Olney has retained an ‘independent’ feel, with unique boutiques and shops. For our retail therapy guide, we recruited designers to advise us on some of the best places to explore. First, Miranda Fountaine and Vinnie O’Riordan of MV Interiors write about what items are on trend for the home, and where you can find them (and below we look at fashion and where to shop in Olney):
“People underestimate the importance of their own surroundings. Seeing colour subconsciously lifts the spirits. If you mix in soft lighting, you help with the mood. Current trends for interior design are eclectic, mixing old with new and there is plenty of this to be found in any of the vintage and antiques shops.
Surfaces are natural and organic. Metals come in all colours not just chrome or nickel, gold is being used in both interiors and is echoed in fashion and shoe boutiques. Textile designers are colouring old wall paper prints and fabrics, first we saw the brights; pinks, turquoise and oranges. Now the current trends of strong leafy greens, soft pinks and yellows. The grey trend is slowing but can be so easily mixed with these new colours and vibrant designs. To design a property to its full potential and create ambience, is a crucial part of our job. In your home it is essential for your own well-being. ”.
Many of Olney’s independent shops have a range of clothes, gifts and jewelry have items that demonstrate that interiors and fashion trends often merge. We gathered thoughts from a personal shopper and a retail buyer for some favourites (Click on the names to link to shop details):