I'm not going to be recommending high street brands - this is about shining a spotlight on designers, brands and stores that you might not have heard of. They'll be mostly online stores but there will also be some bricks-and-mortar options when I stumble across something especially good. International shipping is always a bit heartbreaking so the furthest afield I'll be going is mainland Europe to keep costs down.
If you're daunted by Etsy and overwhelmed by the Google search results when you look for "marble-print silk rug" (who isn't?!) then I'm traipsing the online marketplace and doing the groundwork for you. I am your intrepid window shopping explorer. Welcome to The Shortlist.
I've been decorating my little room recently and on the high street, H&M Home has been my favourite pitstop for a cheap and cheerful design boost. But cyberspace is generally a more interesting place to be and I've found these five interiors gems to make your (obviously rented) space a little more homey.
The Electrical Shop
Despite living with four boys in a cosy flat, being kooky and having weekly hilarious misadventures, I don't, unfortunately, live in a New Girl style loft apartment with industrial vibes, exposed brickwork and Max Greenfield. If I did however, I would be lighting it with the gorgeous designs from The Electrical Shop. Totally versatile, they can sit on surfaces at different angles or be suspended. My heart is sold to the Zinc Diamond with an Elephant Grey lead.
One Must Dash
This brand is balancing perfectly on the brink of quaintness for me. A little tongue-in-cheek sass and a touch of cutesy typography but none of that life-affirming drivel thank you very much.
My recent enthusiasm for creating a gallery wall from scratch, far quicker than my patience will be cool about, has led me to heed the words "fits into standard frame sizes". Framing is the worst. It's the guy who still has his phone keyboard tones switched on. Any shortcuts available to you regarding frames, grab them with your regular sized human hands and hold on tight.
"For Rest" Print: £35
Finding beautiful prints that aren't panic-bought in Ikea is so satisfying and sorts out rented rooms like nothing else. If you need inspiration keep an eye on the Pick Me Up graphic arts festival which takes place at Somerset House in the spring. In the mean time, have a peruse of the list of studios which were involved this year to find some great artists. These prints are from Paper Collective, a Danish site which produces limited edition posters. Affordable, beautiful and your friends won't have them.
Nature 1:1 Oyster by Form Us With Love: €45
Rockett St George
Rocket St George is a great website that I stumbled upon a while ago and promptly forgot to bookmark. Luckily I cared more than I should and have eventually rediscovered it. They have great jewellery storage options, including chic and simple necklace stands which are remarkably hard to find. Not everyone wants to hang their necklaces on a quaint little pastel-coloured tree.
I'm obsessed with mesh storage solutions at the moment and love this magazine rack. Whether you've collected Vogue for fifteen years or splashed out on the odd copy of Little White Lies, magazines are a beautiful thing. Show your love for print journalism and decorate your walls at the same time. Then go outside and kill two birds with that stone you're holding.
This little online shop was started by a former medical illustrator and it totally appeals to my gory side. A small but perfectly formed collection of homeware is adorned with illustrations and images of body parts and processes. You didn't know you needed a tea towel printed with the process of endochondral ossification where cartilage cells calcify to form new bone and bone marrow, until now. The human body is a marvellous and suprisingly aesthetically pleasing thing. I also love the Day of The Dead inspired tiles and screen prints, however unlikely it is that I'll be doing any tiling any time soon.