Get acquainted with the coolest homeware brands from independent makers, and support small businesses when you shop.
Who doesn’t like to be in the know about the coolest new thing before their friends catch on? We’re certainly guilty of getting a little thrill from finding a chic independent brand before they go big.
We love seeing indie homeware brands serve up beautiful, imaginative designs across the home accessories spectrum, giving us somewhere new to focus our homeware obsession.
This summer, whether you’re going the whole hog and redecorating or want to invest in a few key pieces to change things up, there are plenty of ways to update your pad with something from a small maker.
From sculptural candles to hand-painted lampshades, with each purchase you can help support someone’s dream and find a beautiful piece for your home. What could be better?
Here are nine independent homeware brands we think should be on your radar.
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Lolly & Kiks
Looking for a prettier home storage solution? Lolly & Kiks’ colourful and versatile fabric baskets need to be on your radar. Inspired by her Nigerian heritage, founder Xandra hand-makes every basket at her London home, using bold Ankara wax prints.
Shop Lolly & Kiks African wax print storage basket from The Drop by Stylist, from £16
Upgrade from mismatched crockery with this stunning Italian glassware set from Originals Studio. Lean into the vintage vibes of these unique wavy tumblers, which are available in pistachio green or smoked grey. Your dinner table will never have looked prettier.
Shop Originals Studio set of four Italian wave glasses from The Drop by Stylist, £20
Moanna & Co
There’s not much better than making your home look good while also doing good. When you shop these eco-friendly raffia cushion covers, a percentage of every purchase is donated to Metamorfosa, a Balinese charity that helps to conserve the island’s reef and works with villagers to build a better future for the community.
Available in three colourways, the hand-woven texture and fringed edges add instant boho vibes to any sofa, chair or outdoor setting.
Shop Moanna & Co raffia cushion from The Drop by Stylist, £40
Maison Commune collaborates with sustainable designers to bring together an eco-friendly and stylish edit of homeware from small brands and independent makers.
Founders Nike Forrest and Iman Alem have a wealth of experience between them with Forrest’s CV including visual styling for interior design and fashion brands based in Stockholm. While Alem is a fashion stylist based in London but originally from Paris.
We’re in love with this colourful selection of star fruit-shaped candles, but also recommend checking out the candy-hued ceramic soap dishes and colourful mugs.
Shop star fruit candle at Maison Commune, £43
Sisters Hermione and Ellamanda are the creators of Hum London, a curated selection of beautiful hand-painted lampshades.
Lampshades come in sizes small to extra large and there are four shapes to choose from, varying from the neat candle shape to the flared empire style.
Currently designs centre around patterns such as leopard print, leaves and squiggly lines, but you can chat to Hermione about a commission and creating your own design, too.
Shop hand-painted lampshades at Hum London, from £55
Black & Barn
Black & Barn is founded by Loraine who describes herself as a “young Black African mental health nurse with strong beliefs of sustainable eco-living”.
Since September, Loraine has been providing storage solutions for those of us who are into that kind of thing with minimalist, chic options like bell jars and spice pots.
All products are made from glass with a focus on being plastic-free with a clean, sleek look.
Shop bamboo pantry jar at Black & Barn, £21.99
We’ve called it: paper flowers are the new dried flowers. Not only do they last forever and look beautiful, but when they come from Leo Flowers they are also exquisitely handmade.
Jessie Beaumont only started her business in October after experimenting with creating paper flowers at home in lockdown. Currently, she has peony, Icelandic poppy and rose styles on her website, in a range of pastels and zingy citrus hues.
Pop them in a narrow-necked vase and make them part of your tablescape.
Leo Flowers’ website is currently under construction, but keep checking back to get your hands on some beautiful eternal blooms.
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The sculptural candle trend is huge right now with reams of new brands creating candles in interesting shapes. We particularly love Pixie Divine, though, for its imaginative take on themes such as Greek mythology, the female form and human body.
The next restock is coming soon and we’re hoping to see more bright colours and impactful designs.
Restock coming soon
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Ellie Edwards creates striking lino printed art work which is perfect for hanging in your kitchen.
She takes inspiration from food and drink, often featuring a plate of colourful tomatoes or her favourite wine in bold, bright shades.
Hang alone for an indie feel or as part of a gallery wall to make your home a little happier.
Shop lino print at Ellie Edwards, £15
Images: Pixie Divine / courtesy of brands
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