Advertisement Feature: A Home From Home
Nestled in the village of Harston, British interiors and lifestyle brand Neptune’s newest store, Neptune Cambridge is more like a friend’s (impeccably styled) home than a shop. And, as it turns out, it’s a building with a story to tell too. . .
Whenever Neptune’s store design team set about transforming each of their spaces, it’s always with the building’s heritage at the forefront of their minds.
“Everyone around here knows this building as The Three Horseshoes Inn,” says Jess, the designer behind Neptune Cambridge’s transformation, “and we didn’t want to lose any of the character that came along with that. Even though it’s had more than a few incarnations over the years, the original bones of the building were still there. We’ve just very gently brought them up to date.”
The team added a second building behind, mirroring the shape and proportions of the original but clad in contemporary larch to mark the difference between the two. They then linked old and new together with an airy glass walkway.
Step inside and you’ll be greeted by Neptune’s signature, calming aesthetic and warm welcome. Each space is also unique to the building but, like all their stores, gives you a sense of being in a real home.
You’ll wander through not just living room-like and bedroom-like settings, but proper rooms, complete with wood-burning stoves lit on colder days and working ovens in the kitchens. You might even spot someone baking away.
It’s all so you can get a better idea of how their pieces might fit into your own home.
Making yourself at home is also very much encouraged. “At Neptune we believe that, if you need to kick off your shoes and settle into an armchair to know that it’s the one for you, then you absolutely should,” says the store’s leader, Jasper. “Little ones and four-legged members of the family are more than welcome too. And our kettle’s always on to keep you well-fuelled while pondering important decisions.”
And, as Neptune design and make pieces for every room in your home – from furniture and accessories to paint, flooring and wall coverings – you’ll be able to find almost everything you need in one place. It means that matching paint to fabrics is much easier, and it makes finding chairs to co-ordinate with a dining table a breeze.
With so much under one roof, you might think that it’s hard to know where to begin. But Neptune also keep their collections edited – enough options so that there’s hopefully something for everyone, but not so much that you’ll feel overwhelmed. It’s why their properly-made timber kitchens number just four. And why there are 28 shades in their core paint collection rather than hundreds.
Each design is as timeless as the next too, and made with longevity in mind – Neptune’s less-is-more approach extends to how you fill your own home as well, with a focus on investing in just a few, well-chosen pieces.
Those that do feel they need an extra guiding hand when it comes to their interiors can also make the most of Neptune’s home and kitchen design services in store. Both are one-to-one experiences, where you’ll have your own designer who’ll take you through their collections, help you with decisions big and small, and create rooms (whether many or just one) that have the timeless Neptune look, but that feel completely your own.
Neptune Cambridge isn’t just a place to find inspiration for your home either. It’s also somewhere to gather together, whether at a flower-arranging workshop or a cookery demonstration in one of their kitchens.
And, to celebrate their opening now that the festive season is over, they’ll be hosting an extra-special housewarming get-together from January 10 to 12. Be sure to pop in if you’re nearby to raise a glass, meet Harston’s newest residents, and explore every inch of this home from home. Chances are, you won’t want to leave.
You’ll find Neptune Cambridge at 21 High Street, Harston, Cambridge CB22 7PX. To discover more, just visit neptune.com/cambridge
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