This weekend, I’ve swapped the Big Smoke for the rolling valleys of West Wales – the perfect antidote to the city. It’s easy to feel anonymous in London, so jumping back into local life is a refreshing pick-me-up for someone who was raised in the countryside. It’s also a great reminder that while I love exploring the capital, there are always new places to discover further afield. Pembrokeshire may be better known for its beaches, but there’s another gem to discover: Narberth. And you’d be missing out to overlook this quirky town – ideal for foodies and interiors enthusiasts alike. After a great tapas lunch at Ultracomida (their Spanish-sourced deli is also extensive), we meandered through the colourful streets. And in truth, the antique shops and interiors havens we visited surpassed my expectations.
House by Betty, Narberth
I loved the antique shops – it was painted furniture galore, so I’ve made a mental note to return when I move somewhere larger than a one-bed in London dimensions. But, for me, the real favourite was House by Betty – a home/garden emporium with impeccable visual merchandising. The owner, Lauren, uses everything from vintage ladders to crates and metal shopping baskets to display her products. There’s also a big focus on wood and natural materials with a charming retro twist and slight nod to the botanical trend. The brand’s aim is to offer items that are useful and not over-the-top, yet still beautiful. Despite how well their products marry together in the shop, House by Betty sees personal style as something fluid, not limited to one period, theme or colour. I really like this concept and their pursuit of timeless, useful design that does what it says on the tin. Case in point are the many utensils and stylish, wooden brushes on display.
If you’re ever in the area, make a trip to House by Betty and the other interesting shops and boutiques in Narberth. For endless gift inspiration and prints, visit The Golden Sheaf Gallery. Or, for furniture and unique finds, visit the sprawling Malthouse Antiques. They’re all worth a browse!
with love, b.xo