I thought I knew what to expect from My London Flat—London, a flat—but I did not expect cold champagne in a can, which is how I was greeted by shopkeeper Suzy Smith. I wanted to kick off my shoes, waltz across that rickety wooden floor, relax on the French settee, and stay a while. Which, by the way, I did.
Smith spent seven years in London working as a freelance stylist and picked up quite a few treasures on the way. This is not your random, backwoods antique shop, where the only thing the merchandise shares is a thin coat of dust. The place is so dedicated to its concept that even the sales take on an Albion cast: Everything in the store is 20 percent off until the royal birth date.
Shop Talk: What was your first job and how does it compare to your job now?
My very first job? I was a gift wrapper at a women’s boutique, and I loved it. How it compares to my job now, there’s nothing like having a place to call your own. I love every single piece in my store, and I have an emotional connection with each one.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
Oh, this is a tough one, but this will be fun. 1) Pillows from Designers Guild are probably my favorite. They each have the Queen’s crest on the back. 2) The butterfly bag 3) Clock hands, reminiscent of a clock tower in England
Where do you shop when you’re not in your store?
I like to say there are two sides of me. There is the mom side of me who drops the kids at school and runs to Target at 8 a.m. when there are no lines. There is the other side of me who forgets who I am, and I wander through Saks or Neimans, and stumble upon my favorite Jo Malone and Alexis Bittar pieces.
What do you love about your store’s neighborhood?
I love hearing the church bells from Saint Anne’s church. It reminds me of the way life used to be; it’s very calming.
What nearby coffee shops or restaurants do you recommend?
You can go either way. In one direction you have Up. In the other direction you have Underbelly. I love both, and I love that they are complete opposites.
What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened in your store?
The most handsome Englishman came in one day because he thought I was a loft leasing agency. Well, I’m not, but I tried to get him to stay a while so I could call my single friends to come on over and meet him. Seriously.
My London Flat: 2600 Persa Flat #3, 832-444-1230, Wednesday–Saturday 11am–5pm or by appointment