We’ve never spent so much time at home. While the downside is that we miss our friends, family and interstate travel, the upside is that we can give our living spaces a welcome refresh, and support local Sydney businesses at the same time. Here are four homewares stores that will deliver to your door during the pandemic.
Hibernation is at the heart of In Bed’s raison d’etre. The Sydney homeware label’s impossibly soft bed linen has long been available online, and now the entire range of In Bed’s thoughtfully curated array of homewares can be ordered online via the website and Instagram – or over the phone, if that’s your jam. Perusing In Bed’s Instagram stories is the next best thing to visiting its Paddington flagship. There are Tara Burke mini vases in sumptuous gold, Gidon Bing teapots and teacups, and a hand-turned wooden incense holder from Walk in the Park. Is there a more perfect example of self-care than eating a soft-boiled egg from a Feldspar Studio egg cup made from fine bone china, replete with a cloche whose delicate handle is hand-painted with 22-carat gold? We think not.
Free shipping in Australia
In March, Utopia Goods, a luxury textiles brand run by Sophie Tatlow and her partner Bruce Slorach, suddenly became a purveyor of one of the pandemic’s most in-demand items: masks. Fashioned from premium linen and lined with fine cotton gauze, these non-medical grade masks were for a time donated to health workers for free. The label’s flagship store, occupying an historic terrace on Oxford Street in Paddington, is open Monday to Saturday and its online store remains open for business. Cushions, napkins, tablecloths and bed linen, featuring Slorach’s exquisite illustrations of Australian flora and fauna, will make you feel infinitely better about staying home in 2020.
Free shipping on orders over $89
Simplicity reigns at Hay Shop, the Sydney outpost of the famed Danish homewares store. It’s the place to find glassware that’s both elegant and functional, and serving-ware that features clean lines and funky colours. Pour your morning plunger coffee into a porcelain espresso cup set upon a matching saucer, or, in the evening, snuggle under a sky-blue Mono Blanket made from pure wool. Hay Shop’s aesthetically pleasing storage boxes and trays are just what you need to stow away your freshly Kondo’d possessions.
Click and collect available in Sydney and Melbourne.
If you want to make your dollar count, you would be wise to spend it at Koskela in Rosebery. Koskela is both a Certified B Corporation® and a member of Supply Nation, which means its products come from verified Indigenous businesses wherever possible. Everything sold at Koskela is made in Australia, which means your purchases support Australian makers and businesses at a critical time. While the Rosebery warehouse space is closed for now, you can visit the website to find cushions featuring striking prints from Tiwi Design, Ikuntji Artists and Nina Puruntatameri; Tjanpi Desert Weavers baskets; perfumed candles by Black Blaze, the Raconteur and Ashley & Co; and Koskela’s supremely lounge-worthy vintage kilim beanbags.
The Koskela store is open Friday and Saturday. Private consults are available Monday to Saturday – book via website. Click and Collect is available daily (excluding Tuesday and Sunday). Free homewares shipping and $80 flat-rate furniture shipping anywhere in Australia.