One of the best things about using Instagram and the element that I enjoy the most about it, is meeting interesting and creative people through their feed and social media meet ups and workshops that many instagramers arrange.
About a week ago I went along to an Instagram styling workshop organised by Rachel at her lovely shop Object Style and run by Instagram sensation Sara Tasker of meandorla. The workshop was a lovely gathering of like minded folk and together with Sara’s tuition and helpful hints and tips about styling a flatlay shot, we created some Christmas images using props from Rachel’s shop and seasonal foliage. One of the lovely ladies I met at the workshop was Sadie who owns and runs her family business The Yard in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. The shop supplies products that are either, eco friendly, organic or sustainable, something that Sadie firmly believes in and many of the items stocked can be traced back to their makers who work for fair trade companies around the globe.
On walking into the yard, your senses are enriched on every level, from the beautifully merchandised products, displayed on recycled pieces of furniture and old make shift reused items which have been repurposed and given a new lease of life, to the smells of the incense and candles burning and the home baked and cooked food wafting in from the cafe space adjoined to the shop. The whole interior is predominantly white and has a sense of calm to it, with dream catchers, beads and feathers hanging and scattered on all the surfaces. A tree branch suspended by rope from the ceiling is filled with organic cotton and linen garments in soft shades of white, blue and greys and can be layered with Nepalese organic cashmere scarves and wooden jewellery, all to be found in the yard.
The cafe space has a lovely atmosphere and is furnished with an eclectic mix of reclaimed furniture and lighting and serves, fresh salads, cakes and home made dishes. The space can be hired for events and there are regular yoga classes and live music on Thursday and Saturday evenings.
If you are looking for some where to buy specially selected gifts, books and homewares or are looking for a beautiful light filled venue for your private party or event in Cheshire, then I can think of no where better than The Yard.