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Ikhaya: Where beauty and function meet

Ikhaya: Where beauty and function meet

Everyone has their own unique style and people are loving that Genevieve has brought hers to lower Gibsons. Less than a year into her home and lifestyle business, “Ikhaya”, Genevieve has combined beauty and functionality into all things home and she’s having fun doing it.

With a May 2018 opening, Genevieve was preparing for a busy summer, and was blown away by the positive reception from the community. “We grew so fast”, enthused Genevieve and she is overjoyed to be “fitting a need” for us Coasters. “There is lots to do in Lower Gibsons and contributing to the fun and unique flavour of the area is rewarding.” She has created a place where locals can enjoy their shopping experience, from the beautiful and useful pieces she carries to the exceptional personal service and fun environment.

Genevieve attributes her style to the fact that she spent 5 years living in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband and raising her young family. She has a strong affinity for the rugged beauty that living in South Africa imparted on her. So much so that she named her business after the Zulu word for home; Ikhaya. She has been surprised by how many people from South
Africa have come into the store because of the name, craving the nostalgia and personal connection to home. It’s also the feeling of Ikhaya that brought Genevieve and her family to the Sunshine Coast; the mountains, the ocean and the lifestyle are similarities that Cape Town and the Coast both offer.

With space at the front of the store outfitted with a couch, Genevieve sets the stage to help you plan your living area. Her favourite part of her business is to be able to collaborate with clients and find the perfect combination for their personal space. Adding pillows, rugs, and accessories allows for experimentation and building layers to achieve a personal look before you buy. Her love of design and her unique, beautiful, and functional philosophy will enliven your home space with natural textures, colours and personality.

Supporting fair trade programs and distributors, talking to artisans, and cajoling her design savvy friends to be on the look out when they travel for those “special” pieces,
Genevieve brings in fresh, unique and exotic products from local suppliers and from around the globe. Coastal artisans make some of the leather bags carried in the store. She brings in real mud cloth pillows from Africa. These natural fibre, vegetable-dyed, hand-painted pillows will add a distinct look to any room. There are textiles from India with a selection of exquisite rugs and scarves to complement your room or person, handcrafted jewelry using beadwork, semi-precious stones and different metals in a range of price points. Beautifully designed pottery and baskets add texture and complement your home decor. You can always be guaranteed that well-designed and stylish home and lifestyle items are available at Ikhaya Boutique.

The upcoming winter/Christmas season will bring more opportunities for interacting with the community. Genevieve loves the idea of evening shopping and creating a nostalgic environment with music, lights, carols, hot cider and just a fun environment to meet up with neighbours and friends. Christmas shopping will be easy at Ikhaya. The store will be
stocked with unique gifts for men and women. With her love of design, Genevieve has found practical outdoor multi-tools for the outdoor person, and beautiful home decor items for all budgets. Ikhaya also has cheeky joke socks, funny tea towels, amazing European skin and body care products and candles from France, all of which would make elegant hostess gifts. If you can’t decide on just one thing, let Ikhaya create a unique gift basket for your special someone.

A collection of unconventional, funny and heart-warming cards may cause you to rethink giving cards again. Ikhaya carries cards for all the I-don’t-know-what-to-say moments that represent your feelings.

Ikhaya has a knack of bringing in pieces that you never knew you needed, but WOW! they liven up your space. The store is stocked with practical items with flair. Genevieve’s belief that functional doesn’t need to be boring certainly has us hooked. With fresh, functional and beautiful lifestyle and home decor products Ikhaya has just made our homes all the more inviting.

Ikhaya is located at 451 Marine Drive in Gibsons.

-Natalie Findlay

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