Saturday, 19 September 2009

Favourite shops in Bath - Susannah Decorative Antiques and Textiles

Let me take you on a tour of one of my absolute favourite shops in Bath which I visited again today. Yes, a day off from decorating at last!

I first discovered Susannah Decorative Antiques and Textiles shop several years ago (15 years ago approx) whilst living in Kent at the time. I frequently went on holiday to the West Country, I would usually break up the journey in Bath as I loved shopping there.
Apart from the fact that I absolutely love the beautiful antique textiles, quilts and handmade items etc., the interior reminds me of my Aunt Suzy's house in Belgium! The staircase in particular and stained glass here and there, as well as the general feel of the place.

The window is always so beautifully arranged. I love lace & crochet edging on a window or piece of furniture. A finishing touch that I have really liked and used throughout the house ever since first seeing it in Belgium many moons ago. That's why I was so taken by this shop when I first came across it, somehow it felt very familiar to me and yet very individual and unique.

Broad Street, Bath

Susannah's shop front

I was drooling over that window display

As you enter, you are greeted with a the lovely scent of lavender

Just look at that mannequin's waist line!

Such a pretty little face

I love this piece of furniture!!!

Moving towards the back of the shop now..

Yes, there is more to look at..

It reminds me of the staircase leading to my Aunt's attic, same layout same feel! I always pause there for a bit as it is the closest I'll ever get now to experiencing the feel of my Aunts house.
The shop feels more like a beautiful unique home than a shop. It feels intimate and inviting.

More antique treasures to be found at the back of the shop

Walking back towards the front of the shop
This part also reminds me of My Aunt's & Grandmother's house

So beautiful isn't it!

Susannah Decorative Antiques and Textiles features in Bath's Best Shopping & Dining guide

Last year I took my sister there, I wanted to know if it reminded her of our my Aunt & Grandmother's house in Belgium. After looking around and reaching that staircase, she agreed that it did.

I hope that you have enjoyed the little tour.

Hawthorn & artichoke recipe to follow soon, just had to get this post in today.

I hope that you are all having a great weekend!

A bientôt!

Isabelle x


Les Cotrions said...

Thank you Isabelle for this so nice tour! That shop looks faboulous! And so sweet memories for you! I was in Bath some years ago and I loved it...unfortunately I didn't see thi shop!
Happy Sunday and take care!

Anonymous said...

Interesting shop! Will look out for it next time I'M in Bath (it's about 30 mins away)

Thank you for sharing.

Blondie's Journal said...


This was a fabulous post!! Do you realize how awesome it is to be sitting in Chicgo looking at pictures of Bath! And not in a magazine. Your sweet commentary really made me feel like I was there. The street view was wonderful. Are these type of narrow brick streets throughout Bath? England?? lol!! And the shop is the best. If your Aunt's house was like this, I can understand your great memories of it!

By the way...did you happen to buy anything??!!


Hen said...

Oooh, it looks beautiful. I've never spotted that shop in Bath, I'll be more observant next time.
Hope you're having a good weekend.
Hen xxx

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

what a gorgeous place to visit! I always think you English girls have the bestest shops! Thanks for sharing such gorgeous pictures with us. xo Heather

Annie said...

What a beautiful shop, I have been planning on a visit to Bath for a while now and reading your post has reminded me why I want to visit !
Ann x

Florence and Mary said...

Fantastic - thank you for the tour!

Victoria xx

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Hello Isabelle,
Your Aunt Suzy must have been a very special person. What lovely memories she has given you to treasure. I could happily die in that shop! The lace edging is wonderful. I also love the idea of arranging it on the fireplaces. I might adopt that in our cottage. Sigh. I would love my cottage to look like that shop! Bath is also beautiful. I have visited it once but only for a day. Next time I go I must look out for this lovely shop. Enjoy your weekend. xx

bellaboo said...

What a lovely shop,filled with all the things I like too!Did you BUY anything I wonder?Bath and the surrounding countryside is wonderful.

Bellaboo x

maria cecilia said...

Hello Isabelle, this is a so lovely shop, thank you for the ride into it.
María Cecilia

LiLi M. said...

I love to tour around in these kind of shops. I think you are right, the crochet work, the narrow stairs, the cast iron well what do you call those sticks at the stairs? I am too tired to use my dictionary! I even reckognize parts of my own house. Great that such a wonderful shop evokes so many beautiful memories too, thanks for sharing! Have a lovely Sunday!

June said...

Hello Isabelle,
My gosh, what a beautiful shop. Her store front is amazing and the window is dressed so beautifully. One trip to this shop is not enough. I will have to come back to this post again and again.

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I can see why this is your favorite is now mine....too bad it's so far away. This the kind of stop I could spend hours in. The window display is magical and in the evening must just glow with all the crystal. The views of the street are gorgeous and I know it sounds strange but I never see powerlines there like we have here. I find it hard to show pics of the streets here because all I notice is powerlines in the way. I know I'm weird!!!

Thanks for the lovely tour!

koralee said...

I adored your tour...wish I was there in person...oh what a day maybe! Thanks so so much!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

What a beautiful and charming shop~!!!

Maison Douce said...

Oh my goodness, what a dreamy store! I can see why it's one of you favorites!!! Thanks for the tour, Isabelle!!

Fruehlingbitte-Naturseifen said...

Lovely shop, I wished we had something like this in Germany,
have a nice sunday,
all the best

Lisa said...

A treasure trove of goodies. It must take so long to wander around and look at it all.

BusyLizzie said...

Hi Isabelle, it is also one on my favourite shops in Bath and I have known of it for about 20 years (eek - that makes me feel old!) Lizzie x

Dustjacket Attic said...

Beautiful, thank you.

marigold jam said...

What a find - must look out for that shop when in Bath. I loved the dresser with the shelves edged in lace and all those little fabric hearts too. It must take ages to check it all out.


Michela said...

Hi Isabelle! I'm wordless, I've never seen so many lovelies all together! Thank you so much for taking us with you and make us daydreaming!
Have a nice Sunday!

Lori said...

Isabelle, that shop looks so must be so fun to poke around in there looking for treasures!!! thanks for the tour:)

Devon Dumpling said...

What a lovely place and it is nice that you have somewhere you can visit that reminds you of your Grandmother and Aunt. x

The White Bench said...

I wish I could pay it a visit!
Sooner or later... I'll add it to my wish list ;))
Thanks for sharing,
P.S I wish I had that tiny waist too- mine is not that bad, but I am very envious of manny's size!;))

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Isabelle,
I know it well! ;-))
It is gorgeous - (I didn't know photos were allowed inside...)
Niki x

Sylvia said...

Thank you for this tour.
This shop is really beautiful!

Have a nice day,

OhSoVintage said...

What a fabulous shop. Lucky you being close enough to visit. I clicked onto her website but couldn't get any of the stock to come up. What a lot of beautiful stock she has. Did you buy anything?

Floss said...

Isabelle, this shop looks absolutely wonderful! I will remember it if I get to Bath when visiting my parents in law - unfortunately, our holidays there are normally family ones, and I can't see the rest of the family coming into this shop with me, but you never know my luck...

I particularly like the lace edgings with chandelier drops - you may have noticed that I am collecting these 'pampilles' and now I have another idea of what I could do with them! Thanks so much for the tour.

Lydia said...

Isobel - the shop is just beautiful, a grotto of gorgeous-ness.....


Katie said...

What a great shop! I can feel a Christmas shopping trip to Bath coming on!

Will absolutely be at the Fair in November (can't wait). Are you going too? Thanks for your lovely comment on my last blog post. Hope the conkers work!

Katie x

sharie said...

What a shop!! Love it and could prob could spend a fortune in there :-)

The Garden Bell said...

What a treat. I've always wanted to go to Bath. We hear about the shopping all the time. It's moved up on our travel list for sure.

Thanks so much for sharing your delightful adventures.

Lenore said...

Just discovered your blog and LOVE it. I too am drooling at the photos of this wonderful shop.

Stephenie said...

OMG!!! I can see why this is your favorite store.. That window display is just gorgeous.. I love it!!! There are so many beautiful things there.. I think I went broke looking at this post(hehe).. I so wish I could go there..

Greenfield Cottage said...

Dear Isabelle,

I missed your beautiful posts !!
What a lovely pictures, i love these dressdolls (mannequins)
I have also a couple of these old lady's :-)
Hugs Yvonne

Mr Jones said...

Me too - next time I am in Bath.. gorgeous shop.. that said drop me a line if you are in London - will give you a list of places that I adore...

Bleudelavande said...

Oooohhh tank you Isabelle for this great tour in that wonderful shop.
And such sweet memories for you!!! Tank you for your nice comment to my post. Have a great time you too.
Big hugs

Anonymous said...

Hi Isabelle,

Wow, what an amazing shop!
I think a visit there would leave me very much out of pocket lol

Hope you are having a fabulous week :-)

Rose XXX

Floss said...

Hello again - Yugoslavia! Thanks for the tip!

Laura@EdenRose said...

That is my absolute best shopping destination when i vist Bath too! I always go there, it's wonderful. Your pictures are fab!