A Store with a Story

By Lucie Lass

Owned by sisters Laura and Simone Pereira, year-old Cape Cod shop Elburne specializes in eco-friendly home furnishings and accessories. “People like furniture with a story behind it,” says Simone, pointing out accent pillows made from recycled cassette tapes, small zebras and elephants hand-carved and painted in Kenya, and pillar candles from local Cape Cod beeswax. There are more substantial items too, like sofas and rugs, but all have an important common denominator: “We consider every part of production when it comes to selecting our products, from the hands that make them to the homes that will feature them,” say the Pereiras.

Inspiration struck the sisters while visiting their hometown in Brazil, where they saw artisans turn discarded wood from aging homes into handcrafted furniture. “You can see the original paint of the homes on our pieces,” explains Laura. This technique gives the furniture a one-of-a-kind look while illuminating each piece’s distinctive past.

In a short time, Elburne has grown from a reclaimed furniture store to a one-stop shop for sustainable interior decorating needs. “You can still have a nice home and help the environment,” says Laura. This philosophy, and their collection, fit nicely with the current design trends for a rustic look, a variety of textures and a neutral color palette.

Laura and Simone’s shared passion for design and the environment bubbles up in conversation within moments of meeting them. The sisters gather ideas from sources that range from traditional Brazilian design to the aesthetics of Instagram accounts they follow. “I look for inspiration everywhere,” says Simone, and it shows from the moment you walk in the door.

“With all the talk about the environment, we feel we have a personal responsibility,” says Simone. And while they take this commitment seriously, the sisters are clearly having fun at the same time.

Elburne will soon be putting their entire collection online and are looking to further expand their interior design services. 

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