Pad: a Sydney homewares boutique sets the scene

Pad’s diverse and beautiful treasures are artfully styled in theme, offering visitors a storyboard of inspiration.

What do you get when you mix influences ranging from exotic Asia to the cool Bahamas, Hollywood Regency and the wilds of Africa? Throw in beautifully restored vintage pieces, luxurious fabrics and curios such as burnt cigars and stuffed parrots, and you get Pad, the latest venture by interior decorators and old friends Olga Lewis and Kellie Murray, and their business partner Chris Yang.

Located in Waterloo, the store features locally produced pieces sourced over two years. “We get excited over fabrics, great armchairs and creating custom colours,” says Lewis. Vibrant Schumacher fabrics and textiles by Christopher Farr Cloth are some of their favourites.

The store concept evolved around separate sections, each telling a story. ‘The Yellow Room’, for instance, is inspired by Murray’s aunt Barbie, who always insisted on a touch of yellow and ignited Murray’s passion for interiors. These themes flow together to create a mix that sets Pad apart from other homewares stores.

The designers’ differing aesthetics add to Pad’s mix. Murray is inspired by layered American interiors and a “love of Palm Springs”, while Lewis is a vintage fanatic: “I watch a lot of old movies.” Each antique piece is named after a loved one. “‘Lola’ is in the window and ‘Lorna’ is the pink chair and ottoman,” says Murray.

Future plans include styling and colour courses run from the shop, and expanding the range to include overseas products. “The US market is so untapped,” says Murray. “We’d like to go shopping!”

Pad, 287 Young Street, Waterloo NSW, (02) 9698 8150.

First published as “Set the Scene”, a story by Chlöe McCarthy on page 40 of Vogue Living Jan/Feb 2012.

Text: Chlöe McCarthy
Photographs: Chris Court

6 Responses to “Pad: a Sydney homewares boutique sets the scene”
  1. Beautiful images, love the mirror and all the pottery! x kat

  2. sandrs says:

    styled very well- I like how the dark colors and reflective surfaces contrast- well done

  3. Laura says:

    I agree with the comment about the US market being un-tapped. Seems that only Coco Republic have brought a bit of the US here with a hideous mark up. Looking forward to it and I will be visiting soon!.

  4. norell says:

    BOUTIQUE SETS is really beautiful.especially the the third picture,all the pottery is so delicacy ,I like this style!

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