Hello, I am Lisa Stothers and Mary & Peg Home Essentials has been an ambition of mine for a long time.
I’ve been in Ballarat four years now and had Mary & Peg for two. Before that, I was in Melbourne, but I was raised on a farming property in East Gippsland. I loved growing up in the country and seeing the work passion and respect my farmer Dad had for the land and his animals and the care and attention my Mum gave to her work as a teacher and to our home. I loved seeing how the farm and garden changed over the seasons. I think my interest in sustainability, quality craftsmanship and support for local and Australia makers and designers stems from my rural childhood. On the farm, there was a lot of freedom to discover and explore. I spent hours drawing, painting and creating. This freedom and creativity is from where my love of design grew.
I continued to carry this creative zest as a young adult. I studied a Bachelor of Visual Communications (Graphic Design) at RMIT University in Melbourne. From there I worked for ten years in the design industry while dreaming of how I could put my skills to use for own self, slowly seeing the kernel that was to become Mary & Peg take seed.
While I loved being in hustle-and-bustle of city life, after ten years I wanted to head back to country living and more of a gentle way of life. So I decided to move to Ballarat and step forward to open a small business, something that’s been exciting and challenging and from which I’ve learnt so much. While I had lots of help and advice in setting up Mary & Peg, nothing could have prepared me for the chill of that first Ballarat winter in 2014.
Mary and Peg were my grandmothers and my store is named in honour of them and all the women I’ve had in my life who were role models to me and helped me become the women I am. This name is a recognition of the humour, care, attention and respect, of meals cooked, messes made, adventures gone on and good times all round. Even though Mary & Peg remembers my grandmothers, for me the name Mary & Peg also conveys a sense of hope for the future. As the mother of a gorgeous toddler daughter, I hope that my daughter can learn from my grandmothers, from the family stories about them. Mary & Peg Home Essentials is for them and for her.
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