AT Europe: London - Mint Shop

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Ask design-conscious friends in London where they go to find one-of-a-kind gifts, and the first response you are likely to get is Mint. The two-level shop on Wigmore Road has an exquisitely edited selection of furniture and objects, with everything one needs for a stylish home...

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And the irregularly shaped space itself -- with its whitewashed brick and stone, charming cubby holes and variously colored walls -- is an inspiration, making artful use of every corner.

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The help could be a little more accomodating, and there are foreboding Don't Break the Merchandise or Pay in Full signs everywhere. But the unfailing quality of the goods will put you in a forgiving mood.

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- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com

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