An update on our new shop

We are so close to being ready to open our new shop and I wanted to share some of the latest snaps! At this very moment the shop is being cleaned so while these photos are not styled and are literally gritty, they are a true peek inside the progress so you can feel like you’re right here with me! If you need to catch up, you can catch up here, herehere, here and here.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

As soon as Ballymore finish the lobby and square and make it safe and accessible for customers, we’ll be able to move in!

Here is a before and during comparison. This is the shop on Friday night:

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Here is the extreme before shot (just after they’d ripped the temporary offices out of our unit – not a true before because it was a little less messy when we got our hands on it):

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

And here is what it looked like when we started work:

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

It’s come so far! So here is what we’ve done the past couple of weeks. Now that the bones are pretty much in, it’s lots of decorating and putting displays in place.

Let’s start in the studio. We chose cheerful green subway tile for the back wall.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

I think it looks so good!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

This is our cutting table. It’s made up of Ikea cabinets and a reclaimed wood worktop. It is huge!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Here are the worktops stained, with the first lights hung. Nearly there!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Our beautiful Rifle Paper Co. wallpaper was hung and it’s so cheerful. I’m telling you, this is going to be such a happy place to sew and work.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Despite the absolutely heroic efforts of our decorator, the cork wall did not turn out exactly as envisaged. Cork is fragile and rips, the adhesive is like chocolate and marks up everything, and the surface area is so massive, it was impossible to create seamless coverage. So we plan to paint this white and I’m hoping it will turn out awesome. Functionally, it does the job. So if we can get it to look a little smarter, it will be the coolest display space and design wall!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Brass hardware was installed. There is gold in our wallpaper so it all works really well together, I think.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

I love how the brass kitchen tap looks with the green tile!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The bathroom came a long way last week. So many things about this bathroom have been a struggle, from getting the fan in to making sure we’re following the codes, to making sure the walls are strong enough to support the things we need to put on them. It’s sooooo unglamorous and I won’t get into it all! But the good news is I think we’re nearly there and our bathroom is, while not perfect, it is pink!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

And there is a baby change! This colour is more accurate but there wasn’t actually a light

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

Our team from Morris and Sutcliffe and built and assembled some of the displays. This apple crate wall is going to be where we put our yarn!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

These scaffolding shelves will hold our fabric!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

This pegboard-covered corner in the front of the shop is going to house so many craft supplies!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

This ladder display will hold all the gift wrap!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

These galvanised steel bars were installed over the windows to give us a way to hang displays!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

And our furniture has arrived! A lot of these are antiques and stunners! Here I am in the mirror we bought from Louisa Grace. I don’t have pictures of everything yet because some of needs to be assembled or put in place for photos.

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

This is our new 8ft long sewing table for the studio!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

And just last night, they put up our sign on the hoarding. Yay!

The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square

As always, you can follow our progress day to day on Instagram with the hashtag #tvhatwhs.

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