You know that feeling when you go to someone’s house and you see all sorts of gorgeous things you haven’t seen anywhere else? The ‘ooh where did you get that from?’ effect? Well, our Homes Editor Alison Davidson has discovered a few ‘secret’ places over the years whilst looking for unusual pieces to feature, and she’s finally willing to share them with you. Click through for her reccommendations, and the compliments will come flooding in…
Decorator’s Notebook specialise in handmade home accessories from fair trade groups, social enterprises and artisan co-operatives all over the world. Their ethos is that design quality and ethics can go hand-in-hand and allow customers to create a beautiful home without compromising their style or conscience. Their kantha bedspreads are stitched by hand from contrasting vintage saris, so each design is completely unique. Made in Bangladesh, each quilt is hand-sewn by just one woman and finished with an embroidered label telling you her name and a link to her personal story.
This is a must-visit site if table top styling is your thing. They have one of the best collections of Danish crockery under one roof, from brands such as Bloomingville, House Doctor and Broste Copenhagen. They’re also expanding into furniture – think clean-lined Scandinavian cabinets, sideboards and luxurious sofas and armchairs. Their recent ‘Botanicals’ prints are the perfect wall hanging to ring in the luscious spring.
A ‘feted hub of lifestyle inspiration,’ Bodie & Fou was founded by two French sisters in 2005. Oozing Gallic charm this place has EVERYTHING. Furniture, bed and bath, lighting, mirrors, rugs and some great wall art. They also have loads for children, including tutus if that’s what you’re after. If you’re stuck for something to buy for that someone special, it has a great section of gifts organised by budget, occasion and individual.
One of the more established sites and a
definite go-to for Christmas goodies you won’t see anywhere else. They
have a lot of rustic pieces, lovely outdoor French style furniture and
great lighting – outdoors and in. Great garden stuff too.
Fave piece –
bulb bundle string lights
One of the newer sites but making
their mark with quirky retro furniture, lovely personalized embroidered
cushions and tea towels, unusual vases and book ends. They always come
up with something new, a carefully edited collection of homewares for
Fave piece – aurora chair .
I first discovered this quirky company when the ‘museum curated’ trend was popular, and used one of their swan vases in my trends shoot. They sell the kind of boho things your granny used to have but are so trendy now! Copies of their pieces have a funny way of appearing on the high street a couple of seasons later.
Fave piece – numbered apothecary jars
At the beginning of the reclaimed trend, this little company in Northumberland starting offering recycled bits and pieces and quirky ‘found’ items. Even their name originated from two metal letters found in a Paris flea market! Now with a concession in Liberty, if you want a quirky piece for your home, this is where you will find it.
Fave piece – rusty alphabet sign
As the name suggests, lots of clean lines, natural wood and stylish pieces that would fit into any interior. They specialize in myriad candle holders, lanterns and unusually-shaped candles, lovely planters and baskets and interesting fake flowers. Great for different lighting and Christmas pieces too.
Fave piece – industrial storage trolleys
Offering stylish collections with evocative names such as Timeless Living, Refined Rural and Distant Home, this company offers traditional hardware, lovely vintage looking lighting, gorgeous pastel velvet armchairs and linen napkins. Rustic but sophisticated at the same time.
Fave piece – antiqued bronzed gauzed wall light
A huge selection of very different styles from modern to vintage, French to mirrored, designer to industrial, from furniture to interesting accessories. A good site with clear signposting. You are bound to find something you can’t live without.
Fave piece – corinda cabinet
Having a party? Look no further, for birthdays, weddings, or any special occasion, they have all sorts of paper decorations, tableware and garlands to give you a creative edge and make the party go with a bang. They also try and source products that are sustainable and eco-friendly.
Fave piece – white tissue paper baubles
Not just for the crafty, this site has some amazing one-off pieces from china to jewellery to a sequined bow tie for your dog! Check out the horoscope inspired pieces that are a massive trend for Christmas this year.
Fave piece – ‘I love you to the moon and back’ plate