Well that was a washout of a summer, wasn't it? All of a sudden it's
back to school vibes – when ' hit the beach' vibes never even kicked in to begin with. All this damp and cold weather does seem particularly unfair, considering the pandemic and whatnot. On the other hand, for those of you who've spent the last year becoming real homebodies, at least now you've got an(other) excuse to shut up shop and hunker back down inside that nest you've been building. That's what Team R29 UK is planning on doing anyway, judging by the amount of stuff they've been eyeing in the shops this month. Ahead is all the homeware they've been saving their spare change for now that the summer that never was has closed its doors. Click through to see their best picks. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Alicia Lansom, Editorial Assistant Under £10 My bathroom organisation is all over the place at the minute. Why do I own five different shampoos? Who knows. The one thing I do know is that I need somewhere to neatly line up all my products. One (or two) of these should suffice. Wilko Wham White Storage Studio Basket, $, available at Wilko Under £50 I don’t have anywhere to put my spoons. I never knew this would be an issue that would annoy me so much but here we are. This speckled HAY tub will be the perfect solution to my situation, allowing me to pop all my cooking utensils right by my hob instead of ferreting through my drawers. Hay Utensil Holder Enamel, $, available at Trouva Under £150 I really want a big plant. Like, a big, big boy. My living room is currently lacking any real vegetation and this rubber plant looks like it will make a real impact on the space. Patch Plants Rubber Plant, $, available at Patch Plants Claire Porter, Audience Development Manager Under £10 Pretty much all the ceramics and glassware I own is thanks to some trendy coffee shop or restaurant serving me a drink and then me instantly looking at the bottom of the glass to find out where it is from. I love this simple design from Japanese brand Kinto and it’s the ideal size for an iced coffee. Kinto Cast iced tea glass 350ml, $, available at Artysan Under £50 I’ve been obsessed with some striped bath towels from a Scandi brand which cost £100+ per towel so I was very excited to find this close dupe on Mango. Mango Striped 100% cotton bath towel 90x150cm, $, available at Mango Under £150 I’m fully aware that this is probably an unnecessary purchase for someone who lives in a houseshare (with an already very full kitchen) but my childhood nostalgia for Sodastream combined with my growing sparkling water habit is telling me I should definitely buy it. Mysoda Woody Sparkling Water Maker, $, available at Finnish Design Shop Jacqueline Kilikita, Senior Beauty Editor Under £10 I’m tired of the old, cloudy glasses in my kitchen cupboard. These etched versions are a little bougie without the huge expense. Oliver Bonas Etched Clear Glass High Ball Tumbler, $, available at Oliver Bonas Under £50 My room feels so much brighter with a big bunch of flowers. I like the sheeny, lustrous finish on this green glass vase. Next Green Lustre Glass Vase, $, available at Next Under £150 My bedroom is north-facing, which can make it dark and gloomy, so I'm in the market for a cosy lamp. I love that this one looks like a little cocoon. H&M Soft fabric table light, $, available at H&M Anna Jay, Art Director Under £10 I’m over by £2, forgive me! I love a reed diffuser and it’s so much more economical to get refills (or even try making your own) rather than buying it all again. I recently got a nice one from Pure Lakes but like the look of this refill from my favourite place to buy candles, St. Eval. St.Eval Bergamot & Nettle Diffuser Refill, $, available at St.Eval Under £50 I realise this probably isn’t the coolest thing to treat yourself to but who doesn’t love a warming cup of something at the end of a long walk? Thermos Stainless King™ Flask 1.2L, $, available at Thermos Under £150 I sense a theme… This has been a summer picnic saviour, with its waterproof backing and uplifting rainbow stripe. It's really high quality and also really good value, being 100% wool and made in Britain. Ebb Flow Cornwall Porthminster Picnic Rug, $, available at Ebb Flow Cornwall Jess Commons, Managing Editor Under £10 If you haven’t come across SE Londoner Leonara Manyangadze’s TANAKA soaps yet then you’re in for a treat. All vegan, no palm oil, full of good stuff (this one’s honey and oatmeal) and, of course, helping you avoid more unnecessary plastic waste in your house. TANAKA Tanaka Soaps Breakfast, $, available at Trouva Under £50 My friend recently bought these incense sticks for me and I seriously can’t get enough. They smell like sandalwood mixed with…magic? Either way, I currently burn one a day and I need more to get my fix. Worldly Aromas Shiromani Chandan Incense, $, available at Worldly Aromas Under £150 Kalinko is such a nice brand. Headed up by Brits living in Burma, they use local artisans with traditional techniques to create designs that sit perfectly in the chicest of homes. They don’t use middlemen suppliers either, which means purchase costs go straight to the makers themselves. Kalinko Asho Pendant Lampshade | Large, $, available at Kalinko Nina Joyce, Comms Director Under £10 Who says you can’t bring a sense of style to every corner of the home? Even if that corner is where some serious cleaning is going down. These waffled numbers will cut down on single-use cloths and don’t look half bad on display either. Friendly Turtle Waffle Wipes Cleaning Cloths, $, available at Friendly Turtle Under £50 My weekly flower habit isn’t quite a problem yet, as long as I keep finding cute vases to pop my latest blooms in, like this one from Arket. Nothing brightens up your day quite like having some cheerful flowers smiling back while you WFH. Arket Cylinder Vase 23 cm, $, available at Arket Under £150 This dining chair is a masterclass in timeless design. I love the colour of the oak and the clean lines ooze Scandi simplicity. Made Carver Dining Chair, Oak, $, available at Made Sadhbh O’Sullivan, Health & Living Writer Under £10 Since moving flats recently I finally have my own desk, which means I want some new stationery. I love a notebook and this one is sunny enough to make taking notes a bit more appealing. Octaevo Classic Notes No. 1 Notebook, $, available at Liberty London Under £50 I love the art trays that Wrap magazine produces in collaboration with designers – the shapes motif on this round tray, designed by Mexican artist Alejandra Garcia Y Gutierrez, is my favourite. Wrap Magazine Art Tray, $, available at Wrap Magazine Under £150 This set of three paper stems is so beautiful and charming. I’m in love. Leo Flowers Pink Cloud Posy, $, available at Leo Flowers Jacqueline Kilikita, Beauty Editor Under £10 The glasses currently in my kitchen are all chipped and cloudy so I’m in desperate need of some newbies. I’m into the lilac finish to this tumbler. REfound Lilac Fleur De Lys Glass, $, available at Trouva Under £50 Bath mats aren’t glamorous – but they are necessary. Everything else I’ve seen has been quite plain and boring but I like the artsy, abstract body pattern on this one. Made 100% Cotton Bath Mat, Large 70 x 100cm, Mist Grey, $, available at Made Under £150 The green trim on this mirror reminds me of a church’s stained glass window and I love it. It would look equally nice in my bedroom and in the hallway. I want one in every colour! Oliver Bonas Aurora Green Glass Wall Mirror, $, available at Oliver Bonas Alicia Lansom, Editorial Assistant Under £10 It may have been a month since I moved into my new flat but I still haven’t organised the smaller items. These stacking crates feel like an easy way to keep things tidy and they come in a range of summer-appropriate colours too. Chickidee Grey Mini Folding Storage Crate, $, available at Trouva Under £50 My first new flat mission was finding a lovely linen tablecloth to cover my ugly table; my second has been finding some napkins to match. Hopefully these khaki green numbers will stop me spilling pasta sauce on everything I own. Mango 100% linen napkins (pack of 2), $, available at Mango Under £150 I recently read something about toxic candles and started to stress about the contents of my collection. On my subsequent search for natural wax alternatives, I found this candle which not only smells divine but also comes in a lovely, hand-blown glass holder. Cyre EROS Candle, $, available at Aspect Online Elli Weir, Senior Social Editor Under £10 My current placemats are looking very sorry for themselves and are in desperate need of a replacement. This chic cork placemat from Zara is the perfect upgrade and I love the grain detail. (This item is a bit of a cheat because I will have to buy more than one...) Zara CORK PLACEMAT, $, available at Zara Under £50 If you spend as much time on Instagram as I do, you’d be hard-pressed not to be obsessed with Our Place. Although my cheffy fiancé has declared a hard no to the gorgeous Always Pan, I will be indulging in a set of four drinking glasses – now I just need to decide which colour! Our Place Drinking Glasses, $, available at Our Place Under £150 This vase reminds me of my favourite tree in the park near my house. I love the chunky shape and the matte finish. I can’t wait to pretend I’m a florist for an afternoon arranging fresh flowers in it. Hay W S Chubby Vase Soft Yellow, $, available at Trouva Maybelle Morgan, Entertainment Editor Under £10 Since moving house to somewhere with actual outdoor space, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching the evenings creep in and four of these little lanterns flickering in the dark. H&M Small metal candle lantern, $, available at H&M Under £50 Do I need this unbearably sleek, incredibly impractical, all-in-one candlestick holder hybrid? No. Do I yearn for it in all its waxy messiness and threats to ruin my table? You can bet on it. Made 54 Celsius Tallow Single Wick Candle, $, available at Made Under £150 There’s no rhyme or reason to why I love this little lady from Swedish artist Sofia Lind. Serious but wobbly – absolute perfection. Fine Little Day White Flower Print By Sofia Lind 50 X 70 Cm, $, available at Trouva Jess Commons, Managing Editor Under £10 I’m a fiver over budget but extreme bargains call for extreme measures. I fell in love with the plates and bowls at my local wanky coffee shop and couldn’t believe it when they turned out to be from Wilko. The entire set is currently on sale for £15. My set has just arrived and it's truly perfect. Wilko Wilko Cream Speckled Dinner Set 12pc, $, available at Wilko Under £50 My landlord’s refusing to paint my walls and considering it’s been a minute since they were last spruced up, they’re looking kinda grubby. I’m therefore looking for lots of gorgeous pics to detract from any marks. This poppy print by Madelen Möllard from Holland’s PSTR Studio is perfect. Lots of other options on her website too, the marigolds are super cute. Madelen Möllard Madelen - Poppies, $, available at pstrstudio Under £150 All those podcast adverts have turned buying new sheets into a minefield. Sustainable cotton? Moisture wicking material? All I wanted to do was listen to true crime. All I know is that my new eucalyptus sheets from Mela were everything during that last heatwave. They feel like you’re lying on the cool side of the pillow all night and slipping into them feels proper slinky without them looking or feeling like the material those gross silky boxers are made out of. They are up there in terms of price however so make sure you save them for a sleeping partner who's worth it. Mela Comfort Eucalyptus Silk Sheet Set, $, available at Mela Comfort Jacqueline Kilikita, Beauty Editor Under £10 So many candles, so little candle holders. I like these vintage-inspired, terracotta glass versions, which would look very pretty dotted around the house. H&M Glass candle lantern, $, available at H&M Under £50 I love the smoky glass of this table lamp and the cool LED bulb makes it. I hope the low light will inject some cosiness into my room come evening. Habitat Habitat Lyss Glass Table Lamp - Smoke, $, available at Habitat Under £150 From body scrubs to hair masks, my bathroom is filled to bursting with toiletries – and I’ve nowhere to put them. This rattan storage caddy will help me tidy up a bit! Made.com Nala Freestanding Storage Caddy, Natural Rattan, $, available at Made.com Alicia Lansom, Editorial Assistant Under £10 I moved – yay! Sadly, the dining table in my new place is very sad and old so I’m planning on covering up the glass top with this lovely cotton tablecloth and investing in a linen one further down the line. H&M Cotton tablecloth, $, available at H&M Under £50 I’ll admit it, I panic bought my pillows. I should have realised that cheap meant flat, so I’m looking to the White Company sale to rectify my mistake and provide me with some fluffy 5* clouds to sleep on. The White Company Comfort & Support Pillow Pair, $, available at The White Company Under £150 I can’t get over how stunning this vase is. Now all I need to do is find the perfect singular stem to keep in it. Schneid Studio SCHNEID STUDIO Aura No 2 stoneware ceramic vase, $, available at Selfridges & Co. Anna Jay, Art Director Under £10 I just picked this up for £9! Such a bargain and a real glow-up on my tatty brown door mat. H&M Jute doormat, $, available at H&M Under £50 I spotted this on Kirthanaa’s Instagram and it was ordered the same day – I love it and it adds that bit of fun to my dining table. Anthropologie Phoebe Cake Stand, $, available at Anthropologie Under £150 The temperature is so confusing at the moment and along with a new bed I’ve upgraded to these all-seasons duvets, which can be used individually or connected for the colder months. The only problem now is, the bed is too good to get out of! Soak&Sleep 13.5 Tog All Seasons Soft As Down Microfibre with Silk King Duvet, $, available at Soak&Sleep Jess Commons, Lifestyle Director Under £10 Mini. Gluggle. Jugs. What am I going to use them for? Who cares, look at them! Gluggle Jugs Mini Gluggle Jug, $, available at Trouva Under £50 Getting my pot collection to catch up with my lockdown plant collection is gonna be tough but I’m obsessed with Etsy ceramicist Xin’s pots. Her bobbly pot collection is my fave but there’s all sorts of weird and wonderful creations on her page to check out. HiThereTheShop The Bobbly Pot Collection, $, available at Etsy Under £150 I’m pregnant and having approximately one bath per day at the moment (pelvic pain is a frigging nightmare). As a result I’m taking my baths to the next level and these giant hammam-style towels are the best way to top off an exquisite experience. So many good colours to choose from. Ma Poesie Vision Jade Towel, $, available at Trouva Sadhbh O’Sullivan, Health & Living Writer Under £10 I’ve recently moved into a flat that’s big enough for a dining table (!) which means actually buying a table and seating to go with it. I love the subtle texture and colour of these cushion covers for taking the edge off potentially hard dining chairs. Ikea GUNVA Cushion cover, yellow50x50 cm, $, available at Ikea Under £50 I love the dark green version of this lampshade but I’m particularly drawn to the burnt orange for the warmth it will bring into the WFH office. Argos Argos Home Metal and Wood Effect Shade - Burnt Orange, $, available at Argos Under £150 I don’t know if I can quite bring myself to spend £135 on a mirror but if I did, it would be on this vintage art deco number to rest on the top of a chest of drawers. Yes please thank you! Kitty's Vintage Vault Vintage 1930s Frameless Mirror Art Deco Wall Mirror, $, available at Etsy Claire Porter, Audience Development Manager Under £10 I’m always on the lookout for the next set of candles that I’ll never burn because they’re just too pretty and these drip-effect candlesticks from Ferm Living caught my eye. Ferm Li, Ferm Living Ferm Living Duo Candle – Set of 2 – Dark Blue, $, available at HUH Store Under £50 I’ve been using the throw from my bed as a blanket in the park on that rare occasion when the sun comes out, which always results in grass and twigs all over my bedding. Not ideal. So I’ve been searching for a new lightweight blanket that will fit in my bag and is affordable enough that I won’t mind if I spill my third glass of rosé wine on it. Arket Cotton Beach Blanket, $, available at Arket Under £150 Linen for summer, groundbreaking! After sleeping with my fan on the rotate setting for the past few weeks I’ve finally decided to invest in some new, lightweight linen bedding. Bedding is expensive but linen is long-lasting so it’s a good investment and I love this buttery colour. Mango 100% linen duvet cover 220x220cm, $, available at Mango Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? These Are Rightmove’s Most Viewed Homes Of 2021 15 Home Buys Under £29 Have We Finally Reached Peak Pastel Homeware?