Every know and then a store comes along that just blows you away.I’ve long admired the very gorgeous Harold’s Finishing Touches.Aaron Bourne is the creative genius behind this amazing emporium of homewares described as a mix of natural curiosities meets coastal chic. Dark monochromatic tones combined with giant clam shells, deer horns, entomology and brass pineapples. It really is a decadent array of homewares with style and quality. Aaron’s store is located in Toowoomba, QLD however his online store is overflowing with must haves and covet worthy pieces.
I was so chuffed to spend 5 minutes with Aaron, to delve into an interior stylists dream store….Harold’s Finishing Touches.
Sam: Hello Aaron, so tell us more about Harold’s Finishing Touches? When did the idea come about?
Aaron: The idea of Harolds had always been brewing in my mind from a young age. I always liked the idea of owning a store and wanted a chance to put together collections that best represented me. After working in the interiors industry as a visual merchandiser for many years I gained the confidence needed to go out on my own, and Harolds was born!
Sam: Whats your favourite interior style?
Aaron: I always describe Harolds as Masculine, curious and collected, so I guess that would have to be my way of narrating my favourite style. If I were to label I would maybe say Caribbean meets African colonial, meets Natural History Museum. Haah! Does that make any sense!?
Sam: Whats the hottest must have homewares accessory for Spring?
Aaron: hmm the hottest must have item for spring… I always see spring as a time to inject a bit of life and freshness into your interior after nesting all winter, I think this spring we will see lots of fresh white. In textured ceramics, corals and layered soft furnishings. The Clam shell is big! Always beautiful and timeless, the Giant Clam is really enjoying it’s moment in the spotlight! We are loving stunning real bleached shells planted with white orchids or piled with soaps for guests or we LOVE the incredible faux white resin clams, perfect for filling with ice and using to hold champagne! Hello spring! If we are talking fads, it seems watermelon seems to be surging ahead as fruit of the season and cacti are key!
Sam: How do you create a haven in your home?
Aaron: I love my home, spending time at home is such a luxury, it’s feels like I live at the store. My trick to creating a haven at home is filling it with all the things I love. On the essential list are beautiful candles, you can never have too many! The best bed linen you can afford, nothing quite like hoping into a freshly made bed! Fresh flowers are a must, the perfect way to introduce colour and life. And I like to fill my home with all my favourite goodies from the store, things I know I’ll never see again and timeless pieces I’ll never grow tired of!
Sam: What’s your dream destination when it’s time to relax?
Aaron: Do you know my dream destination is actually my home. I should say some amazing secluded island somewhere but honestly I just love days off at home! I am a big believer in making your every day as good as a holiday.
Sam: Whats your favourite item in store?
Aaron: As I select all the pieces for the store myself I really do love them all. But u would have to say my favourites have to be the one off items, like the antique French dough bowls, the ones crafted by hand by skilled artists, such as the juju hats and Malawi chairs from Africa and the most defiantly the taxidermy!!
Sam: How do you keep abreast of interior design trends?
Aaron: I guess the way I keep abreast of trends is by constantly being online. As consuming as it is the internet and social media is a wonderful way of being inspired and educated! I love online magazines, blogs, Pinterest and my favourite … INSTAGRAM! For example, I love the whole process of stumbling across someone’s wares on Instagram, making contacts and developing a relationship with them ordering the products for the store, creating beautiful displays with them and then seeing customers love and purchase the items! It’s a wonderful cycle!
Sam: Who or what inspires you when you are buying or HFT?
Aaron: Ultimately it is my customers that inspire me and what I buy for Harolds. Having had the store for many years now I have learnt a fair idea of what customers are expecting from Harolds and what they are looking for! It’s wonderful to find things that people love and want for themselves! I go with my gut! I buy it if I love it, and hope like hell someone else does too. A quick flick over who I follow on Instagram will show you who inspires me most!!
Aaron you are truly gorgeous and we ADORE your style, your tenacity and dedication in creating a beautiful store that is winning hearts and customers all over Australia. Thank you xxx
To keep abreast of Aaron’s amazing collections and new arrivals you can find him on:
You can shop online right now and create that stylish haven here http://www.haroldsfinishingtouches.com/
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