Six Gorgeous Independent Design Shops You Need To Check Out

Mentally redecorating my whole home right now.


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We all love a trip to a design shop – pottering around the candlesticks and vases, picking up patterned mugs and wondering if they’d match the imaginary set we’ve picked out for our imaginary mansion. Would Mrs. Idris Elba wear this apron? Hmm…

If you’re in need of some new homewares, or simply want to wander in the peaceful atmosphere of a shop full of bits and bobs, check out this list of amazing independent Irish design shops – for all your imaginary needs!

April and the Bear

April and The Bear is one of Ireland’s leading independent design and lifestyle shops, and it is packed with beautiful, eclectic homewares. We particularly love their range of unusual vases to hold fresh or dried flowers and make for a great conversation starter! Pop into their shop in Rathmines, Dublin or visit their website to have a look for yourself.


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Based in Belfast, Maven is a design store run by two sisters, with a focus on warm, Scandinavian style interiors. Think knitted chairs and neutral rugs, simple but super cosy. Trust us when we say you’ll want to move into this shop and live in it. Have a nose here.


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Mimi + Martha

If your home is lacking a little vibrancy, look no further than mother and daughter duo Mimi and Martha, whose Limerick shop is home to a number of colourful and kitsch design pieces, including a line of stationery that will have you stocking up on birthday cards for the whole year!


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Oriana B

Cooler than cool, Oriana B is the ideal spot for those trying to piece together a bold and unique home. From mid-century furniture to wild neon lights, this is a design shop that will make you want to take a risk! Make sure to check out their eye-catching lamps at their Dublin shop, or have a gander at their website.


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Another Dublin design shop, Scout is chock a block with classic, staple pieces, intended on providing a timeless design that will stand the test of time. This is a good place to stock up on basics, like their selection of enamel mugs and jugs that have a country kitchen feel. They also have a gorgeous range of clothing, with funky socks and undies that are hard to resist. See it all here!


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Finders Keepers

Waterford based Finders Keepers is a haven for sustainable accessories, kooky gifts, and whimsical homewares – including model hot air balloons that you can hang from your ceiling! You’ll have a field day looking through their decor, especially their storage – the shop is best known for their funky old school lockers in place of wardrobes and cupboards. Check them out here.

Words by Aoife CodyKane

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