Hot homeware wins from across the county
Coveting a Zoom backdrop refresh but want to shop local? Raise your interiors game with our edit of the best boutique buys in Essex right now, from a stylish diffuser and want-it-now vase, to the new-season monkey sculpture your shelfie can't live without (yes, really)…
It all makes scents | Abigail’s Delicatessen & Lifestyle
Now that we’re all pretty familiar with being holed up at home, how we choose to fragrance each space can make a big difference. Feeling vanilla about the usual lavender/rose/sandalwood medley? Us too. Which is why this herby St Eval Bay & Rosemary Reed Diffuser set from Abigail’s Delicatessen and Lifestyle store in Ingatestone had us at ‘Bay’. The frosted glass reed diffuser and scented oil vessel also look super chic in your home office (just in case you were wondering).
Jute force | Annabelle, Colchester
Organic woven wins don’t come prettier than this kaleidoscopic basket from the Annabelle boutique in Crouch Street, Colchester. Perfect for storing toys, planting indoor ferns, or hosting your beauty haul in the bathroom, we can’t get enough of them. Even better: they come in three different colours and sizes so you can load up your online basket too.
Star buy | Blue boutique, Saffron Walden
Opening your house up to guests for socials again can be a daunting prospect if you’ve spent the past four months casually shoving clutter out of Zoom range. But a couple of key buys can get you back in the hosting game, and this dazzling doormat from Swedish label Pappelina is just the ticket to add an enticing pop of colour (and distract from the dust). Head down to the Blue boutique in Saffron Walden’s King Street to pimp your hallway, fast.
Forward facing | Todd Sloane, Epping
If your pad it crying out for a little more personality, look no further than this Little Man stoneware vase from the Todd Sloane store in Epping. Quirky and compact, this hand-decorated objet d’art can hold its own on the coffee table, measuring 14cm by 6cm, or provides the perfect spot for a freshly picked wild posy. Either way, we love him.
Wise investment | Tides Home & Garden, Brentwood
Fancy turning a few heads? Check out this Libra Millbeck bronze-finish sculpture from Tides Home & Garden in Brentwood. Cheeky with a hint of boho cool, these three wise monkeys will look perfect perched on the bar trolley/console table/bay windowsill (you get the gist)…