One of the things we find most exciting about going to a new city is checking out all the local homeware, furniture and art stores — we really are interior addicts through and through!
But being somewhere new, it can be hard to know where exactly to go or how best to tackle your shopping expedition.
On a recent trip to Melbourne, we spent hundreds in Uber rides, zig zagging our way across the city to check out all the ‘destination’ stores on our list but found we didn’t end up in any hubs where we could just wander and explore. Sure, we saw the top stores on our list but overall felt a bit let down and like we missed some real treasures too.
So we’ve enlisted the help of two of the most stylish guys we know in Melbourne, Haus of Cruze, to give us their round up of the best stores in Melbourne (plus we threw in a few extras of our own).
If you’re going to Melbourne and want to know where to shop for the home, this is the must-visit list of stores!!
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1. Forman Picture Framing
Our absolute #1 go-to for all of our artwork. A family owned business, Kara + Nick specialise in framing and sourcing the most incredible artwork. Big supporters of local Australian artists, their portfolio of artwork and beautiful framing is second to none. Their gallery shop is inviting, bright and packed to the absolute brim with incredible talent — they are an absolute must for all your artwork/framing needs.
Address: 20 Burwood Highway, Burwood
Trading hours Tue – Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm
2. Nordik Living
A recent discovery for us, this local Australian retailer is dedicated to curating the finest Nordic and Scandinavian furniture and homewares at the most affordable and accessible prices. Director Trinh is an absolute beauty and her love and passion for Scandinavian design clearly drives the commitment and dedication of running this local business. The showroom instantly transports you to Scandinavia — just gorgeous!
Address: 12 Paraweena Drive, Truganina
Trading hours: Mon – Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm
3. Simple Form
Our regular online/in-store go-to for all things Scandinavian/Minimalism. The team at Simple Form curate the most unique homewares, art and furniture designs that resonate largely toward the Scandinavian, Minimalism and Monochromatic aesthetic. A gorgeous shop worth checking out!
Address: 95 Charles Street, Seddon
Trading hours: Tue – Fri 10am-5pm, Sat – Sun 10am-4pm
4. Great Dane Furniture
If you’re on the hunt for timeless Scandinavian design that is meticulously curated, search no longer. Great Dane Furniture is your go-to! Their imitable reputation for quality, service, craftsmanship and knowledge is impeccable and the hand-picked, imported pieces are any Scandinavian furniture collectors dream!
Address: 175 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Trading hours: Mon – Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
5. Top3 By Design
Top 3’s range features well over a thousand products, but never more than the three best items in their respective class by merit of design – everything from homewares and accessories to kitchen and dining. One of our favourite shop stops for all of our homeware needs – we could spend hours in this store musing over all the fabulous products.
Address: 658 Church Street, Richmond
Trading hours: Mon – Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm
6. Jardan (our pick)
While you’re in Richmond, be sure to wander to Jardan — aka heaven on earth! Their multi-storey shop will is filled with handcrafted items that are ‘Made for life’. You’ll find a whole new appreciation for furniture and be inspired to use more colour in your home too.
Address: 522 Church Street, Richmond
Trading hours: Mon – Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat – Sun 10am-5pm
7. Ivy Muse Botanical Emporium
Ivy Muse is a botanical addicts dream! Stocking everything from plant stands, botanical wares to plants, this green oasis is a must for the plant enthusiast.
Address: 1250 High Street, Armadale
Trading hours: Mon – Wed 10am-5pm, Thur 10am-4.30pm, Fri – Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm
8. Curious Grace (our pick)
Just around the corner, you’ll find the beautifully curated collection of art, rugs, furniture, lighting and more at Curious Grace! Husband and wife duo Anna and Wayne sure know their stuff (she has a background in furniture design and years of experience as a photographic stylist) and their passion to constantly bring something new to the interiors scene is so refreshing!
Trading hours: Mon – Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm
9. United Interiors (our pick)
If you’re looking for affordable art (indoors and outdoors) then this store is a must! Not only will you find a wide range of canvas, photography or abstract wall art, there’s a huge range of rugs, furniture and homewares too.
Address: 253 Wickham Rd, Moorabbin
Trading hours: Mon – Fri 10am–4pm, Sat 10am–3pm
We hope you love this list of where to shop for the home in Melbourne! If you have more stores you think should be on the list, tell us in the comments below as we’ll be keeping this guide up to date as new stores come on the scene!
Feature image credit: @meldesign_
This article was first published in June 2017 and continues to be updated with latest shopping information