When it comes to keeping a pulse on the coolest brands from around the globe, we've discovered yet another source of untapped inspo: Fashion accounts on Instagram. And while the app is, arguably, the destination for zoning in on the latest trends in clothing, food, travel, and interior design, with just a little digging, it's also an amazing channel through which to identify under-the-radar home décor brands—at least here in the U.S.—via the eyes of seasoned fashionistas based in faraway places.
They're editors, influencers, stylists, and entrepreneurs—and we're just as interested in learning where they found the artwork hanging in their apartments as who and what they're wearing. Low-grade stalking aside, we've come to know that fashion-forward influencers, such as Australia-born Brooke Testoni and London-based Freddie Harrel, clearly also have the knack for spotting the best furniture and home décor brands from here, across the pond, and beyond.
From vintage spots to online-only high-end shops, we're completely obsessed with these 18 international home furnishings brands—and we have six fashion "it girls" to thank. (No stress: We've converted all price tags to USD, so you don't have to.)
Brooke Testoni is a seriously fashionable stylist, writer, producer, and creative director. We totally trust her for styling advice (she has spent over a decade in the fashion biz), but her Instagram account has us admiring her interior design choices, too. She'll often post images of her own home in addition to interiors by other designers. We discovered these brands from her tagged posts.
Australian contemporary furniture purveyor, Fables ID, sells a variety of statement-making pieces in bold colors and designs, such as this moss-green velvet tufted ottoman.
Another modern homeware shop from Down Under, Sydney-based Dunlin offers everything from furniture and décor to lighting and linens, and sources from independent designers found all over the world. This slip-cast porcelain vessel was designed by the British ceramist Lesley Doe.
Anne-Laure Mais Moreau
Fashion influencer and the designer behind her own brand, Musier Paris, Parisian Anne-Laure Mais Moreau is the epitome of effortless French-girl style for both her fashion and interior design aesthetics. Her apartment is a mix of modern and vintage pieces that deliver a perfectly imperfect look we can never get enough of. This is where she shops.
For eclectic furniture and décor, shop the British brand, Selency. There, you'll even find vintage pieces from the midcentury era, such as this Scandinavian-inspired midcentury sideboard that's just as en vogue as it was more than five decades ago.
Although the Danish lifestyle brand, BoConcept has been around for 67 years, it's still a sure bet for functional designer furniture and accessories, including this ultra-modern cotton-velvet sofa by the prolific designer, Karim Rashid.
Leave it to a stylish French girl to source her home décor from a little-known Biarritz, France-based Etsy shop called LesLosanges. It's brimming with handmade Berber carpets (including Beni Ouarain, Boucherouite, and kilim styles) uncovered during the owners' travels throughout Morocco.
With experience in digital strategy and personal styling, the Paris-born Frédérique (Freddie) Harrel's fashion blog and Instagram feed are filled not only with garment-related content but also confidence-boosting positivity. She's known for her big smile, fun clothing, and bright interiors, too. Shop her home décor faves.
Overflowing with chic pieces like this industrial-style marble-topped side table, the London-based lifestyle giant Habitat has been a design-staple destination ever since designer Sir Terence Conran opened its doors in 1964.
Rockett St George
For a huge range of on-trend artwork and abstract prints—like this framed monochrome print by the artist Kayleigh Munro—Harrel heads to the U.K.-based online shop, Rockett St. George, which also offers furniture, lighting, décor, and kitchenware.
It's easy to see why Harrel has a few pieces from the Paris-founded U.K.-based brand, Made, sitting in her living room. We love the midcentury-modern lines and light finish of this oak dressing table.
Talisa Sutton is the founder and editor-in-chief of Badlands Journal, a Sydney, Australia-based online publication offering fashion and lifestyle content—and her Instagram account is a goldmine of personal style and interior design ideas. Her home décor is chic and minimal: Here's where she finds her unique pieces.
Sutton's apartment is filled with neutral, contemporary furniture and accessories like this round, marble-top coffee table from the Scandinavian-inspired Australian brand, Harpers Project.
The Sydney, Australia based MCM House offers high-quality, high-end essentials with a classic-contemporary vibe. Just imagine this huge, white linen couch with six of your nearest and dearest piled on.
Tuckbox Design was created in Melbourne, Australia by Daniel de Groot, his wife, Prue, and brother, Anthony. Each product, including this oak-and-iron industrial-style stool, is made in-house or locally for a sustainable take on modern furniture design.
We're big fans of the fashion model and influencer, Lucy Williams. We especially love her dreamy travel and interiors photos and editorial fashion shoots. On occasion, she welcomes followers into her contemporary, eclectic home. Williams shouts out these brands on Instagram.
London brand, Soho Home, has featured prominently in Williams' feed. This space-age, amber-glass table lamp is definitely a must-have accessory, along with pretty much anything from the shop's other arrays of furniture, textiles, and home décor.
Rowen & Wren
Founded by the U.K.-based couple, textile designer Lucy Uren and her husband Graeme Purdy, Rowen & Wren is a thoughtful collection of typically English homewares suited to both urban and country settings. Case in point: This arched antique-brass mirror looks like an antique fit for the walls of a Cotswolds cottage, but just as nicely suits a modern contemporary setting.
Cox & Cox
The Somerset, England-based Cox & Cox shop was founded by the late interior designer, Fiona Cox, a contestant on the BBC's 1996 home-makeover series, Home Front. A project that Cox completed on the show was so popular with viewers that she was able to parlay her newfound currency into a powerhouse homewares brand that today, is still burning strong. Full of unusual objects, such as this golden, cast iron dish, we can see why Williams is such a fan of the brand.
When it comes to fashion and interior design, the Aussie style blogger Sara Crampton, of Harper and Harley, has a tailored, refined eye. Her minimal, neutral living room is one of our favorites, so we stalked her Instagram account and eyed several spots she looks to for home décor essentials.
Familiarize yourself with the Australian brand, King Living if you're in the market for understated-yet-showstopping occasional chairs, loungers, and sofas like this one, with innovative designs such as flexible arms and backs.
The round coffee table that sits in Crampton's own living room is this one, by Totem Road, a sustainable furniture company from Sydney, Australia that creates timeless, on-trend furniture and accessories with an eye on minimizing its impact on the environment.
A collaborative furniture store and design space along the northern shoreline of Sydney, Australia, Smithmade features a collection of curated (and minimalist) homeware essentials such as this contemporary spun-brass jug by the self-taught British designer, Tom Dixon.