Retailers Interview 

Vanessa Clark - Homefront Interiors 

This month we speak to Vanessa Clark of Homefront Interiors. Located on Margaret's Buildings, one of the city's hidden gems with an eclectic mix of independent retailers, her homewares store is a destination for sustainable living and artisanal homewares. 

Here, Vanessa talks to us about her passion, how she adapted in the pandemic and future plans.

For those who aren't familiar with Homefront Interiors Ltd, how would you best describe the shop?

 

Homefront Interiors is a homewares store that follows a simple ethos to source ethically made and sustainable products. With a clever mix of work from by local artists and makers, displayed alongside handmade fair-trade products from around the world, we aim to support the small producers. The shop may be small, but it is a treasure trove of beautiful things - handmade, fair trade, recycled, or made from sustainable materials. We are a destination store for all those hand-picked and important finishing touches for the home. Plus the perfect place to pick up an unusual and thoughtful gift.

 

Who, or what, inspired you to open the shop?

 

My husband encouraged me to go for it. I wanted to work for myself and I like the variety of having a shop and enjoy meeting new people. For a long time I had thought of having a shop that sold homewares and furniture made from reclaimed and recycled materials.  This has always been a hobby of mine and I like nothing better than visiting our local auction houses, antique fairs and flea markets. When it came to finding pieces to sell alongside the homewares it seemed a natural choice to source work from local artists and makers.

For those who aren't familiar with Homefront Interiors Ltd, how would you best describe the shop?

 

Homefront Interiors is a homewares store that follows a simple ethos to source ethically made and sustainable products. With a clever mix of work from by local artists and makers, displayed alongside handmade fair-trade products from around the world, we aim to support the small producers. The shop may be small, but it is a treasure trove of beautiful things - handmade, fair trade, recycled, or made from sustainable materials. We are a destination store for all those hand-picked and important finishing touches for the home. Plus the perfect place to pick up an unusual and thoughtful gift.

 

Who, or what, inspired you to open the shop?

 

My husband encouraged me to go for it. I wanted to work for myself and I like the variety of having a shop and enjoy meeting new people. For a long time I had thought of having a shop that sold homewares and furniture made from reclaimed and recycled materials.  This has always been a hobby of mine and I like nothing better than visiting our local auction houses, antique fairs and flea markets.  When it came to finding pieces to sell alongside the homewares it seemed a natural choice to source work from local artists and makers.

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What has been the most interesting item you have sourced?

 

We sell some lovely coasters and placemats made from cork and recycled plastic that has been saved from our oceans. This is a brilliant eco conscious and sustainable product that is both practical and stylish.  

  

Have there been any famous faces coming into the shop?

 

I met Dawn French a couple of years ago which was really lovely.  

 

It has been a difficult year for local retailers. How have you adapted in such tough times?

 

Although the shop has been closed for long periods in the last year I have been able to keep going as I could make some sales online as our shop is on Trouva.com – a retail website for independent bricks and mortar shops. This proved to be a lifeline for our business whilst closed and we received enough orders online and from lovely local customers who spotted something in our window displays whilst on their daily walks to keep things ticking over.  It was during this time that I realised we really needed to have our own ecommerce site and so a lot of time was spent uploading products to this site so we now have a working website for the shop and plan to continue building on this and developing our online presence to help futureproof the business. 

What do you love most about Bath?

 

I love Georgian Architecture and am very happy just to wander the streets and admire the beautiful buildings. There is always something new to take in and so many interesting little nooks to discover.  

 

How are were do you spend your downtime?

 

A nice walk and a bite to eat at a lovely pub is how I like to spend time at the weekend with my family and friends. I am also looking forward to being able to visit a gallery again soon and of course go shopping.

 

What are you looking forward to most after lockdown ends?

 

Visiting an exhibition, going to the cinema and eating out with friends are all on my list of things to do now that things are opening up again.

 

How can readers find out more about the shop?

 

We are constantly adding to our Instagram feed so it is a great place to connect with the shop, find out about the artists we feature in store and see what has just arrived in the shop.

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10 Margaret's Buildings | Bath, BA1 2LP

Telephone number: 01225 571 711

E-mail: info@homefrontinteriors.co.uk

www.homefrontinteriors.co.uk

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