Boutique and chic. Your guide to the best shopping spots for hand made goods and unique gifts in the Margaret River Region with Mia Lacy.
It was a seemingly chance remark that turned me into an Ocean House fan.
I’d just entered the wonderful retail therapy precinct at Hayshed Hill Wines for the very first time and my eyes were going everywhere at once. Our tour guide, who later turned out to be the owner of Wine for Dudes Tours, placed his hand briefly and reverently on one of the large soy candles and said ‘A friend of mine makes these.’
With one look, I took in the gorgeous branding and wondered who on earth had thought of that totally irresistible name; Ocean House. That candle was sold and in the tour bus, baby, along with – well, must I divulge the rest of my purchases?!
The experience got me thinking about all the lovely hand made and hand picked things that I’d been experiencing in the Margaret River Region. And who, exactly, was responsible for creating this inspired range of candles?
I met the delightful candlemaker, Maria Firmin, at her abode. It is filled with photo boards of her and her partner pictured beachside… oceanside… seaside, both here and all over the globe. And, it overlooks the Indian Ocean, which Maria promptly and fully credits as her creative muse. “Ocean House is both our home and our philosophy. That ocean changes from dawn until dusk and is a continual source of inspiration,” she explains.
A beauty therapist by trade, Maria says aromas and scents obsessed her so four years ago she turned to candle making as a creative outlet. Her Ocean House Collection is sold throughout the Margaret River Region at selected retail outlets including Hillzeez Down South Surf Shops and she is launching her newest scent, mango, soon. Inspiration abounds in Your Margaret River Region. I bid Maria bye-bye, put my creative radar into gear and pressed onwards in search of more artisans – and more reasons to shop.