New Year, new lampshade/cushions/bed linen? There’s a lot to be said for the mood-boosting benefits of beautiful homeware, and there’s no better time to spark joy with a stylish decorative touch than the beginning of the year.
If the past couple of years have taught us anything, it’s that our homes really are our kingdoms. Creating a chic and comfortable atmosphere to live in not only plays to our aesthetic eye, it has a huge effect on wellbeing, too. With that in mind, we wanted to share the interiors brands in our little black book. From well-loved to little-known, these are the destinations we look to for exquisitely made, beautifully designed additions for our living rooms, tabletops, bedrooms and beyond.
Created by interior design firm Studio Duggan, TROVE is the place to go for timeless furnishings with a playful touch. We particularly love the bedroom collection: think beautiful upholstered headboards, ruffled pillows and bamboo bedside tables. Pieces can be customised, and a bespoke service means you can always find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s also well worth taking a look at the curation of one-off vintage treasures, hand-selected and restored by the design team.
Founded by Paboy Bojang during the first global lockdown in spring 2020, In Casa by Paboy has swiftly become loved for its bold, colour-clash cushion covers. A social enterprise, the label exclusively employs migrants (Bojang himself is currently seeking asylum in Italy) and each piece is hand-sewn in Naples using 100% cotton. We have our eyes on the recently launched tabletop collection, featuring mats and napkins in Bojang’s signature brights.
Those who follow Louise Roe on Instagram will know that she has a keen eye for interiors and that her own home is the stuff of country-chic dreams. The former fashion editor has channelled her passion into Sharland England, a hub for antique finds and handmade pieces with a nostalgic feel. If you love rattan as much as we do, you’ll be delighted by the collection of hand-woven wicker pieces – the Hadley tray would make the perfect coffee-table centrepiece.
A fresh lick of paint can transform a space, and when we’re looking to switch up our colour palette, Edward Bulmer is our go-to. Not only does the brand offer an unrivalled selection of oh-so-chic hues, each tin of its paint is made using a natural-pigments-and toxic-free formula. What’s more, every effort is made to produce in a planet-friendly way, such as by using plant-based binders instead of plastic. And if you’re stuck for inspiration, you can book a virtual or in-person colour consultation.
For the best-dressed dining table, look no further than Maison Margaux. The luxury British homeware brand excels in beautiful tabletop pieces, from linens to serving dishes, cutlery to candlesticks. Shop for individual items to supplement your existing collection or, if you’re on the search for a total transformation, consider their pre-styled sets. You can even rent tablescapes for a special event.
Launched in 2017 by friends Emily Stewart and Sarah Serocold, Hill & May caught our eye with their handmade, pleated lampshades, which are crafted using upcycled silk saris and block-printed linens. We love the tastefully bold designs, which can be mixed and matched with the brand’s selection of playful bases, or used to instantly update your existing light fittings. Each shade comes in a variety of sizes, so getting the right fit is guaranteed.
If a bobbin mirror is on your wish list then Folie Chambre is a must. Laura discovered the little-known label when searching for the perfect finishing touch for her guest room and instantly fell in love. Handturned in Yorkshire and painted in glossy lacquer, each mirror is made to order and comes ready to hang. Complete the look with contrasting bobbin candlesticks.
We are huge fans of Laetita Rouget’s tongue-in-cheek ceramics and couldn’t think of a more stylish way to add a playful touch to a room. Each piece is handmade in Portugal and guaranteed to raise a smile. Top of our wish list? The ceramic dessert plates printed with funny slogans such as: “her main passion in life is cheese”. Quite.
Is there anything Deborah Brett can’t do? Our endlessly talented editor-at-large – and dear friend – creates exquisite handmade ceramic dishes in organic shapes, that come finished with delicate glazes and gold trims. From platters to bowls and napkin rings, they are almost too beautiful to use and will transform your tabletop into a work of art.
Inspired by colourful Italian design, Ceraudo is the place to go for furnishing with flair. Combining classic shapes with bold prints and bright colours, their pieces make a statement while also being timeless additions to a room. We’d take the lot, but our favourite has got to be the Aurora footstool, which comes with or without frill trim and in a selection of eye-catching fabrics.
We’re all about great fabric, and Flora Soames is our mecca for just that. The designer’s collection includes a beautiful array of fabrics and wallpaper all hand-printed and woven in British mills. Whether looking for something extra special to reupholster a favourite piece, or seeking a room overhaul, her expert use of print and colour will not disappoint.
Founded by fashion editor Sophie Warburton, Host is a cult destination for fun, stylish and affordable homeware. The edit is all about those finishing touches – think ruffle cushions, confetti tumblers, glass candlesticks and chic wastepaper bins. We currently have our eye on the ‘Flump’ frames, the result of a collaboration with art dealer Domenica Marland, and we love the selection of tabletop transformers such as the ceramic serving platters, hand-painted in Positano.
If ever there was a dream homewares collaboration, this is it. Interior designer Rita Konig has teamed up with The Lacquer Company on a capsule collection, which includes bar tables, ice buckets and drinks trays. We especially love the Belle Rives wave tray, available in two sizes and perfect for housing evening martinis.
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