Supercool local interiors stuff !
Wonderful though it is living in these ‘ere parts, you don’t get many shops covering the cooler end of contemporary homeware and interiors, so the moment I heard about CARO, I rushed over to Bruton to have a mooch around.
CARO is a lifestyle store and coffeehouse which sells an eclectic and affordable selection of homeware, stationery, skincare, textiles, kids’ stuff, cool magazines and food (and more) from around the world. What they all have in common is that they are beautiful – they even sell a packet of laundry powder which is better looking than me.
You’ll find a range of different names on the thoughtfully arranged shelves, including Aesop, the Australian botanically based skincare and bath range, Danish furniture company HAY, Mangle & Wringer, natural cleaning products based on old recipes that actually work, and Laboratory Perfume’s Tonka. You might think that this would all come with a big price tag but there are masses of things for £10 or under: spoons, nightlight holders, table mats, vases, household products, pens and notebooks – and my own favourite, a small jade rolling pin for pastry.
It might only be a small shop but it’s the kinda place you want to linger, enjoying a superb coffee made by the shiny state of the art machine using beans from the Round Hill Roastery in Radstock
or hanging out with friends in the cosy room at the end.
There’s always something going on here; when I visited CARO frames had just arrived for a new photographic and art exhibition, and apparently a contemporary knitting group is in the offing. Definitely a place to come back to.