Perk up the winter with a spree at the beautifully curated Portuguese homewares site, Saudade.

It is only every now and then that a truly original website comes along. With its eclectic offering of handmade Portuguese treasures, Saudade is one of them.

This elegant online store is the brainchild of the Portuguese paint and lacquer specialist, Pedro da Costa Felgueiras. Though the supremely stylish designer has lived in London for 20 years, he has never stopped sourcing perfect handmade items from his native Portugal. Now, through the site, he can sell them to us.

The Portuguese word “saudade” has no literal translation in English. Embedded with romantic values, it loosely means “the longing for someone or something loved”. The site’s enchanting motto is “the love that remains”.

Pedro says: “All of the objects selected for Saudade are of an artisanal production, made by factories that are now museums to a bygone way of living.” Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?

But he is careful to point out: “It’s not that I hate modern things, it’s that quality is important.”

His excellent taste, nostalgia for his childhood in Lisbon and appreciation of honest, old-fashioned production methods are evident all over the site.

The toy section is delicious. Think brightly painted skipping ropes, pretty playing cards and charming musical instruments. And you’d be wise to snap up the vintage tin toys before its too late.

You are bound to buy a stash of the beautifully packaged soaps for your present drawer – and then keep them all for yourself.

Produced in a one-man workshop that is now in its fourth generation, the terracotta tumblers will refresh your mug collection a pleasingly earthy way.

Our winter nights cry out for one of the gorgeous wool blankets, woven in a 19th-century loom.

Meanwhile, stationary lovers to the last, we can’t resist a bundle of The Love That Remains pencils or a stack of traditional hand-stitched notebooks.

Imbued with a similar vibe to the store, Saudade’s Instagram feed is a visual feast as well.

January 2019