Yes, I am still well and truly in ‘home obsessed’ mode? As a slight aside does anyone else obsess in such a way where you’re brain can basically not fit any other sort of content in at the same time as the obsession? I go through phases like this where I’m 100% obsessed with something and then in a moment I’ll have moved on to something else. This house and interiors obsession shows now sign of fading though. As a result of this (bringing it back to the blog post) I’ve been spending quite a lot of time online browsing for ideas and wish list items and things I want to buy now the house stuff is all sorted. So here are my online home shopping favourites.
But tight before I dive into the shopping side of things, a few recommendations of great home/interiors bloggers that you need to check out – and who I can thank for pointing me in the direction of many of these online shopping havens: The Ana Mum Diary, Love Chic Living & French for Pineapple. These are all fab blogs who know their stuff when it comes to all things home related and have all been amazingly helpful when it comes to my random house related questions that range from ‘where do I start getting wooden floors put down…’ to ‘who does good dining tables’ or anything in between.
And back to the shopping…
I’m signed up to the daily emails and pretty much without fail click and have a browse on the sales daily. They’re basically a series of ‘edits’, usually themed around an image that’s very Pinterest-worthy and then the items are all perfectly matched to create the look yourself. The prices really vary depending on item and they sell everything from lamps to full sofa beds and beyond. Most recently we were very close to buying an outdoor/conservatory seating set from there but when we measured up realised it wouldn’t fit. But there’s always something on sale that catches my eye so worth signing up and checking out.
2. House Envy
I bought the ultimate blogger cliche item from here recently – a small side table with a marble-look top. Oh yes. I gave in to the silent peer pressure of the marble background and fell for it hook, line and sinker. I also spent quite some time browsing the other goodies on the site and have earmarked a few for future purchases. Like Casafina this is the sort of place you want to head if you have been browsing Pinterest and wanted to actually buy the things to make your house look like that too – they have everything from small knick-knacks to large items of furniture with prices that vary from surprisingly cheap to more pricey, with a lot in between too. My favourite feature being that you can shop by style or by category – so you can look for items to fit an existing them or just browse more generally.
3. The Range
I actually only recently discovered The Range – I know, one of the downsides of London life is that things like retail parks are just some sort of exciting adventure that goes beyond the end of a tube line – and boy has this changed my life. I’m not going to lie, on my second visit to one I may very well have been there for an hour (or more) just browsing and basically being amazed by the selection – they have everything?! Ok, so some of the stuff isn’t the best quality – but a lot of it is really good considering the price and if you wanted something that you know you might go off in a while or is just trend item then you can’t really go wrong!? The best bit being that they have a lot of the selection online as well as in the stores – so if you can’t get to one then you can see a lot of what’s on offer online – this also helps if (like me) you might fancy one of the large mirrors they have in store but don’t want to risk breaking it by attempting to shoe-horn it into a car that clearly won’t be large enough…
I adore pretty much everything on the Loaf site and would ideally like my home to look like a Loaf catalogue. Only slight downside is the prices of some of the bigger items mean it’s more of a big-purchase place rather than a little pieces for the home. I currently have my heart set on a tan leather arm chair (the Club chair in Walnut Leather FYI – shown above) from there that’s a style I’ve been dreaming of having in my life for years. There’s also the Nomad bed that I have my eye on for the new bedroom.
5. H&M Home
I can’t really talk about online home shopping without a mention of H&M Home. It really is an absolute treasure trove of home bits – I’m only mad they didn’t have this when I was a teen/at uni so I could have made my room a little more interesting. But then I didn’t have Instagram or anything back in those days… and it was mostly a mess anyway…. But, shopping wise – H&M Home has a whole host of awesome stuff to be shopped. If you like marble, copper and all sorts of other blogger-loved items then this is the place to shop. They also do some good free delivery offers quite regularly too and delivery speed is pretty good too (faster than the clothes side I’ve heard).