Oh hey, don’t suppose you know because I’ve *hardly* spoken about it, but I’m now a homeowner!
It’s been over a month since Josh and I moved into our own home and so far, I am loving it! It’s obviously a big change compared to living at home and I obviously had fears of Josh and I clashing over silly things, but so far, so good – we are stronger than ever and love being in our happy little bubble.
Now the whole actually getting a mortgage thing is over and done with and we can be rest assured that we are in the house (and staying!) the exciting part for me was finally being able to decorate, add personal touches and fill our home with some local treasures!
It was very important to me that I incorporated some local bits and bobs into our home. I want to support local businesses wherever possible as I truly think it makes a home stand out.
Don’t get me wrong, I am impartial to a cheeky IKEA or The Range trip for some big home bits, but where possible, I am now starting to add some Northamptonshire made bits into my home.
So this post is dedicated to all the things I have purchased so far that see’s me not only supporting local businesses, but also making my house into a Northamptonshire home (see what I did there?):
If I could fill my house with everything from MOOCH, I would!
Out of all the shops, I’ve somehow managed to get quite a bit from MOOCH – who can blame me now they’ve opened a shop in Towcester!? I may have to put my purse on lockdown!
I’ve recently purchased a few things from MOOCH which really make my house feel like my own. My favourites are these gorgeous prints which are actually made by Coulson Macleod who do custom prints.
Way before the Towcester shop opened, I asked Rachael, one of the owners of MOOCH if she could get me a Towcester print done and she happily did so! I love them both as they really sum up our relationship and home nicely!
The next thing I purchased was one of MOOCH’s own incense which come in different sizes as well as candles.
As much as I love a candle, I felt I wanted to go for something different and have my own incense. I got the Lime and Basil flavour which isn’t too sickly to smell, but has a nice aroma and really makes the house feel warm and smell fresh.
For my 25th birthday, my mum brought me these GORGEOUS cocktail glasses with the glitter diamond detailing. You can choose from gold, rose gold and silver, which I opted for.
These are definitely ‘special occasion’ glasses but are perfect for displaying nicely in my drinks cabinet which we purchased from another Northamptonshire based business, Terrigena, based at Castle Ashby Rural Shopping Yard, who do goregous french oak furniture and upholstery.
And finally, a very simple wooden ‘LOVE’ sign which is super cliche, but just felt like something I had to buy for the house as I feel like everyone’s got something like this in their home, right!? It sits nicely in the spare room for now, as this is the room that is the least done up so far.
Overall, anything from MOOCH for my house is a winner.
FridgeStreet is a local business who are loving Northampton one drawing at a time. They are a series of collectible magnets – where you can literally build your own street based on the shops and buildings in Northampton illustrated by local artist.
The idea of having magnets on my fridge based from some of my favourite buildings in Northampton pleases me greatly. So I’m now on a mission to collect them all like Pokemon!
I got a load of awesome magnets that contains hand-drawn pictures of some of the places in Northampton that we all know and love.
The other item I purchased from FridgeStreet for our home was this unique Northampton tea towel which contains all the hand-drawn buildings in Northampton that you can also get individual magnets for.
I LOVE THIS. It truly screams: I LOVE NORTHAMPTON and makes for a nice decorative piece in the kitchen.
I try not to use this too much, as I think it’s too nice to get all mucky! That’s why I quite like to hang it on our stove, so it’s the centre of the kitchen.
They also sell Northampton mugs too, which is high on my to-get list!
You can purchase FridgeStreet products at Vintage Guru on St Giles Street. Check out their Facebook page!
The Bean Hive Print
I’m not sure why I have only got one because I want to buy more!
The Bean Hive is known as Kettering’s only pink shop in the high street – literally, you can’t miss it! But when you get inside, it’s literally a treasure trove of unique pieces, quirky cards and prints, vintage sweets and snacks and so much more!
It’s such a shame it’s not closer to me, but it’s well worth the trip to Kettering just to visit this magnificent store.
I picked up a funky pink print from this funky pink shop that was going to always give me the motivation needed to start the day on a good note: Today is going to be a good day!
Eventually, I want my office wall filled with motivational quotes and things that make me happy, so this is a great one to start the collection.
Pepper Pot Studios Northamptonshire Print
Although this is not QUITE a local business to Northants, this is a beautiful print that features my favourite county (any guesses where?)
Pepper Pot Studios – I actually came across them when a sponsored AD came up on my Instagram feed and funnily enough, it showed their Northamptonshire print, so I KNEW I had to get my hands on one.
What I love about these prints is that it clearly labels the county correctly, with mini pictures of all the main towns with their appropriate buildings that are easily recognisable. It’s made for a great piece in my study and I will get a frame for it to hang it up properly.
Pepper Pot Studios makes a print for pretty much every county in England and even in the USA!
Print from My Little Vintage
Do you see a theme here? Not sure why I have got so many prints, but there is something about filling our home with cute prints which I just adore!
My Little Vintage is based in Towcester at the Bell Plantation Garden Centre and it’s filled with so many lovely little treasures and vintage pieces! There is also a store in Olney if you’re ever that way.
From rustic cabinets and chest of drawers, vintage jewellery pieces, rugs, chairs and more, there is something which everyone will fall in love with in here. I just so happened to come by here after a haircut and picked up this print which I thought was a PERFECT quote for life in general:
“You don’t always need a plan, sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens”.
It makes for a very good feature piece in my study as whenever I look at it, it gives me a reminder of how far I’ve come over the last few years which have certainly not been planned!
Check out the website here.
If you love handmade Macarame’s, Mummy Macarame is a gorgeous Etsy business who I discovered for the first time at the Abington Park Vegan Fair and so glad I did!
After meeting Ellen at the fair, I saw all of her lovely handmade creations and fell in love!
Specifically, I spotted a beautiful small yellow heart macrame which I thought would suit perfectly in our bedroom (as we’ve gone for a yellow theme!) and although I didn’t buy it there and then, I picked up her card and purchased it a month later!
It hands so neatly next to my side of the bed, but now I wonder whether I need to purchase a 2nd one for Josh’s side!
The Wishful Luxury
The Wishful Luxury Shop is owned by none other than Jenn from The Wishful Luxury which she co-owns with her mum, who together, make lovely handmade items, prints and more for the home and special occasions.
I have two of her prints in my home which were kindly gifted. One which is this lovely home print with a quote about home, and the other which I ADORE is this personalised heart map which details the exact date, location and our names.
I had this print made especially with the details of the first day and place we met on our first date.
For a discount, use the code NICOLENAVIGATES to get 10% off any item!
The Velvet Co
If you’re looking for some lovely home fragrances for your bathroom, or any other spaces, then The Velvet Co will fill your home with some lovely scents and smells.
The Velvet Co make handmade candles, room scents and bath salts which are made in a simple elegant style right in Northampton. I was kindly gifted some lovely Cassis & Fig scents in a hand soap, hand and body cream as well as a candle and bath salts.
I’ve added the hand soap and hand cream in our downstairs bathroom which gives some elegance to the space.
Northampton Town Centre map
I did a bit of upcycling with a Northampton Town Centre map which you can usually pick up in local businesses and the tourism centre in Northampton and all you need is that and an A4 frame.
The map itself was made by Northampton Borough Council and the artist has successfully drawn lots of Northampton’s most iconic places and included all the little parking spots, historic buildings and more.
I had the idea of picking one up, putting it in a frame and it looks lovely in our living room!
I picked mine up from Matchbox Cafe, so once back open, I’d recommend picking one up if you can and adding a bit of Northampton to your home.
How are you supporting local in your home?
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