Tuesday, March 23, 2010

37 Old London Road

One of my favourite roads for shopping in Kingston Upon Thames is Old London Road - it is one of the only streets in the area that is not dominated by high street brands, having a mix of antique, charity & independent shops. It is far from amazing, but now Mary Queen of Shops has been along to give one shop with a bit of an identity crisis a fab makeover!

I was really excited to see with my own eyes what Mary had done with the place as I love the programme, and I have to say I wasn't disappointed! The shop now really stands out in the street, with a new stylish exterior....


and they are now stocking lots of great products from independent designers such as Catherine Hammerton's lovely cushions, wallpaper and tablecloths....




and Donna Wilson owl cushions (centre)


They've done a great job with the displays, I love the suitcases on the wall in the pic above, and the brightly painted furniture and uncluttered layout.


As well as the designer items there is lots of upcycled vintage furniture and unique pieces....


They've had a nice little website designed as well by Mary's team, although I have to say my one criticism would be the product photography - this could be greatly improved.
Apart from that, it is a fantastic job. I have to admit I would not have went in this shop before, as it didn't have any proper signage or identity outside, and the range had no direction - but now it is definitely a shop I will pop in regularly when looking for bits for the house!

Look out for the new series of Mary Queen of Shops, which is airing this Spring!

xxx

31 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed reading your post.
    I love Mary Queen of shops, she know's her stuff, the shop looks really good.
    I would visit it if I lived nearer.
    I am off to look at the web-site.
    Em x

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  2. Thanks for the heads up about this shop. We are down in Teddington this weekend...I am definitely going to make it a priority!

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  3. Love those lockers, and the sideboard on the website. And the sofa actually. If only I didn't live at the other end of the island!

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  4. love to visit this shop! thanks for sharing

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  5. oh i have to find this...im moving to kingston this summer and although the high street shops are very good (the john lewis is excellent) its great to know where the few little independent stores are for something different. i shall go visit next week!

    x.

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  6. just watching the programme, cannot wait to come and visit Kingston and the shop! Looking brilliant, well done.

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  7. Just seen the show

    This shop looks fantastic - cannot wait to visit Kingston soon.

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  8. Just watched Mary Queen of shops.....I live in Kent,but I have to visit this shop. The restored furniture looks absolutely beautiful, Dazzle and Denny should be extremely proud of themselves!!!

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  9. Cannot access the website unfortunately! Will have to make a trip to Kingston. Loved the programme - what a turnaround. Good Luck to them!

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  10. The program has just aired, I this shop looks fabulous! I shall visit too!
    I wonder if they's stock my prints!

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  11. What a great looking shop with some great looking pieces of furniture, im definatly popping down there as in need of a sideboard with a difference

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  12. Will be paying a visit sometime soon,37 Old london Road is right up my street!

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  13. shop looked fab on MQoS - tried to look at website, think it might have crashed.

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  14. yer this shop is a rip off.
    i bought this dressing cabinet for 400 pounds.
    I didn't like it and they wouldn't give me a refund. THERE POLICY says it gives refunds,
    cheatss

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  15. Just watched the programme....talk about a phoenix rising!What an achievement in not only changing the shop but the mindsets of the people who own it!(except the offspring!)Well done everyone and thank you Patchwork for posting pics.
    p.s. can`t get on to their website...constantly coming up with an error message.

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  16. WOW!!! Loving the look of the shop, just can't get on the website.

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  17. Fancies the cups with C A F E on but sadly living in Spain too far away, but would LOVE this shop if it was near me. Hope the couple do really well and the creepy son stays well clear....

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  18. looks fantastic, just my type of shop! the habitats of this world are ok to a point but these are real soul pleasers :-)

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  19. Their own website doesn't seem to work. Shame as the programme was good and they deserve encouragement.

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  20. Please sort out your website!! Watched the show - website says 'forbidden'
    You'll loose customers and don't want you too!!

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  21. Website !!! Cant get on it!!
    Great show - Great shop, an amazing turnaround, however please please get your son out of his bloody dressing gown, have some pride please!

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  22. Thanks for all the comments! It was great to see on the programme the process they went through creating their new shop.
    I think their website isn't working at the min as everyone is visiting it at once after the program! :)
    Old London Road is def the hippest st in kingston, a new vintage clothes shop just recently opened, & there is a nice antique centre too. I'd love to have the Patchwork Harmony shop there one day!
    Caroline x

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  23. saw the programem. shop looks great. shame about Dazzle!

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  24. Quick! Get the web site sorted! No one can get on it and that matters a lot right now as people will have seen the programme and now want to see more. Mary, you are a genius and its just fantastic watching you work your magic. Loved the shop and the very likeable owners who deserve every success.

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  25. Does anyone know Dazzle and Denny's background?......they look soo familiar..70's folk rock or something...or maybe they just have that look! Fab shop!

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  26. Mary does such a great job on turning these shops around! very inspiring to watch :)

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  27. i really enjoyed watching this weeks program , i love all the items dazzle and denny came up with ! x they r very bonkers but i now love their style , buying 2nd hand stuff and doing it up is a good idea ! keep it up guys u can do well.

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  28. Well done to all concerned. A truly beautiful shop. I wish you massive success x

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  29. went into the shop a couple of weeks ago and thought it was brilliant. I really love the couple who own it too- I hope it is a success- thank you

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  30. Still can't get on the website - can't be to do with too much traffic so it needs sorting guys!!! PLEASE lol.

    Oh and to the posters making personal comments about Dazzle and Dominic - not necessary, each to their own and no need to be nasty. X

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  31. A lovely shop. Get the website sorted out. More customers lost.

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