Just up the road from where we live is a little village-y part of London called Sundridge Park. The houses are large, old and beautiful and along the main road lie a collection of independent shops, cafes and neighbourhood conveniences. It’s where I used to go for Pilates before my teacher moved away and is also where one of our favourite local cafes can be found. New to the area is luxury homeware and lifestyle boutique Or & Wonder Interiors and I finally paid a visit to see what they had in store.
Having run my own small business for nearly 8 years, supporting other independent business owners is so important to me. It’s incredibly tough to make any business work, least of all in retail with bricks and mortar premises. As soon as I walked in though, I got the impression Or & Wonder will do just fine.
Open a little over a month, the beautiful shop is run by local resident Lucinda. We chatted about how she decided what to stock in the shop. for which her inspiration is mainly her own taste. For me it represented the perfect mix of more modern designs from well-known brands (think Abigal Ahern, Jonathan Adler and Vita Copenhagen), married up with bespoke artisan creations.
Our closest shopping area is Bromley which is really convenient in terms of high street brands, we can’t complain. But in the search for something special and unique, it’s definitely lacking. There is always space for smaller businesses, for whom buying, displaying and selling is a passion across the board.
I’m excited such a stylish and inspirational new shop has turned up on our doorstep. Somewhere I can stroll to for a special gift or something especially pretty for our home, followed by a drink at the cafe next door. When so much of London is disappearing into either chain central or industrial hipster copycat chic, how refreshing to find somewhere that isn’t trying to copy the next big trend.
So if you find yourself in the area please do visit Or & Wonder and perhaps knock on my door too! Don’t forget to give Lucinda’s business a follow over on Instagram.