Weekend Explorer: Colourful Margate

Hello my friends? How was your weekend? Despite our best intentions of cracking on with our online store it was such a glorious autumnal day here in Kent yesterday that Simon, Dudley dog & I opted to go for a little drive instead. We headed towards Margate, a former jewel in the South East seaside crown. It’s a coastal town that has been somewhat overlooked for the past few years but with the new Turner Contemporary Gallery and a recent Royal visit, Margate in undergoing a revival. Despite being unable to check out The Turner {Dudley Dog’s not allowed – much to Simon’s relief!} we did stumble across some treasures nestled within the old town.

First stop Blackbird, a cute little store showcasing handmade loveliness combined with a studio space which hosts contemporary craft workshops. Sarah Young teatowels; Alison Milner’s and Christiane Kersten’s ceramics; and Alison Hardcastle prints.

Across the street to florist / gift boutique The Gate, who lured me in with bright colours; vintage finds and a bowl of water for thirsty dogs! I particularly loved the cute impromptu Remembrance Sunday potted plant.

The Margate Gallery was filled with glorious stationary and prints, including the work  of  local artist Andy Tuohy. 

As you know I’m a sucker for a little bit of vintage and Margate came up trumps! If you’re in the area I can highly recommend a visit to Etcetera;   And although it’s not open on Sundays RG Scotts look amazing as does the Reading Rooms if you need a place to stay.

I can’t mention Margate without pointing you in the direction of the work of Zoe Murphey. I discovered Zoe’s work at Tent London this year. Zoe works out of (what looks to be from the outside!) a very cute studio in Margate and her work is inspired by her colourful hometown…

and a couple of scenic snaps….





One Comment

  1. Posted November 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Hey There 😉
    I just discovered your blog by a post on heart to home magazine!

    Great blog to follow as I love photo styling !
    From Amsterdam,

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