Visit our joyful gift and homewares store in Manuka, Canberra

Our Story

When life changes, you need to adapt.  Adaptation has been part of my life since marrying into the 'defence family' over 18 years ago.

For those who are in the essential services, defence, AFP, you know what Im talking about.  

I'm originally from Adelaide, South Australia, and moved to Sydney for work back in 2001.  From here, defence life took us to the United Kingdom, and then back regional NSW.   After many years of hubby working in Canberra, and me being on the Coast with the kids, I decided to pack up and move to Canberra.

This is where I made another life altering decision and brought Living in Style, who first established themselves  in 1988.  Going into retail industry after steady jobs, was a huge risk.   After global pandemic and two lockdowns, Im still here!

After 5 months of owning the shop, I decided to change the name of the business to Lilly Cooper, and put a little bit of me into the shop.

So now five years later, here we are, I love my gifts and homewares store and love seeing my local community, customers and visitors.

I am a true local small business, you'll find me behind the counter 6/7 days a week.   I love selecting all my wares for you, sourced from around Australia and the globe, to bring you something new all the time.

You will find things here, that you wont expect.

From Living in Style to Lilly Cooper, we are a trusted retail gift store, who has been in the Style Arcade in Manuka for 35 years.... now that's a real achievement!