There’s not much room left for wallpaper on the current interior design scene. Sure, it still has a special kind of vintage flair, but the third millennium is all about decals. The ones from Not on the High Street are vibrant enough to make any space pop, no matter how small or otherwise nondescript. The decals fit virtually any room, from the study to the home office, to the kitchen or bathroom. There’s your usual fare of delicate florals and birds, there are colorful mini-robots for the tykes’ rooms and oversized fonts. And then there are also more daring, unusual pieces, such as the map of the world made up entirely of country names in all caps or the decals that imitate traditional needlepoint patterns. The editor’s pick are the chalkboard ‘to-do lists’, be they rectangular and personalized for each member of the family, or shaped like pots or hedgehogs (!). Prices range from £30 for more simple pieces, such as personalized lettering, to £80 for more complex pieces.
Not on the High Street is an online store started in 2006 by UK-based duo of friends Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish. They started out with the notion that they both loved “hunting out the great and the original.” There was only a small step from that idea, to the concept of a single place that would bring together “all those charming, unique and carefully-made things that you sometimes stumble across in cool urban markets, village fairs and tucked-away boutiques.” There’s nothing you can’t find on the website, whether you’re looking for garden sculptures or board games. And the best part about it? All the items are made by small, independently-run design companies, so you can be sure you’re buying a unique, stand-out item. The store delivers all over the UK, while, for international shipping, it is entirely at each seller’s discretion.