Do you have home decor aspirations that haven’t entirely become a reality yet? Here are our top home decor stores in Melbourne’s east, that can bring your interior decorating dreams to life.
If you’re all about the quirky life, then head to Homing Instincts [270 Yarra Street, Warrandyte and 730 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn] for your dose of colour with a touch of kitsch. It’s original Warrandyte store recently reopened its doors, bringing the brand back to where it all began. In addition to its Warrandyte location, Homing Instincts has grown to four beautiful stores, including one on the always-bustling Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn. You’ll find plenty of home items to love and even have a giggle at: cheeky slogan candle holders, animal portrait cushions and eccentric bookends (they recently stocked ones featuring Abbotsford’s ‘skipping girl’). If your gift-wrapping skills are lack-lustre, Homing Instincts has a range of beautiful wrapping paper and cards, as well as a staff of experienced gift wrappers, who’ll be happy to help you out.
Whether you prefer industrial, geometric or destination-inspired looks in your home, Little Cactus [2-3/30-32 McAdam Square, Croydon] is a go-to homewares store in Melbourne’s east. Owner Sharee Potter is a former pediatric nurse, whose passion for eccentric interiors took her from what started as a Pinterest addiction to a store for locals and visitors to enjoy. What we love most about this store is its carefully selected range of wall art. Expect bold, vibrant creations typically with floral motifs. New Zealand based artist Fleur Woods’ popular mixed media works make a fleeting appearance on the walls. She combines water colours, paint and stitch work to create pieces that are so desired, you’ll have to be quick. If you’re shopping for both your home and your wardrobe, at Little Cactus you’ll also find a gorgeous range of clothing from brands like Olga de Polga and Elm, as well as accessories from Renee Waters and Melbourne-based Liberte Design.
It’s no surprise that Rustic Heart [118 Union Road, Surrey Hills] focuses on homewares that have a rustic charm, and its quaint surrounds of the historic Union Road Village speak to this. This family-run store was inspired by a trip the owners took to England, where they became enchanted by the stunning boutique stores they stumbled on. Don’t be fooled though, while there is a focus on heart-warming decor that wouldn’t be out of place in a beautiful cottage, there’s plenty on offer that would fit perfectly in any contemporary home. We love the focus on natural textures here — think; wicker hampers, woven throws and decorative pine cones. It really nails the contemporary-countryside and coastal looks.
Imagine the satisfaction of walking into your perfectly styled home or room. This is what it feels like walking into The Woodsfolk [39 Church Street, Hawthorn], and it’s not an accident. The owners aim to offer a carefully curated selection of sophisticated but fun homewares, gifts and clothing that make people happy. There’s something personable and nostalgic about the range, which features beautiful coffee table books, vibrant wall art and artisanal ceramics. Throughout its stylish shelves, you’ll find Inoko candle ware, classic tableware from Mint Home and pots and vases made of natural materials from Zakkia.
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Whether you’re after something permanent to add to your home, or a beautiful flower arrangement to display for a special occasion, Wilfred and Hunter [30/28 Blackburn Road, Blackburn] ticks both boxes. Alongside colourful roses, peonies and gardenias you’ll find bright canvases, artisan ceramics and soy candles. It also stocks the works of local Surrey Hills artist Kerrie Jacobs of Meraki Art. Using resin and ink, Kerrie creates hypnotic wall prints, serving trays, cards, decorative pillows and more. Depending on seasonality, you may also find indoor plants like succulents and fiddle leaf figs that will bring natural character to your home.
Adding a new decorative cushion to your lounge setting is like adding a beautiful new scarf to your everyday outfit; it can complete or change a look. The team at Cuscini [109 Maling Road, Canterbury] — which means pillow in Italian — are the decorative cushion experts. In fact, owner Jude Benham has more than ten years’ experience in cushion construction. Being somewhat of a cushion connoisseur, her intent for the store was always to focus on cushions. If you’ve dreamt up a cushion size, shape and design, chances are Cuscini will be able to create it for you and you can even BYO material. On top of beautifully-made cushions, you can shop its range of Glasshouse and Voluspa candles, stylish tableware and charming trinkets. Jude’s store fittingly sits in the heritage Maling Road Shopping Village, full of buildings and stores reminiscent of times when made-to-order items were the norm.
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Sitting along the picturesque Yarra River, another gem of Warrandyte is Whimsical Treasures [250 Yarra Street, Warrandyte] — a furniture and homewares boutique for those who love the character of vintage items. Initially, Whimsical Treasures started out as owner Suzanne Reid’s humble e-bay store. Having successfully transitioned to a charming bricks and mortar store, these days she’s selling her wares to the discerning shoppers of Warrandyte. Suzanne is passionate about bringing new life to old furniture and homewares and has a knack for seeing beauty in items that would otherwise be overlooked. With a few tweaks and customisations, she gives unloved or discarded items a new life. So, what will you find? It’s like a lucky dip, but typically lovingly restored furniture, retro kitchenware and decor, as well as nostalgic toys.
Bring a little history into your home by picking up an antique or period piece from Seanic Antiques [673 Whitehorse Road, Mont Albert], one of the great antique stores of Melbourne. Browse through mid-twentieth century paintings, French-empire chests and drawers, Art-deco furniture and take home a treasure that could become a family heirloom. It also has an enchanting range of period lighting, perfect for adding a subtle touch of grandeur to your home. Seanic specialises in furniture originally constructed between 1870 and 1960 that has been lovingly restored by experienced craftspeople in its in-house workshop. They’ll even help you repair your own antique treasures.
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