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Interior Swoon: Lenleys

If you are looking for an interior refresh, we can recommend a little jaunt to Lenleys in Canterbury PLUS there's a sale on! Stampede!

If you are looking for an interior refresh, we can recommend a little jaunt to Lenleys in Canterbury. Typically, a shop that I had associated with the older generation, but we discovered some very stylish items that would befit any Muddy reader’s home, and especially tempting with a very alluring Sale in place at the moment… 

THE LOCATION  

You’ll find Lenley’s on a quiet residential street in Canterbury and there is plenty of free parking which always gets a thumbs up from us too. If you aren’t familiar with Canterbury, you could make a day out of your visit by taking in some of the other hot-spots featured within our Canterbury Insider guide.

THE LOWDOWN  

Lenleys has been an interior institution in Canterbury for the past 85 years and my mother-in-law has always recommended that I pop in “to find something new and fun for our house”. Whilst I love my mother-in-law (and her style), I must admit that I have always been slightly reluctant assuming it was just for the 65 plus crowd… Well, I stand corrected as our recce unearthed quite a few gems that may be coming home with me.  

THE EXPERIENCE 

Lenleys has everything you need to furnish your home, literally from top to bottom. Not only do they have the obvious items such as Sofas, Chairs, Beds, Mattresses, but there is also the Flooring department (with carpets, rugs, hardwood, and vinyl options) plus bespoke curtains, blinds and shutters, alongside some beautiful home accessories, lighting section, as well as an interior design service so make sure you head here first if re-evaluating your house!  

Yes, there are still some of the more old-fashioned brands within the mix, such as Parker Knoll, but like all shops, it is all about digging out the treasure scattered around the shop floor. We were fans of the following items if this whets your appetite…

What really came across through our visit was the expert advice in every corner of the shop – you get the impression that their staff have been on board with Lenleys for a long time and therefore, they know their stuff and stock plus have plenty of inventive ideas about how you can bring your creative plans to life.  

Plus, much of what you find is BESPOKE. You like the sofa but not the colour – no problem. There are endless swatch books around so you can identify the perfect colour or change the legs for another style more accustomed for your home.  

They recognize that every space is different and therefore there is a consultation, measuring, quotation and installation for almost all bespoke purchases including carpets, wood floors, laminates, tiles, designer and hard flooring, curtains, blinds and awnings. We say hurrah to that. 

Gifting is also a good idea here with their eye-catching Drinks Accessories being at the top of our wish list, especially the marine themed silver pieces which would be a fun and stylish talking point at any drinks party in the near future.  

ANTHING ELSE?

The Summer Sale Ends on August Bank Holiday Monday 30th so get in quick if you fancy scooping up some good deals!

Lenleys is currently undergoing some changes so the Terrazo café was not up and running when we were there, but there are plans to make a consultation area with a cafe so you can take your time making those all-important decisions plus a good pit-stop for the family to have a juice and slice of cake if they are getting bored of your endless house decisions.  

Plus, they will be shortly expanding its furniture offering with a whole new design concept which is due to be ready for launch by the end of this year. Watch this space!

The moral of the story? Never judge a book by its’ cover. And always listen to your mother in law…

25-34 Roper Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7EL, 01227 766655, www.lenleys.co.uk 

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