Sarah Corbett-Winder's May 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.

May's top picks

A new piece of art is sure to brighten up a bare wall, but it's a real investment. For something less strenuous on the purse strings, changing the cushions on your bed or sofa will freshen things up.

Tangier Red Stripe Frilly Cushion
Alice Palmer Co
"Sonny's Blues"
Studio HÁM

Unsure what to do with that great expanse of empty table? Add a centrepiece. This woven hen basket would make a charming home for eggs, if in the kitchen, or napkins in the middle of a dining table. For something a little more serious, Henry Holland's serving bowl would make a great fruit bowl.

Woven Hen Basket
Zara Home
Henry Holland Studio Marble-Effect Large Earthenware Serving Bowl
Large Banana Fruit Bowl
Wolf and Badger

Every house could do with more storage, and these colourful bobbin pieces are just the ticket. They'd brighten up any dark corner and provide a cheerful spot for books, bits and bobs.

Parker Bobbin Green Acacia Wood Storage Shelves
Oliver Bonas
Huxley Side Table, brushed red

The trend for natural materials won't be going away for a very long time, and these pieces lean into it in a sophisticated way. This rattan chair could be smartened up with a patterned cushion, or kept simple with a white linen one.

Rattan Armchair
Birdie Fortescue
Jaune Natural Seagrass Woven Pendant Lamp Shade
Oliver Bonas

That ever-lacking storage issue is back, and if you don't have room for another side table, why not invest in a few woven baskets. They can be used for laundry, or general ‘stuff’, and thrown into the back of the cupboard when not in use.

Red Check Woven Storage Basket
The Basket Room
Multicoloured Woven Basket
Zara Home

Sometimes a room needs an overhaul, but if you haven't the budget for a full renovation, why not purchase one or two impactful pieces? We particularly like this bright blue rug, which will add a pop of colour underfoot.

Checkerboard Blue 5x7 Rug
Urban Outfitters
John Lewis + Matthew Williamson Bobbin Rectangular Wall Mirror
John Lewis

Then again, the little things can also make a big impact. Why not spruce up a few kitchen corner, or tables, with these lovely items.

Vaiselle Drink Me Forest Green Check Jug
Liberty London
Large Mango Wood Serving Tray
H&M Home
Rhubarb and Custard Tablecloth
Atelier Raff
Addison Ross Cherry Laquered Salt and Pepper Grinder
Guanabana Napkin Ring
Glass Candlestick
H&M Home

Flowers are an absolute must have throughout the spring and summer. A smart vase or planter will make them look their very best.

Miro Red Spiral Stripe Vase
Scalloped Planter, strawberry red stripe

What could be more fun than a few playful ceramics? Especially when placed on a summer table full of food.

Pear Serving Dish
Zara Home
Daisy Tortuga Tomato Side Plate