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The best homewares shops in Sydney

Make a house a home with treasured pieces from these top interiors stores – whether your budget is 'Champagne', 'beer' or 'goon'

Emma Joyce
Alannah Maher
Written by
Emma Joyce
&
Alannah Maher
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When you're spending more and more time in your own four walls, you might as well take the opportunity to make your space really yours. Whether you're after an ergonomic chair, an interesting object or a thoughtful gift, you'll find what you're after in the stores we've rouned up – and yes, they all have delivery and pick-up options. 

To help you figure out your budget, we've categorised the below stores by a metric close to the Time Out heart: booze. You've got your 'goon' budget for objects that won't break the bank, your 'beer' budget that factors in posher craft brews as well as unassuming ales, and the 'Champagne' budget for those seeking out those top-of-the-line, showily upper-market finds. 

Go on, make that tiny city apartment feel like home with smart functional designs, or go all-out and fill your new beach house with Australian-made furniture or globally sourced homewares.

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  • Gifts
  • Newtown

The number one destination for stationery nerds in Newtown is chock full of colourful, creative options for design lovers, including those fond of notebooks decorated with cats in spacesuits and cute pencil sets. The shop also has a fabulous range of wrapping paper, art prints, books, and ceramics from Mud Australia. 

You can order online for deliveries for deliveries from the King Street store.

Budget: there are many solid goon-budget options, leaning up towards the beerier for ceramics and such.

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  • Paddington

Being run by the Tourgelis family for decades, Opus has been a fixture of Paddington for more than 50 years. You'll find objects from local designers, beauty and body products, and novely knick-knacks and doodads from overseas. Whatever it is, design is the central element. Inner Westies may recognise the vibe from their smaller Newtown outpost, Octopus.

Opus offers express click-and-collect and deliveries all over Sydney, check out the website to browse.

Budget: the range spans from goon-budget gifts under $50 to high-end beer-budget furniture and art prints. 

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Koskela
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  • Rosebery

Koskela is like a theme park for interior design geeks. Every Koskela piece has been designed and made in Australia under the careful watch of owners Russel Koskela and Sasha Titckosky, with a focus on flexible, durable, contemporary and 'fun' objects designed to last a lifetime. If you're shopping with ethics in mind, you can rest assured that this certified B corporation makes everything in Australia with its eco-footprint in mind. They also procure artworks from verified Aboriginal businesses and artists.

At the time of publishing, Koskela is preparing to move out of its Rosebery warehouse to a brand-new location. You can shop online here.

Budget: depending on what you're after, it ranges from posh craft beer up to Champagne splurges.  

Living Edge
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  • Alexandria

This ultra-modern homewares store has a showroom in Alexandria that showcases interior design and office wares from luxury labels like Scandinavian brand Muuto and eye-popping colours from ’60s-style British designers Established and Sons. Living Edge also positions itself as a leader in sustainability for Australia’s high-end furniture market.

Living edge delivers select items from its Alexandria warehouse. Check out the range and availability on the website.

Budget: This is the Champagne shower of furniture shopping.

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Mud Australia
Photograph: Supplied/Mud Australia

5. Mud Australia

Founded in 1994, Mud is the name in porcelain and ceramic homewares. When you're ready to level up from mass-produced plates and bowls, this brand founded in Sydney is the place to look. But aside from classy crockery and clay bakeware, Mud can sort you out with decor like light shades and vases. With handmade practices, clean lines and soothing monochromatic palattes, this brand is where minimalism meets an artistic finish. Mud has shops in Marrickville, Double Bay, Mosman and Surry Hills and is stocked in shops worldwide. 

You can shop online at the Mud website and also arrange for click-and-collect at the Marrickville shop.

Budget: This on the fancier end of the beer budget, we're talking small-batch bespoke brews. The goon-budget equivalent is the mass-produced knock-offs you find at chain stores.

 

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  • Sydney

When it comes to colourful resin homewares and chunky jewellery that would make any high school art teacher blush, Dinosaur Designs really is the blueprint. All pieces are handmade in the designer pair's Strawberry Hills studio, and this little Sydney brand that could has gone on to open a store in New York and become the name in resin design. Peruse the collections for swirly serving platters and side tables that are positively extra-terrestrial looking. In Sydney, Dinosaur Design has outlets in the Strand Arcade, on Oxford Street, and an outlet in Redfern.

You can shop online for delivery and click-and-collect on the website.

Budget: purely for the fact a serving bowl could set you back $380, we're gonna say this belongs in the Champagne bucket.

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Planet
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  • Surry Hills

Owner Ross Longmuir is passionate about creating sustainable furniture that’s built to last. So when you come to rest a cup on one of his coffee tables, you’ll know it was crafted from top-notch Australian hardwoods, like spotted gum that’s grown in South Queensland. If the nutty brown bookshelves, angled beds and drawer units are not to your liking, customers can chat to Longmuir about custom-built designs. Planet also stocks vintage Japanese ceramics, silk and velvet cushions and organic cotton towels.

You can shop on the website and call the team for price consults on certain items.

Budget: you'll find the odd goonie-friendly trinket, but the really cool furniture has prices by phone consult, so we're betting that's leaning more Champers. 

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  • Redfern

Seek out this unassuming modern gifts and homewares store and you’ll be rewarded with affordable treats for the home and eye-catching gifts. This salon-style store specialises in Australian and Japanese ceramics and handmade and artisanal homewares. Owner Karin Huchatz named her store ‘DEA’ meaning ‘pleasing the delicate eye area’, and she sure knows how to pick out items that spark joy.

You can shop online at the website.

Budget: discerning craft beer budget, with some goon-leaning trinkets to be found.

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The Society Inc
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  • St Peters

The Society Inc can be found at Precinct 75 in St Peters. The store is filled with eclectic antiques and oddities as well as new pieces of furniture and homewares sourced by or produced by Sibella Court, who is also the author of some whimsical books in collecting, travel and styling that you can find in her online store. Peruse the collections for wares with a curious, pirate-y, rustic edge. 

You can peruse and shop on the website

Budget: a posher beer budget (a tattoo-sleeved faux-sailor aesthetic would pair perfect with both these homewares and a craft brew)

Top 3 by Design
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  • Crows Nest

This store was founded by Terri Winter and her husband Bernd in 2001 in Melbourne before gaining an offshoot in Crows Nest, along with a great online shop. Just as the name suggests, the store stocks up to only three items in any one category, assuring you of the utmost in design quality and ingenuity.

You can place an order for home delivery or click and collect through the website.

Budget: this does the whole shebang, from the goon (a gift range under $25) to the Champagne popping (dining chairs over $3000)

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