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Ph: 5241 2664
When it comes to sourcing good quality contemporary furniture, Geelong folk may automatically think that they have to go to the melbourne or any other major city to find the best (Well, that’s what we thought, anyway!). Oh! Hello Geelong has discovered that this is absolutely not the case and we feel quite chuffed that we can officially debunk this myth! Living Etc, in the pretty suburb of Belmont, is the place in Geelong to go for furniture that makes a statement.
Like many of our adventures, this one occurred on a bit of a whim after we discovered we both had a free space in our diary to get out and about (quite a rarity in recent weeks). Due to our spontaneity we weren’t able to catch up with Living Etc’s owner Sue, however we were very well looked after and informed by one of Living Etc’s lovely and style savvy consultants, Ken, who boasts an impressive knowledge of design, styling and of course, furniture – thanks Ken!
Living Etc is a breezy space with gorgeous sunlight pouring in through the windows that wrap around the entire front façade. The floor is dotted with stunning pieces of furniture, which are thoughtfully displayed using colour themes, lighting and soft furnishings to tie everything together; just like walking through fab little furniture exhibits, so fun! As all good furniture stores do, Living etc expertly demonstrates the art of displaying furniture in your home through the use of colour, wall paper and fabrics, decorative pieces and soft furnishings.
Furniture is an art…
So after doing several laps we both agreed that we had fallen in love with pretty much the entire store and added about 50 items to our Oh! Hello Geelong wish list! However, we do have some extra special favourites that we will share. Our fave living and dining pieces include the gorgeous selection of recycled timber tables by dbodhi, the entire Jardan range – made and designed in Melbourne (sooo good!) , Design House Stockholm nesting tables, bentwood chairs, leather Acalpulco chairs AND if you are not ‘anti-replica’, Living Etc also have a massive offering replica Eames chairs, Tolix stools and Wishbone dining chairs. Also stocked are pieces from the Marie Claire furniture collection, including a fabulous sculptural book shelf and lounge setting. Living Etc also offer a custom made dining table service, who knew!
Of the soft furnishings and decorational pieces, we were drooling over the huge selection our favourite Pony Rider cushion, Bonnie and Neil linens, cushion covers and screen printed wooden goods as well as the chunky and bright cable knit pillows. The store also houses a great selection of wallpapers and fabrics, including the seriously amazing Design Team for Rosetti fabrics – vintage photographic goodness! We were also quite fond of the Citta range of soft adorable soft toys and buntings for little ones…
Light bulb moment…
As well as the selection of furniture, Living Etc has a fabulous collection of contemporary lighting including oversized hanging bulbs, sculptural Cu C Me lights, industrial pendants, arc lamps, cluster pendants and tripods.
Sue has owned her business for over 20 years now and her experience and expertise really shows through her selection of fashionable and on-trend furniture and accessories. To Sue from Oh! Hello Geelong, we hope to meet you sometime soon! And to Ken, thanks for taking such good care of us and giving us a crash course in the wonderful world of furniture.
Love Penny + Laura