Melbourne is home (no pun intended) to some brilliant homeware items to decorate the home in style. It's surprising, walking tours for the home are back in vogue, and homewares are also becoming quite affordable, especially in Melbourne.
The ideal starting place for a self-directed Melbourne City homewares walking tour would have to be at Southern Cross Station. As you leave Southern Cross Station, turn towards Bourke Street and head to the Spencer Outlet Centre, and great cookery items for the home can be found here.
Next go to tram stop number 1 at Collins Street (the future end), and right next to Fitness First, find yourself outside Spoilt at 546 Collins Street. Sadly, they're closed on a Sunday, so take this self created walking tour on any other day of the week from 10am. Great homeware displays are enjoyed, as well as beautiful totes that scream decor paradise. Kid-friendly home pieces can also be found here.
Take a bit of a break, cross the road and enjoy the walk, and perhaps grab a coffee nearby. Or cheat by catching tram routes 48, 109 or 112, and get off at stop number 7. Use your MyKi on a Saturday, and this will keep the tour free of charge for you, unless you decide to buy a homeware item or two for your home.
Walk down, and you will then find a clever place that cleans your designer handbag/s (not exactly homewares but essential for some) for you. Welcome to My Bag Spa. If you live interstate, they can still help you with a mail order service.
Stay on Collins Street, and walk inside the Australia on Collins shopping complex at street level. Find yourself at Cardeaux, and a great array of greeting cards will make you feel at home, as well as some angel statues.
After visiting Cardeaux, head back to Collins Street, and keep walking until you arrive at The Block Arcade. Walking inside, and to your left sugar, spice and all things nice will inspire you to decorate your kitchen in style. Welcome to Gewurzhaus, Herb & Spice Merchants, who also enjoy a roaring trade in Toorak and Carlton.
Head across the road (still inside The Block Arcade) and enjoy some beautiful ornaments for the home at Orrefors Kosta-Boda. They remind you of Georg Jensen; quality silverware reigns in Melbourne City.
Magazine lovers, exit The Block Arcade, and turn onto Elizabeth Street and head towards Flinders Street Station, and Mag Nation is the next stop.
There is so much choice here. Love the quirky water bottles and wrapping paper as well.
10. Royal Selangor
Beautiful mantlepieces for the home can be found here
Head towards Bourke Street Mall and on the way you will find Royal Selangor, 102 Elizabeth Street. Great living room decorations and great little pieces for the hallway table, with or without a bunch of flowers nearby, can be found here. On the way, you will come across Typo, where you can buy some pretty dishes and stationery for the home.
Keep walking, and Bourke Street Mall is in front of you the moment you see GPO and musicians paradise. Cross the tram tracks carefully. Walk inside Myer, and catch the lift to level 5, where the whole floor is devoted to beautiful homewares. Versace and Villeroy & Boch are examples of quality dinnerware brands found here on this walking tour. Head back down to the ground floor, and finish off at David Jones (a couple of doors down). Head to level 4, and more beautiful (and similar) dinner and crystal homeware items can be found and appreciated here.
End the tour at David Jones food halls across the road. Take the escalator one level down from street level, and browse away. Head towards Little Collins Street, and head up to stairs to enjoy a quality brew at Sensory Lab. Great ambience, but unless you're into science you do not need any home decorating ideas from here.
Farewell to the Melbourne City homewares walking tour for now.
Quirky, great and interesting home items for Melbourne to enjoy.