Top Five Interior Design Destinations

5 imageOne of my favourite things to do when I have the odd five minutes (which can quickly turn into half an hour…OK, an hour) is to have a surf for interior design inspiration. I love the infinite possibilities and the fact that every new search brings up fresh ideas, such as how to rearrange clutter to become more artful and coordinated. I see this clutter re-arranging not as a battle between chaos and order, but as a mindfulness activity… so (I’m really stretching it out here) all that surfing for inspiration is actually good for my state of mind. In no particular order, here’s my top five picks for some interior design inspo.

1. Abigail Ahern

The Queen of modern eclectic. Dark interiors, bold use of colour, artful clutter…and above all the Poodle Lamp, the object of my affections. One day it will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.

The coveted Poodle Lamp

2.  Astella Hrela

Beautiful interiors emporium with an eye on the quirky, glamorous and unusual. I especially love her eclectic range of vases – gold, bud, concrete, ceramic and wood. check out the “more” tab for hidden extras and occasional pop-ups,  lingerie and flowers.Concrete Italian Vase

3. Bodie and Fou

Best known for their black and white screen prints featuring superhero rabbits, and of course my personal superhero Batgirl, this gorgeous website also has an eclectic range of homewares. My current faves are the lush pastel pompoms, washi tapes and embroidered pouffes.

AW 2013 catalogue  BODIE and FOU★ Le Blog | Effortless chic | French Interiors | Inspiring Design2450b&D pouffe

4. RE

RE are local heroes in the north-east of England, and my favourite shop in the whole world, located in picturesque Corbridge, Northumberland. I don’t believe it’s possible to leave empty handed, without picking up some beautiful, eclectic and frequently one-off homewares – including vintage, milk and Mexican glassware, voodoo candles, old Indian paintings, vintage giant wall maps, and old plates re-painted with skull, biblical and animal designs.

  Bone China Tea Plates From £11.50

I have had to ban myself from buying any more of their rusty shapes; they serve no purpose other than to make me feel happy, but what could be more important than that? Luckily for the rest of the world, RE’s online shop is just as eclectic as the real-life store.

5. Rockett St. George

A huge, quirky and fun range of home accessories and décor (amongst other things) presented on a simple monochrome background which shows just how well simplicity and eccentricity can be combined. The selection of art prints is particularly well curated – to illustrate how eclectic the range is, whilst researching this post I just found a framed print of my very own blog header Chanel quote!

Print By Ros Shiers - Coco Chanel Quotation
Domingo the Fabulous Flamingo - Artificial Bird

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