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New Home Inspiration // Online Stores & Websites

June 15, 2016
Peace Lillies - The Project Lifestyle

On the hunt for new furniture for the flat that fitted with the look and feel I was hoping for, there were several online shops that I found myself returning to time and time again for inspiration. Some of these online shops also have their own blogs and others have community spaces, enabling buyers to share their snaps of how items look in their home.

Below is a (non-exhaustive) list of the online shops where I got a lot of my new home inspiration and where i’ll probably be looking to pick up some furniture, accessories or artwork for the flat:

West Elm

West Elm is a shop I only recently came across online. Since I discovered it, they have now put a mini West Elm inside the Southampton John Lewis, much to my delight, as I can now see some of the much sought after products in real life. West Elm has a wide range of home products which are individual, elegant and versatile enabling them to be placed within any home or scheme.

West Elm has its own design blog with sections dedicated to each room in the house, as well as food & drink and entertainment ideas. Looking through items on their online shop, I particularly love their patterned plates, blankets and throws, cushions and home ornaments, and find inspiration from the beautiful images on their site showing how products and colours can compliment one another.

A photo posted by West Elm UK (@westelmuk) on


As you may have read in my April Round-Up, I went to the Made.com showroom in Liverpool, which was beautiful. When I got home, I discovered Made Unboxed – a place to showcase how their Made.com products look in their home. I absolutely love this idea as it showcases each product in a range of settings and real-life homes. I also love the Made.com instagram, full of ideas and design inspiration.

There are several furniture items I have my eye on on the Made.com website, including one of their beautiful dressing tables, but I also love some of their smaller items such as rugs, cushions and lamps.

A photo posted by MADE.COM (@madedotcom) on


Anthropologie has many, many beautiful home items on their website. Last weekend I popped into their London store and bought a beautiful plate to put jewellry on in my bedroom. A favourite store for many bloggers and vloggers, Anthropologie often appears in many a youtube video and I can see why! There are so many lovely items it’s tempting to buy them all…

A photo posted by Anthropologie (@anthropologie) on

My Domaine

Not an online store as such, My Domaine is more an online magazine with the option of clicking links to buy the articles you see in posts. I often find myself clicking on the My Domaine home articles that I see on Twitter, as I love their writing style and strong use of imagery. Every time there is a home tour or interiors post, I have to check it out and often find myself coming away inspired (even if it’s to find a cheaper version of the products showcased!). My favourite posts are those showing Scandinavian interiors. I love the simple, minimalist look of scandi themes, which will go so well in our new, all white flat.

A photo posted by MyDomaine (@mydomaine) on



Admittedly Habitat probably wins this post hands down as now we’re in the flat, we have already bought 4 key furniture pieces from them (and are likely to someday buy more). Good value, high quality and adaptable to a range of settings, we love everything we’ve bought from Habitat and have our eyes set on a few more items we’ve seen in the showroom. So far we’ve purchased an oak extendable dining table, a TV unit, a bookcase and a coffee table.

A photo posted by Habitat (@habitatuk) on

Just in case I didn’t already have enough inspiration, I also have a range of regular blogs that I go back to reading time and time again, which I look forward to sharing next time!


  • Reply Pete June 17, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I wish my Lilly looked this good

  • Reply Kathryn June 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

    when we move to the new flat you’re coming shopping in London with me as my interior designer! (You don’t have a choice ha) xxxx

    • Reply Rachel Heslop June 21, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      I would love to! There are so many beautiful shops in London to hit up… first stop Anthropologie! xx

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