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Melbourne is blessed with an abundance of fantastic homewares stores. So much so that this city can be a little dangerous for those of with a design-eye and a penchant for browsing.
We’ve spent many a weekend dragging our significant others through the best homewares stores in Melbourne, whittling down our list of favourites to just five.
Clear some boot space; here are our fave 5 Melbourne homewares stores.
This Melbourne homewares store is beautiful and rambling, classic and modern, all at the same time. Owned by Lucy Fenton, the Fenton&Fenton store is made up of room after room of interesting artworks, soft furnishings, women’s accessories, and so, so much more. Lucy Fenton’s love of colour is evident throughout the space, and is displayed in a way that’s warm and inviting—once you’re inside you’ll never want to leave.
Fenton&Fenton is possibly best known for is its rugs. Designed by Lucy’s husband Josh and made in India, the rugs are beautifully bright and geometric—they can bring any room to life. You’ll leave Fenton&Fenton mentally furnishing your home with all the glorious pieces that are up for grabs
The little homewares store that could, Collingwood store, Lightly has been growing from strength to strength since opening ten years ago. This interiors haven, the beautiful brainchild of owner Cindy-Lee Davies, started off predominantly selling lighting and ceramics and has gradually expanded its offering in to all manner of homewares and furniture, with a focus on natural materials. Lightly manufactures most of its wares in Melbourne—the things this Melbourne homewares store can do with wood, stone and leather is nothing short of magical—think shelving, tables, and plant hangers. True to their roots, lighting is still a focus, and if you’re in the market for a copper pendant light, Lightly has some truly gorgeous offerings (the Godfrey is our pick!).
One of Melbourne’s best homewares stores, Jardan is a haven of functional, high-quality, and truly beautiful Melbourne-made furniture. The vast store is spread out over two glorious levels and includes its very own in-house barista, and the attention to detail that has gone into the design and layout of the showroom is obvious, and that’s before we even get to the furniture! The majority of the stunning furniture on offer can be customised to suit personal preferences, with a huge range of different materials and wood options available to create your perfect piece.
Malvern & Hampton
Crate Expectations has two Melbourne stores, one in Malvern and one in Hampton, but no matter which you find yourself in you’ll be treated to a beautiful homewares experience.. A modern Australian offering, with a touch of Scandi design, Crate Expectations is light, bright and oozing with relaxed sophistication. Stocking everything from books and scarves to furniture, artwork, and kitchenware, Crate Expectations offers a huge range of Australian and international brands. This Melbourne homewares store really is a treasure trove of gorgeous bits and bobs and is the ultimate gift shop for that friend with a design eye.
If you’re cruising down Fitzroy Street in St Kilda meander into Scout House and get lost in Melbourne interiors heaven. A warehouse-style set up that is packed to the brim with one-off pieces, vintage, reclaimed and new furniture, artwork, knick-knacks, homewares, lighting, it’s easy to easily lose an hour or five trawling through Scout House’s many unique pieces, which have been selected from around the world. Bonus: Scout House also make their own wraught-iron bedsteads that you can have powder coated in your choice of 120 colours.
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