Styling your home is basically a full-time occupation now. If people come round for tea and you don't have a Monstera plant and a couple of vintage cameras dotted about your living room, your guests are well within their rights to mock you and then leave. Sounds harsh, but we didn’t make the rules.
If your place needs a little The Block-style decorating—something to make that Shaynna Blaze lady raise her bangled hands and say ‘Now THIS is more like it.’—we know just the spots. All you’ll need is impeccable taste and a lot of money. Nothing to it, really.
Scandinavian design is notorious for looking good, but Designstuff takes it a few steps further, ensuring that their homewares have more than just beauty.
The contemporary goods you’ll find at Designstuff are bound to have a story, with each handpicked design being made with integrity and quality, and fitting into your living space perfectly.
Celebrating both Australian and internally designed products, Connection boasts a range of contemporary homewares and gifts that are sure to find a comfortable place in your life.
With their heritage Stretching back over 60 years and three generations, their buyers have spent four decades gathering some of Melbourne’s most unique and loved designs.
Perfect for the modern Australian home, Lighty stocks unique handmade wares made from mostly natural resources.
With a cleanly paired back design aesthetic, the focus of Lightly is a passion for well-designed products, with an emphasis on functionality and resourcefulness.
Even serial plant killers will take pleasure browsing through Ivy Muse. It’s essentially house porn for consenting adults—a store dedicated to indoor greenery and plant-holders, with a few boutique ceramic homewares sprinkled in for good measure. The atmosphere in there is like 115% oxygen. You probably emerge 6 months younger than when you went in.
Co-owners Jacqui Vidal and Alana Langan are on hand with some tips for plant care (pro tip: don’t overwater. You’re killing them with kindness) and you can even pick up accessories from Wingnut & Co and Studio Twocan.
Made In Japan
SOUTH MELBOURNE, QUEEN VIC MARKET & MORNINGTON
Head to Made In Japan to pick up some quality and authentic Japanese-made tableware. With a mantra of no middleman and no excess packaging, Made In Japan deals directly with the factories and makers of their products.
This means that the tableware they stock is often only used by restaurants and homes in the areas around Central Japan where they are sourced from, bringing a unique piece of Japanese design directly to your home.
Kathryn & The Bear
A collaboration between two businesses, Kathryn & the Bear is a leafy oasis that stocks unique artisan wares from a range of local artists.
Besides the beautiful homewares, you can expect informative creative workshops and events that teach you everything from plant care to designing your own keep cup, as well as designated interior design consultations from Kathryn Contreras herself, who is a qualified interior designer.
Fenton & Fenton
At Fenton & Fenton you can look forward to an eclectic range of furniture, artwork and homewares that are sure to give your humble abode a much-needed facelift.
We get it. We’re partial to the whole Scandi-mod aesthetic too. But maybe, just maybe, it’s time to mix it up a little. Enter St Kilda’s Scout House. Refreshingly, Scout ISN’T another mod-Scandi temple to refined and elegant minimalism.
It’s a rough and tumble mix of western European antiques, industrial homewares and bespoke furniture, handpicked by owner Orlando Mesiti on one of his many trips to France and Belgium. Expect anything from French Pine breadboards from the late 1800s to vintage Dutch bistro tables.
A proud family-owned business, Jardan’s multi-level retail space will give you all of the interior inspiration you need to create the perfect living space.
With a strong passion for sustainability, Jardan has been been awarded on multiple occasions for design and sustainability, but if that doesn't sell you, the quality craftsmanship of their furniture and homewares should.
Head to Plantsmith if you’re looking to garnish your home with a little bit of life.
With an array of about 200 hundred plants to choose from, owner and qualified horticulturist Liz Turner has carefully curated the plant offering to be appealing, yet low maintenance and easy to care for.
MALVERN & HAMPTON
Prepare to be spoilt for choice at Crate Expectations.
With one-off pieces, quality furniture, cushions, lamps and a range of other homewares, art and accessories, you’ll find it difficult not blowing your budget. Sourced from local and international designers, at Crate Expectations you’re sure to find furnishings and wares for every room of the home.
For more of the best Melbourne has to offer, head to our Best Of Guides section.
Image credit: Ivy Muse