What’s your favourite kind of shopping experience? How do you love to shop?
For me, it’s taking a stroll down my local or near-by high street and popping into all the lovely little boutiques and independently owned stores that offer individual and unique products. It’s a delight to peruse their gorgeous collections, chat with the shop assistants and find a treasured piece that will remain forever timeless.
What could be more lovely than casually wandering your local village with the sunshine on your face, enjoying the fresh air and stopping in for a coffee and a treat before moving on to the next store?
My all-time worst nightmare is hitting the big malls and competing with the crowds of the super stores, buying the same types of things that every other house hold has and leaving feeling wound up and uninspired. This becomes an especially trying time at Christmas when what should be an enjoyable gift-buying experience turns into complete chaos. Ughhh.
In a world full of chain stores and corporate giants it’s important to remind ourselves of the benefits of shopping local. The main reason for this is because buying from our neighbourhood small business’ also helps our local communities and contributes to our economy as a whole.
Buying locally helps to create a unique community that is vibrant and fun. One-of-a-kind businesses are what give an area it's distinguishing character and charm, and as a result increases its value. As such mainstream shopping is becoming less and less popular.
We thought we would let you in on a little secret and share with you our favourite stores who have some of the most beautiful and exciting products! It is our pleasure to introduce you to some of the most original and truly inspiring stores located in each of the states of Australia.
NEW SOUTH WALES
If you’re out and about in Sydney here are 5 gorgeous stores to shop at for great gifts for yourself and loved ones.
G&D@home is an Australian family small business based in Alexandria’s Home Maker Centre with a track record in the furniture industry for over 16 years. They stock a wide range of unique gifts and homeware products, together with modern contemporary and Asian furniture on a continuous flow of fresh and new designs. G&D@Home firmly believe that what goes around comes around… and so you can be assured of the good karma behind every G&D product.
InArtisan work with artisans from around the world to create and source unique homewares of the highest quality. Their showroom in St Peters stocks a unique range of goods including soy wax candles, digital print cushions, imported reindeer hide, and various metal and copper goods.
For beautiful, practical homewares, furniture and lifestyle products, look no further than Waverley's own Luumo Design. Valuing the functionality and simplicity of Scandinavian Design, Luumo Design's unique range of products have been sourced globally to bring you a carefully curated collection which is sure to bring a "feel good" factor to any home.
Orson & Blake is a store in Crows Nest offering an eclectic collection of hand-picked items from artists and designers from around the globe. Shop online or come in-store to discover a stunning collection in a range of styles from around the world, including cushions, entertainment units, mirrors, dinnerware, sculptures, home decor, couches, tables, and much more.
Based in Centro Warriewood in Sydney, Swish Furniture & Homewares is your one stop shop for home decorating. They stock a beautiful range of homewares, gifts, and can help you with custom-made furniture and nifty storage solutions. Their range in-store is constantly updated with fresh new products to keep your home looking gorgeous and on-trend all year round.
South of the Yarra
Based beside the beach in Port Melbourne, Co.Co has a treasure trove of products from a beautiful, stylish range of homewares, gifts to furniture and fashion accessories. Their vibrant and colourful collection includes cushions, throws, kitchenware, framed art, lamps, tables, shelves, outdoor & pool essentials.
Established For Design is a beautiful boutique store based in Malvern East, stocking the latest in cool, innovative and inspired items for the home. Their curated collection includes artwork, luxury homewares, furniture, and gifts which are all quality design and affordable, with a strong emphasis on function and aesthetics.
Frankie + Coco is all about making life more beautiful in Hampton! Their goal is to inspire and create wonderful spaces which you can't wait to come home to. With experience in the retail industry and qualifications in interior design and decoration they offer a wide range of furniture, homewares, giftware, clothing and accessories sourced from all over the world to come together in a unique eclectic style.
Based in not one but two locations you can find a stunning range of Nordic-inspired homewares at Norsu Interiors. Both their Malvern and Hawthorn stores stocks an incredible range of unique homewares and furniture, including artwork, candles, cushions, wallpaper, plant stands, lighting, bed linen, and bathroom and kitchen accessories.
The Builders Daughter
The Builders Daughter is a gorgeous boutique based in East Malvern. They have an inspiring collection of hand-crafted, beautifully-made designer homewares at affordable prices. Their extensive range includes servingware, jewellery, home decor, rugs & mats, candles, cushions, and much, more.
Zachloe source and supply custom-made unique home furnishings, furniture for indoor and outdoor use, homewares and home accessories, soft furnishings, lifestyle products, original local art, designer pots and plants and so much more. Their products are designed & manufactured in Australia and overseas using the highest quality fabrics and materials. Visit their store at 275 Coventry St in South Melbourne.
And if you feel like heading a little further South visit United Interiors. Based in Moorabin they offer all things dedicated toward a fashionable home. From the very latest in trending artworks to exquisitely beautiful rugs and decor, it's the perfect place to source, buy and gather ideas for current and future interior projects.
North of the Yarra
Linen & Moore’s Fitzroy showroom brings everyday luxury for the home with their extensive collection of cushions, throws, quilts, bed and table linen. Their products are made using premium materials from around the world, ranging from fine wools, silks, Egyptian cotton and pure linen, embroideries and hand block printed table linen.
Home and Haven Manchester Fairfield store is packed with bargains but not cheap products. Their bedroom collection includes pillows, quilts, quilt covers, bed linen and throws; bathroom – towels, bathmats and accessories; kitchen and living room – cushions, napkins, placemats, table cloths, tea towels and other accessories.
Phoenix & The Turtle The Phoenix & The Turtle is one of Melbourne's most loved homewares stores located in Northcote. They have a gorgeous range of cushions, throws, candles, couches, gifts, jewellery and so much more. You'll be tempted to buy a gift for yourself in this stylish homeware store!
If you're feeling like heading a little further North check out Déjà Vu Interiors. They provide quality, on-trend furniture, homewares, artwork, lighting and rugs at an affordable price. With stores at Eastland Shopping Centre in Ringwood and Greensborough Plaza in Greensborough, their family-run business is always searching for new designs and styles so you can be ahead of the trends.
Ambience Store focus on contemporary design to work specifically with Australian architecture, and contains an extensive range of hand crafted rattan, stone, and timber pieces. Upholstered furniture lines are slowly being introduced to their collection as complementary designs are sourced. With an emphasis on exceptional service, quality and originality, Ambience Store is the ‘go to’ place for something unique to make your home the sanctuary you envisage. Visit their fantastic showroom in Newstead.
Husband and wife team Ben & Mary Sidey have a passion for the very best in outdoor living. Their business Dune Outdoor Luxuries is an importer of high quality outdoor furniture with showrooms in both Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. They have recently launched their Brown Jordan Gallery which enables customers to select finishes and fabrics of their choice from the in store library.
Eco Chic's Coolangatta showroom showcases eco-friendly furniture and homewares throughout Australia. Their range runs from modern lines to vintage furniture, but everything works back together and different pieces are meant to be mixed and matched! Eco Chic offers a comprehensive contemporary furniture selection from sofas to accessories, lamps to bedding...a complete one-stop home furnishings shop.
Sheets On The Line
Sheets on the Line are the guardians of a good night’s sleep and the creators of Australia’s finest organic bed linens. Wholly owned and designed in Australia, their high quality, sustainable range of bed linen, sheets, towels and cushions are produced to the highest ethical and quality standards by certified specialty manufacturers. They aim to provide sustainable luxury without the luxe price tag. Visit their showroom in Paddington.
Classic Timber Furniture is Adelaide’s favourite place for beautiful timber furniture. They sell a range of traditional and contemporary designs, which are all of fantastic quality and aim to provide exceptional value for money and furniture that lasts the distance. Both their Gepps Cross and Keswick showrooms boast a range of indoor and outdoor furniture, featuring stunning tables, chairs, beds and storage solutions. We’re sure that you’ll find something you love.
Based in Hindmarsh, Made by Mastersson make custom furniture using premium, sustainable, solid timber to make beautifully simple furniture. Pieces are available in a selection of timbers and finishes and can be customised to suit your needs.
Out of the Cot is a super sweet furniture business in Kensington Park specialising in bedroom furniture suitable for tots all the way to teens. Each of the beautiful, safe products are designed with love by mum and daughter team Lyndel & Emma, and include beds, mattresses, linen, wall decor, rugs, bunk beds and wall furnishings.
Spaces + Places is a Classic contemporary and eclectic store for people buying furniture, lighting, homewares, prints and manchester in Stepney, Adelaide, South Australia. Situated in Adelaide’s Eastern suburbs, in a precinct that is traditionally known for vintage and antique, Spaces+ Places brings a refreshingly colourful & quirky style to the street.
Based in Osborne Park, Housewares Perth pride themselves on having an amazing range of unique furniture and housewares. All of their hand picked products are not only of exceptionally high quality but they are have a unique style. Great for finding that statement piece you've been looking for, or that perfect addition to an existing theme.
Lifestyle Furniture in Willetton has a great range of sophisticated, modern, contemporary and traditional furniture and accessories with style and class to reflect your values and lifestyle. Much of their Western Australian made furniture uses recycled jarrah and marri timber, as well as Tasmanian oak and select grade New Zealand pine all beautifully hand crafted to a fine finish.
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