Rel­ish

Nes­tled in the rolling hills of south Devon, Amy and Shaun opened a unique trea­sure trove of old and new home­wares, just wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered, nds Katy Lay­ton

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Af­ter dream­ing about the idea for many years, hus­band-and-wife team Amy and Shaun fi­nally took the leap of faith to open their own store in a re­claimed ship­ping con­tainer in Novem­ber 2017. With a love of Scan­di­na­vian and mid-cen­tury de­sign, they of­fer an eclec­tic mix of vin­tage and con­tem­po­rary pieces.

What is your back­ground?

We moved to the area while I [Shaun] was still work­ing as a chef for the Royal Navy. Amy has worked for many small in­te­ri­ors com­pa­nies and has been a stylist her whole ca­reer.

What will we find?

A var­ied col­lec­tion of old, new, mod­ern and rus­tic – in­clud­ing an­tiques along­side de­sign-led pieces.

What’s your favourite item for sale?

A set of ar­chive draw­ers that were sal­vaged from a Cor­nish mu­seum. We com­pletely re­fin­ished them and added a zinc top. Draw­ers al­ways sell well for us and these are a strong-look­ing set that we’re sure won’t be here long!

Is there an item that you re­gret sell­ing?

We had a 1930s hangar light made by GEC that was very strik­ing due to its mir­rored in­te­rior and hexag­o­nal shape. We know we will prob­a­bly never find an­other. We try not to dwell on things too much as there are al­ways new ex­cit­ing things com­ing in and we get to en­joy them all for a lit­tle while.

Where do you find your stock?

It’s a mix­ture of an­tiques fairs, pri­vate sales and lo­cal small busi­nesses. We’ve quickly built up a net­work of con­tacts but we are con­stantly on the look­out for new sup­pli­ers – whether that’s for an­tiques or re­peat­able stock items. You’ll of­ten find us driv­ing through the night to stay ahead of the game while search­ing for trea­sures! Stoke­ley Farm Shop, Stoke­ley Bar­ton, Kings­bridge, TQ7 2SE. 07870 889098; rel­ish­lifestyle.co.uk

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