Meet Helen of Crawford & Co.
Hello and welcome to the Crawford & Co. Blog. I’m Helen, the face behind Crawford & Co.
I’m a wife, mother, painter, DIY enthusiast, vintage hunter, and lover of furniture, photography and interiors. I’m also a self confessed cushion and towel addict.
I am lucky enough to live near the beach on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, in greater Melbourne, Australia.
Growing up in New Zealand, all I wanted to do was travel the world. Thankfully, I was able to do just that, and my love affair with collecting unique items to fill my home began.
Over the years, I have built and renovated my own homes. However, it wasn’t until I’d had my girls and we decided to sell one such property that I realised my love of decorating and that others loved what they saw too. Our real estate agent advised us that there had been visitors to our open home who had driven two hours. Not with a view to buying but just to see how I had styled the property, as they had loved what they had seen on the Internet. Key pieces of which had been re-invented and refurbished by myself.
If I had to pinpoint where the creativity started, it all came down to a chair. My girls were little and I was all about decorating little girl’s rooms. I fell in love with a beautiful Queen Anne style chair, in an up-market children’s décor store. BUT and there was a big BUT… it was $1200. Way too much for my stay at home mum budget. So I set out to make one myself. And I did, not one but two.
My girls just loved sitting on these chairs reading books in their rooms and we kept them until recently when they had to make way for a desk.
A classic piece of furniture will outlast the latest fad or fashion and I guess that is why I am drawn to the Hamptons, Classic, Colonial and Coastal style of decorating.
We are slowly renovating our Colonial style home and I will be blogging my progress as I go. I will be sure to share both the successes and the fails, which will no doubt give you a laugh along the way.
So once again welcome and thank you for stopping by!