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Radstudio, Saltaire

Hello! How are you all? Looking forward to the bank holiday weekend?  Here we're taking it easy after a busy week. I'm not doing any decorating for Easter, I'm too tired and the Boy is now way too old to do these things. So it's just a few daffodils and tulips in vases on the mantel. Although we will of course be eating a lot of eggs........

One of the things that I'm super passionate about is shopping local and using independents wherever possible. And these are the places that I really want to share on Little Birdie. As someone who works in a small market garden I know how valuable regular customers are. Leeds and indeed West Yorkshire has some fantastic independent stores, but one of my absolute favourites is in Saltaire, and it's the truly wonderful design store RADSTUDIO!

I've written before of my love for this place back in 2013 when Ali had just opened. We've since struck up a bit of a friendship and I've been back to visit and shop there many times over the last 18 months. I've bought a few pieces and have a huge wishlist as Ali has a great eye for homewares and accessories. I have a habit of going in here and gasping aloud - pointing at things in excitement and saying loudly 'ooh I want this' or 'oh that's beautiful'. Yesterday it was this rug from Ferm Living that absolutely took my breath away. I've watched the shop evolve over the past year from great to absolutely fantastic but what I really admire about Ali's business is that she completely listens to her customers then goes out and sources the kind of items they are really looking for. If you are ever heading to Salts Mill, then I do urge you to make the short walk up the steps and visit Ali's beautiful store. (There are also lots of good vintage stores nearby too, so it's a great place all round to find some treasures!).

Ali stocks vibrant colourful lamps, prints and textiles, many of them from leading Scandinavian design brands. But she also sources beautiful pieces on her travels, most recently from Melbourne in Australia, including a range of throws and cushions from Hello Polly, Ghostly socks and hand crafted rope baskets by Gemma Patford. These are items that you will struggle to find in the UK. Ali has recently increased her square footage in the store to showcase the beautiful range of homewares she sells and in the process has revealed a beautiful original period fireplace where she has created a cosy corner with armchair, cushions and throws. I'd kind of like to live there as it's nicer than my house!

I did treat myself to this amazing Gemma Patford rope basket in a stunning jade green colour. I'd admired them ever since I'd seen Ali's Instagram feed from her Australian trip and saw her visit Gemma's studio. Although it was very difficult to decide which one to buy as they are all so lovely.

And I can't stop thinking about that rug ..... x