Last week I spent a few days in Norwich and went to check out a shop I spotted a few years ago and now had a chance to visit again. This antique shop in Upper St. Giles street is called The Bell Jar and it’s really beautiful.
It specialises in restoring and selling French antiques and more. Everything from rustic furniture, ornate mirrors, tin tiles, vintage baskets to linens and traditional oil ladscapes is beautifully presented so you can’t walk past this shop without wanting to pop in and spend some time in there slowly looking for something special. I found a small rack of clothes in there – tops and dresses made of vintage French linen in beautiful smoky colours and I couldn’t resist buying one.
The shop belongs to Claire Halsey who moved out of London in 2002 swapping city life for the Suffolk countryside where she renovated a Tudor manor house that together with her shop featured in the Country Living magazine.
As I discovered on the shop’s Facebook page Claire also runs highly praised furniture painting masterclasses and they also organise exhibitions of local artists – one is coming up in November.
So if you live in Norwich or visit the city do go there for a browse and some inspiration.