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Australian homewares brands that will make your house a home

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WORDS BY JANICE NG

A curated selection of home decor to freshen up your space.

After being stuck inside our homes on and off for the past year and a half, creating a space that is both comfortable, cosy and pleasing to the eye has never been more important.

Over the last few months, I can safely say I’ve completely rearranged my room a total of three times after watching endless videos of people giving their apartments makeovers, and unsurprisingly, it’s done wonders for my mental health.


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And as businesses begin to embrace a future more open to remote work, it’s not shocking to hear that Australians are spending more time curating their home offices

To keep the interior decoration ball rolling, I’ve pulled together a list of the best Australian homewares brands. Available both online and in-store, these brands will elevate even the shabbiest of share houses, so that you can refresh the space you live in.

Merci Maison

Born in 2020, Merci Maison is the brainchild of designers Jade Yarbrough and Danielle Robertson. With an emphasis on creating stylish yet functional pieces, Merci Maison offers a range of furniture and home accessories.

mercimaison.com

Maison Balzac

“An expression of pure imagination through the creation of novel objects and scented worlds”, Maison Balzac sells a collection of homewares and candles that insight curiosity and encourage playfulness.

maisonbalzac.com

Baina

 

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With intent and permanence in mind, Baina designs towelling to elevate your everyday bathing experience. Made in Portugal from 100 per cent organic cotton, Baina’s towels are designed to add a little luxury and difference to your routine.

shopbaina.com

Curio

Melbourne-based knitwear brand Curio partners with ethical factories and uses consciously selected Australian Merino yarn to bring you cozy and comfortable blankets that will make you feel right at home.

curiopractice.com

Hommey

Curated for the ups and downs of life, Hommey aims to make homewares suitable for every occasion. Its simple, cozy cushions are designed to make every home a little homier.

gethommey.com

Jolie Laide

 

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Sisters Emma and Lou Smith transformed their Instagram vintage re-sale platform No Replica into Jolie Laide, a fully-fledged online retailer sourcing pieces from a wide range of independent designers. Jolie Laide explores the weird and the wonderful of home interiors, with a range spanning from textiles to lighting and furniture.

jolielaideau.com

Madio

Combining unexpected colour combinations with ’60s designs while also taking inspo from mosaics, childhood, disco and a range of other styles and ideas, Madio creates incredibly unique designs to elevate every space.

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Cush Coma

‘Bizarro goods’ store Cush Coma sells plush cushions in the shapes of organic flowers and linked chains. Cush Coma’s products are stuffed with 100 per cent recycled PET water bottle filling and are all handmade using sustainable practices.

cushcoma.com

Caro Pattle

Exploring materiality, Caro Pattle uses a range of time-intensive hand processes to create works that expand the possibilities inherent in its materials. Sold through the Jolie Laide store, you can get your hands on Caro Pattle pieces made from locally sourced fabric remnants.

caropattle.com

En Gold

 

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If you love the elegance and natural beauty of marble, look no further than En Gold. Founded two years ago by husband and wife duo Steffanie and Matt Ball, the brand is known for its timeless designs that hero natural stones like onyx, marble and limestone. Aside from its range of tables and furniture, the brand also stocks a curated selection of art on its online store.

engold.com.au

The Panton Store

What started as a ceramics store has expanded far beyond to include not only handmade bowls, plates and mugs but a vast selection of soaps, fragrances, books, artwork, blankets and more. The Panton Store is full of bits and pieces that will hygge up your space, as the Danes say. 

shop.shelleypanton.com

Emro Designs

100 per cent First Nations owned, Emro Designs is a stunning soft furnishings brand run by Bundjalung woman, Emma Rolls. Created in 2019, Rolls sought to share her passion for local First Nations artists and their work after seeing how under-represented they were in the design space. From rugs to mats, Emro Designs’ products are awash with rich colour and beautiful patterns. Even better, every item sold generates profit for the artists and their local communities. 

emrodesigns.com.au

Mr Kitly

Mr Kitly’s Brunswick-based outlet sells hugely popular self-watering plant pots, in addition to bed and bath accessories, handmade vases, helpful trinkets for the home cook and a number of ceramic bowls, plates and handmade mugs. The collection is sourced from a combination of Australian and Japan-based designers and artisans.

mrkitly.com.au

Maker & Son

 

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This family-owned business carries a wealth of generational knowledge of design and aesthetics, and has been featured in none other than Troye Sivan’s breathtaking Melbourne home. Maker & Son feather and down filled sofas are the height of comfort – and if it’s good enough for Troye, it’s more than good enough for me. 

makerandson.com.au

Made in Japan

Made in Japan, usually sold at a number of high-quality Melbourne markets, Made in Japan also has its own Mornington outlet store, supplying high-quality, Japanese-made ceramics, shipped directly from family-run businesses in Japan. Snap up the handmade, 0ne-of-a-kind and restaurant-quality ceramics in every colour, print and glaze, at wholesale prices. 

mij.com.au

Brosa Design

Founded in 2014 as a response to the inflated markups of premium furniture, Brosa Design set out to disrupt the industry. Find a wide range of design-conscious furniture right at your fingertips with the virtual assistants available on any device with a WiFi connection.

brosa.com.au

Ettitude

Ettitude is your one stop online shop for anything and everything soft and silky. Its 100 per cent organic bamboo bedding sets don’t only look amazing, but they feel amazing on your skin. While you’re at it, grab a matching set of bamboo pyjamas that will have you snoozing your alarm all winter long.

ettitude.com.au

Designstuff


Everything at Designstuff has a Scandinavian influence – soaps, lamps, placemats, even the birchwood toothbrushes all have a minimalist and (mostly) monochromatic aesthetic. There’s a reason Scandinavian nations have a reputation for superior design, and this Aussie store boasts the widest online selection of more than 2500 niche Nordic brands, with new styles added every week.

designstuff.com.au

Neighbourhood Studio

 

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Made by self-taught artist Lucas Wearne from his Northcote home studio, you may have seen these romantic limestone sculptures or wavy Picasso lamps floating around Instagram. There’s something very calming about this collection of shapely vases and geometric figures in their warm natural tones. Inspired by Cubism and Greek Classicism, Neighbourhood Studio’s functional art brings something special to any room.

neighbourhd.com

Mud

Since 1994, Mud’s Shelley Simpson has earned a name for herself specialising in hand-finished ceramics. Mud is known for its minimalist mixing bowls, ceramic cups, mugs and kitchen sets that are all oven, dishwasher and microwave safe. Mud’s products are locally handmade in Sydney from clay sourced in France, with a new collection of colours released each season. Mud will put 

mudaustralia.com

Fenton and Fenton

Fenton and Fenton has a strong Instagram presence, most likely thanks to its colourful aesthetic of pinks, prints and patterns. You can shop its Mother’s Day edit online – it’s packed full of pink serving platters, paintings, sculptures and flower vases.

fentonandfenton.com.au

Third Drawer Down

Since 2003, Third Drawer Down has been an outlet for Melbourne-based creators – painters, sculptors and print-makers. Female artists supply up to 65 per cent of the collection and you can continue to support the Fitzroy collective online, with a full inventory of homewares, wall art and a sizable David Shrigley collection available for viewing.

thirddrawerdown.com

Jardan

 

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Jardan is a family-owned Australian business specialising in timeless furniture staples. Its in-house design team, Jardan Lab, has developed a trend-conscious yet classic collection that includes everything from sofas to chairs, beds to rugs and lighting.  Shop a range of homewares and accessories online today, to bring to life the Jardan-fit out you’ll no doubt be pining after soon enough.

jardan.com.au

Snug Ceramics

Snug Ceramics is run by 15-year-old ceramicist Isabella Doherty. Everything is handmade with love and features small paintings of lemons, stripes, and flowers, and is rounded off by the imperfectly perfect rims. 

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Black Blaze

Candles are the ideal addition to bring warmth and design to your home without the commitment a larger piece of homeware requires. Inspired by the banksia, the native Australian flower, Sydney brand Black Blaze offers a stunning collection of candles, diffusers, accessories, and more to add ambience to your home. 

blackblaze.com.au

Bed Threads

 

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Fresh, 100 per cent flax linen sheets in hues reminiscent of a European summer? Yes please. Bed Threads specialises in luxurious bedding that is comfortable in any season and will not only transform your bedroom but transport you to lands far away. Made from French grown flax, a plant that requires less water and fewer pesticides to grow, its sheet sets come in colours like rust, tumeric, olive and lilac. To top it off, Bed Threads also stocks a range of other homewares, from towels to ceramics, tablecloths to books, so every room of the house can have a Bed Threads touch.

bedthreads.com.au

Rittle King

If you’re looking for some funky new ceramics, look no further than Rittle King. Featuring intricate line work, organic shapes and hidden faces, the boutique designs are a soft way to add interest to your space.

rittleking.com

Rainy BB

Singaporean-born, Sydney-based model and designer Rainy started experimenting with ceramics as a hobby and has since built her skills into a budding business. Taking inspiration from the natural world, Rainy crafts vases, cups, plates and bowls in glossy shades of moss green, petal pink and soft cream.

rainybb.world

Degoey Planet


Inspired by a series of imagined fantasies, Degoey Planet founder Alexandria Degoey turns her design dreams into a series of whimsical ceramics. Whether it be a double-headed tiger vase, porcelain dolphin pipe or penis-shaped champagne flute, each piece is made to order in Alexandria’s Queensland studio using locally and sustainably sourced materials.

degoeyplanet.com

Softedge Studio

A ceramic-based project dedicated to the sculptural possibilities of everyday tactile objects, Softedge creates unique ceramic pieces that challenge the limitations of traditional ceramic work. The brand’s Ewer jug is a personal favourite.

softedge.studio

Blazed Wax

Brunswick-based candle label Blazed Wax is the brainchild of two friends with a love for colourful, sculptural homewares. The hand-poured soy wax candles come in an eclectic range of colours and sizes, from neon pink ‘cherry bombs’ to two-toned pastel dinner pillars.

blazedwax.com

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