Have you heard of Trouva? I’m obsessed.

Whether it’s in London or I’m on a staycation somewhere else in the UK, my favourite days comprise of good food and good local shopping. There’s nothing like stepping into a carefully curated independent shop where the talent doesn’t stop at the products stocked. Each indie shop tells a story and showcases the owner’s creative flair for visual merchandising. They’re inspiring to browse and the best way to discover new brands and design talent.

While there is a counter surge towards people buying local and supporting their high streets, big chains and high prices too often force out our indie shops. That’s where Trouva comes in. Trouva is a platform for wonderful independent boutiques that have a bricks-and-mortar presence. It gives owners the technology to reach more people and aspires to create a stronger community between people like me who love these boutiques and their owners.

Want to discover more? Here are five great reasons to love Trouva. I know, I’m aware that I’m starting to sound like a #ad, but it’s all me, I promise!

Inside Trouva boutique Cassius & Coco, Chiswick

Inside London Trouva boutique Cassius & Coco

1. The Feel-Good Factor

Trouva allows you to support talented designers and talented boutique owners. It helps you to find new favourites and watch them grow. You’ll also soon discover you have a long list of boutiques you’ll want to visit in person someday, too.

2. The Style

Regretting not buying those beautiful bowls you saw that time in Edinburgh? You’ll probably find them on Trouva. It’s a great way to buy something different and get your hands on hard-to-find homewares. The site helps you to fill your home with unique products and give more interesting gifts than those from the high street. It’s on-trend with an artisan twist – altogether more interesting! And it’s not just homewares, the platform is full of fashion and lifestyle accessories too.

3. The Quality

Trouva claim that they are particularly picky when it comes to choosing boutiques and their products and it shows. Everything fits together perfectly and mimics the boutique experience when you shop online. It’s user-friendly, a joy to browse and you know the items you choose will be of a high quality.

4. The Personal Touch

When you buy from Trouva, you’re buying from a physical store. There’s no one-size fits all for the packaging you receive inside your box – you might get a handwritten note, postcard or perfectly wrapped items in tissue paper. This is the community feel and it’s the definition of happy post.

5. The Clincher

You’re probably thinking, “it sounds pretty good, but how does this work logistically?” The best part is that you can buy from as many boutiques as you like during one purchase and the delivery fee is the same! It’s quite dangerous, actually…

With these reasons, you’d be mad not to give Trouva a whirl. Wondering where to start? Take a look at the full list of boutiques on Trouva or start following their blog, it’s pretty cool. If you have heard of it, have you got a favourite boutique? I’d love to check it out!

with love, b.xo


Wall art transforms a house into a home. From modern prints to photos of your favourite humans and furry companions, the wall art you choose tells the story you want it to, whether that’s showing off your personality, making a statement or sharing memories. It’s a fun part of decorating, but going gallery-shopping to kit out your home with paintings and original prints comes with a hefty price tag. I’m sharing some affordable ways to fill up those blank walls, from where to source prints and posters online to more creative solutions.

Wallpaper as affordable art prints

Online sources for affordable prints and posters

  • Papio Press

Papio Press’ beautiful prints remind me of folklore stories – they feature animals, quotes and botanicals. Designed by a husband and wife duo, Papio Press is also a conscious choice for those who like to shop small. Nearly all of their products are printed in the UK by other small businesses. Plus, the paper they use is 100% recycled. Prices are very affordable and they stock a range of stationery to complement the prints.

  • Desenio

Desenio creates Scandi-inspired poster prints of botanicals, florals, landscapes and nearly everything in between. Colours are mostly muted or moody – ideal for sophisticated areas of the house. Even being based in Sweden, delivery times are pretty good and prices even better.

  • Rifle Paper Co.

Created by another husband and wife team, this time from the States, Rifle Paper Co. is now becoming increasingly popular for its colourful and cheerful stationery and prints in the UK. To inject colour and fun into a room, or to add to a feature wall, prints from Rifle Paper Co. are the perfect choice. I particularly love their maps and impressions of different cities around the world.

For UK stockists, try Papermash and Northlight Homestore.

  • Trouva

Trouva is a great place to discover new illustrators and support small businesses. You’ll also find Rifle Paper Co. and Papio Press in some of Trouva’s boutiques too. Prices do range, but there’s definitely something for everyone.

Other creative, affordable ways to fill your walls

  • Wallpaper Samples

Wallpaper samples make a good choice for substitute wall art because they’re very affordable, or even better, free! Plus, they’re generally quite thick and of good quality. Choose statement wallpaper or bold patterns for the most impact – botanical prints are always a good choice. Like wallpaper, high quality wrapping paper from Oliver Bonas, Katie Leamon and similar also makes for an affordable option, especially for larger frames.

  • Cards

Creating a feature wall? Postcards, greetings cards or even quote cards from somewhere like Kikki.K can all make great additions to a gallery wall space. You can often find miniature versions of your favourite paintings and prints too.

After writing this, I’m itching to update my prints. Renting makes covering your home in wall art slightly more challenging, but the non-wall damaging alternatives to nails are truly great. Whoever invented Command Strips deserves some sort of wall-related accolade. Have you got plans to create a gallery wall or update any blank spaces this year?

with love, b.xo