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Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Fair Trade Aladdin’s Cave: visiting Ian Snow, Machynlleth

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Over the summer I was lucky enough to find myself in the Welsh high street store of one of my favourite Wayfair suppliers, Ian Snow. Since I’ve written A Residence here at Wayfair, I’ve learnt their products come from a vast range of international suppliers of all size. What makes Ian Snow special is their commitment to the principles of Fair Trade. I also love that the products they supply are a riot of fun and colour from around the world.

When I was a teen I babysat for a couple who owned a shop that imported amazing things from India and Ian Snow took me right back to that time, the gentle smell of incense and the feeling of being transported to another country full of incredible treasures.

Ian Snow try to stay with suppliers for the long-term whilst always being on the look-out for new products and innovative ideas. They believe in helping disadvantaged producers as well as supporting those producers who have worked hard to become successful. It was fascinating to see the stories behind the products I have seen on Wayfair, via the tags in the shops, like this enamel lampshade from a small business in India.

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The shop is a treasure trove, an Aladdin’s Cave of fabulous finds. After losing the kids downstairs to the tiniest of nick nacks, gems and gifts, I snuck upstairs to admire the homewares. The shop is full of things that bring an instant smile and burst of colour to your home and immediately make you want to cook, entertain or snuggle down!

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If you happen to be in Machynlleth at the bottom of Snowdonia National Park, Wales, do check out Ian Snow, it has a big blue exterior and this unmistakeable bike parked outside. It’s a lovely town for shopping, we enjoyed the toy, craft, art, book and antique shops and the cafes are great too. We were on our way to Aberdyfi which is a gorgeous seaside town where we spent two days crabbing, eating ice cream and and chips and drinking wine and apple juice in seafront pubs as we watched the sun set. Or find lots more Ian Snow products from the comfort of your living room via Wayfair here.

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Check out some of my favourite picks at Ian Snow, inspired by the items I saw in the shop. I could not stop stroking the throws, they were so soft and such beautiful patterns. We already have one of the vintage pumpkin pouffes and it really transforms our dark living room. I loved all the little things too, like this mandala box, mandalas seem to be a trend currently and the striking day of the dead cushion is rather wicked.

Ian Snow Picks from Wayfair

Voile QuiltEnamelled Lamp ShadeDay of the Dead CushionMandala BoxArm ChairVintage Pumpkin PouffeVoile Quilt

Spot anything you fancy? 

I’m very happy to visit other Wayfair suppliers on my travels, just let me know on Twitter or email (see the sidebar).

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