You know you’re an adult when you consider browsing homewares shops a legitimate and highly enjoyable pastime. There’s nothing like admiring gorgeous sets of ceramics or lightly stroking your hand over high-quality linen bedding to really get the senses going (and the cash flowing).
There’s no shortage of awesome homeware stores around Perth offering everything from your major furniture items, to soft furnishings, all the way to home accessories and those glorious knick-knacks that give your house a homely feel. So whether you’ve actually got a home to furnish or not, here are Perth’s best homewares shops for your perusal.
Claremont, Osborne Park, Fremantle, Mount Lawley
Going to Empire is a seriously dangerous affair; you’re at risk of somehow giving away all of your cash. With four major stores across Perth, Empire is at the forefront of bringing us beautiful, eclectic and carefully selected imported and locally designed furniture and homewares. No matter what room you’re fitting out or whether it’s your whole home, they’ve got you covered with everything from boho chic and rustic refinement, to Scandinavian minimalism and pure elegance. And don’t even get us started on the soft furnishing and indoor plant offering. The jaw (and credit card) drops.
Tucked into a little spot on Beaufort, La Luna packs a whole lot of amazing homewares for such a small shop. Think handcrafted ceramics, moody and romantic floral prints, macramé wall hangings and planters, gorgeous wool rugs and trendy velvet furnishings. You’ll want to buy everything.
It’s impossible not to fall in love with Remedy. Shopping here is as calming and grounding as a day spa visit; not least due to the aroma of their Aesop product range. The place is full of organic and earthy homewares, like stunning linen bedding, handmade wool throws, matte ceramics, beeswax candles, Turkish towels and high-quality armadillo rugs. Top it all off with a beautiful selection of bathroom products that will turn your house into a home.
If post-industrial, clean Scandinavian design is what you’re about, Arrival Hall is your Perth-based mecca. Housed itself in a stunning refurbished home in Northbridge, the offering at Arrival Hall will make minimalists and design-forward thinkers weak at the knees. The place is a one-stop shop for exquisite furniture and homewares findings from designers all over the world, with an emphasis on that same Scandi-vibe that we know and love. Pieces are contemporary, urban and seriously stylish. Beyond furniture for every room of the home, plus lighting, kitchenware and home accessories, Arrival Hall also specialises in string wardrobe and storage systems to help your home both look and feel just right. And they've got a cafe to boot.
This exciting little creative venture housed in an old warehouse in Fremantle is an absolute gem. Stackwood is a concept store supporting a bunch of local makers (nine of them in fact) by bringing their products to the broader Perth community—and we thank them for it. Get all your ceramic needs fulfilled by Winterwares Ceramics, deck your place out with Sally Mundy’s art, and grab a vintage ottoman or statement throw from The Vintage Delhi.
Granite Lane Homewares
Some shops are just satisfying to browse through. Granite Lane is one of them. The place is so aesthetically pleasing it’s scary. With a carefully selected range of products that showcase designers from across the globe, Granite Lane has everything you need to achieve ultimate dream home status. Think beautiful contemporary furniture, cosy bed linen, statement cushions, ceramic kitchenware and every other home accessory your heart could desire. The staff are super helpful too; they’ll tell you the story of all their pieces and help you make choices that reflect your uniqueness.
Angove Street Collective
If you really want to torture yourself—or if you actually have a home to fit out—Angove Street Collective is the place to do both. Housing Ambassador Home and Ambassador Life, the Collective will sort you out with gorgeous furniture, luxurious linens, handcrafted ceramics and everything in between. There’s a contemporary feel, but homage is paid to retro designs: think cane chairs, upcycled coffee tables, and Californian desert prints. That’s before even mentioning the crazy beautiful, environmentally sustainable, organic fibre rugs from Armadillo & Co, of which there’s an excellent selection.
Claremont and South Fremantle
This family-run gem has been around since 1999 and is still providing a pretty unique homewares and furniture offering. With a thoughtfully sourced range of products, Corner Store has something for styles ranging industrial to French provincial, shabby chic, retro kitsch and back again. Slightly quirky, very colourful, and with a huge amount of stuff to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong here. On top of all the furniture and other home essentials, this is the place to find weird and wonderful clocks, funky hooks and knobs and even fun wallpaper.
Stocking only the finest designer furniture from around the world, Mobilia should be the first point of call for those wanting a sleek, modern home filled with collectibles—think Kartell, Glas Italia and Foscarini. They’ve recently fitted out Odyssea and The Camfield which are both sights for sore eyes, so we’re sure they can do a number on your home pretty easily.
The Rug Studio
We all love a good rug, and you’re sure to find many of them here—but that’s not all! The Rug Studio is full of rare treasures like upcycled coffee tables and cabinets, ottomans, chests, vases, urns and prints sourced from around the globe. In the rugs department, expect hand-knotting, organic fibres, and earthy tones.
For an extensive range of choices to suit any style, Trilogy is a safe bet. This is a one-stop shop for all your major furniture needs (think cabinets, lounges, office furniture and tables) but there is also a huge range of homewares and soft furnishings to top things off. There’s quite a bit going on in there, so if you’re struggling to piece your home’s look together, they have an in-house interior designer to help.
Cool Calm Collected
This beautiful little shop on Angove Street might be smaller than the Collective across the road, but it will not disappoint when it comes to a unique offering. Cool Calm Collected boasts an incredible range of personally collected vintage and retro furniture from around the world, stocking everything from chairs and coffee tables to textiles, carpets and cushions, plus a bunch of miscellaneous goods like copper objects, regal mirrors, and vases of the porcelain variety.
It’s on the smaller side, but if you’re looking for seriously unique finishing pieces and service that’s unparalleled, head straight to Yoke. On the homewares front, Yoke loves supporting local artisans and artists, so expect an eclectic, funky mix of things like tea towels, candles, patterned bowls and cups, vases and even tiki mugs.
Merchants of Swanbourne
For finishing touches and some seriously good knick-knacks, Merchants of Swanbourne is a bit of a treat. Make your house a home with their diffusers, candles, platters, cheese knives, ceramics, kitchenware, rugs and throws. And did we mention their gorgeous pot plants?
Another one for all your bits and pieces, Ware is a long-time favourite of locals tucked up the back of Astor Lane, stocking unique, eclectic gifts and homewares. Expect kitschy pot plants, kitchenware and ceramics, funky vases, jugs and glassware sets and funky ottomans.
Your last stop after filling your home with all the stuff you actually need, Urban Depot stocks the homewares you just want. Think retro-inspired kitchenware and cookbooks, lust-worthy ceramic bowls and cups and beautiful glassware, plus that record player you’ve been dreaming of, of course.
Daisy & Rowe
For an interesting mix of homewares and gift items like books and fresh flowers, Daisy & Rowe is hard to go by. For a little place, they’ve got everything from kitchenware and bathroom items to frames, prints, cushions and home accessories. Don’t expect to deck out your whole place here, but do expect some fun finds and friendly service.
Pottery Barn & West Elm
Yes, it’s a chain, but it’s popular for a reason. Convenience being one of them, this place stocks a huge variety of beautiful homewares fit for the modern home. Pottery Barn is where all your upscale furniture dreams come true, and West Elm (right next door) is the spot to grab all your finishing touches, like frames, clocks, candles, trays, vases, cushions and throws! Mind you, both of them offer just about everything for the home under the sun, so it’s hard to go wrong.
We’re sorry, but it has to be said. The homewares department at H&M's Perth outpost is pretty darn good. Just try walking out of there without some ridiculous purchase (we swear we need that golden pineapple vase), we dare you! Seriously though, for some quick and easy homewares supplies that aren’t going to break the bank, this is your go-to.
As far as the big-boys go, Freedom is by far our favourite. If you’re going to do all of your furniture and homewares shopping at a big chain, this is probably the one to go to. We can’t deny that flicking through a Freedom brochure gives us the feels; their matching sets are pretty satisfying and the ease of it all is certainly appealing. The staff are super helpful when it comes to mix-and-matching their huge range of furniture and home accessories.
If you've got any money left, check out our pick of the best gift stores in Perth.
Empire | Image credit: Elle Borgward