My constant search for new and exciting homewares has led me down many a rabbit hole online. Sometimes my efforts prove to be fruitless, but sometimes I strike lucky and find some total gems. I like to consider my interior design tastes to be a little off-the-wall and so naturally I’ll beon the look out for one-off decorative pieces and beautifully refurbished or up-cycled items. In this blog post I want to share some of my favourite online stores and give you an idea of the variety of homewares that are out there to be discovered…
Armed with years of experience designing and developing collections, Jenny Vaughan & Simon Young decided to set up RE-Found Objects as a place to sell an eclectic mix of lifestyle and home accessories. I love how each item on offer at Re-Found Objects seems truly unique and one-off, adding to that sense of excitement you feel when you finally find the perfect ornament or accessory for your home. You’ll find everything from Madonna tea towels and scented candles to reclaimed cheese-grater tea light holders. This really is a wonderful shop where you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love.
I’m not a huge fan of the handmade look, but I am pretty fond of Jan Constantine’s eclectic sewn creations. There’s plenty of iconic British designs to chose from and the quality of her textiles are undeniable. You can typically expect to pay around £70 for one of these cushions, while wallhangings will set you back anything from £75 to £200.
One of the quirkier shops on my list, Caravan style is a great place to find stand-out decorative items. If you’re a fan of the vintage shabby chic look then you’re sure to find something you like on their website. I love their eccentric faux taxidermy pieces and their exclusive pineapple wall sconce is inspired. They also offer a wrapping service for items bought as gifts, where they wrap your products with paper from their collection of old maps (a pretty cool added touch if you ask me).
You would have had to have been living under a rock to have not heard of Anthropologie. Their beautiful range of homewares and textiles are both whimsical and feminine in equal measure and their kitchenware is to die for. They’ve got everything from ruffled aprons to mix matched teacups, and gilded glasses to floral chandeliers. In terms of price, Anthropologie isn’t the cheapest shop around and you’ll find yourself forking out quite a bit for something as simple as a pretty plate. However, they put a lot of their stock on sale each season, so if you’re willing to wait you can often buy their products at discounted rates.
Ochre is one of the more contemporary shops on my list and some of their furniture and accessories are just exquisite. Attention to detail and quality craftsmanship are high on the agenda and each of their designs place equal importance on harmonious proportions and luxurious materials. From what I can gather, each product is made to order and prices are supplied upon request (meaning this might be another design house i’ll simply add to my wish list for the time being).
Ahern is one of my absolute favourite interior designers. I can’t get enough of her eccentric style and her dark, moody colour schemes. I recently received a pair of Abigail Ahern Black Velvet Raven Bookends as a birthday present and I love them. On her website you can purchase a number of unusual yet glamorous objects to adorn your home and get ample inspiration for how to style them.
This classic brand is still going strong and you can find some really classy pieces on their website. I love the subtle, washed out colour schemes and the dainty patterns that adorn many of their textiles.
Charlotte’s designs are curiously macabre and I can’t get enough of her unique style. All of her stand-out ceramic pieces are hand decorated on bone china and kiln fired at her workshop in the heart of Shropshire.
Founded by designer Melanie Roseveare, this stylish and alternative brand of contemporary bone china tableware is alternative with an elegant twist. Collections include ‘Rock and Roll’, ‘Urban Nature’ (think eagles, wolves and dragonflies) and ‘Modern SuRealist’. These products are a must for anyone looking to jazz up their current teacup collection.
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