I’ll let you into a secret. I buy cheap hand soap and pour it into my now-empty Compagnie de Provence dispenser solely because I am a snob and it looks a lot nicer in the kitchen than the run-of-the-mill one on offer in Sainsbury’s. I’ve always been a fan of good-looking toiletries and bathware – it’s worth living on baked beans for a fortnight for some really amazing towels rather than scrimp and get the cheapo ones where they’re forever moulting like a hairy dog, leaving coloured fluff all over you in a manner akin to a nasty skin rash.
A colleague at work is always on the nose for great new beauty and clothing websites (and a good bit of celebrity juice too, we love a mid-morning tea break snoop) and I was mightily pleased when she brought my attention to Yonder Living. It’s like a mini yummy lifestyle magazine in one.
Yonder are sisters Sophie and Phoebe from South London, both with an impressive creative CV and background in design – Phoebe’s recently graduated from Central St Martins studying textile design and it’s clearly a talent she’s already putting to good use through the beautiful homewares on the Yonder virtual shelves.
The concept of Yonder revolves around their shared love of travel and original craftsmanship and you can see it serves as a huge inspiration to the styles of the products they sell, from the Moroccan cushions to the Mediterranean towels and Breton-striped coffee mugs (I want, I want) – you pretty much just want to bag up the lot and hop on a plane somewhere hot and sunny rightaway. The packaging of the Cactus Verde Hand Cream alone is enough to make my fellow bathroom bottles hide behind the sink in shame and the cosmetics bags are perfect for gift ideas – handy holdalls for all manner of mum-things in my case, which outnumber my beauty products ten to one.
It’s always great to champion the people bringing such quality hand-crafted living to us rather than the mass-produced production line of the bigwigs – Yonder seem to have it nailed thanks to their combined passion for faraway places and natural eye for vintage-inspired one-off finds they have collected along the way. Next up is a trip to Sri Lanka – another adventure where I’m sure we’ll reap the benefits to covet in our own homes.