I just love retro furniture, it has always been something that has appealed to me. I think it is mostly due to the straight, clean lines, great design and bright pops of colour! So you can imagine my excitement [ok… lets get realistic… hysteria] when I ‘accidentally’ happened to come across this lovely store on the northern New South Wales coast.
From the moment I stepped inside re sould owners Louise and Michael made me feel right at home and I have kept going back ever since, using their unique pieces to style my home and sometimes my events as well. So on our last visit I got permission to do this post on them. I got to learn all about the humble beginnings of re sould.
Where did you come up with the name? Michael was the clever one there… he just thinks of things! ‘re sould’ came from the whole process of finding something old and disgarded and giving it a new life and soul.
How did re sould begin? To tell the truth it was born whilst recovering from a terrible accident, in which I broke my back, in January 2007. Recovery was a slow, hard and a very painful process. After about 12 months of rehab and many ups and downs, I realised in December 2007, I would have to resign from my career of 30 years experience in retail management, account management and sales, as my body was no longer able to do what it used to. When life changing events happen in ones life, it makes you reflect on what is important, and this helps you make the right choices for your future and family. I looked into myself and made decisions on what I am good at: retail, collecting, recycling and design! I started to focus on my health and strength and before I knew it I was being ‘re sould’. We signed the lease in July 2009 and opened the doors on September 19th 2009, and I had enough sales that day to pay a full months rent!
What does re sould do? Hopefully we inspire people to decorate and style their home with existing objects of beauty. With the love of mid century modern design, we scatter the store with a few Danish import pieces, Australian mid century design, Parker, Fler and Chiswell to name a few; but, mainly our own re sould designs and creations. Sprinkled with lighting, west German pottery, European glass, Scandinavian ceramics, and fun and funky kitchenalia here and there throughout the store.
What is the best thing you have ever found? One of the first pieces I was drawn to at a flea market was a small butter dish. The shape of each abstract image on that plate took me to the library to investigate and this is what I found: it was a homemakers piece, by Ridgeway Potteries England, and designed by Enid Seeney 1957. I now use these abstract images in my logo and signage. Our other favourite find is our beloved dog Tui, she is also secondhand, a rescue dog from CAWI in Brunswick Heads. She is such a precious thing!