New Cath Kidston Store…Tunbridge Wells

I just thought I should update you on our trip to the new ‘Kidston’ store in our neighboring town ‘The Royal Tunbridge Wells’….to any of you that have already been – you will too, be totally amazed…visiting this new treat, was like being in your favorite candy shop and not knowing what sweets to choose first!The 1930’s building is full of nooks and crannies, with a staircase that has a landing with a fully kitted out dressing table, full of lovely toiletries, vintage hairbrushes and girlie trinkets, leading to the top floor with a bed full of vintage quilts and other gorgeous delights….I so wanted to take pictures for you all to see, but i made the mistake of asking, rather than just going ahead, and got told that I couldn’t, which is such a shame because it would be more free advertising! This store is such a credit to Cath, I really do think it is the best one yet….believe me, we have been to them all, being fans of her wares since she opened her first store in 1992 in the famous Notting Hill, we feel we have evolved with her.This style is a kind of follow on really, you see we used to dress the kids in Oilily, but when they got to the age where we weren’t allowed to choose their clothes any more, we turned to decorating our home shabby chic style – before this we liked decorating with more blues, browns and natural tones. We started collecting vintage fabrics and eclectic clutter every week at the local antique markets, jumble sales and bootsales.I remember in the early days, when visiting Notting Hill that Cath used to pop in with Stanley, she would always say hello and Stanley would make a bee line for his basket under the counter….ahh those were the days!…..We have even sold some of our vintage material and shabby ornamental pieces to her before now, back then we had a van and she was quite happy to jump in the back and sort through all of our wares. Fred’s claim to fame is saying that he has actually had Cath Kidston in the back of his van!! LOL!Anyway as you can tell from my blog, we are very BIG fans and I hope the reason that we do not see her in stores now is because she is floating along on a LILO somewhere hot, sipping cool Margherita’s…..Where would we be without her vision for beautiful things….the same beautiful things, that every time you look at a tea cosy, teapot or ironing board cover, you just cant help thinking about your Nan……and times past…..Nostalgia you cant beat it!Thanks Cath…..xxFurther Update…..I managed to get my new summer handbag and the basket and the windbreak….I tried the hat on, but as I have a bump of knowledge (my Dads words!!) it didnt fit! drat!!…but I did manage to get the matching LILO and beach ball – Yeh! I like having second birthdays @/*-*@Luv happy xx



  1. Lily
    14th May 2012 / 8:41 am

    your blog is amazing. new follower!♥ tea cozy

  2. jellybelly*jellybrain
    25th April 2008 / 11:04 am

    Just read this post Happy. I MAKE sun-hats out of Cath Kidston fabric so could make it to any size!! See my flickr (via my blog) for details (not upload yet to my website as I don’t have time)

  3. thriftymrs
    25th April 2008 / 9:29 am

    You are so, so lucky.My husband and I are in that area during July so I am going to drag him in there for a nosy and no doubt a splurge of all earnings.

  4. Allison
    24th April 2008 / 3:04 pm

    Oh heaven within walls, I’m sure!

  5. Kali
    24th April 2008 / 2:27 am

    oh you are both such lucky ducks!What a treat to have a store so close by.xo Kali

  6. Knitty, Vintage and Rosy
    24th April 2008 / 12:14 am

    How lucky you are! The store sounds so lovely.Glad to hear you got what you wished for.LisaKnitty, Vintage and Rosy

  7. Daisys Little Cottage
    23rd April 2008 / 11:41 pm

    Awe, I would have loved to see photo’s of the inside. I can’t even imagine it! You must have felt totally giddy. I suppose I’ll just have to settle for the website.How lucky for you.Darly

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