Marilyn & Melrose – Unique Lifestyle Store in Northumberland
Marilyn & Melrose came about by accident and serendipity, rather than design and originally opened on the cobbled street of Bow Alley.
We moved to Narrowgate in 2013 and customers can now enjoy an even wider range of brands, all of which have been carefully curated to bring you quality items which we use ourselves and have in our home, or definitely would use. We have great confidence in all that we sell and the suppliers we deal with. Everything we sell has to pass our own ‘check list’ … first of all we’re looking for great quality, then it also has to be a fair price for what it is, next we have to be sure that we would use it ourselves and be happy to pay the price. We’re also looking for items that are a little out of the ordinary and catering for the lifestyle of our customers, whether that be beautiful soft furnishings, furniture, sterling silver jewellery with semi precious stones, fashion jewellery, bags and accessories, kitchenware and tableware, mind/body and spirit items, essential oils, health and wellness. It’s easy to understand why our customers refer to us as a ‘micro department store’ and you will have three floors to explore!
We use the beautiful Chalk Paint™, decorative paint by Annie Sloan for all the furniture we sell and also offer work shops so that you can learn the technique yourselves. We also accept commissions, if you don’t feel quite brave enough to tackle your own furniture.
The Chalk Paint™ is so special and an absolute joy to use. Annie Sloan says of the paint she created, “Painting with our paint should always be a pleasure”.
Annie Sloan developed her famous Chalk Paint™ in order to have a paint which would have many uses, from acting like limewash to looking like old painted furniture. She also wanted a good selection of colours that could be extended.
Also, just in case you are wondering about the shop name . . . Marilyn is Karen’s late mother and Melrose is her maternal Grandmother. Karen’s mother, in particular, was the driving force and inspiration for her love of art and actually getting creative and her Grandmother, well she was just wonderful, and was named after ‘Melrose’ in the Scottish Borders. It seemed fitting to include them in what is a truly family venture.
Paul and his daughter Laura work in the shop, which is open seven days a week and you can always be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.