Snaffle some funky Portuguese homeware and give your pad a touch of Lisbon.
Over to Sussex Editor, Debbie.
I’ve visited Lisbon and Porto in the last few years and beyond the pastel de nata custard tarts, for which I have a bit of an addiction, something that really excited me was the quality of the homeware.
There are so many cool shops and I spent a fair bit of time browsing and buying various accessories.
Enter the UK’s very own Portuguese-themed online store: Lusophile.
I love these colourful rugs with a much-needed hint of summer about them, perfect for cheering up a lounge or the kids’ rooms. They remind me of watermelons and Fab ice lollies!
Lusophile was launched last June by Emily Hedges who has been busy sourcing homeware, gifts and accessories. The name actually refers to someone who likes the Portuguese language and culture – who knew?
Portugal is particularly famous for its ceramic tilework and cork and there are contemporary examples of both on the site.
If you associate cork with Seventies wedges and tablemats think again as this lightweight material is used for so many other things like rucksacks and this yoga mat. An old yoga teacher of mine had one just like it and I borrowed it once – so much thicker than my rubber version.
Lusophile also sells men’s fashion and women’s swimsuits, some of which are on sale at the moment, plus toiletries (hello donkey milk soap!) and food — fig jam, honey and pretty loose- leaf herbals teas sadly, though, no pastel de natas.