I'm a writer, a student and the mum of two gorgeous little guys.
I live south of the sun soaked Gold Coast and write as often as I can; blog & web content, artist pages and a bit of social media.
I love all things new, unusual, creative and unique..
Driving down Minjungbal Drive in Tweed Heads South, I was intrigued to see a new pink shopfront, adorned with colourful flags and gorgeous children's clothes hanging across the windows.
A sign hung overhead that said "Cool People Live Here", a quaint table and chairs sitting on one side of the entry with a stunning upcycled desk and other trinkets on the other, which made me turn the car around and go back to explore.
Anyone local to the area would know that a shop like this in an otherwise industrial/ chain store environment is as unexpected as delightful, sandwiched between South Tweed Chinese Meals & the local newsagency, not the usual thing you expect to find in this neighborhood.
Jewellery and Tiny Trinkets Wall @ Cool People Live Here
I arrived just on closing, dragging two tired little boys behind me, and was so excited to find what I can only describe as a treasure trove of beautiful things; an array of vintage, handmade and upcycled wares that are a welcome change to cookie cut-out shopping.
One off furniture, art work, jewellery, homewares and a beautiful room of children's clothing make up the offerings of this unique store. The tiny suitcases in the kids area were too cute and the children's clothing even cuter!
After chatting with the owners I discovered they actually create most of the furniture themselves by upcycling pieces they find, giving them new life and beauty. There are also some amazing vintage finds and a variety of gorgeous stuff that you can't find in your average store.
The owners are a married couple living locally and both have come from families who have a background in antiques/ vintage. What started out as a hobby for them became a passion and they decided to take the jump from their day jobs into opening a store to showcase their work and that of others making unique pieces.
Robin Blue Upcycled Cabinet @ Cool People Live Here
The furniture pieces they sell have a style of their own, gravitating from industrial, retro, boho, antiquated and shabby chic, and having built up a following through their market presence the decision was made to take the jump into a full time business, which I am glad they did. This style of furniture is very hard to source in smaller areas and every item is distinctive and made with care, as well as being realistically priced.
The result is an eclectic, one of a kind offering which has amazing items that would give any home a gorgeous twist. I felt like I'd stepped out of Tweed Heads and back into Melbourne, which made me feel very at home from the first few steps...
Best of all is they have built this store from a love and passion of what they do and want to create not just a shop, but a second home for creative locals who want to drop in for a relaxed cup of tea in the courtyard or kitchen, learn some new artsy skills and immerse themselves in something a little bit different.
It's just so lovely to find bits and pieces that have been created with care and attention to detail rather than come straight off a factory floor, recycled goods that have more character than most of the original lying underneath.
On top of selling their wares, they are offering some fun workshops and classes for the artist in us all, including a screen printing session as well as a create your own lamp shade session. For a very small financial and time commitment, you can walk away with a one off of your own as well as new skills and a sense of having briefly unleashed your creative side. Bookings are limited and class sizes are small so it's first in, best dressed for an afternoon or evening of creativity. Check out their website for current details.
Currently Cool People Live Here stock a selection of local designers but are also on the look out for up and coming designers.
This is the sort of place that is destined to stand out amongst the crowd and will hopefully stand the test of time; so tell your friends and show your support for passionate business owners and go and have a play!
You may just find that little special something for yourself or a loved one, or walk out with a roomful of new furniture that will transform any room into something inimitably cool. Seriously…
It's like walking into your most creative friend's home and just being amazed at all of the things it is filled with. Each piece tells a story and I found a large 1800's trunk that I would have taken home if I had room to put it, as well as an butterfly chair that is fit for a princess. A Singer sewing machine, old school type writer, Origami flowers, roll top desk, retro glassware and prints as well as a little vinyl collection for those musically inclined were also among my cherished finds.
A lovely part of this set-up is the store is set up as a home would be; you can stroll from room to room looking at dining settings, cabinets, table and chairs and every thing else you might imagine a very cool home would contain. It has such a relaxed feel and is set up in a way that you could browse for hours.
It's rare to find shops like this on the Gold Coast and the variety and quality of items is amazing.
The nicest part? On leaving, complimentary mini Chupa Chups for the little ones. I walked away with a new print to adorn the walls with (a Banksy montage) and they got some sugar, so we all left happy customers.
Go and see for yourself and fall in love with something new.
Check them out on online, on Facebook, or even better, drop in and say hello and experience for yourself the character, charm and uniqueness of all the lovely things you will find throughout each and every room.