Spring 2016 Homeware on The High Street

West Elm Spring 2016

With my head buried in projects and juggling childcare all of January I just came up for a little air – realised it’s February – already Spring for the retail industry and that I have NO idea what is in the shops! So in an attempt to combine some glorious new season retail therapy with much work research (did I say I loved my job?) here is my pick of the most covetable pieces at totally reasonable prices from the high street. Above image from West Elm


The sheer volume of Zara Home collections are always mammoth compared to the rest – with their online site and physical stores brimming with so many varying options of glassware, crockery, cushions and linens – you will almost never end up buying the same thing as your friend does. It’s my go-to shop when I want to pick up something unusual and something a little European in style. And the prices are just great.

Multicoloured Tie-Back
Steel and Glass Sugar Bowl
Metallic Glass Lamp
Raised Leaves Frame
Grey Decorative Jar
Braided Jute Doormat
Light Grey Linen Frill Cushion
High Basket With Wooden Bar


M&S’s collections go from strength to strength and in my opinion they are a winner when it comes to their pottery – no one needs more mugs, but I just can’t stay away from the dipped blue update on traditional china and the handmade style embossed fish mugs available in multiple colours – one of everything please! This season their lighting is also looking really lovely with industrial style pieces and mixing lots of great materials.

Bumble Bee Cushion
Monaco Ceiling Pendant
Paris Wall Lamp
Fish Embossed Mug
Traditional Dipped Blue Mug
Striped Woven Throw


With Anthropology its hard not to fall in love with everything – but with the smallest of items known for being ridiculously over-priced it’s never been too difficult for me to step away until I find pieces that I think are worth the extra money and that will add to the pleasure of daily life like the ones below. That said – this season the collections are decidedly better priced – the tufted and fringed throw seems fairly costed at £118 – a conscious decision from the Anthropologie team? Head over to decide for yourself. What do you think?

Dairy Pail Utensil Jar
Leather Wrapped Scissors
Yarrow Mortar and Pestle
Dinora Pillow
Aldalora Throw
Regione Marble Cheese Board


My go-to shop for American charm – West Elm’s new season collection doesn’t disappoint with the lovely modern-classics it has become known for. The new delicate Ikat Dot pillow cover and inky graphic Killim rug are to die for. The collection is peppered with lovely mid-century style ceramics too especially the Jonathan Adler inspired bowls – and new covetable little geometric mirrors colour wash mirrors.

Metallic Ikat Dot Pillow Cover
Teardrop Ikat Killim Rug
Roar and Rabbit Jewellery Boxes
Colour Wash Mirrors
Atelier Stella Bowls
Egg Salt and Pepper Set


Ikea are always pushing the envelope when it comes to design and this season is no different. With pieces that continue to stun design aficionados with their forward thinking and affordability – like the super simple Scandi chic mirror designed to hang your next day’s outfit on instead of throwing it over a chair. The gorgeous new MAJLSO cabinet has my heart, looking like a grand and sleek gothic-era piece – and so does the covetable Ilse Crawford cork collection – amazingly still available in its limited run.

SOMMAR 2016 Placemat
MAJLSO Glass Cabinet
RIGGARD Wireless Charging Lamp


At Habitat its all the about the ceramics this season with lovely washed vase designs. The new BLOT serving platter which would be just OK as a dinner plate but looks stunning as platter. A RED mug – totally out of my comfort zone but I love its proportions and hand formed-feel – and a very cool collection of vintage style metal trunks that are the most affordable I have seen on the market.

Blot Serving Platter
Blue Deedy Vase
Shack Vase
CONNOR Red Organic Shaped Mug

H&M Home

H&M Home always makes me need things I never knew knew I needed so bad! This season they include the likes of palm tree candlesticks, cactus print pillowcases and those wooden crates with faux shipping stamps on that I always shunned (these ones come in different colours).

Succulent Scented Candle
Palm Tree Candlestick
Printed Tablecloth
Small Wooden Crate
Porcelain Dot Teacup
Cactus Print Pillow


Did you know that French Connection had an established homeware line? Well it does – and it is good. For me the aesthetic feels slightly Restoration Hardware-like with a slight ethnic vibe. Pieces are well designed, highlighting great materials and channel latest trends whilst staying super elegant and classic.

Central Table
Embroidered Dreams Rug
Hook and Rope Pendant Light
Gun Metal Fish Eye Mirror
Mango chair
Roger Bar Stool
Velvet Tie Dye Cushion

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 mail@rohiniwahi.com

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