On My Mind: Beautiful Store Fronts in Europe

Being a shop owner I am always admiring other beautiful store fronts and what better place to see beauty than Europe! I thought I would share some of what inspired me while our family was there in May.

The Cloth Shop on Portobello Road in London

The Cloth Shop on Portobello Road in LondonThe Cloth Shop on Portobello Road in London

My daughter Laurel and I walked into this charming shop on our hunt to find the local Annie Sloan stockist and I was immediately in my happy place surrounded by the most beautiful fabrics. I was one of those crazy ladies that just ran her fingers along all the bolts with a silly smile on her face.

Susan Osbourne

Susan Osborne

Rusty old metal furniture and deconstructed upholstery pieces…HELLO! This charming shop is in Notting Hill , a leading 19th Century French Chair specialist…how do they even become that, I am not sure but what I remember is the young man and his puppy working the store. Very welcoming and again, beautiful!

A Beautiful Town Home

Beautiful Town Homes

So many amazing gardens and climbing vines like this typical town home in Notting Hill.

Phoenix on Golborne

Phoenix on GolbornePhoenix on GolbornePhoenix on Golborne

One of London’s Annie Sloan Stockists. She had a lovely shop and I always enjoy seeing how other stockists display their paint! (so this was really like a working holiday, LOL)

There is art everywhere you look

Street art

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

We stayed not far from Kensington Gardens where we found the statue of Queen Victoria. She was born in the palace in 1819 and was famous for her long reign, which lasted 63 years, one of the longest in British history.

l'Objet qui Parle

l'Objet qui Parle

This colourful store front was the first antique store we found in Paris. The owner sat outside, I think it was because it was so tiny inside!! Super cute and charming!

Librairie Notre Dame de France

librarie notre dame de france

We all just loved all the colour shopkeepers used to make the outsides of their shops their own.



This was a florist that did an outstanding job with their window display, the kind you can get lost in…I didn’t want to keep walking!



This was the typical window display I have seen in magazines and was delighted to see one in person.

Le Jardin d’Olaria

Le Jardin d'OlariaLe Jardin d'OlariaLe Jardin d'Olaria

We walked many miles to find this Paris Annie Sloan Stockist. We met the owner and her son and we enjoyed speaking with them both. The shop was beautiful and they were located right across from a beautiful park…it was a long but wonderful day.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour!