The Storyteller’s Workshop is a recently founded local business that’ll provide you with beautiful home décor bursting with soul, and is the brainchild of couple Hannah Cordingley and Branko Lipovac. Cordingley says she’s fostered a love of unique pieces and bric-a-brac hunting since she was a child – “a love for searching for unique finds has been part of my life since very early on.” The pair had discussed opening their dream business for a while “but it wasn’t until we visited an antique warehouse in the outskirts of Sydney when something truly lit a spark in us. We became motivated to bring a fresh feel to the typical vintage stores we have in Adelaide.”
The name ‘The Storyteller’s Workshop’ “is precisely who we are,” explains Cordingley - she says that the pair are “two storytellers who love collecting, fixing and creating.” The name also highlights the way that the couple collect furniture and home décor for their own home. Instead of opting to deck out their house with generic pieces, the couple explore S.A. for unique furnishings full of “soul and beauty.” Cordingley notes that “memories are encased within each and every piece in our home and we want to be able to spread this joy of telling stories with others. We’re passionate about homewares that have a history. “
The Storyteller’s Workshop sells an eclectic variety of furniture, knick-knacks and bright, quirky pieces through their Instagram page. From lounge suites to mirrors to vases and tapestries, there truly is something special for every home. Cordingley admits that trying to select a favourite piece is akin to choosing a favourite child (“or dog in our case,” she adds), but mentions that one of her stand-out finds “is a stunning peacock mirror we discovered in an ivy-covered shed”, that the couple happened upon on the side of the road, somewhere between Mt. Gambier and Pt. MacDonnell.
Cordingley asserts that S.A. is full of places to find one-off homewares, and says their best advice is to familiarise yourself with your local op-shops and keep your eyes peeled for treasures. She also cites Strathalbyn, Port Adelaide’s Fisherman’s Wharf Market and Cross Road Collectables as some of her favourite places to strike home décor gold.
Cordingley and Lipovac are looking to expand their store in the future. The couple wish to continue to source and sell their striking homewares, while also opening a “functioning workshop to start repairing treasures.” Their vision for the future of the budding business also includes bringing together likeminded people in “a studio within the workshop” to hold classes for fellow artists and entrepreneurs. In the meantime, follow The Storyteller’s Workshop on Instagram to see where the magic happens and to snap yourself up a unique bargain you’ll cherish forever.
All images via The Storyteller's Workshop Instagram.
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