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  • Sharon Lomas

Have you been to Hesta Scene?

When I moved to Cumbria three years ago I immediately fell in love with Hesta Scene. Don't be fooled by this small door, behind it lies two floors of the most gorgeous homewares and unique gift ideas. Owner, Karen Kennedy, has a beautiful eye for curating contemporary homewares and unique gifts alongside the work of Cumbrian artists & makers. In store you will find design brands like Bloomingville, Liga, Calhoun & Co alongside Cumbrian artists and makers like Feather & Wild, Pure Lakes and even my little candle brand Fern+Fell.

Based in heart of Caldbeck village at the very top of the Lake District National Park in the glorious northern Fells region, Hesta Scene is a hidden gem. Our first Christmas in Cumbria I purchased all my Christmas presents from here (much to the delight of friends and family), it was quite a thrill to find such an interesting shop, packed full of good things in our new village.

So I am only too delighted to announce that I have teamed up with Hesta Scene to offer my interior design services. At a time when our homes have become even more important (and multi-functional), I understand the desire to create a calm escape from the world, to make home a sanctuary. I also know how daunting it can be to work with a designer for the first time, it’s all about chemistry. You can now book a 30 minute design consultation with me, in store at Hesta Scene – it's free and with no obligation, you just need to book an appointment.

It’s wonderful timing too, as Hesta Scene has also become an Annie Sloan stockist. Some of you may recall my interview with Annie Sloan, or have seen my home featured in The Colourist. I love the range of colours from Annie Sloan, I have used Amsterdam Green to paint an old 1980s pine dresser in my kitchen. My spring project is revamping an old wooden chair with some vibrant colour, so stay tuned for that.

I will be instore at Hesta Scene on Wednesday & Thursday each week, so if you need some general design advice, maybe you've moved house and don't know where to start, you need a fresh pair of eyes to look at your space for a quick revamp, or you just want help choosing and sourcing the finishing touches, I’m here to help.

And I know you will ask because everybody does, where does that name come from? Hesta is an old Cumbrian word meaning “have you.” Next time you're in or near Northern Cumbria, come have a "ratch" (Cumbrian for 'have a look') at Hesta Scene, you can find the shop at Tithe Barn on the main village street (open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm) and follow them HERE on Instagram.


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