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An Interior Design Lover’s Guide to Shopping in Sydney

photo: Anthony Zweck
From the awe-inspiring Opera House to the epic beaches and walkways along the harbor to the incredible restaurants and gorgeous boutique hotels, Sydney is known to spoil its tourists. Possibly lesser known is what an incredible city Sydney is for sifting through vintage stores, visiting Australian furniture showrooms, scouring interior design shops and stocking up on home accessories.

We’ve been on a mission to find Sydney’s best shops for interior design lovers and we’ve found some real gems. We’ve got bedding shops with the finest linens in Paddington, a treasure trove where vintage silk kimonos adorn the walls, Australian brands that make minimalist furniture you’ll love, and a whole lot more. So, let’s get going down under and plunge into the best of the local design scene.

Reporter: Alyssa Brown
Photo: Anthony Zweck
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Jardan

Paddington, NSW, Australia
The impeccably curated collections at Jardan make it look easy to decorate a home that’s flawless, especially if you take a few notes from the stylists here. The Sydney shop is on Oxford Street in Paddington and carries furniture, lighting, bedding, rugs, art and accessories.
Photo: Arthur G
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Arthur G

Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
Simple, clean-lined furniture is the cornerstone of this Australian furniture company that manufactures every piece in its Melbourne warehouse. For a look at Arthur G’s timeless pieces, take a browse through the Surry Hills showroom.
Photo: Spence & Lyda
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Spence & Lyda

Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
Pendant lights, handcrafted vases, baskets, tables, beds, throw pillows, and all sorts of design must-haves fill the shelves and rooms at Spence and Lyda in Surry Hills. This spot feeds inspiration by the barrel-full.
Photo: Jake Weisz
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Seasonal Concepts

Redfern, NSW, Australia
When you’re on the hunt for styling accessories, all roads lead to Seasonal Concepts in Redfern. This is the number one spot for all your taxidermy, floral, vintage and antique needs.
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The Vignette Room

Paddington, NSW, Australia
A homewares-loving mother-daughter duo is behind this gorgeous home goods shop in Paddington. A wander through the showroom takes you on a tour through furniture and accessories for every room in the house.
Photo: Koskela
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Koskela

Rosebery, NSW, Australia
Located in Rosebery, Koskela carries all Aussie brands, including everything from rugs to handmade furniture to ceramics. If you like all things fresh, new and modern, this is your spot.
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The Plant Room

Manly, NSW, Australia
Any interior design lover can tell you a space is never fully dressed without an abundance of greenery, and this Manly plant shop, studio and workshop delivers all the plants and pots you need to make your home feel complete.
Photo: planet
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planet

Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
Furniture, textiles and home accessories all cross paths at planet. This Surry Hills showroom, planet commonwealth, is all about products that are handcrafted and sustainable, including their custom furniture.
Photo: In Bed Store
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In Bed Store

Paddington, NSW, Australia
If it’s linen you’re after, beeline it straight to Paddington’s In Bed for the biggest selection of bedding, table linens, throws and the like. Colors range from stone to tobacco to biscuit, mustard to floss to French blue and beyond.
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The Society Inc.

St Peters, NSW, Australia
Open weekdays in St. Peters, interior designer and stylist Sibella Court’s warehouse shop sells every knick-knack and curiosity worth collecting. The Society Inc. is where you’ll want to head when you’re ready to accessorize and style out your space.
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Fred International

Rosebery, NSW, Australia
Fred’s flagship store is located in the heart of Sydney, right along Dunning Avenue in Rosebery and shows off the best of Scandi designed furniture, lighting and accessories. This spot is sure to have all the lights on your eye-candy-radar lighting up.
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Dinosaur Designs

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Famed for their handmade resin serving platters, vases and bangles, Dinosaur Designs has been in the jewelry and homewares biz for over 30 years. They have multiple shops in Sydney, including locations in Paddington and the CBD.
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Catapult Design

Ultimo, NSW, Australia
Australian furniture makers and designers are at the helm of this Sydney design shop and showroom. Contemporary design reigns supreme at Catapult, where even little details like bottle openers are cast in solid bronze.
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Commune

Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia
Finishing touches abound at Commune in Bondi. Handmade ceramics, hanging pots, textiles, baskets and woven light fixtures are on the list of highlights. For those with shopping impulsivity problems like us, you may also find the handmade attire section worth a browse.
Photo: Ginkgo Leaf
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Ginkgo Leaf

Woollahra, NSW, Australia
This sweet Woollahra shop imports artisan Japanese made products that range from ceramics to kitchen products to gardening tools. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who has it all, this shop seriously delivers.
Photo: Design Twins
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Design Twins

St Peters, NSW, Australia
What once started as a design duo making lightweight planter pots has grown into a full-fledged homewares shop with three locations, including one at Sydney’s Precinct 75 in the St. Peters neighborhood. This is a great spot to head to when you’re thinking big-picture and need to get your hands on everything from furniture to textiles to accessories.
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Vampt Vintage Design

Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
A Surry Hills favorite for vintage finds, Vampt is that kind of place you go to when you’re looking for a piece that finishes a room. That piece might be a really timeless sideboard or a pair of colorful, mod statement chairs.
Photo: Mud Australia
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Mud Australia

Sydney, NSW, Australia
It’s quite possible that you’ve seen photos of Mud’s ceramics collections on Pinterest, as their classic porcelain tablewares are so gorgeous they’re all over the social media site. Sydney shop locations include Mosman, Surry Hills and Double Bay, where you’ll find treasure troves of colorful porcelain serving dishes, light fixtures, vases and more.
Photo: The Vault
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The Vault

Rosebery, NSW, Australia
When you’re ready to start collecting antiques, or really need one good, sturdy piece to make a room complete, head to The Vault. This Rosebery shop is open three days a week, so you may want to call ahead before popping by.
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Chee Soon & Fitzgerald

Redfern, NSW, Australia
Redfern’s Chee Soon & Fitzgerald is a collector’s closet filled with fabulous finds. Antique Japanese, Korean and English ceramics might be the stars of one display while another corner of the shop is bursting with textiles and silk kimonos.
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Coco Republic

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Coco Republic is a big name in Australian interiors, with six showrooms, a huge online shop, master classes, and a design school. Get a peek at the action by visiting the Alexandria showroom, design studio and design labs.

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