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Published October 6th 2013
Collect beach curios by the bucketful
As a gal who grew up on the Gold Coast, I love the feeling of sun-kissed skin, salt-scrunched hair and sand between my toes.
I will happily souvenir anything that reminds me of the beach - whether that be driftwood and shells or pumice stones and cuttlefish bones - so imagine how excited I was to discover a store which epitomises coastal flip-flop chic.
Treasured Interiors' beach theme is so strong you can practically feel the sun on your face. Author image.
Miniature combis, caravan bookends, ceramic fish, wooden heart-shaped bread boards, seaglass vases, schools of silver fish in a shimmering mobile, framed vintage posters, brightly-coloured tote bags, driftwood wreaths, shabby chic coat hooks, scented candles and mother of pearl coasters. And that's just for starters.
I stumbled across this lucky find after finishing a meal at the delightful Elephant Rock Cafe located a few doors down.
What caught my attention first was a fishbowl full of bracelets, their individual strings of tiny beads knotted and tangled like a mermaid's tresses and secured with a big wooden bead.
I only purchased one of the bracelets thanks to an uncooperative ATM in the nearby newsagency (something about 'insufficient funds' - didn't the machine know that this was an emergency?)
From the outside, Treasured Interiors looks like a little beach shack of a place, but in reality it's part of a much bigger operation.
Owner Deb Rockwell has another store just like it at Kirra Beach, about 10 minutes' drive south.
Believing that living spaces 'should be (one's) own private sanctuary', she also provides an interior styling service, complete renovation service and furniture to purchase or hire.
Treasured Interiors also proudly supports local artisans and crafters.
For example, I admired, but didn't have the cash to buy, a boxed Happiness Kit by someone living in the Gold Coast hinterland. It sounds dubious, I know, but the minute I opened the lid I began to smile. To say any more would be to spoil the surprise for subsequent shoppers, but rest assured, it's refreshingly good clean fun.