Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Get the look: A sister act that is dishing out the chic

Limed-wooden bookends, £19.95

A Belfast-based business is bringing chic affordable home accessories to Northern Ireland, with the emphasis on cool international design.

Sisters Debra McVicker and Tracey Houston founded Hampton Blue (www.hampton blue.co.uk) in 2009 following their globetrotting adventures which took them from New York to Australia among other places.

Now the sisters are getting great sales on both their websites and various market places in Belfast and Bangor for their quirky and rather gorgeous accessories which include everything from beautiful candles-in-a-tin to antique silver glass votives, wire jewellery racks and limed-effect wooden bookends.

Brand names you will find online include Lisbeth Dahl scented candles and East of India delicious-sounding candles in Creamy Vanilla, Baked Apple and Cinnamon and Orange among others.

Debra’s inspiration for the business is based on a passion for interiors and 10-years spent living and working in New York, which was split between Long Island and the city.

“I went to loads of yard sales when I was in New York, and upcycled all my furniture.

“In fact, everything in my apartment was upcycled,” she says.

And having worked for |well-heeled New Yorkers who lived in the Hamptons, Debra |had the perfect name for the |business.

“We are the buyers for Hampton Blue, in fact, everyone in the family is involved.”

With free gift wrapping all part of the service at Hampton Blue, these stylish homewares are well-priced with a really pretty and unusual votive costing £3.50 and a cream heat photo holder, £1.50.

”We wanted to provide something unique that would give people the feelgood factor,” says Debra.

Hampton Blue also do gifts, jewellery, bags, handmade fabric journals and much more.* For details go to www.hamptonblue.co.uk or tel 07989 573 171.

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