Shop Stop

Opening your eyes to the shops out there

H&M homewares in old Sydney town

Yayayayayaya! H&M homewares have finally hit Sydney! I fell in love with them in Melbourne a couple of years ago, such a cool and cheap range and now we don’t have to buy a ticket to Melbourne to shop it!

The new range is cheap and cheery. Full of gold, copper, marble and velvet. It’s very now, and you can pick most things up for $20. And they cover a whole range of rooms, from cheap bedding, towels, kitchen accessories and decorator items. I’ve picked out some of my favorites below, but nothing is as good as a visit in person, so pop on down to Pitt Street Mall and get ready to spend! But not much… this stuff is insanely cheap!

hm1Velvet cushion cover, $9.95.

hm2Large wire basket, $29.95.

hm3Glass dome with plate, $39.95.

hm4Small wooden bowl, $14.95.

hm5Cotton cushion cover, $7.95.

hm6Ceramic plant pot, $19.95.

hm72 pack of knobs, $7.95.

hm8Gold wire basket, $19.95.

hm9Cotton chambray duvet set, $69.95.

hm10Storage basket, $19.95.

hm11Bath towel, $19.95.

hm12Glass soap dispenser, $14.95.

Click here to see the full range.

Happy styling xx

Concrete Jungle

This is something that has been trending for a while, but I feel like appreciating it this week. Concrete in homes. Sounds harsh, sounds soulless, but it couldn’t be sexier. I love concrete walls and polished concrete floors, something I saw a lot of when in Japan. And yes, my phone is filled with many photos of minimalist concrete buildings from Harajuku.

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Concrete definitely suits the style of industrial-chic or scandi. Use of black and white in the room are a must! Some may feel concrete is cold and uninviting but you can warm it up with natural timbers, rugs and animal skins. I think it actually softens a room with its light grey hues. Now of course to render a wall or lay a new floor is expensive… a girl can dream… why not decorate your home with concrete accessories? They add a cool modern edge to your styling. And I’ve taken the liberty below to show you some of my favourite pieces out there at the moment!

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My watch list….

Yes, yes, yes! It’s the long weekend and we all know what that means… it’s time to shop! I have found some very lovely, very monochromed homewares to add to my watch list. Yes, I restrained myself from calling this my fifty shades of grey lust list... only just. Click on the name and you can buy it straight away! BOOM.

Table Tonic- Digital Print Chenille RugTable Tonic digital print cowhide, day dream

Citta Design- Soala Woven ThrowCitta Soala woven throw

Mr and Mrs White- Icelandic Sheep skin Throw in White

Mr and Mrs white icelandic sheepskin

Freedom- Franklin Table LampFreedom Franklin lamp

MCM House- Joe SofaMCM house Joe sofa with arms

The minimalist- Claudette Elliot plug in light

The minimalist Claudette eliiot plug in light

Kmart- Round Mirror (Bargain Alert)kmart round mirror

Target- Modern Folk Round Cushion (Bargain Alert)Target modern folk round cushion

West Elm- Box Frame Coffee Table

West Elm Box frame coffe table

Country Road- Sigrid Bag

Country Road Home Sigrid Bag

Design Hunter- Charcoal Chelsea Knit CushionDear spetmber charcoal chelsea knit cushion

The Hunted- Carlo Concrete Vessel

The hunted concrete vessel

Ikea- Backaryd/Oppeby Dining TableIkea backyard Oppeby dining table

Lumiere Art and Co- Black Star PrintLumiere art and co black star print

Urban Couture- White Oak Jewelry BoxIrban Couture white oak jewelry boxHappy styling xx

Japan Shopping Guide

Japan. I die. I can’t even.

I love Japanese design. It’s clean, consistent and the colour palette is to die for. It’s everywhere, the simple industrial style followed me, and I loved it. Let me share with you some amazing homewares shops I found… all by accident. Yes, this trip was all about having a rest for me so I didn’t track down stores to write about… this all happened organically. So yes, there are probably many more stores out there but these are ones I found walking through the humid but very well kept streets of Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa. Even if you don’t have plans to visit Japan check out the photos below and drool over their very eclectic offerings.


1-4-8 Jinnan 1st FL / Shibuya-ku / Tokyo

This shop definitely has quite the industrial-eclectic appeal. It has everything from furniture to kitchenwares to artworks to little knick knacks… even shoes. It’s bursting with goodness. Such a cute find!

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1-4-8 Jinnan Building 1F / Shibuya-ku / Tokyo

Now I didn’t have time to pop in here as I was frantically late to meet a friend, but man this furniture shop is cool! It’s right next to Dulton, filled with Scandi goodies. Like super cool. And the prices seemed really reasonable for the amazing furniture they had on offer. If this shop was in Australia I’d have furnished my whole house with it!

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1-4-10 Jinnan / Shibuya-ku / Tokyo

This shop is dubbed ‘the jewelry style shop for the modern gentleman”, but it also has many beautiful homewares, and things for girls! Now this is a splurge shop, but it sure does have some beautiful product. Definitely worth a look… also there’s a very cute organic fruit juice truck parked out the front for a refreshing beverage… just sayin’.

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Art Style Market

6-14-10 Jingumae / Shibuya-ku /Tokyo

There is a super cool pocket of shops neighbouring Harajuku in Shibuya. I started with Art Style Market which had so many things I wanted to buy, I died. I loved the kitchenwares, and the pendant lights were in abundance. Again it’s this real industrial-eclectic look- with a touch of rustic charm. And The Great Burger is right across the road! One of the best burgers in Tokyo, according to me, with Good Town Donuts and Coffee next door for dessert. Great little area to stop for lunch. I also adored this street for its architecture. Concrete square blocks dotted with green plants and black window frames. It couldn’t have been more industrial-chic if they tried!

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Détour à Bleuet

A very cute french homewares inspired store filled with gorgeous things! Again this store is absolutely busting at the seams with many rustic-country charm goodies.

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604 – 8042 / Nakano-cho climb / Kyoto

Now I stumbled across this furniture shop trying to find dinner on my first night in Kyoto. I saw this beautiful sheer artwork through the window and had to quickly jump in and have a look. It’s a furniture store, but the smaller homewares are affordable (and can fit in your suitcase) and so beautiful. There is a natural eco-chic feeling to this shop as it draws on natural colours and materials and there is greenery everywhere. It was so soothing to walk in there, not to mention air conditioned from the hideous humidity outside!

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niko and…

3-1 / Shinmachi Horikawa / Forus Mall 5F / Kanazawa

You can find this shop in most big city centers in Japan, and even Hong Kong, but I stumbled across it in Kanazawa. After a day of trekking through the city and its beautiful gardens, finding this shop rekindled my tired spirit! There are awesome clothes, amazing furniture and its jam packed full of super cool small homewares… and yes, my obsession on kitchenwares is becoming apparent through this post, but I would totally deck out my kitchen with items from here. In fact I did buy a mug, my most precious mug, and hiked with it all the way through Asia. I don’t know why, but tea just tastes better in it. This was probably my favourite store. If I ever move to Japan (please, please, please) this would be the place I would go first, from rugs to sofas to dining tables to KITCHENWARES. This would be my shop. Come to Sydney please niko and …?! Oh and there’s a great cafe and book store connected. A hispters dream.


Happy styling xx


Shop Stop: Mrs Luxe

Meet Mrs Luxe, the mysterious knitting queen who has finally revealed herself…. the lovely and talented Rachel Lubomirof!

Love hand made chunky knit homewares? She’s got it. Want a chunky knit beanie or scarf, check. Want a wall hanging to tie in all your knitted purchases? She’s got it covered. Watch the video below and see all your knitted dreams come true!

Check out her website here:

And follow her on Instagram here: Mrs Luxe