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
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