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An online store of undiscovered treasures

Even seasoned shoppers should find something new in this e-shop

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An online store of undiscovered treasures

August 18 2011
Charlotte Abrahams

The people behind Idyll Home only sell things they love and since the things they love most are new and unique home accessories, their e-store is a must-visit place for seasoned shoppers in search of something a little different.

Of course, not everything on sale in the 10 departments – which range from “Living” to “Garden and Outdoors” via “Kids” and “New Arrivals” – is a revelation, but even my initial dash through the site resulted in two exciting new discoveries. The first was a witty range of ceramic lights inspired by traditional fabric shades (Fold lampshade, first picture, £49), while the second was John Robshaw’s boldly decorative-with-a-subtle-Indian-vibe cushion collection, including the Moth cushion (second picture) at £59. (The blurb explains that Robshaw designs his cushions in New York before sending them off to be block printed in India, which explains the cross-cultural aesthetic.)

Even the more familiar pieces are far from run of the mill. I have seen button-back Slipper chairs and Hamman bath towels before, of course, but rarely of this chic simplicity. (Grey velvet, button-back Slipper chair, £395; Hamman bath towel, £16.)