Drew Barrymore may have been born and raised with an acting pedigree — the 44-year-old is a member of the Barrymore family of actors and is the granddaughter of John Barrymore, whose turn as Hamlet in 1922 earned him the title of “greatest American tragedian” by Brooklyn Life — but she has never been one to pigeonhole her career. Perhaps it was such an early start to acting that inspired her to branch out in adulthood; Barrymore’s breakthrough came at the tender age of 7 with an unforgettable (and adorable) role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She went on to star in numerous romantic comedies that have become staple viewing of the late ’90s/early 2000s canon. (Ever After, The Wedding Singer, and Never Been Kissed ringing any nostalgic bells?) Dramatic turns in Donnie Darko and Riding in Cars with Boys cemented her acting chops, and in 2004, the actor was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Having achieved so much, and so early, it makes sense that Barrymore’s artistic and entrepreneurial pursuits have broadened with time. Her entry into the world of fashion began with a stint as a CoverGirl Cosmetics model and spokeswoman in 2007; she has also been named a face of Gucci jewelry and has served as a spokeswoman for Crocs. In 2017, she finally launched her own fashion line, Dear Drew. As if that wasn’t enough, she is also a maker of wines, including a peachy-pink rosé, and has penned not one but two memoirs.
Now the star, whose role in the hilariously dark (and sadly, recently cancelled) vampire Netflix comedy Santa Clarita Diet came after a brief screen hiatus, is back with yet another fork in her career path. Barrymore has now introduced the Drew Barrymore Flower Home collection, available exclusively at Walmart, Jet, and Hayneedle. The line of housewares is every bit as boho-chic as the tousle-haired blonde.
Taking a look at the collection, we can safely say that it will appeal to lovers of vintage, California casual, festival wear, and your grandmother’s pretty floral teacups. The collection includes décor, furniture, lighting, wall art, bed and bath items, dinnerware, and even a few super cute pet beds and bowls. And across the board, it carries the sort of price tags one would expect to see in the Walmart home section, while sacrificing none of the style.
Let’s start with the décor. Jute rugs, vintage floral prints, macramé baskets and throw pillows, and velvet are the foundation here. Pale pastels intermingle with rich jewel tones. A little out of place is the occasional nod to Paris; two graphic pillows pay homage to the city of love and somewhat interrupt the flow of east-coast-cool seen throughout the rest of the line. But standouts include an abstract marble area rug, an asymmetrical metal wall mirror, and handmade chevron wire baskets.
The furniture is an interesting mix of Victorian-era patterns and mid-century silhouettes. And there are influences aplenty; a multi-tier metal accent table calls the work of Philippe Starck to mind, while a velvet, pleated, round pouf ottoman speaks to Kelly Wearstler.
Perhaps the piece that feels most distinctly “Drew” is the vintage floral upholstered platform bed.
The wall art is an eclectic mix of…well, a little bit of everything, much like Barrymore herself! Vintage flowers and botanical sketches appear alongside Japanese art and mid-century abstract prints. And, for the literature-inclined, there are also some cute retro book covers.
The bed and bath collection is tiny, but emulates the coloured glassware and ornate vintage bottles of yesteryear — the kind one might expect to find on a dusty shelf in some whimsical apothecary.
As for the dinnerware, options are also limited, but we’re loving the way these pretty marbled ceramics remind us of the abstract paintings of the Gutai Group, an artist collective that pushed the envelope of abstraction in postwar Japan. (Shozo Shimamoto in particular comes to mind.)
While the collection is, for now, only available in the US, we’ve received word that fans above the 49th parallel will be able to order the line from Walmart Canada starting this month. And all of those pretty flowers will be just in time for summer.
Images via Walmart.