Our homewares merchants offer a vast range of ceramic, glass, silverware and lighting.
Ceramics, china and pottery are an ER speciality. Our merchants are continually sourcing the very best collectible items, and have deep professional knowledge of this field.
We have glassware from Georgian to modern Venetian. Many of our merchants stock depression glass, Murano glass, and carnival glass. Our silverware selection dates from the 18th century to the modern-day. From vintage cake stands to silverplate cutlery, ER’s silver merchants will have what you desire.
A lamp or a distinctive light fitting can transform a room. Our lighting merchants offer a range of styles, from retro, vintage, and art deco, to Barsony and Diana.
Homewares, Lighting, and Gardenalia
There’s an enduring appeal about quality crafted homewares and lighting, be they contemporary, vintage or antique.
To have something in your home that shows its age, how it’s been cared for and looked after, is special. It’s an item that can lift an ordinary occasion into something truly delightful.
As we know, a little bit of charm and interest can go a long way in making a home warm and inviting. It can add a unique signature to your sanctuary.
Usually furniture is the most significant investment people will make in decorating a room. We recommend choosing a signature piece to provide your room’s foundation and let the rest of your design flow from there.
But furniture is just the start. Decorating a room should be done in layers, and every piece chosen should fit neatly in those layers, from floor coverings, furniture, decorator items, wall hangings, and lighting.
So once you have your signature piece, the fun begins.
There are many types of homewares from which to choose. Each can add a different element of style or interest to your room.
These are just some of the items you can use to style your room:
- Pillows, cushions, and throws
- Wall art and prints
- Wall mirrors and standing mirrors
- Decor like busts, statues and bookends
- Kitchen paraphernalia
- Vases and bowls
- Candles and fragrances
- Flowers and plants
- Floor lamps, wall lamps, desk lamps, and ceiling lights
- and much more
Textiles like cushions, rugs, and blankets can add texture and transformation to a room. By simply folding up a blanket or rearranging the pillows, you can instantly change the feel of a room.
Mirrors can add play and dimension to a room, and you can match the mirror’s frame to suit your existing decor.
Wall art and prints are a great way to show off your style and interests. Again select frames to suit your existing room, and sizes exist for any space you may have, no matter how small or large.
Smaller decorator pieces and knick-knacks, like photo frames, bookends, vases, and bowls, can add interest to practical furniture pieces like bookshelves and side tables.
Lighting, of course, is a whole decorating subject on its own, and we have some insights below.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Try to find an interesting piece that may seem out of place in the room you intend to use it. Placing an antique workshop tool or a vintage kitchen item in a living or sitting room can add drama and interest to the room and gives you another chance to display more of your personality.
Our number one piece of advice is to make sure you don’t over-decorate. You want to stay away from clutter so that each piece you choose can shine and do the job it was selected to do.
How to use light fixtures in your home
In Australia, we long endured the practice of installing a simple light fixture, be it an oyster or hanging style light. We then moved to recessed halogen lighting, which, while adding a bit more practical light, did nothing for the room’s ambiance.
Lighting is an easy and practical way of setting the scene in a room. Adding a few extra light sources, like a floor lamp, desk lamp, or even exchanging a modern commercial lampshade with something more interesting, allows you to mix up the room’s mood to suit the occasion.
Now by simply turning lights on or off or changing the direction they point in, you can adjust the room’s ambiance as needed – either for more task-based activities or for comfort and cosiness.
This borrows from the Danish concept of “hygge”, where lighting, including the use of candles, is the foundation. You can create “pools” or caves of light where you can retreat from the day with a book or a cup of tea and leave the rest of the world outside.
Choosing the right lamp fixtures and shades can help create the mood you are looking for.
The benefits of using quality homewares
The one critical thing to look for when choosing homewares, especially antique or vintage items, is quality.
First and foremost, look for items that fit your design and that you absolutely love. This is a must. There is no point in buying something that doesn’t reflect your style that you do not love yourself.
Once you have found what you are looking for will need to consider a few things before investing:
- Will it fit in your room – style-wise and space-wise?
- Is it durable enough for the use you will give it?
- Does it fit in your budget?
Once you have considered those aspects, you need to determine if the quality meets your standards.
Look for antique or vintage homewares that have already stood the test of time. Even if some items may wear the scars of a lifetime of use, if they are still intact and fit for purpose, you can rest assured that they will last another lifetime as well.
For contemporary or new homewares, looks for quality materials and construction. Natural materials and fabrics, solid metals, secure fastenings, stable bases, and tight stitching are just some indicators you can use to determine an item’s quality.
Buying quality, vintage, or antique homewares can be an investment. Some items are collectible so others can give them a life after you have finished with it if you look after them.
Do remember, though, if you fall head over heels for something that fits your space and style perfectly, you can relax your quality requirements a little. There’s no point missing out on something that would be perfect in your room just because it may not quite meet a high level of quality. It’s always a balancing act, and you will be the best judge of whether you add something to your decorator’s quiver or not.
Adding Gardenalia to your palette
Once you have the feel of your room down, it’s time to add life to it. Plants can help you bring that living dimension to your space and keep the air fresh and inviting – and who doesn’t love plants?
You can select from a range of plants suitable for indoor or outdoor spaces. Whether flowering, succulents, or plants with beautiful foliage, most areas will benefit from having plants placed strategically in them. They are an easy way to add visual interest and drama without spending a small fortune.
Ensure you choose plants suitable for your environment. Consider how much care they will need. How much sunlight, water, and additional fertiliser or pest control (especially if outdoors).
You can also complement your spaces with selected pieces of other types of gardenalia, including unusual and unique garden goods, antique reclaimed or contemporary ornaments, or vintage used garden tools.
Shop for homewares, lighting, and gardenalia in Brisbane
Empire Revival in Brisbane has 50 merchants under one roof stocking all kinds of unique items to help you realise the vision for your room or provide a single individual item that can become an attractive focal point.
We have a massive range of original vintage decor and quality modern wares that range from fashionable and practical to colourful and quirky.
Make a date to pop in and explore our selection soon.