I recently joined an online interiors course ‘House to Home’ on Facebook, run by the ‘one and only’ Nat Tucker from Make it Look Easy. It was an opportunity to get ‘room by room’ feedback and advice from an interior designer and Nat who is THE guru of all things ‘styling’! After a tonne of gap filler and a lick of paint, we decided the final touch needed in our hallway (along with some artwork) was a little area rug under our hall stand. I searched high and low, and finally came across one that I just LOVED. When it arrived, I was super impressed!. Small businesses, especially those that are passionate about ethically sourcing their products are my favs! I just had to find out a bit more and share this awesome biz with you all. So grab a cuppa, put your feet up and meet the gorgeous Abbey from Collective Sol… (who, by the way, has an amazing offer JUST for YOU… don’t miss it!)
What is collective sol?
At the heart of Collective Sol is our love for beautiful unique items that are sourced from ethical and sustainable makers from around the world. All our lifestyle and homewares are handpicked with love for you to love. Beautiful pieces for your home, for your everyday – for you.
My mum and I started Collective Sol last year after my love affair with Turkish Towels began while travelling. From there our range evolved into hammock swings, rugs, throws and now my most favourite baskets! Everything we hand pick, is tested by us first, used throughout our homes, at the market, the beach and with our families (definitely the perks of the job).
We’re continuing to grow our collection with more and more beautiful pieces added regularly. This winter we’re really excited about our new rug collection with lots of monochrome, tufts, texture and tassels.
Tell us a bit more about yourself – the face behind Collective Sol.
I’ve just recently moved back to Melbourne from the Sunshine Coast where my partner Tom, puppy Luna and I spent the most dreamy 6 month summer hiatus in Noosa. It was magic starting each morning by the beach, and worked wonders on firing up Collective Sols’ creative juices.
Since being back in Melbourne, and without a beach (or warmth) handy, I’ve had to improvise my mornings and have very surprisingly fallen in love with morning chilly runs – I know I sound crazy! Give me yoga, nature, good coffee, a puppy to cuddle and delicious food and I am happy. Lucky Melbourne ticks all the boxes.
With a background in Environmental Science, and a Health Coach in my spare time (and also part time blogger), I love finding a balance between my passions in health & sustainability and business & creativity. Collective Sol is the perfect balance.
Collaborating with my Mum has been a really fun learning experience. We are yin and yang, but we’ve seemed to really make it work. Mum has the business expertise and know-how – having run her own business for 20 years – whereas I bring in the creative hustle, and the yin element to the brand. I love the idea of sourcing ethical and unique pieces, as I’m a huge advocate for sustainable living.
How did it all begin? What inspired you to start Collective Sol?
Collective Sol just turned 1, which is really exciting! Before that, I had spent most of my twenties, travelling and learning and exploring the world. I knew I wanted to create something that I was passionate about, and so after a trip to Central America, where I was gifted a Costa Rican version of the Turkish Towel, which quickly became my most loved item, we thought what other beautiful items could we find and bring together in one easily assessable place, and so Collective Sol was born. We started to explore different lifestyle and homewares and after many fun overseas buying adventures later, here we are.
Tell us a bit about your gorgeous products and where they are sourced from.
From all over the globe! We have rugs from India, towels from Turkey, baskets from Africa, and we’re looking to move into locally made items as well. We love ethically sourcing our collections and supporting fair trade artisans who love what they do, it makes us love what we do all the more.
The best part about handmade items, is the individuality with every piece. They’re all unique and they all have their own story to tell, with details all throughout that are the marks of the maker.
Do you have a favourite product?
Our Turkish Towel range are still my favourite, especially spending the last 6 months at the beach, they became my staple!
I love the seasonality of our range. In summer the Noosa Hammock and the towels and picnic rugs get all the use, and our light bed throws brighten up my home (I can never look past a yellow throw), and as we move into Autumn and Winter, the chunky knits, and tufted rugs become front and center in my home. I think living in Melbourne really makes you appreciate the seasons, and I really feel that highlighted with each of our collections too.
I was so excited to introduce our Fair Trade Market Baskets into our range late last year, and I have been using mine every Saturday at the markets. In the last 2 weeks we also brought out matching baby bolga baskets, which are adorable!
Can I say they’re all my favourite?
It’s nearly winter… what styling tips can you give us to make our homes feel warm and welcoming?
If you’re anything like me, and you really feel the cold, then I’m all about adding layers of warmth to my home. This season I’m really feeling the monochromes complimenting the green tones from my indoor plants.
I like to keep my styling classic and simple. Adding a rug to your living spaces is the easiest way to bring your room to life (and keep it cosy). The Traditional Rug is my favourite, and is featuring front and centre in my living room. And those thick tufts, add an extra level of cosy.
I find the black and white works really well in all styles of homes, from my traditional Victorian terrace home, to your beautiful farm house and everything in between. Neutral tones are so easy to decorate with, and I especially love them paired with anything timber. If you’re like me and don’t have dreamy timber floorboards, pair it with some timber furniture, like a coffee table atop the rug, it’s a match made in heaven. From then you can get a bit playful with pops of colour on your wall or through cushions and indoor plants.
My next tip is throws, find the tones and textures you love and add them around your home. For me this year it’s the Claudette Chunky Knit and the Anouk Pom Pom Throw. These are draped over my lounge and bed, and perfect on a Netflix night in.
My final tip would be to add some baskets. I’ve used our Bolga Baskets and African Grass Baskets all throughout my home housing my greenery. Now all I have to do, is figure out how to keep them alive this winter!
Do you have any new products you can tell us about?
Yes! We have our new range of rugs adding to our collection just in time for winter, they’ll be available at the beginning of June and we’re so excited! Think monochromes, thick textures, tufts and soft tassels
Where can we find you and your gorgeous products?
You can find us at:
Our website: collectivesol.com.au
Pinterest: Collective Sol
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Thanks so much to Abbey for chatting and giving us some great tips on using decor to help create a warm and welcoming space. If you are looking for some gorgeous decor to warm your home, and you want to support fair trade artisans at the same time… Abbey has got you covered! I will certainly be adding more Collective Sol goodness to my home, starting with those gorgeous African Grass baskets! Or perhaps that Mason Waffle Knit Throw for my NEW COUCH!! The hardest part is choosing just one! Although with that great 20% off offer… perhaps both!?
See you next time…Keep Chasing…