Searching for sustainable furniture that doesn't break the bank? Bypass mass-produced pieces and head to Home Street Home for some inspiration.
We all love dreaming about interior design. I'm sure I'm not the only one with a saved posts folder on Instagram that's dedicated to beautiful bathrooms and gallery walls. With all the decorating and time spent at home around Christmas, it really is the time we start to think about what we'd like to improve around the house. But interiors shopping can be expensive, and tiresome, and, of course, generates a lot of waste.
Thinking of the environment may not be top of our lists when it comes to interiors shopping, but it's something we all should be considering. When you think about how much waste has gone into actually making a new bed or side table, not to mention the endless plastic and packaging used to transport it, it makes you think differently about your shopping habits. Plastic ornaments and mass-produced pieces aren't on our list for 2020 — we're on the hunt for something much more ethical.
Home Street Home
When we first heard about Home Street Home, a Harold's Cross-based ethical and 100% sustainable furniture shop, it was like everything we'd been looking for had landed on our doorstep. Opening in late 2016, the store is 100% sustainable and ethically sourced, and over 90% of their current stock is made from either reclaimed woods or recycled materials. Many of the pieces are one-off and exclusive to Home Street Home, which means you avoid the mass-produced stuff that everyone else has while curating a truly unique space.
When it comes to ethical and sustainable furniture, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's all basic and boring. Not so. Home Street Home's founders Laury Poisson and Ed Donnelly have curated an eclectic selection of pieces, and there's a brilliant story behind the shop's beautiful aesthetic. They have also compiled a unique collection of Christmas gift ideas and Christmas mood deco, all handmade with love.
Laury originally studied fashion in Paris, before working at Saks 5th Avenue and managing the Agnes B. Union Square store in New York, and returning to Ireland to take up a role with Avoca Handweavers. Ed has a background in engineering and renovation, and it was during their time living in mid-90s New York, where they first met and together gathered a wealth of inspiration from the city's rich history.
Home Street Home may have an international aesthetic, but it's a haven for Irish design too. Featuring brands like Danu Ceramics, BareEssential Natural Soaps and Rowen Beg Design Studio candles, you can finish off your newly refurbished home with all the beautiful, Irish-made trimmings you can find.
The store's HQ in Harold's Cross is a treasure trove to trawl through, but if you're not based in Dublin and still want in, there's good news. As well as the Harold's Cross showroom, Home Street Home has an online store with hundreds of unique furniture statement pieces & beautiful homewares available.