Don't you love when you can walk into a store and find lots of cute goodies....and have fabulous chats with the owners? I know I do. And that is exactly what I get everytime I walk into Darling x Two in the Sydney suburb of Como.
Menae and her mum Louise have created such a cute store stocking loads of fabulous brands (like Design Twins, Rainy Sunday, EB & Ive, Angus & Celeste, Ahoy Trader, Kristin Ash, Blacklist Studio, Robert Gordon....). It really is a one stop shop for gifts for yourself and you know, the traditional gift recipient (other people!) and they have kids covered. Also, they have an online store!
I had (another) chat to Menae and Louise to find out more information about their store and to hear about their upcoming plans for their store (which I hear are big!).
How would you describe your style?
We are a combination of pretty meets classic. We aren't afraid of colour let's put it that way however we love combining metallics and copper too!
How did opening Darling x Two come about?
I (Menae) had always dreamed of opening a homewares store and after brekkie one morning we decided we would venture into it together! 8 months later Darling x Two was open. Let me tell you, it was a crazy 8 months considering neither of us knew what we were doing really!
What is the inspiration befind the name Darling x Two?
Well a lot of people think it's spoken 'Darling Times Two' however its actually 'Darling Two' - sorry to confuse everyone! We loved the word Darling, its soft, pretty and endearing. Because we felt like that when we heard the word Darling we wanted that to represent our store. And Two because there is two of us!
What is the best thing about owning your own store?
Having the creative control and planning your own week!
What is a typical day in the store like?
We never stop which we both love. Always rearranging, cleaning, paying bills (yay), chattiing with our lovely customers and having fun! We probably should emphasis chatting with customers. We love a good chat.
What are your favourite items in the store at the moment?
You should see these copper lanterns we have in. They are all time! So....them! But to be honest, we have really mixed up our stock this year so we are pretty much in love with everything. Our other favourite is the tie-dyed ottomons, hubba hubba!
What trends are you loving? And what is arriving in store soon that is exciting you? New items?
Copper is huge... it's been around for a while but its not leaving. The other is marble. Marble is everywhere an we getting lots of it over the next few months - we cannot wait! We make sure that whatever we stock we buy its not in huge quantities so we always have new items coming in. We really pride ourselves on making sure our customers see new items constantly.
What's next for Darling x Two?
Mmmm, we have a lot of exciting things up our sleeve but nothing we can give away just yet!
Darling x Two is at 76 Wolger Street, Como West NSW 2226. The store is open Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturdays from 9am-2pm and Sundays 9am -1pm. Plus online always at www.darlingxtwo.com.au. Pop in and say hi to the ladies!