5 minutes with Harold’s Finishing Touches

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.

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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!?

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!!

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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!

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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!!

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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:

Instagram  http://instagram.com/harolds_finishing_touches

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/haroldsfinishingtouches

You can shop online right now and create that stylish haven here http://www.haroldsfinishingtouches.com/

Sam ♥

 

 

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Tropical Style Interiors!

The winter is hanging in there but she’s losing her grip. We can almost sense Springs impending arrival. The scent of BBQ’s in the air, the warmth of the sun on your skin and the succulent taste of Summer fruits and melons. To stimulate your interior appetite for the coming of Spring, we’re diving into the deep end of Tropical style.

Here are our top picks for giving your home that relaxed Tropical feel…

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Life like Resin pineapples in tropical colours by www.escapetoparadise.com.au

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Vibrant Banana Leaf Cushions by www.minkoatradingco.com.au

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Ottomans are fabulous furniture pieces for seating for unexpected guests. Have a piece of glass cut to size and transform it into a coffee table. For fabulous tropical fabric ottomans visit www.ottoandmann.com/products/the-palm-round

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For an elegant touch of tropical chic, you can’t go past this Nickle Pineapple Lamp, shop online at www.haroldsfinishingtouches.com/product/pineapple-nickle-lamp-base

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Coconut Scented Candles by Sniff Soy will have your home smelling like a tropical paradise, shop online at www.sniffsoycandles.com

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White shells brings the island life indoors. Visit this online store for great shells

www.coastetc.com/product/gift-box-of-white-shells

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For the ultimate in tropical interiors, shop our genuine Giant Clams at www.coastalhome.com.au

Sam♥

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Our NEW Blog has launched!

Welcome to our gorgeous NEW blog – Plumeria.

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Plumeria,  will be a one stop destination blog for all things Coastal and Island inspired living. If you love coastal living and interiors, we’ll search the globe for the latest in beautiful homewares and design and point you in the right direction.

We’ve tracked down the very best retailers who we feel embody the coastal life with outstanding quality products and style. We thank our sponsors and encourage you to click on the buttons on the right hand side of our blog which will link directly to their online stores for quick and effortless online shopping.

Be sure to subscribe, so you don’t miss a moment of our blog including giveaways and sale announcements.(We will only update our blog once a week so we don’t bombard your inbox with updates) We also have a friendly island community on Facebook and Instagram, so simply click on the links on our home page to join us.

We want to be interactive with you, so don’t be afraid to leave comments and requests! If you’re looking for a particular decor item, let us know and we’ll try our best to track it down!

To celebrate the launch of ‘Plumeria’ the blog, we’re giving away a beautiful Zayit Bar

‘Aloha Girl’ necklace in sterling silver, handmade in Hawaii!

Drawn on August 1st, to enter simply subscribe to our newsletter on our blog homepage and ‘like’ our Facebook page here.

Good luck island lovers!

Sam ♥

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Good bye Bronte…..

It’s with a heavy heart that’s full of pride that I announce the closure of Plumeria Coastal Home in Bronte Beach. It’s been a wonderful 4 years, from humble beginnings in a spare bedroom running our online business to winning the The Best & Brightest Business Retail Award in 2013 for our Bronte store, we’ve come a long way baby.

The experience has been so wonderful tears well in my eyes and many of you who were customers have become friends. Running a business solo is never easy and the time has simply come to take a break and bow out gracefully in my hula skirt. Our online store will continue to run possibly until the end of the year depending on stock levels. However our Bronte store will close in the next week or so, so please come in and take home a little piece of Plumeria before the doors close for good. We sincerely thank you for all your support, patronage and friendship. It was more than ‘just a shop’. It was the little Hawaiian island store with a big heart and we’ll never forget any of you. 

We are open from 9am on Sunday June 8th on the Long Weekend.

140 Macpherson St, Bronte – 9386 9915

*We will be launching a very exciting blog in the coming weeks which will focus on coastal/island living. It will be your one stop shop for new interiors, products and stores we recommend here and overseas, so watch this space!!!*

Mahalo and Warmest blessings to you all, Sam xxx

 

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas…

Love your mum with gifts from Plumeria…..don’t buy her beige knickers and bath salts. Surprise her with one of our unique hampers or make her day with a Gift Voucher! We’ve had so much gorgeous NEW stock hit our shelves, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Cushions, candles and lamps, body products, vases and home decor.

We’ve extended our trading hours this weekend, so if you’re short on time, we’ll wrap it, pack it and you’ll be on your way!

Saturday May 10th – 9am – 5pm

Sunday May 11th – 8am – 2pm.

Email us on info@coastalhome.com.au

or call us 02) 9386 9915

 

Here’s our pick of the top gifts for Mum…..

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Turquoise Poly-resin Pineapple $85

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Musk Pink Resin Necklace $55

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Handmade Flamingo Lamp – Made in Melbourne $299

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Sea Salt Candle by Swedish Dream $60

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Pineapple Mesh Clutch $98

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Paradise Cushion – Made in Hawaii $75; eb & ive Stool in Slate Grey $299

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Sea weed Soap by Swedish Dream – $15

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We LOVE Turquoise/Aqua and we Giftwrap for FREE.

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The Flamingo Cushion – Handmade in Hawaii $110

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Aqua Geometric Lamp with wooden base – handmade in Melbourne $299

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Islands of the Caribbean cushion – Handmade in Hawaii $110

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Island Candle Holders – Exclusive to Plumeria $49

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Plumeria Signature Candle by Sniff Soy – $30

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Small Jewellery Box Hi Gloss – $75

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eb & ive Stool in Natural $299; Finger coral $390

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The Bronte Beach Lamp by Anne Manolos. $395

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Mozi Sea Grape Room Diffuser $55

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Essense Noosa hand wrapped soaps small $13

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Hi Gloss Pineapples in White and Turquoise $85

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Nassa Bermuda Shell Chandelier $295

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At Plumeria, we pride ourselves on beautiful packaging free of charge. We’ll wrap it fast in fine Vandoros paper and ribbon.

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Can’t decide what to buy mum, give her a Gift Voucher, she’ll love it!

For more information and stock availablity call 93869915 or email us on info@coastalhome.com.au

Sam ♥

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