all kinds of awesome:

3 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UP

Edited is full of covetable items, from soft furnishings and lighting to cookware and candles. A well curated selection, I instantly had my eye on the classic squirrel cage lantern. I'd buy a whole bunch and hang them together for extra impact. The good news is, it's a shop where even the most meagre of budgets can find a tempting treat. On the day I visited I bought one sheet of wrapping paper. It is very pretty wrapping paper, of course.  Offering wares from well-known and loved brands including Mini Moderns, House Doctor, Bloomingville and Kangan Arora, the temptation to buy is very high indeed!

Utility

28a North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YB

Utility is billed as a 'no-nonsense household goods' store - and that description is spot on. Wooden crates and enamel ware sit side by side with bright and cheerful melamine plates and bundles of linen teatowels. I instantly wanted it all. Thankfully, the lovely Colin was extremely patient as I followed a repetitive cycle of 'spot something - go to pay - spot something else' {repeat}. It's a pretty lethal place as everything is well priced and looks built to last. I couldn't leave without buying on of their own brand enamel mugs. It's now home to a cheerful succulent. If you can't get to Brighton, do check out their online shop, the product descriptions will leave you grinning from ear to ear. And don't forget your fork handles.

13a Prince Albert Street, Brighton, BN1 1HE

A newer shop on the block, Workshop is another 'step in and want it all' store. All the pieces stocked are beautifully crafted. If you're a fan of earthy, natural materials like raw linen, wood and stone ware, this is the place for you. It had me dreaming of a rustic kitchen of my very own, stocked with beautiful blue and white enamel ware, such as this pretty colander. Dreamy. {In reality, I bought a dinky porcelain spoon. Because, why not?}

32 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AL

A firm favourite of mine since my uni days, Abode is packed full of pretty. Fans of Scandinavian design {like me} will have a field day in here, lusting after the collections from Iittala, Marimekko and Design House Stockholm. UK brands are not neglected though, with brands such as Donna Wilson and Wild & Wolf to choose from. I had my eye on this cheeky little owl cushion. He looks friendly. A brilliantly curated selection, ideal for those who like contemporary design.

31a Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AF

Fans of muted, earthy and natural tones will want everything on offer in i gigi's general store. Beautiful and calm, the shop is a welcoming haven from the high street. Pick from their beautifully arranged pieces, from smaller glassware items to their own range of bespoke furniture. And when you're all shopped out, head upstairs for a coffee and a slice of cake. Perfect.

133 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1DA

Dowse Design is a design company by Susannah Dowse. There is a brilliant, ethical and heart-warming ethos behind the Dowse products, including this gorgeous 'Kubu' necklace. Along with the Dowse products, the shop is also home to many other lovely pieces, from designers across Britain and Europe. Looking at the lovely products range is a delight. I loved spotting familiar pieces from folk such as Block, The Wit Shop and Hello Harriet. Seeing a shop so committed to innovative, beautiful design-led products is fantastic. This gorgeous 'Breathe' print caught my eye - always good to be reminded to take a breath once in a while.

Do you like Brighton? Which shops are your favourite? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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