What prompted you to create The Sunday Society?
I’ve been obsessed with interiors for as long as I can remember, it seems. Even as a little girl I was always arranging & rearranging my room, and now that I am married to an architect, it seems our life has been one long renovation! I found that as we renovated & staged several homes over the years that I just wasn’t able to source the sorts of pieces I was after so after getting more and more frustrated about that I decided to do something about it!
The juxtaposition of vintage and new has been a hallmark of our personal style forever so it only made sense to continue on this theme when starting The Sunday Society.
How did you come up with the name, The Sunday Society?
It started with the proverb ‘A Sunday well spent brings a week of content’ which really resonated with me because I love the promise and potential inherent in Sundays… they should be a day for doing something you love with the people you love. With 3 small kids, full time jobs, a seemingly endless ‘to do’ list, and just, well, life! we know how important it is to take time out to recharge. It led me to thinking about how I really wanted to pare back and have less ‘stuff’ but still have beautiful things in my home that made me smile when I looked at them. And I thought, if I feel like this, then no doubt other people do, so perhaps there is value in a small space that offers items that will encourage people to buy less, but buy better.
What is it about vintage pieces you find so appealing?
When I really started thinking about why I like vintage pieces so much, it wasn’t so much about the style, because each item is so varied you couldn’t really say there was one defined look; it was more about the timeless quality inherent in these older pieces. They were built to last! It was the story behind them I was interested in - the other lives they’ve been part of. I have a 100 year old kauri table in my kitchen that we eat nearly all our meals around and I often wonder as I feed my children at it, about how many other mothers have fed their families at it over the years, and I love being part of that continuing conversation.
How do you source the new products you stock?
With great difficulty! I try to think of what sort of items I would like to have in my own home, and then go about searching out makers who share a similar passion for quality & timeless style.
Whats been the biggest challenge so far?
Starting from scratch with no retail experience, everything has been a massive learning curve. At the beginning it was hard not to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stuff I just didn’t know and had no idea how to go about learning. But bit by bit I've muddled my way through - with the aid of my ever patient husband, endless list making, and a fair amount of wine!