New year, new ottoman. After analysing our past failures we’ve discovered that reinvention begins at home, and that can mean only one thing; homewares shopping.
Cue montage of us galumphing through Brisbane’s best homewares boutiques in search of a coffee table that reminds us just slightly of the one Don Draper had in his office in season 6 of Mad Men. Shopping for homewares is some of the best fun you can have without strobe lights, and with Brisbane’s selection of functional eye candy it’s like visiting museums with exhibits you’re allowed to sit on.
Born from a love of the Caribbean with an intention to unearth a sense of that wanderlust feeling from your own home, St. Barts is an idyllic and inspiring place full of carefully collected pieces from travels around this glorious globe. An abundance of natural wood and a palette of neutral hues, it’s paramount the product mix is perfect for the luxe lifestyle connoisseurs. Large copper urns, shell-detailed baskets, and oriental hand-painted vases are just some of the beautiful offerings which all range from $40 to pretty much your entire fortnightly paycheck.
If fresh white minimalism and beech wood are too on beat for you, Matt Blatt is where you need to be. Everything in Matt Blatt’s stockroom, whether for the home office, the kids’ rooms, or the outdoor setting, fuses function and fashion together with a healthy dollop of quirk. Just the thing to set off your exposed brick feature wall.
Ever dreamed of taking up residence in an art gallery but can’t jam with the no food rule? Living Edge might be just your kind of homewares emporium. Their items are so gosh darn good looking it’s almost rude to stare and well worth the investment to boost your décor and impress your in-laws.
With its host of designer furniture brands, Space is basically the Net-a-Porter of homewares. Well known as the pinnacle of fresh/edgy/cool home accoutrements, just kit yourself out with a luxe couch and a dazzling light feature for the same allure and intrigue of a stately society fox without the burden of having to date an internet entrepreneur.
Black & Spiro
Anna Spiro, the woman behind the Hellenic patterns at Halcyon House, knows her way around a print. Her collection of vibrant textiles and wallpapers is everything you never knew you needed to give your dwelling that extra zap of hipness, check it out at Black & Spiro and wave a firm goodbye to monochrome.
With its sky-blue paint exterior and gold signage, Jardan is not a store that blends in and gets lost among James Street’s sea of retail window fronts. Its flooded with natural light and warm tones and its two-storey interior provides a serene backdrop for their mid-century modern sofas, stools, tables and chairs. Taking inspiration from the relaxed, Australian way of life, Jardan’s aesthetic and furniture will appease to everyone and anyone. We guarantee you’ll find some rare gems here.
You probably can’t afford real Philippe Starck and that’s okay. Replica Furniture has made it okay. After many hours coveting lamps online with gleaming eyes and paltry funds, the dream of switching off your own handgun table lamp has become real with a trip to this house of homage.
At Magnolia Interiors the girls go crazy over a bit of colour and know exactly how to use it to make the most of your space. If you're after a vibrant wallpaper, or maybe a gorgeous table lamp, welcome to interior design heaven. If you love the idea of re-vamping your humble abode but need a little help (or maybe a lot) the girls at Magnolia Interiors will gladly do all the hard work for you. Immerse yourself in Magnolia Interiors and you'll walk away feeling inspired.
Cotswold have been leaders in the furniture industry since the '80s, so it's no wonder they are our go-to for hard-to-find, stylish pieces. Cotswold's range of furniture suits any home or lifestyle, from apartments to the largest estate, housing brands like Fermob, Vincent Sheppard and Cotswold Teak. Think woven loom and fun french metal, as well as stunning teak items. With a gorgeous showroom, Cotswold is not just for the homemaker — they can also furnish commercial properties and restaurants.
If you’re looking to channel the style of the Scandinavians in your humble abode, you’ll discover some serious inspo at The Modern Furniture Store. Nestled in the hub of contemporary interior design shops around James Street, The Modern features quality pieces of European oak and elm desks, sofas, dining and modern coffee tables. You’ll be hit with instant interior inspo to meld your home with a clean, functional look.
Cultivate Design Co
This gorgeous store is changing the decorating and lifestyle scene of Brisbane’s bayside with handcrafted homewares, unique furnishings and beautiful botanicals. Prepare to get lost in your decorative imagination as you browse stylish homewares such as ceramic vases, hourglasses and local artworks. The space is light, open and extremely homey. If you’ve been on the search for decor inspo, Cultivate Design Co. has the perfect items to leave your guests’ mouths wide open.
Commercial Road Antiques
Cluttered with artefacts and furnishings from bygone eras, Commercial Road Antiques is a charismatic time capsule like no other. Where else can you pimp your crib with a black lacquer writing desk and pick up a crimson kimono at the same time?
Woolloongabba Antique Centre
The jewel of Brisbane’s antiquing heartland, the Woolloongabba Antique Centre is a dangerous place to get lost. You might casually pop in for a quick gander only to emerge hours later with a bank of vintage cinema seats, four Chippendales, a black lacquer tea cabinet, and a working jukebox.
Paddington Antique Centre
Long time veteran of the Paddington’s historic streets is the Paddington Antique Centre, and it’s your one stop for the ultimate thrifting experience. This old Plaza Theatre with its faded vintage curtains looks straight out of a Hallmark movie. Get lost amongst never-ending rows and rooms of collectables and homewares to furnish a house in whatever era you desire.
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