We took the big step in March 2016 to open a physical shop. Located in Pound Street, Newbury (in the old florist shop if you are familiar with the town), a listed building which has a quaint shop front.As well as continuing the ever popular furniture up-cycling, it was an opportunity to add a range of complementary home accessories, soft furnishings, and gifts.We are next to the estate agents - Hillier & Wilson, set back a bit from the road, so you might not notice us at first. On warm dry days we put some of the stock out on the front courtyard, and you may even find us painting furniture out there. Feel free to pop in and have a browse, we are child and dog friendly. There are two main rooms in the shop area, and we have an eclectic stock. Along with popular products, we try to source unique and quirky items.We support local artists and crafters, and stock a range of their work including artwork, glassware, felt work, knitwear, embroidery, crochetwork, needlecraft, greetings cards, gift wrap, wood burning and glass engraving.
BEAUTIFUL UPCYCLED FURNITURE
At No.96 Furnishings we select the best pre-loved furniture pieces, and lovingly apply a chalk paint and soft wax finish, upcycling each piece to provide the perfect 'Shabby Chic' look, creating stunningly beautiful upcycled furniture for your home. In fact, our finish is less 'Shabby' and more 'Chic' maintaining the elegance of the original piece, in effect, less distressing and more paint.We pride ourselves on attention to detail. For example, all handles and fittings are carefully removed (where possible) before painting, and are cleaned before reassembling to transform the piece to its reborn glory. Chair seats are reupholstered, often with a contemporary yet complimentary fabric.The range includes chest of drawers, wardrobes, tables, chairs, mirrors. See our Furniture page for what is currently available. The furniture items are all original pieces, and vary in age. They will of course, have blemishes, scuffs, etc. as you would expect from pre-used furniture. We take great care in cleaning, sanding down, painting and waxing them to create stunning up-cycled pieces that can be enjoyed all over again.You may have your own furniture that you have been reluctant to replace, yet it looks tired and needs a new lease of life. No.96 Furnishings would be very pleased to provide a quote to up-cycle it for you. Take a look at the Commission Work page, where you will find example projects that we have completed.
I started No 96 Furnishings initially as a hobby, and it has blossomed from there. Spurred on by the positive feedback I have been getting from my customers, many of whom have come back for their second, third or even more pieces, I came to the conclusion that the next logical step was to open a shop. I have had my eye on the old florest shop in Pound Street for quite some time, and always dreamed of opening up shop there, and couldn't believe my luck when it became available. Egged on and fully supported by my lovely husband (who is able to help out with furniture repairs when needed) I took the plunge just before Christmas, and whilst the premises needed some considerable TLC to knock into shape, I was determined to fulfil my dream.
So now, I am able to combine my continued work of upcycling furniture which I love doing, with stocking local crafters work as well as some members of my talented family's work, but also a specially selected, somewhat eclectic mix of quality soft furnishings and home accessories that complement my own work, and that of Lucy (our very talented seamstress).
We look forward to seeing you in the very near future.
Teresa and I met 24 years ago. It was our love of all things vintage that brought us together. We were pushing our Silver Cross carriage prams along the canal towpath with our first babies, Zachary and George in them. We began chatting and started to meet up regularly. We were both renovating our Victorian terrace houses and would compare notes and our frustrations with collapsing ceilings, leaking pipes and dodgy wiring! Our second babies Jacob and Henry were born within four months of each other and our friendship and sons grew. I went on to have four more babies, Teresa being much more sensible and practical stopping with her two! Our children went to different primary schools and although we didn’t meet up quite so often, we remained good friends getting together during holidays and enjoying days out together.
When Teresa asked me to join her in the shop making textiles for it, I was delighted. I have been sewing since I was at infant school. I dress-make, knit, crochet, make fancy dress costumes, curtains, cushions and lots of other items. My real passion is for patchwork quilt making. These take me an average of six months to complete with many hours of hand work going into them. If you follow No 96 on Facebook or the web, you will see cushions, bunting, vintage style aprons and crochet blankets which I have been busy making since January, ready for the shop launch.
Working at No 96 will combine the fun of working with my good friend Teresa, with my love of creating. I always say “I sew for my soul”, I can’t wait to get started on a new adventure. I look forward to meeting you there!