Maud's House, Skipton
Truthfully, Skipton is somewhere I don't really go to. I tend to by-pass it on a drive to the Dales or home to Scotlan, not because I don't like it, more that it feels too far away for a shopping trip. The last time I headed over there was to look around the castle when the moody teen was in the very early years of primary school, so probably around eight years ago. Yet, my friend Hattie had opted to open her lifestyle store there and I'd promised I'd visit a while ago. Although I go to Ilkley at least twice a month, Skipton is only a little further up the road. As I was heading to Ilkley for a haircut I thought I'd make a day of it and head over to Skipton for a visit to Maud's House.
After struggling to find a parking space I eventually discovered the castle car park and for £2.50 could park there all day. It's only a short walk into town down a road that is lined with traditional Yorkshire stone cottages with beautiful gardens and pretty pink roses winding their tendrils over the gateways and doorways of several. The main street is always busy but especially on a Saturday so fighting my way through shoppers, tourists and one of the cast of Emmerdale (yip top celebrity spotting) I made my way to Hattie's store. Maud's House is located on a quieter little side street in the centre of town. Outside is a bench and a beautiful olive tree in an old galvanised pot. At the door I was greeted by the very welcoming shop dog Lily, probably one of the funniest pups I've ever met. Happiest sunning herself on the welcome mat or wandering off to say hello to other dogs on the street, Lily is a super chilled out friendly addition to the store. But boy can she snore and she has been known to climb into cars that are parked outside.......! Owner Hattie is someone I've known for a few years as she was previously the Manager over at Rad Studio in Saltaire. It was always her dream to own and run her own store and live life at a slower pace, so along with her partner, they opted to move closer to the countryside and started building a new future for themselves and their two pups. Hattie wanted to bring together her passion of illustration, design and mindfulness - creating a lifestyle shop that offers a fresh persepective and something unique to the people of Skipton.
The store is named after Hattie's great grandmother Maud and it's a shop that celebrates simplicity - teaming vintage products alongside carefully curated homewares and lifestyle products. Each item has been carefully selected to fit with the ethos of the brand - beautiful, useful and timeless. So here you will find hand-thrown ceramics, Scandi homewares, greetings cards, books, independent magazines, enamelware, a kids collection, baskets for shopping and plant hangers, tableware, succulents in vintage terracotta pots and hand made kilim cushions. Located over two floors, downstairs is a calming palette of whites, greys and blush pinks, products are styled simply on rustic benches and stools. Upstairs has recently been redecorated and is home to a new womenswear collection.
Quirky hand thrown ceramics by Laura Bird. Aren't these fun? I love them planted up with cacti and succulents. Hattie is passionate about championing UK makers and many are limited editions or exclusive to the store. All the houseplants are for sale too with many planted up in vintage terracotta pots.
Porcelain hanging planters in cone shape or pyramid by UK ceramicist Jack Laverick. Magic Organic Apothecary The Green Balm and Aphrodite facial oil which I've written about in my previous post on self-care. This stuff is amazing! Eye bags be gone!
Midcentury vintage fabric cushions sit side by side with modern throws and Scandi brands. Ceramic pots and planters by Laura Bird. These look really lovely planted up with cacti and succulents. The candles in the picture above are all handmade by Hattie and I took home an amber & geranium one, it has a really heavenly scent and I'm burning it now as I write this blog post. Making these small batch soy wax candles has been a new project that Hattie has taken on and she is so excited about developing this further. The bestselling one is fig & cassis and there is a range of six in total so far. I'm going to get the wood & pine one next as I love those foresty smells.
Upstairs the store has had a recent transformation becoming a permanent home for a womenswear collection. It has the feel of a really good vintage store - with a midcentury modern sideboard used a central display piece and a set of Hornsea Tapestry planted up with cacti. There is a small range of independent jewellery and accessories too.
With a selective mix of high quality vintage pieces sitting happily alongside independent brands this has become a really popular destination for Skipton women to find something a little different. The vintage pieces are not online to buy and there are many one-offs so it's totally worth popping down to check the range out for yourself. There is even a sweet little changing area that I didn't take a photo of but you can see it here on the Instagram page for the store.
Hattie's store is simply lovely, full of well chosen items that will stand the test of time. I always follow the advice of William Morris who declared 'have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful' and items from Maud's House totally fit with that ethos. I left with a couple of pieces I've had my eye on for a while - a simple black and white throw and a hand thrown pot by Paige Mitchell that I'm going to plant up with a succulent or cacti. If you can't make it to the store then Hattie regularly updates the website with pieces for sale but if you are in Skipton then do check out her shop as she has a regular plant delivery and a new collection of vintage once a week.