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My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

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10 Best Online Interior Stores

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10 Best Online Interior Stores

Rachel Carr

I love looking at the interiors section of any shop. All the better if the shop itself is dedicated to all things beautiful for home living. Over the years, with my moving house every other time the earth goes round the sun, I have learnt to holdback from buying a shop's entire range the moment I get a new abode's keys. I have learnt the hard way that it's better to live in a place first before decking it out in furniture and home furnishings from top to bottom. By waiting, I would find out how I would use the space first and what my home actually needed. I have also learnt where to spend money and where not to. Crockery and kitchenware that you use every day are worth splashing the cash on in my view (I am slowly building up my Le Creuset collection and love cooking with it). Storage that literally only has to hold things on a shelf for sporadic use can be from the cheaper end of the spectrum. Lastly, anything that will date can either be left in the shop, or bought in the sale from the cheapest of the cheap.

So for this week's top 10, I have listed my favourite online interiors stores - suitable for a wide range of budgets.

The White Company  The White Company have an aesthetic that I can only dream to achieve in a practical way in my home. Owing to a great deal of their goods being white, this dog loving blogger will only ever buy a few pieces from here as it's not the cheapest shop and I can't risk muddy paws being put all over the ivory furniture. However, it does great bed linen and beautiful accessories like vases, lamps and knick knacks.

The White Company 

The White Company have an aesthetic that I can only dream to achieve in a practical way in my home. Owing to a great deal of their goods being white, this dog loving blogger will only ever buy a few pieces from here as it's not the cheapest shop and I can't risk muddy paws being put all over the ivory furniture. However, it does great bed linen and beautiful accessories like vases, lamps and knick knacks.

Decara Home This boutique store, based on the Queenstown Road in Battersea, is a little treasure trove of goodies that will keep even the most minimalist of minimalists entertained for hours. Again, it's not the cheapest, but it does offer a wide selection of high quality goods that are often a little different from what you would find on the high street. I highly recommend a look for accent pieces in your home that you will love for years to come. 

Decara Home

This boutique store, based on the Queenstown Road in Battersea, is a little treasure trove of goodies that will keep even the most minimalist of minimalists entertained for hours. Again, it's not the cheapest, but it does offer a wide selection of high quality goods that are often a little different from what you would find on the high street. I highly recommend a look for accent pieces in your home that you will love for years to come. 

OKA Direct  OKA can be quite dear, but it does design wonderful looking furniture that you will love for years if you can afford it. It also does great sales and, as their goods, tend not to date, their pieces make good investments if you are slowly building up your arsenal of things to sit on, eat off and store in. Recently they also had a huge sample sale in Oxfordshire, so it's worth signing up to their email list for up to date offers. 

OKA Direct 

OKA can be quite dear, but it does design wonderful looking furniture that you will love for years if you can afford it. It also does great sales and, as their goods, tend not to date, their pieces make good investments if you are slowly building up your arsenal of things to sit on, eat off and store in. Recently they also had a huge sample sale in Oxfordshire, so it's worth signing up to their email list for up to date offers. 

Oliver Bonas  The feminine nature that pervades Oliver Bonas's fashion lines continues into its interiors offering - probably why this girly blogger loves it so much. Erring on the more whimsical side of trends and styles, Oliver Bona is a one stop shop for buying the finishing touches to your home that really bring rooms together. It's also a great destination for gifts and presents for that person who is impossible to buy for in your life. 

Oliver Bonas 

The feminine nature that pervades Oliver Bonas's fashion lines continues into its interiors offering - probably why this girly blogger loves it so much. Erring on the more whimsical side of trends and styles, Oliver Bona is a one stop shop for buying the finishing touches to your home that really bring rooms together. It's also a great destination for gifts and presents for that person who is impossible to buy for in your life. 

Woven Oak I was introduced to Woven Oak through an old friend and have since then always kept an eye on this fabric design led firm. They mix heritage prints with a modern day colour palette which make great scatter cushions for your living room or day chairs in bedrooms. Whilst certainly not Ikea prices, these cushions and fabrics are incredibly well made, plus by purchasing from them you'd be supporting one of England's many wonderful small businesses!

Woven Oak

I was introduced to Woven Oak through an old friend and have since then always kept an eye on this fabric design led firm. They mix heritage prints with a modern day colour palette which make great scatter cushions for your living room or day chairs in bedrooms. Whilst certainly not Ikea prices, these cushions and fabrics are incredibly well made, plus by purchasing from them you'd be supporting one of England's many wonderful small businesses!

HM HM's interiors range is loved by stylists for its fashionable approach to home furnishings at a fantastic price point. What they offer is incredibly trendy (gold pineapple ornament anyone?), but won't break the bank either so it enables its customers to update their homes for very little cost. I love their storage solutions and often purchase their raffia goods in a million colour ways to brighten up one of the duller aspects of home decor - organisation. 

HM

HM's interiors range is loved by stylists for its fashionable approach to home furnishings at a fantastic price point. What they offer is incredibly trendy (gold pineapple ornament anyone?), but won't break the bank either so it enables its customers to update their homes for very little cost. I love their storage solutions and often purchase their raffia goods in a million colour ways to brighten up one of the duller aspects of home decor - organisation. 

Cox and Cox  This well edited home furnishings store has some great accent pieces as well as fully blown items of furniture. It sits somewhere in the middle of all the shops I have listed here and is fabulous store to look at for those one of a kind pieces that make great talking points in your home. They seem to have a grown up shabby chic look to all their wares, but only ever offer items that will stand the test of time whilst avocado bath suites go in and out of fashion alongside their salmon pink counterparts. 

Cox and Cox 

This well edited home furnishings store has some great accent pieces as well as fully blown items of furniture. It sits somewhere in the middle of all the shops I have listed here and is fabulous store to look at for those one of a kind pieces that make great talking points in your home. They seem to have a grown up shabby chic look to all their wares, but only ever offer items that will stand the test of time whilst avocado bath suites go in and out of fashion alongside their salmon pink counterparts. 

Zara  A much overlooked branch of this fashion giant, Zara's home offering is actually vast for a store one doesn't often seen on every high street. Its range, obviously, is available online though which means that I often getting 'shopping basket' happy. I put everything I like into the e-bag with the intention of taking out all the items I don't need and keeping only the ones I prefer. It isn't always the most successful approach if I'm honest(!), but it's not expensive and they do offer some fantastic items. 

Zara 

A much overlooked branch of this fashion giant, Zara's home offering is actually vast for a store one doesn't often seen on every high street. Its range, obviously, is available online though which means that I often getting 'shopping basket' happy. I put everything I like into the e-bag with the intention of taking out all the items I don't need and keeping only the ones I prefer. It isn't always the most successful approach if I'm honest(!), but it's not expensive and they do offer some fantastic items. 

La Redoute  A recent discovery for me, La Redoute is loved by interior bloggers and stylists alike. Indeed, it was Alex Stedman of The Frugality that mentioned its interiors department on her blog that made me take a look. La Redoute had, up until that point, always been a clothing line to me. I was very very pleasantly surprised whilst browsing through its home decor range and have my eye on a couple of its rugs for my next move. 

La Redoute 

A recent discovery for me, La Redoute is loved by interior bloggers and stylists alike. Indeed, it was Alex Stedman of The Frugality that mentioned its interiors department on her blog that made me take a look. La Redoute had, up until that point, always been a clothing line to me. I was very very pleasantly surprised whilst browsing through its home decor range and have my eye on a couple of its rugs for my next move. 

Swoon Editions  Swoon Editions is one of those annoying brands where you want every single item and curse yourself that you don't have twenty houses to put all your new stash in. Incredible value, the company keeps its price down by only making a few 'editions' of each piece by gauging interest before goods are ordered for manufacture by themselves. They also use a great deal of small designs businesses to complete their offering - all of which is absolutely beautiful. 

Swoon Editions 

Swoon Editions is one of those annoying brands where you want every single item and curse yourself that you don't have twenty houses to put all your new stash in. Incredible value, the company keeps its price down by only making a few 'editions' of each piece by gauging interest before goods are ordered for manufacture by themselves. They also use a great deal of small designs businesses to complete their offering - all of which is absolutely beautiful. 

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