Sarah Corbett-Winder's August shopping picks

In a new monthly column, Sarah Corbett-Winder highlights her favourite affordable picks.
Paul Massey

Fashion stylist and consultant Sarah Corbett-Winder has made her name on good taste and a keen eye for charming pieces. Her house, which was featured in House & Garden in 2022, has been crafted with the same imagination. Now, she turns her hand to a new shopping column where each month she'll pick the best mood-boosting homeware to buy.

August's top picks

It might technically still be summer, but spiritually it feels like autumn. Our thoughts have already turned to cosy lighting, ready to illuminate dark evenings. Until then, you want your lamps to be just as charming – even when they're not on – so opt for playful shapes, textures and colours that'll work all year round.

Pendant Rattan Ceiling Lamp
Bias Editions, Wiggle Powder Coated Steel and Silk Table Lamp
The Muse Portable Lamp, pleasure garden green
Sommarlanke Pendant Lamp, red

There's no faster way to breathe new life into a place than with bold art. This Niamh Birch painting feels like summer on a canvas, whilst the bold geometrical shapes of the ‘Fields’ print will balance out more feminine spaces.

Niamh Birch, Pink Handles and Red Palm Print
Atelier CPH, 'Fields' Print

Furnishings and textiles in jute, seagrass and sisal are always excellent room additions. They bring an extra layer of texture that helps to make a space feel well-lived in: an absolute must when working within the confines of a neutral palette.

Ash and Seagrass Bench

If you live in a rental and are limited by unpaintable walls and ‘Landlord Grey’ carpets, colourful side tables are a brilliant way to inject colour into a space. Of course, these two would work well against tonal painted walls too.

Squares & Things, Space Side Table

Sofas and beds without cushions look far too bare – adding smart striped cushions is the fast way to dress them up to the nines.

Chickpea, Rust Ticking Stripe Cushion
Amuse La Bouche, Striped Ruched Trim Cotton Outdoor Cushion Cover

Most houses aren't equipped with masses of storage for oodles of table and bed linen, so if you're in the market for newness, make sure you end up with something that will work all year round. These green napkins will look just as good at Christmas as they would in high summer.

Jute Blend Table Runner
Green Striped Napkins

A dedicated (and attractive) home for odds, ends, bits, bobs and trinkets will result in a much tidier looking space. You can chuck anything and everything from keys, loose wires, fruit and more into these smart trays.

Printed Cotton Tray

Two tone glassware is always a pretty finishing touch to a summer table. These John Lewis ones are particularly affordable, and I recommend buying the matching carafe too.

Swirl Stripe Glass Tumbler
Aller Dorset x Bias Editions Tumbler

I have a soft spot for any kind of ceramic fruit, and Bordallo Pinheiro's platters never fail to put a smile on your guest's faces when you bring them out at dinner parties. I am also warming to the idea of introducing some crochet fruit into my collection too.

Bordallo Pinheiro, Peapod Earthenware Platter
Wonky Picnic, Crochet Lemon

The vessels in which you house flowers and plants should be just as charming as the greenery inside. H&M Home have an incredibly affordable range of smart plant pots which can be snapped up in various colours and sizes.

Stoneware Plant Pot
Arbala, XL Beldi Vase

Beautiful ceramics make every drink a cheerful one. How could your spirits not be lifted by a cabbage teapot?

Bordallo Pinheiro, Cabbage Teapot
Large Splatter Mug in Dark Green
Villa Bologna Pottery, Navy Blue Mugs, set of four

Why should practical objects be ugly? Chopping boards, tea towels, bins and cables can all be made stylish–you just need to know where to look! Lola's Leads is a total revelation – they come in mulitple sizes and colours, so you can ‘adapt’ (plug joke intended) yours to your space.

Ember Contrast Circular Chopping Board
Amuse La Bouche, Poisson Tea Towel
Rosalita Coloured Waste Paper Basket
Lola's Leads, topiary and black

House & Garden's former creative director, Gabby Deeming, suggests thinking of every corner in your house as an individual vignette. For any areas not pulling their weight, why not add some interest with a pretty plate or mirror?

Victoria Gilles Fernandez, Union Serving Platter 2
& Klevering, Wall Mirror

Effortlessly cool furniture for your garden will help to create a welcoming atmosphere (even when it's pouring outside).

Eucalyptus Wood Lounger
The Gigi Parasol
Metal Lounge Chair
Business & Pleasure Co. The Sling Fringe Trim Woven Deck Chair

Home bar carts can be a challenge to style. You need to balance practical items with pretty ones, which makes these striking coasters and rainbow hued spoons perfect items to have on display.

David Perry Checkered Glass Coaster
Artemis Deco Total Flames Spoons, set of six

Personality-injecting objects for your table tops!

Hastshilp, Green Scalloped Tray
Tooka Tissue Box Cover