What could be nicer than finding yourself in the heart of a thriving town packed full of wonderful shops. It was my good fortune to find myself in gorgeous Godalming in Surrey this sunny day with time on my hands.
My task was to source some paint colours for a current project which I achieved by visiting the Cornmeter. This is a wonderfully traditional DIY shop which stocks a vast array of everyday household items as well as a comprehensive selection of DIY tools and materials. To add to its appeal the whole of the first floor is a dedicated curtain and blind showroom.
Wandering out onto Church Street my attention was immediately drawn to Wattle and Daub with its distinctive graphite exterior and colourful collections of objet d’art. Wandering inside I was cheered by the vast selection of flowers and stunning artwork. For a virtual tour visit Wattle & Daub.
Re-emerging on to the sunny street I noticed that there were several antique and interior specialists within a few doors of one another. I wandered into 1820 By Design at 18/20 Church Street. Their expansive shop champions iconic style for modern homes and rustic attire for country abodes.
As I sauntered back to the High Street again I was distracted, this time by a sign for “The Little Shed”. Turning into a shaded courtyard I saw the home store straight ahead of me. The outside was very deceptive as once inside there are a number of room sets furnished with a mixture of restored furniture and chic accessories. For more information and to shop on-line visit The Little Shed.
Diverting my attention back to the High Street I came across another of my favourite homeware and gift shops, Between The Lines. Previously I have shopped at the Chichester and Haslemere stores and was pleased to find one closer to home.
What had started out as a lunchtime errand turned into a shopping delight. Godalming is a charming town with a wonderful array of independent shopkeepers which ensures you will always find an unusual treasure for yourself or your home. I will certainly arrange a much more leisurely visit in the coming weeks.