Seasonal sparkle

Aurum, Norwich Contemporary jewellery boutique Aurum nestles in the heart of the Norwich Lanes, where it specialises in fine wedding, engagement and designer jewellery, but also has an extensive range of silver and men’s jewellery, which could make fabulous Christmas gifts. Owner Jon Maddocks explains he and his team select their jewellery designs from around the world, resulting in unique pieces unlike anything else in East Anglia. “New products this year include the British-designed Cornerstone Creations, a new range of men’s silver Buddha to Buddha bracelets, and some stunning pieces and cutting-edge designs from Decho Echo,” he says. “We will also have new collections …

In the Know – Damien Cabanis

How long have you lived in Norfolk?   I was born in Brittany, but my roots are from the South of France, where I spent all my summers. I remember following my grandfather around vineyards in the Languedoc, Rhône, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Cahors. I arrived in Norfolk in May 1997 having spent a year in Surrey working as a restaurant manager. One of my sisters was living in Norfolk and told me she would take me to the best parties! What do you enjoy about living here? My two children were born in the old Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Norwich has been a great …

Jewel of the town

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A modern inn set in a historic building, the Crown at Woodbridge attracts visitors to Suffolk from across the country to its bar, hotel and restaurant. Laura Ford, house manager, explains the establishment on the Thoroughfare offers 10 boutique bedrooms and a real Suffolk food experience. “It combines all that is great about escaping to the country, with all that is good about staying in a wonderful market town,” she says. The historic building has stylish interiors: “Bedrooms have been  transformed into luxurious yet affordable retreats, created by award-winning, London based designers, Bentheim, with goose-down pillows, crisp cotton bed linen and underfloor heating.” Warming autumnal …

Home style

Set on Church Street in Woodbridge, Vanil is an independent, Scandinavian-inspired lifestyle and interiors shop. Coming from a design background, owner Mandy Leeson has an eye for beautiful pieces. She says Vanil, which is based in her home, offers an ever-evolving, eclectic mix. “We love ceramics, textiles, mid-century furniture and supporting local artists,” she says. “This Christmas our Pappelina rugs and Danish candles will be a big feature.” Mandy is always looking for new and interesting pieces to offer through Vanil. She chooses items she likes and that bring something different to Woodbridge. “This autumn, for example, we have some new ceramics from Sue …