About Big Sky

Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm.

We look forward to seeing you.

Big Sky was opened in May 2010 by sisters Kim White and Karen Sheehy.

IMG_2925EThe two old birds finally came to roost in Great Missenden High Street, with its mix of small independent retailers and the wonderful Roald Dahl Museum.

Having worked together for 22 years in retail, we decided to follow our hearts by running a shop that reflected Karen’s love of gathering interesting and quirky items for the home and Kim’s passion for the garden and so Big Sky evolved as an eclectic mix of beautiful objets for inside and out.

When asked what we stock in our shop the reply is often “everything you don’t need”.

We may not need most of the beautiful items that we sell but life would be very dull without them. Being able to cast your eyes on lots of “lovely” brightens your
day and gladdens the heart. 
Whether it’s a simple sea shell or some hand printed English linen, all give pleasure and enhance our surroundings.

Our stock is constantly changing, as we love hunting for new items and finding new suppliers to top up the shelves. Just look at the gallery page to see some of the products available.

So if you feel like a browse and a chat come and have look around Big Sky. 

We look forward to seeing you.

28 thoughts on “About Big Sky

    Kay Hallett said:
    August 16, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    What a joyful experience we had visiting your shop today, so full of lovely items to beautify our home. Along with a lovely chat with one of the owners, sorry forgot to ask if you were Karen or Kim. We will definitely visit more often.


    greengill said:
    March 2, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    I love visiting Big Sky whenever I am in Great Missenden. There is always something new and interesting to see. Karen and Kim have a good eye for laying out the shop and windows. Both of them are very friendly and welcoming.


    Jessica said:
    July 30, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Beautiful shop packed with items I’ve not seen elsewhere! The Sting in the Tail camomile and honey soap smells amazing! Lingers on my skin, definitely need to stock up!


    monica gonzalez said:
    August 21, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    I miss popping in to your beautiful shop, always finding beautiful things to give to friends or myself. It’s been a year since we moved back to the US and every time I see one of the lovely ceramics or lamps I purchased at your shop I kick myself for not having purchased more while we lived in Great Missenden. That last day I popped in right before taking the train was dangerous, I almost had to bring back the extras on my head, the suitcases were bursting. Hope everyone is well and stays well. We miss you!


    Beverley Tilbury said:
    February 4, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I came into your shop with my friend Yvonne on Friday. It was lovely to spend time mooching and chatting wit the lovelies Karen & Kim. I bought several items and in particular some beautiful silk flowers and foliage. Just arranged them and they look amazing. I’ll be coming back soon.


    Caroline Fozard said:
    November 12, 2019 at 9:58 am

    What wonderful ladies Kim and Karen are!
    They are fantastic at choosing the most beautiful stock for their shop and really care about their customers. It is a joy to buy gifts from them.
    Caroline Fozard


    Suzanne Howitt said:
    July 27, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Discovered the glorious Big Sky by chance today when we met friends for lunch (Great Missenden turned out to be half way between us.) What a find! I love this type of shop but I don’t think I’ve ever seen better. What clever buyers these super-friendly owners are.
    There were so many utterly gorgeous things, from throws and lamps to candles and coasters, many of which I’d never seen before. What a treat! And the artificial flowers were AMAZING. Great prices for such good quality.
    I live an hour away but I really would make a special trip to Big Sky. One of the owners told me she thought they were just very lucky to get it right. It seems to me they’re just very, very good at what they do.
    Thank you ladies for your lovely shop and fabulous service.


    Jo milicevic said:
    June 24, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Sitting at home, contemplating life and in need of a smile and pick me up, as I’m looking in my room saw three or four items brought at Big Sky, big smile on my face and thought in need of a visit, so checked if maybe open on Monday’s again and that’s how I came across this page, just thinking about the shop, Kim and Karen I have a smile, so tomorrow I will visit and purchase as every item I have brought has been special and beautiful, these ladies will know me by my love of pots and my multiple purchases, and also my passion for artificial flowers that make you want to smell them as they look so real, I would also like to say the lovely lady that was there on Monday’s but now on Tuesday (always a hello, and big smile) and she will know me by my purchase of not one, not two but three tables I brought 😃 thank you big sky and see you some time this week, keep going what you do best ✨✨ xxxx jo x


    Beth said:
    April 4, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    What lovely welcoming ladies Karen and Kim are!
    I return when I can to stock up on lovely cards and gifts.
    Will be back asap!!


    shellyvella said:
    December 17, 2018 at 8:26 am

    This shop is my Mecca for all the things I don’t need but fall head over heels in love with. Kim and Karen’s exquisite taste makes every visit a sure fire spend-fest. My home boasts so many beautiful pieces that I’ve collected from them over the years and I treasure them all.


    Ma said:
    November 10, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    It’s good


    LYNNE GIBSON said:
    July 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I send anybody who comes for a visit off to visit the girls and tell them that they will want to buy something !!! Karen and Kim are so special and make everyone that walks through their door feel special – we are lucky that they opened their lovely shop here in Great Missenden.


    Catherine Bunting said:
    November 8, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Such a friendly and welcoming shop with the most beautiful and unusual items to make your home feel special. One of the loveliest shops I’ve ever visited x


    Simon whitlock said:
    August 29, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Karen & kim are lovely ladies and have a great shop:) great gift ideas or something bespoke for your home it really is a wonderful collection of quality items
    I highly recommend a visit:)


    Sylvia Bairstow said:
    May 12, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Even if you have not been in for while, Kim and Karen treat you like old friends. A lovely shop. X


    Sally Thomson said:
    March 31, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    My only worry is that I thought it was just me that they made feel so special! lol! Kim and Karen are the loveliest shop owners ever and make this wonderful village worth a visit. Love to just pop in for a chat, let alone all the beautiful things their shop(s) has to offer. A special couple of lovely ladies and a very special shop too. Thank you to you both for making it special. x


    March 15, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Lovely lady in there my daughter and I were very impressed she was so helpful and charming


    Diana said:
    December 16, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    For anyone who needs a tonic. For anyone who wants something different. For anyone who needs a rare kinda retail therapy that comes with a lot of love. It’s all here at Big Sky and you even make friends with your fellow shoppers!


    Jo said:
    October 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Such a beautiful shop – so many things I’ve not seen anywhere else! Perfect for Christmas shopping!


    Linda Burnage said:
    June 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Can’t wait for your second shop to open , hope it’s soon. And being in the same road too ….. wow double the fun.cant get enough of this shop. Karen and kim you have the magic touch . The things you buy are current trends and good quality at affordable prices. See you soon.

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    Helen Ike said:
    April 20, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Having lived close to GM for years but now moved away, find every excuse to visit Big Sky whenever I’m around..always new and lovely things to be tempted by and wonderful, personal service to go with it. Renovating an old house in Rutland gives me lots of reasons to visit and leave with a smile on my face!

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    Katie Mendy said:
    March 21, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    The most beautiful vintage shop I have ever come across! I bought a beautiful glass vase and candle holder here last week and I’m going back this week! Such gorgeous addictive items! I want to buy everything! Run by the most friendliest ladies too! My favourite shop ever!

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    Nic Smedley said:
    January 21, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    We love Big Sky and feel so lucky to have it within walking distance of where we live. Kim and Karen are just lovely, know their customers by name and are always on hand to make suggestions. We can’t go in without buying something, everything is gorgeous whether it is a lovely throw, gorgeous candle, amazing candelabras, the list goes on, it is just fab! Thankyou Kim and Karen and see you soon!

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    Jo Howes said:
    January 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    What a wonderful emporium and such a personal service where nothing seems to much effort.

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    Jane Norrington said:
    November 7, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    My favourite shop ever! The most lovely Kim and Karen always have an amazing selection of the most beautiful things
    Every customer is made feel special and every item ever brought has made my home feel special x

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      Linda said:
      October 21, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Totally agree with others you are made to feel very welcome kim and Karen even remember your name . I truly love this shop and many items I have in my home come from there.great place to buy presents as well. I just wish it was twice the size and nearer to where I live in Jordan’s .

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      Katherine Thomas said:
      June 2, 2019 at 6:21 pm

      Came across this little gem of a shop when we took our campervan away overnight. Kim and Karen we so welcoming and arranged the beautiful quality flowers perfectly in our new vase!! Thank you very much and the packaging helped it survive the journey!! X


    Biddy Lee said:
    October 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Lovely! shall keep popping in, as always always find something lovely to bring home!

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