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Winter is on the way and Autumn is already shaping up to be a chilly one. Personally, I'm on cloud, as I absolutely adore the cold. If you're not as smitten with the cooler seasons as I am, my collection of winter online homewares picks might just win you over.

Trending Tea Towels - The Life CreativeSometimes it's the simple homewares that make the biggest impact - and I firmly believe that tea towels are the perfect example of this. Gone are the days of these pieces being mere kitchen essentials. Now, they're works of art in their own right!

Zambella - Handmade Monkeybiz dollsFor Ria Ford of local business Zambella, living in South Africa for 10 years exposed her to the beaded arts movement. Using recycled items to create handmade gifts, it supports a community of more than 450 artists. The best part? The products are now selling on the Down That Little Lane website and I'm showcasing them (and other wares) today on the blog.

Lane Cove homewares stores - bird ornamentI love nothing more than connecting with local Creatives, so I was beyond chuffed when In the Cove's Jacky Barker invited me for a tour of the most marvellous homewares stores Lane Cove has to offer. In the space of a few hours we managed to squeeze in many gasp-worthy moments across three great stores - each of which was uniquely different from the other!

Country Road TablewareIt takes quite a store to lure me away from using bright colours in my home. But only moments into my snap-filled store tour of Country Road in Bondi Junction, I felt compelled to call my partner, tell him the skip was pulling up outside at any given moment and prepare him for yet another complete home overhaul. You know, a  leave nothing behind scenario. This is what I call the CRE (Country Road effect) – and boy had I been struck down with it.