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Published November 12th 2012
A little bit of TLC for your home
It is strange where life can sometimes lead you - my usual lunch place was closed so I ventured a little further than usual, where a cute store caught my eye. I decided to go in and I am so glad that I did because what I found was a gorgeous little antique, furniture and homewear store that has the most beautiful things.
Whilst looking round the store I met the owner, a lovely lady called Georgia who told me the store had just opened after 12 months of planning. She said that since living on the Gold Coast she had struggled to find the things she loved that didn't cost the earth. So inspired and determined she started planning a store where you could get "the look for less", whilst supporting local Australian innovation and design and showcasing some stunning statement pieces that had been hidden away and unloved.
Currently in the store you will find Antique furniture from late 1800's and 1900's, candles, cotton sleepwear, LouenHide Bags, soft furnishings such as cushions, throws, table cloths and more, frames, mirrors, crystal decanters and tea sets, soft toys, Orchids and tables and chairs. That is just for starters - they have so many lovely items that I couldn't possibly name them all and as demand increases and trends start to emerge, stock will change and vary.
The store also offers a track and fine service - if you are looking for something vintage, antique or an item with specific character, Georgia and her team will spread the word and find authentic pieces to meet your needs.
This store prides itself on being completely vegan - you will not find any items or products made from animals or tested on animals.
This is just the beginning for the store and Georgia has loads of ideas going forward including doing holiday let makeovers, bespoke paintings on furniture, an event series and more. Her background is horticulture and landscape design, and her creative eye certainly shows in the displays and items she has chosen to feature.
They have English Oak, Ash, Beech and Fruitwood furniture and the craftmanship on these items is just impeccable. Many of the antique furniture comes with a story behind it, which has been lovingly handwritten on little tags, which adds to the character of each piece.
They also supply Foggo Chairs where the fabrics can be created and patchworked using photos, old clothing and other sentimental items. They do celebration chairs, memorial chairs and wedding chairs. So for a wedding chair you could use wedding photos, flower prints and the wedding dress, which can be transferred onto fabric and onto the chair, which will become a wonderful keepsake. She told me of one story that was just lovely – a husband, after his wife lost her beloved father, took all of his much loved suits and got them made into one of these chairs, with a pocket strategically placed containing the last letter he wrote his daughter. What a lovely thing to do, and a great way to commemorate someone special.
I am not sure the photos do it justice really – it is a stunning little store with big ideas and certainly worth a visit to pick up some statement items for your home or business. It is located on Tallebudgera Creek Road in West Burleigh just minutes from Burleigh Heads and the Pacific Highway.
I am very glad my usual lunch place was closed – as I came away knowing where to find some beautiful things for my new apartment, with some networking opportunities and a new friend. Not bad for a lunch break.