Homes and Antiques Magazine - - ANTIQUES NOW - 19 Alexan­dra Road, Cleve­don, BS21 7QH. 19alexan­

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.

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