Five new websites for home inspiration

By Guest,
24th July 2014 - 16:25

There's been a spate of new interiors start-ups on the web. Here's our pick of the best.

The Longest Stay

Years of globetrotting and numerous design fair visits inspired Sherry Roberts to launch The Longest Stay - her own pick of unusual pieces from all over the world.

The online boutique cuts out endless hours of web surfing you might have done with a carefully curated selection of iconic pieces from both established and new designers.

The first thing to catch our eye was this statement Malabar floor mirror (below), though with colour options of black, red, gold and green, we were rather spoilt for choice.

My Bespoke Room

Many of us are choosing to renew and revamp, rather than pack up and move, yet knowing where to start can be tricky.

My Bespoke Room has come to the rescue. Friends Diana Greenhalgh and Laura Simpson created the website through their shared love of homes, in order to reduce the strenuous work.

The site works in simple steps beginning with a short questionnaire, which covers your preferred styles (and what you’re not so keen on). Diana and Laura take the results of the questionnaire and create a personalised interactive moodboard with a shopping list of pieces to fit your brief and budget.

Prices start from £75 per room - much cheaper than an interior designer - and the before and after shots they sent us (below) show some impressive results.

Quiirk

Quiirk lives up to its name with friends and founders Jo Frost and Kate Malecki seeking out colourful, original pieces from art fairs, boutiques and studios.

The friends decided to become business partners in March, after discovering their shared love of contemporary design. With their similar tastes, they say that agreeing on pieces for the site is never hard.

They’ve certainly nailed this season’s geometric trend with this zingy cushion.

Retrometrohome

Having dealt in antiques for over 30 years, and recently closed their shop, Ken and Lynne Bundy decided the way forward was to launch a new website, retrometrohome.co.uk.

Just one look at the fantastic pieces on the site and you will see the couple's love for vintage, antique and retro items is evident. Their enthusiasm for unique finds doesn’t stop there. They currently live in a Welsh cottage, which they are restoring and kitting out with original treasures.

A wonderful French 1930s mannequin (£345) is just one of many unique pieces you can find on the site. 

Joss & Main

A website on a larger scale is Joss & Main. A popular US interiors flash-sale website, it has now launched in the UK.

You’ll need to sign up, but the free membership gives you access to a fabulous (and discounted!) array of pieces, many in collections chosen by interiors experts such as Alison Cork and Christiane Lemieux. We have to admit to occasionally being fans of a one-stop shop.

There’s also a daily newsletter to keep you updated on latest sales. 

Words: Leila Faghihi

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