Playful Portugese Style
Brighten up your spaces for spring and give your home a touch of Portugal, with these cheerful rugs and other accessories.
One of the best things about having a gang of Muddy Editors stationed around the UK, is all the extra ears to the ground hunting out new brands, launches and fun. This one comes courtesy of Debbie at Muddy Sussex but I think this colourful homeware is just the ticket for Cornish seaside living. She says…
I’ve visited Lisbon and Porto in the last few years and beyond the pastel de nata custard tarts, something that really excited me was the beautiful Portuguese homewares.
There are so many cool shops there now, I spent ages browsing, buying and getting ideas. Now, you don’t need your passport to get some of that style for yourself, as a Portuguese-themed online store, Lusophile has arrived in the UK.
I particularly love these colourful, graphic rugs, with a much-needed hint of summer about them, perfect for cheering up a lounge or kids’ room. 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. Lusophile actually means someone who likes the Portuguese language and culture – who knew?
RYG Tassel loafers, £130
Portugal is particularly famous for its ceramic tilework and its cork and there are contemporary examples of both on the site.
If you associate cork with Seventies wedges and table mats think again, as this lightweight material is used for all sorts of other things besides, 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 one.
Lusophile also sells men’s fashion and women’s swimsuits and shoes, some of which are on sale at the moment, plus vintage-inspired toiletries and food like fig jam, honey and pretty loose leaf herbals teas – sadly no pastel de natas!