While Instagram is normally my go-to for sartorial inspiration, lately it's been full of loungewear and sweatpants, so I've turned my interest to interiors instead.
And honestly, the inspo has been insane, with people taking tablescaping (basically pretty table settings, it's a thing) and decorating to new heights, seeing as there isn't much else to do sadly.
As with popular fashion items such as Zara's latest boots or the new Dior handbag, there are certain items I seem to see time and time again on my feed, making them the hot tickets of the interiors world. So if you're looking for a quick home makeover, these are the items to add to your virtual shopping basket.
Glass candle holders
Matching candle holders are sooooo over (said in a Rachel Green voice). Now it's all about mismatched, glass sticks, preferably in a variety of shapes and colours, as seen here at Stylist Fashion Features Editor Billie Bhatia's house.
Obviously, you can't have candle holders without candlesticks, and at the moment, it's all about these twisted candlesticks by The Edition 94. Again, go for several different colours to add interest to your table.
The Anissa Kermiche vase
There is no vase as popular as the Anissa Kermiche love handles vase: fact. I even have one myself which I adore. Now it is an investment therefore doesn't come cheap, but I see it as a piece of art as well as a practical item, so that helps.
Who knew lampshades could be this exciting right? Many of the people I follow have turned to upcycling during the pandemic, including finding cheap vintage lamps on eBay and replacing the shades with quirky rattan ones such as Laura Jackson's, above.
Glass coffee tables
If you're looking for a slightly bigger item to invest in, make it the glass coffee table. I'm afraid to say that, according to my Instagram, wooden coffee tables are old news. Instead, opt for a glass table with marble, travertine or stone feet like Jessie Bush's. Very 80s, but in a chic way. There are plenty to be found on vintage sites.
Cane dining chairs
There is simply no other dining chair to have right now other than the retro cane dining chair, as seen here at Abisola Omole's Studio Arva. If you're patient, you can easily source these on online vintage stores or Facebook Marketplace, but if you're not, see below.
Hopefully you found a little inspiration to brighten up your home this dreary winter.
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Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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