Store Profile: Kova Lifestyle

The other week I had the chance to visit Kova Lifestyle in James Street, Fortitude Valley. I have to admit that despite frequenting the James Street precinct, Kova had totally slipped my radar. What I found was a store brimming with beautifully curated homewares and knick knacks. I was greeted by owner Bianca and we chatted about how Kova came about (she bought it off the previous owners 8 years ago after working there) and how her personal design ethos is reflected in the store. Kova stocks a range of Australian and international labels and recently launched its own in-house label, One in Six. The beauty of the store is that there’s something for all budgets and you can be just as comfortable going in and buying some stationery as a you would a statement piece of furniture. Despite only discovering its existence a few weeks ago, I’m sure I’ll be a frequent visitor from now on.

I was instantly drawn to this colourful set-up. The dining table from India features intricate bone inlay and holds a colourful display of Mud Australia ceramics (click here to see what the tabletop looks like bare). Also, check out the painted antlers.

More store details. You’ll find everything from stationery to skincare to clothing. It’s a gift giver and self gifter’s paradise.

Colourful entrance greetings, pineapple lamps, and Acapulco chairs! It’s Queensland living down to a tee.

You can find Kova Lifestyle at Shop 9a, 23 James St, Fortitude Valley, QLD.
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  1. Eleanor January 27, 2014

    wow this place is stunning! I bet you could spend hours in there looking at everything! SO cute! great post! 🙂

    • soph // and other things January 28, 2014

      Yep, I ended up spending over an hour in there taking photos, chatting to the staff, and buying a few things in the process too haha

  2. she. January 28, 2014

    I must visit this store.

  3. Matthew Pike January 28, 2014

    It's a lovely looking store and proper jam packed with goodness. Like this post.

    Buckets & Spades

  4. The Feather Den January 28, 2014

    Such a gorgeous shop that looks like it sells some wonderfully quirky wares!

    x Michelle |

    • soph // and other things February 2, 2014

      I think I might have squealed when I saw the 'For Like Ever' print. I've seen it around online but never in a store.

  5. This looks amazing!

  6. Emily Jane February 2, 2014

    I am always around James Street, why have I never been in this store!? I will definitely make sure to stop by there next week, thank you for this post! x

    Emily |

    • soph // and other things February 2, 2014

      No worries! It's tucked away on the Mclachlan St side of James Street, in behind Gerard's Bistro and Nat Sui etc.

  7. monique February 10, 2014

    Beautiful photo's! I love shops like these.

  8. Thomas Maloney January 5, 2015

    Too many things going on here for my liking but I'm glad you found such a neat hideaway shop in Brisbane while walking around. There are quite a number of them sprinkled around!


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