9 things to buy for your home in August

From statement baskets and lamps, to unique fragrances and ingenious speakers, these covetable finds are at the top of our summer wish lists...

Woven wall baskets, French Connection

Paradise Lost wallpaper by De Gournay

Paradise Lost wallpaper by De Gournay in a traditional bathroom

Allow yourself to step into a tropical realm of wild flowers, exotic birds and ancient ruins with this hand-painted wallpaper design from de Gournay. Inspired by 19th-century artworks, and the fictional kingdom of El Dorado, this dreamy design adds a touch of whimsical elegance to this bathroom designed by ABH Interiors. It costs from £1,470 per panel. 


020 7352 9988; degournay.com


Sonos SYMFONISK speaker from Ikea

IKEA x Sonos speaker

Whether kicking back in the sitting room to your best-loved radio station, or dancing in the kitchen to your favourite album, music makes a house feel like home. For those with an ear for fine sound quality – but who don’t fancy forking out thousands – Ikea and electronics company Sonos may have the answer. Launching in August, the collection comprises two wi-fi speakers, each designed to complement any interiors scheme, while doubling as a homeware item. The Symfonisk table lamp  costs £150.



Woven reed table lamp, c1970s, from Talisman London

Woven reed 1970s table lamp, Talisman London

The trend for woven homewares knows no bounds this season, and we adore this c1970s lamp from Talisman London (£1,450). On a glittering brass base, and topped with a custom-made linen shade, it would be the ultimate accessory for a retro-inspired interior!

0207 731 4686; talismanlondon.com


Statement wall baskets by French Connection

Woven wall baskets, French Connection

As we enjoy scorching days and drowsy evenings, creating a calm and welcoming indoor haven in which to unwind is paramount. For a look that’s both on-trend and informal, channel your inner bohemian with these woven wall baskets (from £25 each) from French Connection. Create a subtle statement with a single basket, or cluster together with hanging plants, mismatched textiles and rattan furniture for a space that oozes relaxed summer style.

0333 400 3285; frenchconnection.com


Bespoke outdoor cushions from Amelfi

A stack of outdoor cushions from Amelfi

For outdoor seating that’s as beautiful as it is comfortable, a stylish and squishy seat cushion is key – and we love these bespoke examples from new company Amelfi. Each seat pad is made to measure from water-resistant designer fabric and punchy piping, meaning they’re perfect for adding comfort to antique or vintage garden furniture. Prices start from £70.

07778 619417; amelfi.co.uk


Fandango chest of drawers from Atkin & Thyme

Fandango Chest of Drawers, Atkin and Thyme, Lifestyle HR

With a textured façade and shimmering brass handles, it’s fair to say the new Fandango chest from Atkin and Thyme is something of a heart-throb. Setting you back £599, this distinctive piece has three large drawers and would look majestic topped with a look-at-me lamp and vase of flowers. We also hear there’s a matching sideboard
and bedside table… be still our beating hearts!

01727 227500; atkinandthyme.co.uk


’50 Plants That You Can’t Kill’ by Jamie Butterworth

50 plants that you can't kill

Is your gardening style more neglectful than nurturing? To prevent any future horticultural disasters, the RHS is here with a handy list of unkillable plants – both indoor and out. Published by Octopus, it costs £16.99.


Yacht Varnished rare model pine deck chair from David Griffith Antiques

Striped antique deck chair from David Girffith Antiques

What better way to soak up the sun than an afternoon reclining in this c1920s deck chair from David Griffith Antiques (£714)? Yacht varnished to a brilliant shine, with a brand new striped canvas, it’s perfect for an afternoon on the patio with your favourite magazine…

0207 226 1126; davidgriffithantiques.com


Vine Tomato by Urban Apothecary

Vine Tomato candle by Urban Apothecary

 The heady aroma of a greenhouse rich with tomato leaves and fruit is synonymous with summer, and Urban Apothecary has gone and bottled it. For a fragrance hit, pick up a Vine Tomato candle, £30, or a reed diffuser, £35.