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.
Here are 8 of Brisbane’s best homewares spots that we’re digging right now:
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.
If your home is your canvas, Ambience Store is your paintbox. Replete with cushions, coffee tables, ottomans, bedheads, lighting, blankets, outdoor furniture, and literally every other charming indulgence you need to transform your castle into a fairy palace, this is one stop that is vital to your décor happiness.
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.
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.
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.
I 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 my own handgun table lamp has become real with a trip to this house of homage.
For even more Brisbane shopping gems, check out The Directory.
Image credit: Living Edge