It was a perfect late summer afternoon and my friend, Ali, and I had just dropped our older boys off at Kingly Vale, near Chichester, for a hike. ‘There’s a really lovely place nearby to get a cup of tea and a cake,’ said Ali. ‘ It’s just the sort of place you love. There are vintage and Scandi bits. Shall I take you?’ There was never really any question about it. Minutes later we were there and I was in heaven. It is exactly the sort of place I love to discover so I thought I’d share it with you!
Design Vintage is the brainchild of interior designer Lisa Brass, who has a shop in Brighton and has recently opened this second venture near Chichester. A sizeable barn full of well-curated interiors accessories as well as one-off vintage finds, this is such a relaxing place to happily while away an afternoon. We browsed the collection, inspired by the use of concrete effect wallpaper and confident use of very dark grey paint which made other colours really pop. I was particularly taken with some beautiful vintage linen cushions with blue stripe and oversized repurposed wicker basket light above the cafe counter. I’d been promised tea and cake, so we did that too. The cinnamon cake was homemade and delicious, washed down with Earl Grey tea made in an enamel blue and white teapot. It’s details like this that I love. If you’re in the area, make the effort to pop in. The parking’s ample and free and there are beautiful downland walks nearby so you could actually make a day of it.
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