Monday, May 20th, 2024

Welcome back to Chic et tralala

An enchanting emporium of curated items with French accents, nestled into the pretty quaint village of Otford. Chic et tralala is a truly alluring little shop, owned by Laurence Decouttere who embodies the charm of the wonderful treasures that she sells. From vintage shabby chic ornaments, terracotta pots, antique linens, diffusers, wall art, cushions and fabrics  – Chic et tralala is a haven for anyone wishing to taste a little piece of France on their doorstep. 

With non-essential shops re-opening this Monday, Laurence like many other shop owners is brimming with anticipation to welcome back customers and relish once again the simple pleasure of social interaction. Be it a warm smile, light conversation, or just the tranquil choice of music, there is a sense of harmonious welcomeness that emits from Chic et tralala – feeling more like the cosy ambience of a home rather than a shop.         Transforming homes into an elegant oasis is also a prominent part of Laurence’s business. The popular home styling service has served many customers during lockdown, be it to create a practical office space or simply refresh a room with home accessories or new colour palettes. With a ‘passion for anything decorative, useful and beautiful’, Laurence’s home interior talents have the potential to uplift any room, and more importantly uplift any soul.    

The importance of being in a place you are happy with is known well to Laurence. Having initially been located in Hollybush in Sevenoaks, Chic et tralala’s new residence in the village of Otford has been greatly embraced. Fitting well among the other unique shops along the street’s parade, Chic et tralala’s quaintness and character perfectly compliments the village’s array of charming boutiques. An area often overlooked for being on the peripheral of Sevenoaks a mist the hustle and bustle of town life, Otford’s abundance of exclusive shops and irresistible cafes are true pockets of joy, that are most worthy of a visit from any inquisitive shopper or sunday stroller.

With new beginnings come new opportunities, and with Chic et tralala being located  within Otford Interiors on the High Street,  the two businesses have thus formed a complete natural synergy. The owner of the store Chris Chandler is a well established antique dealer and an accomplished upholsterer, and together the pair’s joint passion and enthusiasm offer customers the creme de la creme of interior delights.   

Teaching is yet another avenue that Laurence offers. With a French conversation club currently being held online every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm, the opportunity to not only appreciate the splendid products in her shop, but also the French language is indeed desirable for many culture enthusiasts. The longing to socialise more freely in the months to come is one that Laurence too anticipates; and with future events to hopefully be hosted in her beautiful shop and courtyard, new and existing members of her club can savour a velvety, plummy glass of merlot whilst indulging in French conversation once again.   

To experience the pleasures of Chic et tralala, opening hours are 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sundays. Laurence will be there on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to welcome her much missed customers.   

If you would like to find out more and explore the shop’s products and services then visit the website or Instagram: @chictralala, or contact Laurence should you have any questions

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