R29 Home Picks: The Pieces We’re Lusting After Right Now

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Summertime...and the living is easy...

Okay, so the sun being out doesn't make life less stressful in any literal sense but warmer days, bank holidays and festival season descending on us means that the relaxed, good vibes are in the air. Which is the ideal energy to bring into your home space.

Brighter colours (yes, red and pink work together), fans that double as wall art, and cheap and cheerful tealights to brighten your lazy drinks in the garden. What more could you ask for!

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<strong>Alicia Lansom, Editorial Assistant</strong><br><br><strong>Under £15</strong><br><br>I went to a fancy dinner the other week and realised that nice napkins don’t need to be a luxury buy. Who says I can’t pretend to be at a posh restaurant while I eat my fajitas at home? No one, that’s who.<br><br><br><strong>Hay</strong> Contour fabric napkin 40x40 cm 4-pack, $, available at <a href="https://www.nordicnest.com/brands/hay/contour-fabric-napkin-40x40-cm-4-pack/?variantId=44544-04" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordic Nest" class="link ">Nordic Nest</a>
Alicia Lansom, Editorial Assistant

Under £15

I went to a fancy dinner the other week and realised that nice napkins don’t need to be a luxury buy. Who says I can’t pretend to be at a posh restaurant while I eat my fajitas at home? No one, that’s who.


Hay Contour fabric napkin 40x40 cm 4-pack, $, available at Nordic Nest
<strong>Under £50</strong><br><br>Can we all agree that nothing smells quite as good as a boujee candle? I’m moving house this month and I’m saving this bad boy for my first night in my new abode.<br><br><strong>Earl of East</strong> EARL OF EAST | FLOWER POWER - SUNFLOWER WAX CANDLE, $, available at <a href="https://www.earlofeast.com/products/earl-of-east-flower-power-soy-wax-candle-260ml" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Earl of East" class="link ">Earl of East</a>
Under £50

Can we all agree that nothing smells quite as good as a boujee candle? I’m moving house this month and I’m saving this bad boy for my first night in my new abode.

Earl of East EARL OF EAST | FLOWER POWER - SUNFLOWER WAX CANDLE, $, available at Earl of East
<strong>Under £150</strong><br><br>Ignore the naysayers, red and pink is the perfect colour pairing and this dreamy cushion cover is proof. <br><br><strong>ALB x Kitri</strong> ALB x KITRI Pink Geo Floral Cushion Cover, $, available at <a href="https://kitristudio.com/products/alb-x-kitri-pink-geo-floral-cushion-cover" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kitri" class="link ">Kitri</a>
Under £150

Ignore the naysayers, red and pink is the perfect colour pairing and this dreamy cushion cover is proof.

ALB x Kitri ALB x KITRI Pink Geo Floral Cushion Cover, $, available at Kitri
<strong>Esther Newman, Affiliate Writer</strong><br><br><strong>Under £15</strong><br><br>Not to get all witchy but I do love knowing what the moon is up to (and when to crank up Stevie Nicks and start manifesting). Unlike some moon calendars, this is simple and easy to follow, giving you the name of each full moon so you can impress your mates with your stellar (pun intended) astrology knowledge.<br><br><strong>South Hammam Towels</strong> 2022 Lunar Calendar, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/745597122/2022-lunar-calendar?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=moon+calendar&ref=sr_gallery-1-1&etp=1&organic_search_click=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link ">Etsy</a>
Esther Newman, Affiliate Writer

Under £15

Not to get all witchy but I do love knowing what the moon is up to (and when to crank up Stevie Nicks and start manifesting). Unlike some moon calendars, this is simple and easy to follow, giving you the name of each full moon so you can impress your mates with your stellar (pun intended) astrology knowledge.

South Hammam Towels 2022 Lunar Calendar, $, available at Etsy
<strong>Under £50</strong><br><br>I’m off to Primavera Sound in Barcelona this summer – my first ever festival abroad – and I’m anticipating sweltering temperatures. Rather than shelling out on a plastic fan that will likely break, I’ve got my eye on this beautiful woven fan from arkitaip. It’s handmade from recycled plastic by a women’s artisan collective based in Senegal. Post-festival I’m planning to display it as wall art.<br><br><strong>Arkitaip x La Basketry</strong> ARKITAIP X LA BASKETRY RECYCLED WOVEN FAN, $, available at <a href="https://arkitaip.com/collections/arkitaip-casita/products/arkitaip-x-la-basketry-woven-fan" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Arkitaip" class="link ">Arkitaip</a>
Under £50

I’m off to Primavera Sound in Barcelona this summer – my first ever festival abroad – and I’m anticipating sweltering temperatures. Rather than shelling out on a plastic fan that will likely break, I’ve got my eye on this beautiful woven fan from arkitaip. It’s handmade from recycled plastic by a women’s artisan collective based in Senegal. Post-festival I’m planning to display it as wall art.

Arkitaip x La Basketry ARKITAIP X LA BASKETRY RECYCLED WOVEN FAN, $, available at Arkitaip
<strong>Under £150</strong><br><br>As much as I've always wanted to live in London, now I’m here I can safely say that London water is not good. To save my kettle from getting scaly (some context: I only moved to the city three months ago), I’m thinking about shelling out on a purifier. Aarke’s is definitely a pricier choice but I love the sleek and simple design. <br><br><strong>AARKE</strong> Purifier, $, available at <a href="https://www.aarke.com/uk/purifier" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:AARKE" class="link ">AARKE</a>
Under £150

As much as I've always wanted to live in London, now I’m here I can safely say that London water is not good. To save my kettle from getting scaly (some context: I only moved to the city three months ago), I’m thinking about shelling out on a purifier. Aarke’s is definitely a pricier choice but I love the sleek and simple design.

AARKE Purifier, $, available at AARKE
<strong>Ebony-Renee Baker, Fashion Editor</strong><br><br><strong>Under £15</strong><br><br>I keep buying candles for their cute jars as decor but really I could just keep refilling one glass lantern with tealights. This one is certainly cheap and cheerful!<br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Glass candle lantern, $, available at <a href="https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0897504005.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link ">H&M</a>
Ebony-Renee Baker, Fashion Editor

Under £15

I keep buying candles for their cute jars as decor but really I could just keep refilling one glass lantern with tealights. This one is certainly cheap and cheerful!

H&M Glass candle lantern, $, available at H&M
<strong>Under £50</strong><br><br>My desk at home doubles up as a dressing table so I’m not sure why I still don’t have a lamp for it – considering I work <em>and</em> do my makeup there. To avoid splurging on another light source (I’ve got too many to count in my flat), I think this little fun guy will do the trick.<br><br><strong>Habitat</strong> Habitat Ngami Mushroom Touch Table Lamp - Orange, $, available at <a href="https://www.habitat.co.uk/product/9381672?clickPR=plp:27:86" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Habitat" class="link ">Habitat</a>
Under £50

My desk at home doubles up as a dressing table so I’m not sure why I still don’t have a lamp for it – considering I work and do my makeup there. To avoid splurging on another light source (I’ve got too many to count in my flat), I think this little fun guy will do the trick.

Habitat Habitat Ngami Mushroom Touch Table Lamp - Orange, $, available at Habitat
<strong>Under £150</strong><br><br>There are some things we just need to suck up and buy in adulthood and a good-quality steamer is one of them. I’ve bought many a £20 steamer in my lifetime and I’m finally accepting the fact that my clothes deserve to be treated with tools made to preserve them. These handheld (and aesthetically pleasing) steamers from The Steamery are top of my list.<br><br><strong>Steamery</strong> Cirrus No.2 Handheld Steamer – Pink, $, available at <a href="https://steamery.co.uk/cirrus-no2-steamer-pink" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Steamery" class="link ">Steamery</a>
Under £150

There are some things we just need to suck up and buy in adulthood and a good-quality steamer is one of them. I’ve bought many a £20 steamer in my lifetime and I’m finally accepting the fact that my clothes deserve to be treated with tools made to preserve them. These handheld (and aesthetically pleasing) steamers from The Steamery are top of my list.

Steamery Cirrus No.2 Handheld Steamer – Pink, $, available at Steamery
<strong>Sadhbh O'Sullivan, Health & Living Editor</strong><br><br><strong>Under £15</strong><br><br>This hand soap smells <em>so</em> good that I highly recommend it.<br><br><br><strong>Arket</strong> Handwash Verbena 300 ml, $, available at <a href="https://www.arket.com/en_gbp/homeware/bath-body/product.hand-wash-green.0486518015.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Arket" class="link ">Arket</a>
Sadhbh O'Sullivan, Health & Living Editor

Under £15

This hand soap smells so good that I highly recommend it.


Arket Handwash Verbena 300 ml, $, available at Arket
<strong>Under £50</strong><br><br>I am a list person and there’s no better notebook for lists than those from Papier. My current set is running out and the fact that there’s now a Rejina Pyo collection makes it the perfect time to restock my desk.<br><br><strong>Papier x Rejina Pyo</strong> Mavis, $, available at <a href="https://www.papier.com/mavis-570" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Papier" class="link ">Papier</a>
Under £50

I am a list person and there’s no better notebook for lists than those from Papier. My current set is running out and the fact that there’s now a Rejina Pyo collection makes it the perfect time to restock my desk.

Papier x Rejina Pyo Mavis, $, available at Papier
<strong>Under £150</strong><br><br>I can’t technically justify buying another vase or bookend. But making them myself? Very into this kit from Sculpd.<br><br><br><strong>Sculpd</strong> Sculpd Home Collection Bookend Vases, $, available at <a href="https://sculpd.co.uk/collections/sculpd-home-collection-no-1/products/sculpd-home-collection-bookend-vases" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sculpd" class="link ">Sculpd</a>
Under £150

I can’t technically justify buying another vase or bookend. But making them myself? Very into this kit from Sculpd.


Sculpd Sculpd Home Collection Bookend Vases, $, available at Sculpd
<strong>Tamar Riley, Audience & Content Strategy</strong><br><br><strong>Under £15</strong><br><br>I'm trying to pretend that London is in the Mediterranean. If I manage to keep this alive I’ll be trimming branches to decorate the dining table.<br><br><strong>Olea</strong> Olea Europaea Olive Tree - Premium Healthy Indoor Evergreen Fruit Plant 14cm Pot, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/852948603/olea-europaea-olive-tree-premium-healthy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link ">Etsy</a>
Tamar Riley, Audience & Content Strategy

Under £15

I'm trying to pretend that London is in the Mediterranean. If I manage to keep this alive I’ll be trimming branches to decorate the dining table.

Olea Olea Europaea Olive Tree - Premium Healthy Indoor Evergreen Fruit Plant 14cm Pot, $, available at Etsy
<strong>Under £50</strong><br><br>I’m steadily replacing cotton bedding with linen in pale terracotta tones this summer. These pillowcases are perfect!<br><br><strong>Loaf</strong> Lazy Linen, $, available at <a href="https://loaf.com/products/lazy-linen-bed-linen?colour_33=nutmeg&colour_35=nutmeg&colour_36=nutmeg&slide=33" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Loaf" class="link ">Loaf</a>
Under £50

I’m steadily replacing cotton bedding with linen in pale terracotta tones this summer. These pillowcases are perfect!

Loaf Lazy Linen, $, available at Loaf
<strong>Under £150</strong><br><br>Late to the party on this but after hearing rave reviews I’m sold. Ideal for testing out all the cookbooks I never open.<br><br><strong>Our Place</strong> Always Pan, $, available at <a href="https://fromourplace.co.uk/products/always-essential-cooking-pan?variant=39932930818225" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Our Place" class="link ">Our Place</a>
Under £150

Late to the party on this but after hearing rave reviews I’m sold. Ideal for testing out all the cookbooks I never open.

Our Place Always Pan, $, available at Our Place
<strong>Jacqueline Kilikita, Senior Beauty Editor</strong><br><br><strong>Under £15</strong><br><br>I like soft, cosy light in the evenings and I think this will be nice and warm thanks to the LED bulb housed in the grey-tinged glass.<br><br><br><strong>IKEA</strong> Table lamp, brass/grey clear glass, $, available at <a href="https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/solklint-table-lamp-brass-grey-clear-glass-90464279/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:IKEA" class="link ">IKEA</a>
Jacqueline Kilikita, Senior Beauty Editor

Under £15

I like soft, cosy light in the evenings and I think this will be nice and warm thanks to the LED bulb housed in the grey-tinged glass.


IKEA Table lamp, brass/grey clear glass, $, available at IKEA
<strong>Under £50</strong><br><br>I can’t stand to leave bottles in the shower or by the bath for fear of them getting all soggy and congealed so I’m in desperate need of a shower caddy. This one is roomy enough for my tens of shampoos, conditioners, scalp scrubs, body treatments…<br><br><strong>Dunelm</strong> London Matt Black Bathroom Caddy, $, available at <a href="https://www.dunelm.com/product/london-matt-black-bathroom-caddy-1000180601?defaultSkuId=30712620" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dunelm" class="link ">Dunelm</a>
Under £50

I can’t stand to leave bottles in the shower or by the bath for fear of them getting all soggy and congealed so I’m in desperate need of a shower caddy. This one is roomy enough for my tens of shampoos, conditioners, scalp scrubs, body treatments…

Dunelm London Matt Black Bathroom Caddy, $, available at Dunelm
<strong>Under £150</strong><br><br>I don’t currently have a bedside table and rest my cups of tea on my wooden headboard — risky business when you don’t use coasters (oops) and have a cat who likes to climb everything. In other words, I really need this table and not just because I love the oxidised brass top. <br><br><strong>Made</strong> Morland, $, available at <a href="https://www.made.com/morland-side-table-oxidised-brass" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Made" class="link ">Made</a>
Under £150

I don’t currently have a bedside table and rest my cups of tea on my wooden headboard — risky business when you don’t use coasters (oops) and have a cat who likes to climb everything. In other words, I really need this table and not just because I love the oxidised brass top.

Made Morland, $, available at Made

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