We see gazillions of homeware websites, and many are good, but mostly we prefer to shop for kitchenware and home accessories on the ground rather than online. However, Brassica Mercantile is so tempting that we’ve started using it already. Yes, it exists as a shop – but in Beaminster, Dorest, next to its sister business (and by all accounts very good) Brassica Restaurant, and though both may well be worth the trip, for us living in London, the site is the go.
Created by design-guru Louise Chidgey, who has worked as a senior buyer at The Conran Shop and co-authored the book ‘Paint & Paper’: A masterclass in light & colour, the shop manages to sell varied stock without being a mish-mash of stuff. You can really see an eye behind the choice of products, and an aesthetic which favours useful objects and clean lines brightened up by fabulous textiles. The site also sells great food for your larder and well chosen wine. Crucially, nothing is over-priced. The site is brilliant for storage baskets and boxes, great utilitarian but really nice tableware, glass vases (their vintage pickling jar, £10, is a best-seller) and gorgeous cushions, tablecloths and napkins, as well as quirkier finds such as red stripy barber shop enamel pots, and clip on feathered bird decorations.