A home’s look is never really finished. It’s a constant work in progress, as your tastes and needs evolve. Even with a concerted effort, it can take years to bring a room close to the idealised, magazine-ready version in your head. But then, isn’t that part of the fun? There’s always the next thing to research, track down and acquire. Or better yet, stumble on serendipitously. Here are our favourite spots in Melbourne for finding beautiful tableware, furniture, plants, bed linens and more.

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Jardan Flagship

This beloved Australian furniture brand still makes all of its stylish, buy-for-life furniture right here in Melbourne. In recent years, its considered homeware ranges have won plenty of new fans. The bed linen and glassware ranges in particular are wedding registry staples. This Melbourne flagship is also just a beautiful space, which encourages lingering.

522 Church Street, Richmond

Tait

Outdoor furniture doesn’t get as much attention as its indoor counterpart. Not at Tait. Here the focus is almost exclusively on furniture that’s designed for outside. The pieces here – from the dining tables to the drinks trolleys – combine mid-century lines with weatherproof materials. On the smaller side, the planters, which come in any colour from bottle green to crisp white, are always popular.

209/211 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Fenton & Fenton

This one comes pretty close to being a one-stop shop. There are the in-house furniture lines, with one for almost every room in the house – bolstered by a range of furniture sourced and imported from overseas. Then there are the homewares, which cover everything from antique 1950s glassware to bed linens and throws. In 2019, Fenton & Fenton opened a second shop, in Collingwood.

471 High Street, Prahran

Made In Japan

Some of Melbourne’s best and best-known restaurants – Chin Chin, Attica, Circa, to name a few – use plates from Made in Japan. The business has been importing ceramics and other wares from Japan for well over forty years now, and it’s one of the best there is. Here at the South Melbourne flagship store, you’ll find a wide range of Japanese pottery, from sake servers, to bowls and teapots.

1-7 Wynyard Street, South Melbourne

Dinosaur Designs

The stock at this Australian favourite will invigorate any home. These fun, art-inspired pieces use colourful prints and bold colours extensively. So Dinosaur Designs’ homewares are equally at home when deployed for contrast in a minimal room, as they are in a full-on maximalist space.

Shop To6, The Strand Melbourne 250 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Designstuff

Function and aesthetics go hand in hand at this light-filled, Scandinavian-leaning homewares shop. Owner Christina Fedders has a background in the fashion industry. This useful experience informs the selection of everything from plants, bathroom items, artworks, throw blankets and children’s toys.

3-5 St Kilda Road, St Kilda

Modern Times

Modern Times is worth a visit, even if you have no intentions to buy anything, it’s just nice to stop by for a browse. The artfully arranged, showroom-style set up showcases vintage furniture; paintings, sculpture and photography by established and up-and-coming local artists; and a range of smaller items including candle-holders, mirrors, trays and more.

331 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Mud Australia

Minimalist sensibilities collide with high-calibre craftsmanship and design in this colourful space. Mud’s homewares may seem simple, but every product has a lot going on under the hood, especially the tablewares. These handmade, spartan pieces are the perfect addition to any minimal space, and they feel great to use.

181 Gertrude Street , Fitzroy

Cibi

It’s hard to categorise Cibi, mainly because of how many things it does well. As a cafe, it’s one of the few places in Melbourne where you can find a traditional Japanese breakfast (the coffee’s pretty great too). As a homewares shop, you’ll find everything from functional made-in-Japan chef’s knives to quaint ceramic ornaments. There’s also handful of clothes from hard-to-find Japanese labels such as Nanamica.

31-39 Keele Street, Collingwood

Craft Victoria

This shop is like an incubator: for well over 50 years, Craft Victoria has provided a platform for Melbourne’s emerging makers, allowing them to sell their wares in this sleek, minimal space in the CBD. The focus here is on smaller items, usually made as one-offs or in small batches. Head here if you want to purchase a really unique gift.

Watson Place, Melbourne

The Boroughs (3057)

The Boroughs almost exclusively stocks products from local independent designers. It’s an ideal spot to pop into whenever you need to buy a gift, or add a piece or two to give your place more character. Plus, for every purchase at the store, the Boroughs donates a portion of proceeds to its charity partner of the month.

345 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Scout House

Here you’ll find European antiques, handcrafted Australian furniture and plenty of miscellaneous homewares. There are porcelain animals, vintage posters, cushions, old tins and other knick-knacks.

161a Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

Mr Kitly

The focus at this small shop, hidden above a Sydney Road fabric shop, is on fine detail. The carefully selected range takes in products from around the world, with a particular focus on Japan-made wares. Despite this broad remit, there’s a real unified vision here. If you gel with owner Bree Claffey’s tastes, then you’ll be sure to become one of her many repeat customers.

Upstairs 381 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Lightly

No points for guessing what the focus is here. If you’re looking for statement lights for your home, this ought to be your first port of call. Over the years though, the shop has brought in other homewares to complement its excellent lights, from other brands and its own in-house line. Now you can find all kinds of products here.

3 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood

Wingnut & Co.

This small North Melbourne shop, run by two VCA graduates, makes tactile ceramics with an artistic sensibility. Form and function are given more or less equal weighting, leading to jugs, bowls and pots that are as satisfying to use as they are to look at.

47 Baillie Street, North Melbourne

Third Drawer Down

This shop’s nondescript location, in a garage just off Gertrude Street, belies its heavyweight status in the homewares world. Since opening at this location in 2003, Third Drawer Down has offered a great range featuring everything from illustrations, to tea towels to jewellery and other bric-a-brac. It also has a canny ability for stocking up-and-coming designers, right before they blow up.

93 George Street, Fitzroy

Cottage Industry

Don’t let the twee name and chintzy textiles and fabrics fool you, Cottage Industry is no shop for nannas. All of the handmade items here are decidedly vintage-inspired, but have a clear modern sensibility, making the pieces more retro than revival.

67 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Great Dane

A few years ago, you couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a Scandinavian-inspired furniture and homewares shop. These days, the style isn’t as ubiquitous, but the best are still going strong. And this Johnston Street shop is the place to go if you’re looking for the clean, mid-century-inspired lines of Danish furniture.

175 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

White Water

Cities are growing and living spaces are becoming ever smaller – cramped, even. So it’s surprising that there aren’t more shops specifically geared towards small-scale living. That’s where White Water comes in. Many of the products here have multiple uses or are designed to use space economically.

162 Sackville St, Collingwood

Ivy Muse Botanical Emporium

Do plants count as homewares? We’d say – given the sheer preponderance of indoor plant shops we’ve seen over the years – that the answer is a resounding yes. Indoor plants are living, breathing design elements and the staff at Ivy Muse will help you pick the ones that are best suited to your tastes and space. They’ll also give you the advice you need to make sure that your new plants don’t die, either.

1250 High Street, Armadale

Tiger & Peacock

The frustrating thing about antiquing or going to markets is that finding a high-quality piece for a good price is real needle-in-haystack stuff. Better off leaving it to experts like the good folks at Tiger & Peacock. They find distinct products – both here and abroad – so that you don’t have to.

187 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

The Woodsfolk

This shop’s big strength is its versatility. Virtually anyone who walks into The Woodsfolk will find something that suits their tastes.

39 Church Street, Hawthorn

Mark Douglass Design

Mark Douglass is a master glass-blower. Douglass made his name in corporate and commercial work, but his Richmond shopfront provides an opportunity to buy his range of home glassware. The vases, bowls and more are available to purchase in-store, or can be blown bespoke to order.

240 Burnley Street, Richmond

Marimekko

This iconic Finnish homewares and fashion label is renowned for its bright, colourful patterns and hard-wearing materials. There’s a huge range of products available at the Melbourne shop, but the best place to start is with a few of the brand’s signature floral mugs.

Level 1 / Shop 143 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

The Panton Store

Shelley Panton’s pottery is used in some of Melbourne’s best restaurants. The potter makes simple, practical plates, bowls and other tableware. And these days, her shop also features products from some of her favourite makers and artists.

440 Malvern Road, Prahran

Plant Space

There are bigger plant shops around, with a wider variety of plants on offer, but we like the concise offering at Plant Space, as well as the personable, knowledgeable staff. There’s also a great line of designer planters to choose from, to complement whatever plant you choose.

128 Greville Street, Prahran

The Supercool and The Supercool Kid

Although the regular range at this South Melbourne Market shop is great, it’s the kids’ range at here that really sets the Supercool apart. If you’re decking out your kid’s room or just need a good gift for the niece or nephew in your life, this is the one for you.

Stall 152, South Melbourne Market 322-326 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Vincent Design

This family-owned shop imports homewares, bedding, clothing and more. Everything stocked is simple and functional, but with bold and interesting designs.

269 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Post Industrial Design

At this eclectic, sustainability-focused homewares shop there’s a wide array of homewares, accessories, kids toys, soft furnishings and quirky gifts (such as a Frida Kahlo egg cup). The range is comprised of co-owner Jos Van Hulsen’s creations, combined with partner and co-owner Mary Long’s selection from local makers and artists.

638 Barkly Street , West Footscray

Chef’s Hat

This kitchenware retailer opposite South Melbourne market is packed with hyper-functional gear. Alongside excellent industry-quality tableware, you’ll also find products from cult brands including Le Creuset and Kitchenaid.

131 Cecil Street, South Melbourne

Huset

Real-deal European furniture, no replicas allowed.

236 Centre Dandenong Road, Cheltenham

Grandfather’s Axe

Vintage furniture, imported directly from Europe.

171 High Street, Northcote