Owner of Squires Exquisites
Selling handpainted shabby chic furniture and other lovely things.
After over 20 years of working with children and a move across the country, I decided it was time to try something completely different.
I have always had a love for furniture, especially the unusual and unique. I love vintage and retro pieces as they are absolute classics and often beautifully made. They also lend themselves to being revamped and given a new lease of life.
My husband and I have spent many weekends rummaging around antique centres and craft fairs for furniture and interesting objects to fill our home.
When shabby chic furniture became popular we were in our element and there were lots of places in Oxfordshire, where we lived , to hunt for exciting pieces.
So when we moved near Wisbech 18 months ago, I knew I wanted to indulge my passion to source and upcycle pre used furniture as a possible job venture.
The next step was to find a small premises suitable to use as a studio shop where I could paint, create and sell. I also wanted to be able to take on commissions, painting customer’s own pieces of which I’ve completed a few. These include memory suitcases, towel rail and dining room table and chairs.
Hence Squires Exquisites was created in March 2016. I started off in a little unit in Outwell but in July moved to a larger shop at Bamber leisure, Lynn Road, Walton Highway,Wisbech.
To encourage a broader range of customer, I also take great pleasure in stocking lots of vintage and retro items. This creates a lovely sense of nostalgia for my customers who often reminisce about their childhood memories and families when they see a piece from their past.
As well has painting furniture I also make vintage brooch and earring cards, memory/photo boards, coasters, decoupaged boxes and upcycled picture frames. I’m sure there will be more creative ideas to follow!
I really enjoy working in my new business, meeting lovely people and creating something unique and chic from an unloved piece of furniture which will once again be used and appreciated in someone’s home.