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The Corner House in Dorking

PUBLISHED: 16:31 14 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:13 20 February 2013

The Corner House in Dorking featured in Surrey Life's Talking Shop

The Corner House in Dorking featured in Surrey Life's Talking Shop

The streets of Dorking are a home shopper's paradise, and right on Pump Corner, there's an interiors store that should not be missed. JANET DONIN went to take a look around

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2009

The streets of Dorking are a home shopper's paradise, and right on Pump Corner, there's an interiors store that should not be missed. JANET DONIN went to take a look around


Name of store: The Corner House
Address: 4 South Street, Dorking RH4 2EL
Tel: 01306 888006



Background:

When Clara Sewell-Knight (above left) and Clare Lloyd (right) opened The Corner House almost two years ago, neither had much retail experience.

They had identified their style and made their contacts some 18 months earlier at a small shop in Walton-on-the-Hill, but prior to that Clara had been a nursery teacher and Clare a nurse.

However, both had a feel for interiors and a desire to sell the sort of things they loved and, after making a success of their first shop, they leapt at the chance when the site at Pump Corner became available.

"It's such a good position," says Clare. "People stop at the traffic lights, see us, park their cars and come in for a look."

Style:

From the soft grey of the exterior to the cool neutral shades inside, this store is an oasis of calm. Lining the walls are vintage dressers, cupboards and tables painted in their signature grey colour and used to display an eclectic mix of merchandise. The furniture is all for sale, so when one piece gets sold the look of the shop immediately changes.

The style is essentially English country - pretty and practical, with an interesting twist. Some of the home fragrances and linen come from abroad but the clocks, soft furnishings and attractive accessories are sourced locally.

Specialises in:

Beautifully simple pottery from classic cream ware to the pretty Caroline Zoob china and a new line of Wonki Ware plates and dishes from South Africa with their quirky, irregular shapes in shades of soft green, pink and cream.

New to the range of soft furnishings is a comfortable armchair with a removable cover in a cream stripe or raspberry and cream floral fabric. Later in the year, Clara and Clare hope to include more fabrics.

Spilling out of baskets and cupboards are a wide range of cushions in stripes or checks patterned with hearts, which are ideal for wedding gifts.

Best buys:

Right now, the garden accessories are great for summer. I love the pale green metal table and chairs and the wooden deckchair covered in a floral fabric.

Worth a visit:

Because you'll find everything from the perfect gift to unusual furniture to wonderful household accessories.

Favourite product:

The gorgeous patchwork cushions in vintage fabrics that are destined to become heirlooms.


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