We always dreamed of packing in our jobs and living our creative dreams.
The two of us enjoyed renovating and decorating, completing three beautiful home renovations together, completing all but the most technical trade jobs ourselves. Our homes have been filled with treasures we had picked up from local artists, bought back from holidays and scavenged through garage sales and antique stores to find. While we made sure we only bought pieces we loved, that ‘sparked joy’, we noticed that homewares, just like fashion, were becoming more and more trend driven and disposable.
Both us of were really disturbed by the way marketing was encouraging people to constantly update their homes with new season colours and must have items.
We both knew we wanted to promote an alternative. Fear of failure, of financial insecurity and of being too old to risk everything held us back from making design our life. Then we became parents. Having a child can really change your perspective and for us, it helped us realise that life was too short not to try.
In early 2018 we sold our ‘dream house’, packed up our little family and moved an hour north of Newcastle to the sunny seaside holiday town of Nelson Bay NSW. We downsized from our large three bedroom house to a tiny two bedroom apartment and one of us left a comfortable career to drive our new business full time.
Burbridge and Burke was born.