Friday 28 October 2011

Shop of the Month: Making The Best

Each month, we'll be picking one of our favourite stockists to feature. This month, we've chosen Patricia Mellett's shop, Making The Best.


We can hardly believe that Making The Best is celebrating its first anniversary this year. It seems like the kind of shop which has been established for far longer. Today, we'd like to welcome Patricia to chat more about the shop.


Hi Patricia, what made you choose the name for your shop?

Well, I really believe in making the best in all circumstances, particularly in your home, so the name seemed fitting.


What led you to opening Making The Best?

I was thoroughly inspired by the growing number of small, good quality independent shops in Leighton Buzzard, where we're based. At Making The Best, we believe that we can do better by refreshing and reusing what we have, learning new skills and making our own.


What do you focus on selling?
We offer unique, stylish pieces of upcycled furniture, Annie Sloan's range of chalk paints, candle-making, soap-making, beer, wine and cider-making supplies, interior-related products and gifts. We sell what we are passionate about.


Why did you choose to stock Annie Sloan paints?

Annie Sloan's paints are nothing short of a marvel. After discovering wonderful Annie's shop in Oxford, it suddenly became easy to transform a tired cupboard or an old chest of drawers into a stylish and truly unique piece of furniture.

We love Patricia's excellent eye for display. The painted chairs in her shop window are just gorgeous. Visit the Making the Best Facebook page or the website to find out more.

Next week, we'll be starting our very own Annie Sloan link party, which we'll hold on the first Friday of every month, for you to come and link up your painted perfection or fabric favourites: any project related to Annie Sloan products.


  1. This looks like such a lovely shop. Beautiful pillows and of course your paint! I just made a purchase of Old Violet and will be using it on a wooden carry-all.


  2. Hello Annie,

    What a lovely shop! Your so right...she does have a great eye for display.
    Beautiful storefront that really invites you in.

    This will be a fun series, I love seeing all the different ways shop owners are displaying Annie Sloan paint.

    Patricia can be very proud of her space.....well done!!

    Janet xox

  3. Love this!! So pretty those windows!! Anne Smith

  4. Thank you for the link, it is so interesting to see so many different chalk paint colors. I am a firm believer in the value of reusing and refreshing what we already have when it is possible. I love the photo of the display, it looks like it has a lot of variety.

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