William Morris’s epithet of having nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful has never seemed more apposite than in the case of the Lion Street Store in Rye, East Sussex. Owned and operated by former milliner Sarah Benton, the shop has been open for four years now, and it has clearly attracted a huge following, which spreads far beyond the ancient Cinque Port town. Situated just down from the historic St Mary’s church which crowns the Rye skyline, Sarah has created a radiant and uplifting space, stocking it with objects of desire which are a treat for the eyes and a feast for the senses. The best in contemporary designed items effortlessly blend with carefully chosen vintage pieces, all of them bought together with an assured sensibility, which makes the shop such a mecca for all who hanker for the unique and the unusual in their home. A destination store for each member of the family, there are enticing sights at every turn. Regular customers drop in for their copies of the latest independent publications, such as Ernest Journal and Hole & Corner delivered hot off the press, along with a fairtrade, organic ginger beer and a Tunnocks teacake.