HOW TO BE LIKE A KID IN A CANDY STORE… FROM YOUR COUCH.

I’m one of those people that has funny sleeping habits, and often find myself bright eyed and bushy tailed at three in the morning.  To fritter away the morning hours I morph into a total nerd (I have glasses and everything) and window shop.  Online.  As a result, I have a Kalahari wish list of over 2000 books, and a Pinterest lust list as long as my forearm.  It does, however, give me an opportunity to experience the various online shopping ventures that are cropping up all over the place.  Now I don’t have to salivate all over my laptop over the homeware sections on sites such as Net-A-Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus so much anymore – South Africa is gaining momentum in the online retail front and it’s very exciting.  Yay for us!  
There’s a great emphasis on fantastic service, branding, and collaborations with lovely sellers.  One such site is Hello Pretty – the people driving hellopretty.co.za are bubbly and completely lovely, and I love following them on Twitter just for their upbeat attitude.  Having ordered some birthday goodies earlier in the year, I can really vouch for their efficiency and the quality of their products.  I just want everything!

Brak Furniture - Source

Another great showcase for local design talent is the Design Indaba online shop.  Once again, I just want everything.  My short little fingers just cannot fly over my keyboard fast enough:

Lorenzo Nassimbenis Prince cushion - Source

Pedersen+Lennard Bucket Stools – my ultimate online lust item.  Source
I am not exaggerating when I say you can furnish your entire house from your couch – furniture, appliances, finishes and decor items are just a click away.  Can you imagine – it’s almost Christmas after all.  You can laugh at all the people struggling through the sweaty, rude masses in shopping centres.  You don’t have to waste any of your hard earned holiday time enduring Christmas shopping madness.  
We’ve rounded up some more of our online favourites – grab some napkins to combat any drooling, your credit card (or your boyfriend/husband/mom’s credit card!) and your couch because there’s something for every age group and budget, and many sites such as Kalahari are offering free festive season deliveries.  And go!
Handmade By Me‘s fantastic pink flamingo prints on Utique.  Source

The talented Tanya Laing’s quirky ceramics range, Sootcookie Ceramics, is too gorgeous.  Found at Utique.  Source


We are dying over the Minima Cage Light from Klooftique - source

Cafe Chair from Klooftique - source

Leather Patchwork Pouffe from Klooftique - source
Muuto Unfold Blue by Form Us With Love at Entrepo - source

Muuto Woodlamp by TAF Architects, at Entrepo - source

Gerrit Rietveld Inspired Zig Zag Chair - source

Charles Ray Eames Inspired Dining Table at 5rooms.com - source

We love the mid century modern replica’s at 5rooms.com – as a recent owner of one of their Eames inspired Eiffel chairs, I definitely feel fancy for less!  (I can also personally vouch for their great service.)

Are you shopping yet?
- Lee
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