There are a few beautiful roads in my home town of Norwich that only contain small, independent shops. Upper St Giles is one of those roads, a joyful ribbon of shops from days gone by : a delicatessen, a bakery, eclectic gift shops, and even a shop that specialises in antique bathroom fittings. A year ago, what was once a bicycle repair shop, was taken over by a lovely lady named Lou, and she named her shop Mora Lifestyle.
Lou got in touch with me on Instagramme on Instagram, and invited me to go along for a cup of tea, to connect and to see Mora Lifestyle for myself. Being a fairly small city, it’s really important to connect with other creative people – after talking for a little while, we soon realised we knew some of the same people!
Back to the shop. The neutral palette and use of weathered wood with lots of faded colours and patina, makes this a delight for the senses. It’s full of gloriously tactile surfaces. Lou has an incredible eye, and mixes artisan homewares with vintage wares and rustic objets d’art. It’s all displayed beautifully, even the changing room is gorgeous! She also sells the most exquisite collection of soft linen clothing and knitwear, in shades of indigo and taupe from Scandinavian label Nygardsanna. It’s all about layering, so there are also beautiful alpaca wrist warmers, hand knitted soft scarves, and delicate jewellery by Mirabelle.
Before I left, Lou very kindly gifted me a beautiful Oyster Bridge & Co hand written gift label, and the sweetest vintage clock to add to my collection. I’ll be sure to snap and share those with you very soon.
If you live in Norwich, or plan to visit Norwich, please do put this gem of a shop on your list of places to visit. Especially if you’re looking for unique Christmas presents. Mora means to linger or delay, such a perfect name for this shop…definately a place to linger for a while and appreciate the beautiful things within. You can find Mora Lifestyle on Instagram here, and their website is here.
Have a wonderful day, I’m off to work today as a gust lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts, which I really love to do. Then I really must get some decorations on the Christmas tree! In case you missed my last post, you can see it here.