I’m constantly impressed by the carefully crafted and beautiful wares that small businesses create. Since it’s Australia Day today, I thought that I should ask some of my Instagram friends on what their favourite Aussie small businesses are. So without further ado, here is a collection of some of our favourite Australian based small business stores. We hope that they inspire you to shop small and that you found something you love!
Bettina from @Bettina_Brent
Sly: Bettina and I share an addiction to Sly cushions (I actually found Sly via B, so thanks B!). Sly was created by Melbourne designer Lauren Finks and they create minimalist designs with an Australian twist. They sell a range of textiles (aka the most amazing cushions) and also sell skincare and homewares too. The attention to detail when they send out your orders is divine as well. You can get $10 off when you sign up to their first newsletter at 20% off your second order with code THANKYOU20
Closely Knit: aka knit heaven! This Australian owned and designed business comes from the Inner West of Sydney. They all are about bringing textures into the home to give dimension to a room (and it makes for a super cosy feel too!). They have chunky knit blankets, merino cool cushions and pom poms. What more could you want? I’ve already got a chunky knit throw on my birthday list this year!
Simple Style Co: An online Scandinavina inspired homewares store, Simple Style Co sell a range of Australian and Scandinavian products to create a stylish home. Some of their Australian brands include Hides of Excellence, Sly, Milk & Sugar, Zakkia, Barkly Basics and more! They also have a great hashtag #simplestyleco which they use to share Scandinavian home inspiration.
Candle Lit Co: Based in Melbourne, Candle Lit Co are a small business specialising in creating artisan scents in their candle collection. They love taking common scents and adding a new dimension to give it a point of difference. I really like their new Coded collection with the greek symbols on the sleek black and white design (middle picture).
Rocket Rose Homewares: Run by husband & wife team, Amanda & Luke, Rocket & Rose create concrete vessels from their South Brisbane studio. Each product is hand crafted and made with Australian products. If you’ve got an obsession with blush and concrete then this is the store for you!
Harper+ Wilde: Harper + Wilde sells a collection of unique and high quality Australian pieces sourced by artist and designer, Alisha Rae. Alicia spent 10 years in the interior styling industry and then after the birth of her first child, went on to create Harper + Wilde. Their pieces are simply exquisite and would make a statement in anyone’s home!
Catja from @Catja_em
Honey Tree Baby: Created by avid toy lover, Natalia’s store stocks Scandinavian inspired toys, homewares and clothing for children. From fluffy animal rockers, to cute wall decals and wooden toys, she has the most stylish items for kiddies. She also raises funds and awareness for children charities which she posts on her blog regularly. Future TUQ babies are definitely going to shop here 🙂
Mimi Macko: Another wonderful children’s store created by mum, Danielle. Inspired to find fashion and decor items that she wanted for her son, Mack, Danielle stocks some very trendy children’s pieces! Get 10% off your first order when you sign up to their newsletter.
Violet Eyes: Oh my word! Violet Eyes is a collection of contemporary children’s prints created by the extremely talented artist and designer Ainslie Fletcher. Ainslie takes inspiration from Australian plants, landscapes and animals and creates dreamy prints for children’s walls. I know I’ve only showed pretty pink prints below but she also does a wonderful gender neutral range as well (not that boys can’t like pink!)
Sailah Lane: Get lost in the make believe land with Danella Gillard’s watercolour prints. Lovingly created on the Sunshine Coast, Danella’s prins tells stories through her characters Miss Rosie, Millie, Vincent, Delilah and many more.
Jen from @Designdevotee
Jack & Willow: Jack & Willow is an online boutique specialising the cutest toys, homewares and clothes for children. They have a focus on Scandinavian and Nordic design and source products that are made under fair-trade conditions with organic materials wherever possible. Can I just be a little girl again please?
Onyx & Smoke: Onyx and Smoke have an extensive range of Australian made soft furnishings – think velvet cushions, linen ottomans and more! I have a serious crush on their giant floor cushions – I’m such a loungeroom floor dweller so these would make the perfect lounging accessory!
Olive et Oriel: A family run business by Teigan & Michael, Olive et Oriel stock a boutique collection of original photographic, hand scripted and typographic art prints, posters and canvas. With print styles ranging from coastal, Scandinavian, bohemian, minimalist and contemporary, the offer affordable and stylish art to smarten up your walls!
Oli & Lo: Founded by Haylee & Laura, Oli & Lo is a perth based business dedicated to creating beautiful and simple pieces for the home and garden. I’ve seen their pots on Jen’s instagram stories and I they look gorgeous on her verandah!
Jen also mentioned Three Little Crowns and Closely Knit too!
Nat from @the_interior_passion
Grace Sydney Candles: A family business located in Sydney that creates handmade soy-wax candles in gorgeous vessels. (And thanks for the recommendation Nat, I’ve already brought a marble vessel in French Pear. It smells divine and arrived in a day!).
Wise Little Kings: A mum & daughter duo, Lyn & Casey create knot cushions made from scuba knit fabric. All cushions are handmade with love from Newcastle NSW. Wise Little Kings was named after two little munchkins Connor and Regan with their names meaning ‘Wise’ and ‘Little King’.
Me! Jinny @theurbanquarters
Sea Tribe – Boho, beachy texture eat your heart out! Sea Tribe is the result of Chief Creative, Natalie noticing there was a gap in the market that focuses on Coastal Bohemian style. They have a wonder range of cushions, bags, rugs and storage baskets which have all been designed by Natalie herself. I’ve got my eye on that amazing Boho storage basket for my baby Fiddle Leaf. They are having a 10% off sale with the code OZDAY so be quick!
Yorkelee: I have been a long time fan of Kate and her Scandinavian inspired prints and her hilarious personality! Did you know that Yorkelee is a combination of Kate’s boys’ names: Yorke Levi and Morrissey Lee? Yorkelee have an extensive range of prints created by Kate and in collaboration with other instagrammers like Catherine from @the_stables and me! If you’re looking for something to jazz up your walls then take a peek at their prints!
Blue Daisy Wares: I had the pleasure of shooting the Autumn collection fro Blue Daisy Wares yesterday and I seriously wished I could squeeze my adult legs into these cute little rompers and tunics. Owner Louise created Blue Dairy Wares when she was living as an expat in Manila, Phillipines. Having little choice of clothing, her friend recommended a wonderful seamstress and she created a brand of clothing from little ones made from ethically produced natural fabrics and fibres.
SOH Melbourne: I’m very picky when it comes to candles because I really like fragrances with lots of wood, spice and leather. However the SOH candles definitely deliver on creating complex scents which fill the room. The company was created by husband & wife team, Nathan & Kristine Brown. They focus on creating fragrances that are clean, fresh and Australian made while taking on the learnings of traditional fragrance houses of Paris. SOH candles and parfum fragrances are built upon a blend of natural perfumes with flowers hand picked from the petal fields in Grasse. Need I say more?
Design Twins – And last but not least…. If I could live in a store, then I would live in Design Twins, full stop. As the name suggests, twinnies Chrystal and Mitch started out this business creating concrete homewares from their kitchen sink. These days, they have stores in Byron Bay, Sydney, LA & soon Thirroul but what I love about them is that they still support the makers that create unique products out of humble beginnings. So much love for this business – the happy vibes basically radiate out of their business!
Wishing all you Aussie’s out there a wonderful Australia Day! It’s my first Australia Day back in Aus after being in London for two years and I feel incredibly grateful to call this country home!