Based in the Somerset town of Clevedon, Nineteen is a hub for cra s and interiors, selling new and vintage homewares, and also runs making and decorating workshops. Sophie Hannam takes a look
Nineteen was opened in 2013 by sisters Victoria and Becky Saunders, with funding from the Mary Portas initiative to bring empty shops back to life. The sisters studied Applied Arts and Surface Design before working in visual merchandising (hence their gorgeous displays), but had always dreamed of setting up a business together. They sold at vintage fairs and pop-ups before opening their shop.
What was your inspiration?
Our aim was to bring something different to Clevedon, like all the lovely independents we were seeing opening in cities. We wanted to create a community of people who love artisan goods, interiors and vintage.
What do you sell?
We stock unique and artisan items for the home that reflect our customers’ individuality. Our look combines contemporary boho, rustic, industrial and botanical. We are drawn to items that speak of their history or their handmade charm.
How do you source your pieces?
We scour fairs, flea markets and auctions and buy from private sellers. We spend two days a week out of the shop travelling all over the place in our little van and, over time, have built up a fantastic contacts book.
What’s the look of the shop?
It is full of curated displays to inspire people with their interiors. We have worked hard to transform the 1960s building, which was previously a music shop. The walls are painted black and are mounted with boards that we decorate seasonally, so the look of the shop is always changing.
What is your favourite piece?
At the moment we are loving school furniture and have found some beautiful oak cabinets, pigeon holes and chairs from clearances. A glazedtop dresser is the one piece that we always want to have in the shop.