MEET: ARC + FAMILY
Ashleigh and Benjamin Keily are the creative husband-and-wife-team behind Arc + Family, purveyors of striking handpainted pots with pops of colour and bold prints. Since launching their brand just over four years ago, the Brisbane pair have established a loyal client base and opened their store on the hip James Street in Fortitude Valley. We recently designed and handcrafted a custom pink concrete table for a striking new concept space, El' Rosa - think an all-pink urban oasis - they will open this month. We spoke to Ashleigh about the Arc + Family story, her inspirations and their new pink wonderland.
Tell us a little about the Arc + Family story.
Arc & Family started over four years ago, just after we had just had our son, Noah. We did a few pots for own home and my mum, who is an interior designer, used them for a few display homes here in Brisbane and it pretty much went from there. Before we knew it, we were being contacted by bricks and mortar stores wanting to stock our brand in their own shops! We now have our dream store on James Street in Fortitude Valley, an online store and stockists around the country.
You and your husband Ben are high school sweethearts. How do you enjoy working together?
We are both pretty stubborn so there is never a dull moment [laughs]. Ben also has a printing firm called Talbot Press, which he runs with his family from Monday to Friday so Arc is every other minute around that for him as well as having our two little babes, Noah and Harper.
You now have a bricks and mortar store in James Street. How has that been received?
We love our new store location on James Street. When we first saw the building, we fell in love with it and had all these ideas on what we wanted to do to it to make it our own - we couldn't be happier!
Do you have a favourite piece in store at the moment - aside from the custom Concrete Nation table, of course!
We love our pink concrete table! I don't have one favourite piece as such. It is just such a beautiful, happy space to be in. I just love the energy and all of the colour and plants; it’s a true pink paradise
What inspires you?
I draw lots of inspiration from Palm Springs, California. I am obviously obsessed with blush pink and always have been - my hair is now pink to match the store [laughs].
Can you tell us about your own home?
Our home is very Hamptons-style as it is a Queenslander with white French doors at every entry and white sheers with pops of colour on pots and greenery. Our pool area is one of my favourites spots to sit with all the cacti, palm trees and pink fencing.
How would you describe your personal style?
I would say I'm a bit boho, a bit edgy.... I like lots of different styles and looks.
What’s next for Arc + Family?
We are about to open our newest baby El' Rosa by Arc + Family. We have spent the last four months building it literally from a grass patch to a beautiful pink wonderland, which we can't wait for!