June 3, 2013Everyday
5 European Online Home Sources Worth Paying the Shipping
In a world where Googling online coupon codes can often cancel out those pesky shipping charges, and pre-paid domestic return labels are a matter of course, it can sometimes feel crazy--even reckless!--to commit to an international purchase. But there are times when that far-flung reward is just so drool-worthy that we're happy to throw caution to the wind and shell out a few more dollars (or euros, as the case may be) to get it to our doors. The sources below--from France, Amsterdam, Sweden and England--are often responsible for those times.
The vibe of Surrey, England-based furnishings outpost Rowen & Wren is low-key-luxe country pile--perfect for a dose of modern manor. We're dreaming about hanging their industrial rectangular pendant over our farmhouse dining table, landscaping a new garden around their teak indoor-outdoor bench, and putting in a fireplace just to place their turned oak candlesticks in front of it.
Stockholm-based home furnishings store Asplund specializes in whimsical takes on clean Scandinavian lines--from mini metallic tables to maraca-inspired salt and pepper shakers to a poppy geometric cushion.
London, England's beloved department store John Lewis is known for high-quality products at reasonable prices, and right now we're eyeing up several modernist selections: a retro oak dining table, a cherry-red floor task lamp, and a reassuringly sturdy stoneware casserole pot.
Paris-based Merci is perfect for your idyllic French purchases--rustic faded red striped linen tablecloth anyone?--and less culturally specific statement items, including tin-molding-inspired wallpaper, and a stunning conical glass pendant lamp by designer Phillipe Daney, too.
Amsterdam-based design boutique Store Without A Home traffics in unusual takes on everyday objects: we're loving the woven paper and metal Flower Fluor, the remarkably intricate Alice in Wonderland-worthy floral wallpaper, and this handmade organic-shaped wire basket.
|Denton Pendant, $650||Byron Bench, $1343||Turned Candlesticks, $134|
|Zoo Table, $3292||Salt & Pepper Shakers, $54||Mini Flag Cushion, $137|
|Lily Round Table, $303||Tony Floor Lamp, $107||Ceramic Casserole Pot, $39|
|Square Tablecloth, $104||Tin Wallpaper, $286||Conical Pendant, $234|
|Flower Vase, $113||Jardin Creme Wallpaper, $646||Wire Basket, $53|