New Online Independents!

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I often receive emails from new independent online retailers asking me to share their collection with my readers. These retailers always have charming and unusual curations and a different take on the well-known stores that I frequent which often carry a lot of the same brands. I thought I would share some of the ones I received in the last few months.

Iota Bristol is an online home accessories and gift shop which is run out of an independent bricks and mortar shop in Bristol. With a cheery retro aesthetic you will find the likes of ceramic Acorn Salt and Pepper Pots, Matrioska Carafes and Mid-Century style ceramics by Hannah Turner.


Vault comprises of a carefully curated selection of industrial furniture and accessories, founded by freelance journalist Lucy Norris Schofield who used to write for various Antiques Magazines – the products – vintage soup spoons, black vintage napkins and apothecary bottles are unified by a minimal, unfinished aesthetic.


Online pet-store Houndworthy offers covetable designs for style conscious dogs. Beautifully designed double headed rope leads, ‘apartment friendly’ rubber toys shaped like fruit and vegetables and vintage cushions for your discerning pooch’s bed.


Solid ID is a bricks and mortar store in West London that launched an online presence earlier this year. The store offers an ever-changing medley of art, antiques and original designs ranging from contemporary ceramics to antique furniture, hand-painted textiles, industrial lights and fashion accessories. My favourite product from their collection are vintage glass storage jars which are updated with whimsical hand-painted motifs.


After 14 years of working with iconic brands such as Heal’s, Paperchase and Jamie Oliver, Andrea Bates set up a beautiful e-shop Future and Found. Collecting together her favourite designers and makers, the shop carries a mix of simple, modern pieces with a twist. I love its pared-back aesthetic with fun flouro details.


Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

1 Comment on New Online Independents!

  1. mlleparadis
    Monday, July 29th, 2013 15:43 at 3:43 pm (5 years ago)

    i need a style-conscious doggie! all i have are cats that care only about there stomachs!

    they would have enjoyed your p&p biscuits!

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