The Forest Bailiff
ALL YOU NEED FROM HEARTH TO HOME
The Forest Bailiff
SKILLS TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO YOUR HOME
The Forest Bailiff
TIMELESS INTERIORS ROOM BY ROOM
ABOUT THE FOREST BAILIFF
When Lucy Woodruff first visited 36 Durham Road, opening a shop was the last thing on her mind.
Before going into the fashion business and gaining a passion for textiles, Lucy’s family background and professional training was in the retail industry. However, it was her love of houses and design, begun in childhood, that eventually prompted her to set up business for herself – and so began her interiors practice.
Stepping through the door of number 36 for the first time, in 2009, and wandering through the rooms of this 19th Century building, Lucy was captivated by its working fireplaces.
Having recently renovated her own London home, Lucy knew about clearview woodburning stoves. By the time she had finished looking around she was convinced not only of the building’s huge retail potential as a stove showroom, but as a place for further establishing her interiors business. In an instant Lucy’s vision for the halcyon, bucolic and eclectic tone of the shop had come together, right down to its name, which she took from the origins of her own surname, Woodruff – the Anglo-Saxon for Forest Bailiff, or The Keeper and Protector of the Forest.
With the UK in the depths of recession, Lucy was keen to represent British brands and to support homegrown talent. At a time of thrift and frugality, where people in Britain needed to support each other, The Forest Bailiff proved no exception. Lucy’s family pitched in to help her run the business, with her sculptor son Max taking on Woody’s delivery, her father the accounts, and her sister Vicki teaching the Annie Sloan courses.
Home is where the hearth is, and from the lit and cosy fireplaces Lucy’s sourcing of unique brand and design slowly unfurled into every corner, the shop becoming a hub of inspiration – a welcoming place for people to gather around the fire and chat about interiors, find pieces to love or give, and learn new decorative skills.
Today the challenges of retail remain, but The Forest Bailiff is a growing family, the shop crammed with wonderful and continually changing things.
Lucy’s ethos for encouraging creativity and sharing knowledge also continues, bringing people together for events, considerably developing The Forest Bailiff courses in drawing and painting – and all the time the search goes on for new and interesting products that will end up as beloved mainstays of many a home.
WHAT WE DOREAD MORE
What we do
The Forest Bailiff is a charming and unique lifestyle shop in Raynes Park, London, where you will be welcomed with the warmth and atmosphere of a real home. Let us inspire and help you to create your home.
Rooms are decorated in farrow & ball Paint and Wallpapers, sanderson and annie sloan Wall paints. The warmth of the full range of working clearview stoves – (DEFRA approved for Smoke Control Areas) can be felt throughout.
The supply and installation of a clearview stove, fire surround and hearth can be arranged with HETAS approved fitters. The aim is to provide a friendly and helpful service to assist you with this process from the selection of your stove to installation and beyond! There is a broad choice of fireside accessories to chose from. Large stocks of ethically sourced firewood are held and deliveries can be made within selected London and Surrey postcodes.
We hold large stocks of farrow & ball Paint and the full range of wallpaper books to browse through. We are always happy to assist you when selecting colours and finishes for your interior projects.
The fabric room is home to an abundance of fabric and wallpaper books and pieces to feel and touch. View the a-z of fabrics for more information on the brands we represent. We also offer a bespoke service for curtains blinds and soft furnishings.
The studio is a fabulous space where you can learn a new skill.
Our buyers are constantly sourcing art and craft, antiques, decorative items, lighting and homewares to tempt you – whether for your own home or a gift. We support British design and manufacturing as much as possible.
Throughout the year we host various in-store events, in association with our chosen charities.
For more information and inspiration please enjoy browsing through our beautiful website and follow us on instagram and Facebook. But to fully appreciate all that we offer please do pay us a visit at the shop very soon. Of course one visit is never enough – most of our customers really do keep coming back!