When it comes to curating a colourful mix of original home and fashion pieces, mother and daughter Joanna and Zoe Weir have perfected the art. In their new shop, Teeny Tiny Hut, they proudly adhere to a “no beige” rule.
The shop began as a children’s pop-up within homewares store Hut 13 on Swan Street, but when that lease ran out, fashion designer Zoe joined with artist Joanna to begin Teeny Tiny Hut at a new permanent location on Burnley Street in February.
“I didn’t change the name when we moved here because I felt like it suited the space well,” says Zoe. “We’ve taken the elements we loved from Hut 13 and created a bigger product mix, adding gifts, homewares, interiors, and fashion.”
Previously an immigration law office, the space is now bright and homey. A straw carpet conceals office tiles, plywood shelves fill the white walls and cosy, colourful homewares fill the space. Zoe spends countless hours hunting down products from all over the world, which she feels have an interesting story and are ethically made.
Handmade felt fruit, vegetables and farm animals have been produced by women in Nepal affected by the 2015 earthquake; hand-printed tea towels are made in Melbourne; limited-edition canvas clutches splashed with vivid paint are made by an artist in Adelaide; “funnel” lamps made from recycled plastic come from a township in South Africa. One of Zoe’s favourite items is a Sunday Ganim baby blanket made with Egyptian cotton.
Zoe also sells her own womens and childrenswear label, Zoe Elizabeth, in the store that features pretty Liberty-print fabrics in various garments, including popular cotton bikinis for children.
They’re also in the process of creating a space dedicated to creative workshops, such as customising vintage overalls with embroidery and patchwork. In keeping with the family affair, it was one of Zoe’s cousins who painted the bright floral feature wall in that new room.
Teeny Tiny Hut also takes on bespoke gift projects. Joanna is currently working with an artist to create a custom-made doll’s house for a customer.
“The whole idea is to make gifting a really beautiful and personalised experience,” Joanna says. “There is a real pleasure in receiving a well-crafted and thoughtful gift.”
“You can give us a brief and budget and leave it to us to organise, wrap and deliver,” Zoe adds. “We want to give people a shopping experience they can’t get anywhere else.”
“Gifting shouldn’t be hard but an enjoyable experience, and we enjoy doing it.”
Teeny Tiny Hut
400 Burnley Street, Richmond
0422 052 070
Mon to Sat 10am—4pm