Starting at the junction of Essex Road and Cross Street, London, N1, here are some brilliant interior design reasons to venture up this little side street where you can buy everything from baths to Cacti.
For very good quality vintage and antique pieces, this cosy shop with friendly staff is worth a visit even if it's just to see how they manage to pack so much furniture into a such a small space.
2 Cross St, London N1 2BA
Paper Mache Tiger
As they put it themselves "Green House - Blue Jeans - Black Coffee". This spanking new store in a stunning, glass roofed space is attached to a Fashion PR company (so they definitely know what they're talking about) and is so cool. Selling a beautifully curated range of clothing and home interiors accessories; personally I would like to buy everything in here and drink their coffee.
26 Cross Street, London, N1 2BG
Always brimming with good ideas for your bathroom and kitchen interiors, you can always be certain to find something for your decor project here. Their basics, graphic, classic and luxury materials for tiles and timeless collection of bathroom suites will beautify any home.
34 Cross St, London N1 2BG
Farrow & Ball
Yes, we all know Farrow and Ball and yes, we could go down to Homebase for our paint, but before you put brush to wall you must go into the shop to get fantastic colour advice with large size colour samples to play with all free of charge. The staff really know their stuff; trust me I take their advice all the time.
38 Cross Street, Islington, London, N1 2BG
Cross Street Gallery
If you want a gorgeous finishing touch, you should shop here for a Modernistic full-stop to your room's decor. I'll have a couple of Patrick Caulfield please.
40 Cross Street, London, N1 0RA
For a stand-out piece of furniture go here and wisely invest in a Modern or Contemporary piece at this minimalist gallery like store.
(not really on Cross St but their back door is so...)
288 Upper St, London, N1 2TZ
Now you're at the top of the street you'll find even more interior boutiques on Upper Street (watch out for our guide coming soon)
One of London's Best Interiors Bloggers (Ideal Home magazine), The Open Plan Interior Design, London produces contemporary interiors for homes and business' and this very useful home interiors blog