Housed in the centre of Woolloongabba's mall is Oliveaux; a small and sweet interiors store with a decidedly light and airy aesthetic. While the precinct may be known for its excellent restaurants, antiques stores, and heritage shopfronts, Oliveaux is a welcome presence. Established by interior designer, Amanda Harris, Oliveaux combines its boutique space with a design service and online shop.
The crisp white space is full of an array of colourful and pretty objects, including furniture, artwork, lamps, books, and gifts. I would describe Oliveaux's aesthetic as a hybrid, combining the ever-popular Hamptons-style with Eastern influences and a good dash of the Queensland subtropics. Pineapple wallpaper and splashes of colour introduce a local flavour that makes Oliveaux feel at home in its Brisbane locale.
While Oliveaux contains quite a few pieces I would happily take home, I think the store's strength lies in its textiles and bespoke soft furnishings. The store's range of printed and embroidered fabrics particularly caught my eye, including textured throws, custom-made cushions, and upholstered furniture. In addition, accessories from the likes of Jonathan Adler and a stunning selection of coffee table books make Oliveaux a good option for unique gifts.
Oliveaux has also developed a reputation for their interior design service, which spans small cosmetic make-overs through to complete overhauls. If you're in the market for something a little smaller, I also managed to test some natural shea butter hand-cream that was worth the trip alone…
Image credit: Oliveaux
TUL Note: Nadia Buick co-directs The Fashion Archives, is a freelance fashion curator, and recently submitted a PhD at QUT, so it's no surprise that she knows a thing two when it comes to art and style. Nadia is an avid wearer of vintage (just ask for her best spots about town), collects old paintings and postcards and can always find the beauty in a little clutter.