The term objet trouvé comes to us from the French and refers to a ”found” item that has aesthetic value, something happened upon. While you’ll find many treasures at Erina store Trouvé Home & Lifestyle it certainly wont be happenstance – this is a carefully and exquisitely curated collection of furnishings, homewares, gifts and clothing.
With a design aesthetic centring around French Provincial and Hamptons styles, Trouvé Home & Lifestyle Erina stocks a reliably chic collection that’s perfectly at home in elegant coastal interiors.
Store owner Sue Fairbairn also offers the benefit of her years spent as an interior decorator and stylist, prior to opening Trouvé Home & Lifestyle, with interior decoration and colour consultancy, and styling services. We had a quick chat with her.
How did Trouvé Home & Lifestyle come about?
As a young girl I had a passion for design. Our father was a handbag designer and I loved working with him in his business. From a very young age I would find myself browsing the local wallpaper and fabric shops in my spare time. I fuelled this passion over 20 years or so by working as an interior decorator advising clients on furniture, fabrics and home decorating. Then, after much thought, I followed my dream and I opened my store in Terrigal in December 2010. We had a great response, and five years later we moved to our current larger store in Erina.
Tell us about your favourite decorating styles.
Many of my decorating inspirations come from France and the Hamptons. I love to create cosy spaces with a hint of casual sophistication, perfect for relaxing and entertaining with family and friends. I think these styles are particularly enduring, and with lots of white and nautical blues they’re perfect for our coastal lifestyle.
What advice do you have for anyone wanting to bring some style to their home?
Creating beautiful spaces is all about finding your own style. I usually advise people not to listen to everyone around them. Style with your own heart.
What are the best decorating tips you’ve picked up over your career?
Always choose your fabrics first when decorating a room! And never stick too much to one theme or era. You want a style that is timeless.