Interior Decoration Shops in Lille, France


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I believe everything in life should be, to some extent at least, an experience. And by that I mean it should leave you with a child-like smile and a story to share when you come home. Although that isn’t always possible, there are some special places in Lille that give you just that: the feeling to have experienced something special.

 
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Little & Tall

Not one but two shops nested in a lovely street of the Vieux Lille. One for the little ones (babies and children), the other for the tall ones (adults with a house to fill of beautiful furniture and objects). Both smell divine. “Detail” you’ll tell me. Well, no. How wonderful to come into a place that smells like childhood memories, and that lingers with you for hours. If you like it as much as I do their linen and home spray collection is available for purchase in store. The selection in both shops is carefully curated, perfectly in line with today’s trends and bridges authentic and modern together seamlessly.

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AMPM

It is La Redoute's high end interior decoration brand new shop also located in the Vieux Lille. You wander through 282m2 as though through a tastefully decorated home. It displays many different ambiances but remains coherent throughout and although it has the class of a high-end shop the items are affordable for most budgets. The shop is bright, the staff is nice and helpful and quite frankly, the home-like layout of the shop will leave you with the feeling of having visited a friend with impeccable taste.

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Green

This isn’t so much a decoration shop but a beautiful florist that also provides items for your interiors. It is probably one of the most breath-taking florist in Lille. Just taking a peak throw the high windows will take you to another world. Amongst the plants you will find African necklaces made of beads and bobbles covered in seashells carefully displayed under bell-glasses: Although the shop owner isn’t particularly engaging, the shop is well worth a visit.

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Atelier Kumo

For the Scandinavian lovers out there, the shop situated in a little street parallel to the busy Rue de Bethune offers a lovely selection of furniture, lights, plants and paper goods. This shop also doubles as an Atelier for workshops on Saturdays. The shop owner is a lovely architect which can come in handy if you are looking to change or expand your home to add all the things you will have bought from the above selection of shops.


DIY stores in Lille (FR)

Lille Le Handyman

Here are a few addresses for shopping hardware, tools and supplies in Lille (Métropole).

Big Retailers

There are various options in Lille Métropole. Depending on your situation, you might choose between the following:

Leroy Merlin

This one is my favorite on the list. It is the biggest of all three options. There is a huge selection of tools and supplies.

The only issue is that is it located in Villeneuve D'Asq so you will probably need a car to get there (Or combine public transportation with a 15-minute walk).

You can check their real-time stock online. It is also possible to buy online and pick up a few hours later.

Leroy Merlin Website: https://www.leroymerlin.fr/

Zac de Valmy, Rue de Versailles
59650 Villeneuve D'Asq

Bricomarche

Although Bricomarché, as most retailers, are usually located in the outskirt of the cities, this one is conveniently right in the city center (near the train station). The store opened only a few months ago (in December 2017).

Personally I plan my larger projects as much as possible in advance and use different suppliers for different supplies. Bricomarché is not one of them, I either work with B2B suppliers or Leroy Merlin. However, it happens every now and then that I need something quickly and having the opportunity to simply walk to Bricomarché is great. But honestly their offer is wide enough to cover most DIY project you may have as an individual.

If you live in the city center, I recommend you check this store.

Bricomarché Website: http://www.bricomarche.com

71, rue Pierre Mauroy
59000 Lille

BRICORAMA

Same logic as with Bricomarché but now for people living in Cormontaigne Montebello (south-west of Lille).

I bought tools there before Bricomarché opened (which is closer to my apartment). 

Bricorama and Bricomarché belong to the same group, Les Mousquetaires, which you may know from Intermarché. In fact, despite the apparent diversity of the European Home Improvement market, most retailers belongs to only a handful of corporation (Kingfisher PLC, Adeo, etc.)

Bricorama Website: https://www.bricorama.fr

21 ter, rue Turenne
59000 Lille

Independent Shop

If you are looking for a more authentic experience and want to support local businesses, here is a place you can go to.

Quincaillerie Belot

"Quincaillerie" is french for hardware store. The store is located in le Vieux-Lille. It specialises in Antique and Luxury door handles, stairwell post and curtain rods. If you are looking for a marvellous crystal door knob that is the place to go.

There is something I love about this store that seems to be a common trait in this kind of venture: to the untrained eye it might look like a mess but make no mistake, the owner knows exactly what he has and where it is. Go to the counter and make your request. There is no "Maybe, let me check." The answer is always either "Yes" or "No". And they never try to sell you something you did not request. I highly recommend this place.

7, rue du curé Saint Etienne
59000 Lille

DIY stores in Le Touquet (FR)

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Here are my favourite addresses for shopping hardware, tools and supplies near Le Touquet.

Big Retailers

The closest big retailers around Le Touquet are Leroy Merlin and Weldom. Both stores offer a wide selection of entry to middle range tools and supplies. Everything you need for your home improvements, construction projects and gardening.

Leroy Merlin

Leroy Merlin is located in Merlimont (10km from Le Touquet towards Berck-sur-mer).

A few facts: 

  • Leroy Merlin is the number 1 DIY and home improvement retailing company in France. Merlimont is one of their largest store with a space of over 7,000 m2.
  • It is one of the first hardware retail store to ever open in France (it opened in 1952!). Before that you had to get your hardware through your local craftsmen.

If you are looking for affordable tools, check their in-house brand Dexter.

You can check their real-time stock online. It is also possible to buy online and pick up a few hours later.

Leroy Merlin Website: https://www.leroymerlin.fr/

Route de Berck
62155 Merlimont

Weldom

Weldom is closer to Le Touquet. It is located in Etaples-sur-mer (only 5km away).

Although much smaller than Leroy Merlin, there is a high chance that you will find what you need there too.

Weldom and Leroy Merlin belong to the same group (Adeo). They carry the same products at similar prices.

Weldom Website: https://www.weldom.fr/

24 Boulevard Bigot Descelers
62630 Etaples-sur-mer

Independent Shops

If you are looking for a more authentic experience and want to support local business, here are a few places you can go to.

Quincaillerie Descamps

"Quincaillerie" is french for hardware store. The store is located in Montreuil-sur-mer, across the street from the Theatre.

The store, which opened in the late 60's, is a real Aladdin's Cave. Its atmosphere perfectly fits into the ageless beauty of the city. If a project requires aged hardware (restoring an old cabinet for example) this is definitely the place to go.

41 Place du Général de Gaulle
62170 Montreuil

Lamour Frères

Lamour Frères is a fuel and construction material supplier.

Their catalog offers construction and framework material, bathroom, floor tiles and parquet flooring. They also provide a waste bin rental service (that can come in handy).

ZI boulevard du Valigot
62630 Etaples-sur-mer

Bigot Matériaux

As their name suggest, Bigot Matériaux focuses on construction materials. They will be helpful for your heavier, structural projects (masonry, concrete, framework, roofing, etc.).

ZI boulevard du Valigot
62630 Etaples-sur-mer

DIY stores in Amsterdam (NL)

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Picture by Marine Lazarus

Here are my favourite addresses for shopping hardware, tools and supplies in Amsterdam.

Big Retailers

The easiest is to go to a big retailer. The two main retailers in the Netherlands are Praxis and Gamma. This will be a one-stop shop for most projects. As often with big retailers, prices are not the best you can find, nor is the quality. But if you need standard hardware, entry to middle range tools and stick to plywood and pine, it is a quick and convenient option.

Praxis

Praxis offers a good range of entry to middle range tools and supplies. You will find the basic products for home improvement, gardening and construction projects.

When I lived in Amsterdam I used to buy my lumber at Praxis Riviereenbuurt and walk back home. Carrying lumber on your shoulder for a half-an-hour walk teaches you about material optimisation. After a first painful experience I started spending hours on my plans making sure everything was accounted for and then come up with a cut list that would produce the least waste possible. 

Ironically Praxis opened a store in De Pijp (literally 2 min from my home) the week after I moved out of Amsterdam.

Praxis Website: https://www.praxis.nl

Trompenburgstraat 14A
1079 TX Amsterdam

New store in De Pijp:

Van Woustraat 31-33
1074 AB Amsterdam

(There are a few other locations in Amsterdam that might be closer to your home).

Gamma

Gamma is quite similar to Praxis. I went to Praxis more often simply because it was closer to my home. Thomas, who is now running our operations in Amsterdam, is loyal to Gamma. They carry the same brand, you will find the same products at comparable prices so I would advise to just pick the most convenient.

Gamma Website: https://www.gamma.nl

Aletta Jacobslaan 5
1066 BP Amsterdam

(There are a few other locations in Amsterdam that might be closer to your home).

Independent Shops

If you are looking for a more authentic experience and want to support local businesses, Amsterdam will offer plenty of opportunities.

Hardware (called IJzerwaren) is sold in an "IJzerhandel". There are more independent hardware stores in Amsterdam than any other city I've visited. 

Here are the best ones:

Gunters en Meuser

This one has a great reputation. It is located along the Prinsengracht canal in the Joordan in the city center. The facade of the building alone is worth the journey.

They have a great choice of tools and hardware. They will have pretty much anything you need.

Gunters en Meuser Website:  http://www.guntersenmeuser.nl

Egelantiersgracht 2-BG
1015 RL Amsterdam

De Haan

This is my go-to address. It is located in the De Pijp, between Ferdinand Bolstraat and Gerard Douplein. 

You will find a wide selection of high quality tools, as well as supplies and hardware (a Festool sign above the door is always a sign of excellent taste). The owner is very helpful.

De Haan Website: http://www.dehaangereedschap.nl/

Gerard Doustraat 62
1072 VV Amsterdam

VOLKSRIJWIELHANDEL TORNADO

This is actually a bicycle shop. They have all bicycle parts you may need. Great address for bike maintenance.

What interests us here is their DIY section. Here you will find affordable hand tools (hammer, pliers, utility knife, screwdriver, etc.) and cheap hardware.

Albert Cuypstraat 216
1073 BM Amsterdam

 

Extra: Lumber Yard

Amsterdamsche Fijnhout

For quality lumber you will want to go to Amsterdamsche FijnHout. Going directly to a lumber yard for a first time might be impressive but it will drastically improve the quality of your productions.

You can check their selection on their website.

Amsterdamsche FijnHout Website: https://www.fijnhout.nl/

Minervahavenweg 14
1013 AR Amsterdam

Expats Guide to Home Improvement Supplies Retailer in Europe

Home improvement supplies

"What's the French equivalent to B&Q?"
"Home Depot in The Netherlands?"

When moving to a new country, needing something as simple as a hammer and nails can quickly turn into a quest. This guide aims to introduce you to the main big retailers in your chosen country.  

To keep it short I am giving you up to 5 retailers per country. These chains have a very well developed network so simply check which one is the more relevant to your location. All names below are direct links to the retailers' websites.

I hope this will be a good start to get you going!

Feel free to contact your local Le Handyman person for assistance.

- Loïc

Ps. This article will be completed and updated on a regular basis.




Germany:

Obi / Bauhaus / Hagebau / Toom / Hornbach



The Netherlands:

Praxis / Gamma / Hubo / Formido / Hornbach



United Kingdom:

B&Q / Wickes / Homebase / Screwfix / Wilko