Inside the workplace of Aviary Lane
Elaine Sullivan, owner of Aviary Lane says: "The interior style of Aviary Lane is a mix between modern minimalism and obsessive-compulsive clutter. I do believe in doing what feels right until it looks wrong. It's funny as I wear no hints of colour myself, but I need to be surrounded by beautiful things."
"We opened the shop to have a creative place to go to work, somewhere to feel accepted, to create an environment where people can feel comfortable and appreciated, just like old furniture. Salons are full of stories and I think that is true of reclaimed pieces.
"My go-to places for interior purchases are Wallpaper Direct for all our wall coverings, and Oxfam without question is the first point of call for anything. Renaissance in Co Wicklow if I want a statement piece, Chesterfields can't be beaten and is quite reasonable. If I'm going to splurge, Industry on Drury Street. It's the only place I can think of that does reclaimed furniture."
"We stock a range called Davines and the bottles are very easy to merchandise, they have an apothecary and a bygone feel to them. The images on the bottles are sketches of birds (which is very convenient for a salon named Aviary Lane!) and nature. I can get inspiration from them sometimes, and some of the imagery is amazing, so it would be a sin not to hang it."I truly believe that by giving creative people an eclectic place to work in, it allows them to think far more laterally than sticking them in a soulless Zoolander cave."
"I have been known to stop at any skip I see or follow white transits on collection days. I think furniture from the past has a story to tell, there is a certain opulence to it, even replicas in the 50s, 60s have a regal feel to them."
First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent