Many moons ago before Tea with Ruby was even a seed of a thought I poured over interior books and magazines and still do to this day. I’ve always loved the laid back French style, muted colours, slubby linens, soft buttery ceramics weathered and worn wood. One of my well thumbed books from this time was Essentially French by Josephine Ryan. Never in a million years did I ever think I would get to visit her beautiful shop let alone call her a friend.
Roll on a few years and here I am writing about Josephine and her new venture Ryans Daughter. Opening the shop again to the public after a few years away seemed the right thing to do, serendipity as you will as this was the original premises of her first shop. Times have changed but Josephine’s effortless style and eye for detail is ever present, bringing in new stock such as mid century modern pieces to sit elegantly alongside the pared back French antiques. As the shop evolves supper clubs will be held on an evening bringing new life to this magical place.
Complimenting the home wares and antiques curated by Josephine, floristy and plants are being expertly designed by Sascha Rothing bringing another layer to the surroundings. The entrance to the shop was exquisite, the floral displays drew you in and made you want to explore. Once you enter it truly is a feast for the eyes every where you look you find another wonderful object that you never knew you needed!
Working with stylist, designers and bespoke clients Josephine brings her knowledge of the business to elevate the interiors and homes of many a lucky home owner. Along side the shop she owns a property in France that has graced the pages of many interiors magazines and books, its surroundings in the French country side lend itself for retreats and workshops a like. Taking time out to find peace and tranquillity amongst the most beautifully furnished home must be such an experience.
Visiting Ryans Daughter was a rather special moment for me and I sincerely hope that you all make a trip to Abbeville Road in Clapham to see it for yourself too. Situated on the prettiest street not far from the common I couldn’t think of a better way of spending an afternoon amongst the splendour of this true gem of a shop. Follow Josephine and the shop on instagram for all their updates.
- All images my own of the shop, Josephine’s house in France found here and the dining room image here