Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge, CB23 7EY
‘Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.’ This quote by William Morris very neatly sums up all that you will find on a visit to Providence.
Located at Burwash Manor, the shop is filled with beautiful, as well as practical Shaker influenced furniture and other finishing items for the home. Providence started out as cabinetmakers, producing pieces in oak and pine including freestanding kitchen dressers, larder cupboards, linen presses and wardrobes – examples of which are on display in the shop. They also build stunning bespoke fitted furniture, from kitchens and wardrobes to bookcases and alcove units.
To finish their furniture in the Shaker style, owners Kathy and Tim Ritchie developed their own Providence Paint and stock this along with other quality ranges from Farrow and Ball, Earthborn Claypaint and Myland – displayed in all their real glory on colour walls and brush out boards, to make choosing the perfect colour that bit easier. Providence also has the capacity to mix colours, including RAL and NCS – in any finish and seven days a week. So, if you are a colour-enthusiast, have an up-cycling project or plan to decorate your home from floor to ceiling, Providence really should be your first port of call (parking there is free too or you can get there by bike along one of the many local cycle routes).
As well as the larger pieces of furniture, Providence is home to a selection of Shaker rails, shelves, cabinet hardware, knobs, handles, hooks and traditional braided rugs. Complementing all this perfectly is an allsorts mixture of equally functional yet cleverly-designed home accessories, from brooms to baskets. so, as you can see, along with functionality, Providence combines stylish forms with a dash of vintage, a splash of colour and a great sense of fun.