Tracey Barkle and Dale Robyn, From te.de & co in Yandina
Tell us the te.de & co story?
It’s a story of two sisters with a lifelong dream to ‘one day’ work together, it was in our DNA.
This was made possible after moving to the Sunshine Coast last year, shares Dale. It was then we had the time to start turning our dream into a reality and the plan was to open a store in our local town, Yandina.
The name te.de & co is a combination of both our initials; ‘& co’ represents our love for collaboration and community.
We chose to live in Yandina, so it made sense to bring our love for all things local, fashionable and unique to our first store in our hometown.
Without giving away our age, together we bring years of experience in interior and lighting design and styling. Our ethos is to deliver inspirational and thoughtful products from local and other Australian designers.
And your store, what’s it like?
It is a little bit of both of us.
It really all came together when we found the perfect space, a great old building with timber floors and so much charm, we knew it was destined to be home for our first store.
te.de & co really is an extension of both our homes. From the way we welcome customers through to the carefully-selected range of products by local artisans and Australian-makers.
Our aim is to share beautiful and thoughtful styling with everyday products and furniture pieces that clients can visualise in their homes.
We want our store to reflect collaboration and community by the products we source. It is super important for us to connect the relationships between both our clients and our suppliers. We share each of the unique stories and the personality behind each of our suppliers with our clients.
We are driven by a desire to welcome everyone that enters our store, like we would welcome them to our homes.
Tell us more about your style…
Some have said our range of products are the perfect blend of country and coastal. Which is true, our style is just how we live, a blend of farmhouse and a subtle combination of country and coastal.
It is about having the best mixture of quality and timeless pieces, texture and colour palettes that give homes a relaxed and uncomplicated style.
As for our obsessions, we suggest clients decide on a limited colour palette and then combine texture and natural fibres, woven jute floor rugs and linen and velvet throws.
Don’t forget BOOKS! We’re particularly loving Still by Natalie Walton and A Tree in The House by Annabelle Hickson.
What is your design philosophy?
For us it’s quite simple… design philosophy in our lives and te.de & co comes from a love of using ‘honest’ and natural materials, which generally relates to timeless and classic pieces, natural fibres and soothing colours. It’s centred on the importance of creating a scheme around pieces you love.
Any design secrets to share?
Not so much secrets, more of a way we ourselves approach design and styling. It all starts with listening and connecting with our clients to clearly understand what they want to achieve in their homes as well as helping them with any problems they have and working with them to see a bigger picture. It’s then about deconstructing the area and helping to recreate the space into what they ultimately had wanted to achieve. We love what we do and working with customers like this, just makes our day more rewarding.
How do you create the perfect space?
Collaboratively we will help inspire and guide clients to create a unique space that enhances and complements all needs. We take a simplistic approach and really do work to a client’s budget. We can work on anything from in-home and in-store design to bring a cohesive scheme together for clients. Out of the store we also work on larger scale projects and specialise in space planning, kitchen and bathroom design and choosing the perfect external and internal finishes.