Big-hearted businesses band together

“It is a curious time for new local businesses like mine,” said Violetta Tosic, the creative director behind the quirky concept store Department of Home and Gifts, “It takes time to build trust and confidence with your clients, especially during dark times like these, so I have been heartened by the support from locals who have taken the time to message me on Instagram and who want to support buying locally made vases, cushions or baby gift hampers!”

The concept apartment is located directly behind Priority Framing on Brunswick Street, a veteran New Farm business of 17 years, and sells locally made or designed homewares, interior decorating books and gift ideas for home and heart.

“We are lucky to be surrounded by so many local big-hearted businesses. We’re doing what we can to support each other through this difficult time. I’m buying my bread from Chouquette, my coffee from Death Before Decaf, takeaways from Gerties, Continental and Balfours, and getting my hair done at Papas Hair – my eyebrows are on hiatus from Miss Luxe Brows!” said Violetta.

Picture shelves and coffee tables laden with a range of interior and gardening books from New York publisher, Rizzoli Publishing, whilst walls are decorated with an arrange of artworks by local New Farm and Brisbane artists.

“Now that the cooler months are arriving, we’re enjoying decorating with luxurious velvet furniture, tactile soft furnishings like dreamy custom lampshades and winter scented candles, for cosy weekends at home.”