A Few of my Favourite Home Stores
Since I was a kid I've had a love for interior decorating. Working for home and lifestyle magazines meant that some days I got to browse shops and homewares websites for the latest decorating products, and enjoy seeing different decorating styles in Australian homes.
Friends sometimes ask me for decorating advice or suggest that I should help decorate their own house. I feel pretty under qualified for this kind of task! I think your place should be a collection of pieces that make your house feel like your home – not someone else's! That's not to say that if you enlist the help of an interior designer they won't be worth every dollar! An interior designer understands the rules of interior design and has the talent, experience and qualifications to visualise what pieces, textures and colour will look great in your home.
In April we bought our first home together in lovely Boyne Island (over the road from where we had been renting for a year and a half in fact!). It has been fun finding some new pieces for our (more permanent) home! So, like us, if you're going to diy, I thought I'd share a few of my favourite places to find pieces for our home... and they're all small businesses in Australia (that's not to say that I don't love shopping at IKEA!).
GARZIE + MAY
Garzie + May is a small business run by two mum's with small children – good on them! They're based on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, but ship within Australia and to NZ, the US and the UK. They sell beautiful, bedding, cushions, candles and beach throws. The quilt on our bed above is their Boho Palm Kantha quilt.
Kawaiian Lion is based in the northern beaches of Sydney (where I spent the first 24 years of my life!). The lifestyle label infuses a love for texture, light, the sea, surf, vintage-folk, the lion muse and the island of kauai. They sell cushions, bed linen, wall paper, wall art, tees, bags and accessories.
I've purchased a few of their cushions for my own home and love them!
Arrow Divine is an Australian business which started out selling jewellery and have now expanded to sell vintage clothing and home pieces with a beachy boho feel. The great thing is that the pieces are unique, have stood the test of time and in purchasing you're reusing – that's a good enough excuse! We have a couple of wooden and woven serving platters and bowls from Arrow Divine in our home.