Shop Tour : An Artful Life


Who Are you?
An Artful Life is 'the standout collection for inspired spaces' - inspirational homeware and thoughtful design-led gifts curated by me, Kate Whitfield, an interior-architect with 20 years experience in the hospitality sector.  With my background, I want to bring that feeling of staying in your most aspirational hotel, or kicking back in your favourite restaurant/bar to our customers' own homes. Your home should be uncompromising and your absolute number one place to be. 

6 years ago, An Artful Life was born with an impetus to make unique items and small scale designers' and artists' work available online.  At that time it seemed only bigger brand 'high-street' chains had an online offering and I felt this was all very similar and rather naff (of course this is very different now with many lifestyle stores selling online).  We are proud to continue to support new and upcoming artists and designers by presenting their work within the collection which in turn gives customers a selection of crafted items that are not mass produced, elevating their interiors to a truly distinctive look. 

The other side of An Artful Life is our design studio ( which focusses on hospitality projects and also private residential clients too.  We love nothing more than helping independent small business owners achieve their dreams and open their first successful venue, as well as creatively pushing residential clients to having a truly inspirational space to enjoy spending time in.

Where are you?
Nowhere and everywhere!  We don't have a physical 'bricks and mortar' shop but we are online and ship everywhere in the world.  We have had a number of popup shops in the past and our little concrete letters that we hand-cast are sold in many design shops and gallery/museum retail spaces, often alongside the brilliant work by Tom Pigeon!

Our design studio is in North Essex in a beautiful historical little town called Thaxted.


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