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KIITOS living by design (by Taunton & Co)

When searching for a career, people always offer the advise to find what you love to do or are passionate about and turn it into a job. Maria Malakellis, founder and owner of Kiitos in Barwon Heads has certainly made a success of her passion for beautiful design and all things marimekko. Maria was unemployed and at a loss of what to do when she realized the potential of an unused and unrenovated section of an old service station. One month later the bare shell was transformed into a beautiful and inspiring shop with a lovely, lively and passionate Maria...


KIITOS – Living by design (by Tales of Ezra blog)

Last month, what I thought would be a quick stop off in Barwon Heads turned out to be an enjoyable and lengthy few hours of window shopping and browsing. Never did I expect to stumble across such an array of good looking cafes, and well put together homeware/furniture stores in this boutique strip of shops! Being from Sydney I am constantly surprised by the towns surrounding Victoria and what this state has to offer…. you can also read about ‘Rigby’s Homewares’ , a store I was intrigued by in the B.Heads .. BUT TODAY I wanted to introduce another favorite find of mine...


Shop: Kiitos - Living By Design with Maria Malakellis (by The Geelong Freelancer)

It's rare when a shop and it's owner are so entwined you can't separate the two. Kiitos - Living By Design owner Maria Malakellis chatted to The Geelong Freelancer about her passion for timeless design and creating a Barwon Heads shopping experience never to be forgotten. As they say, out of hardship springs opportunity. In 2008 Maria Malakellis was living in Melbourne and jobless, having been made redundant from her real estate sales job at Melbourne Property Developer. She soon realised her new-found freedom opened up the perfect opportunity to return to her childhood town of Barwon Heads and bring...


Kiitos – The dream destination! (by Oh! Hello Geelong blog)

It’s confession time. Oh! Hello Geelong absolutely loves travel, whether it’s a mini-break to Tokyo or island hopping in Thailand, the world is our oyster! Without doubt, one of our favourite travel activities is burrowing through shops, markets, galleries, and nooks and crannies in the search for extra special designer goods that we can’t find at home. So for Oh! Hello Geelong it was a scene of  joyous celebration when we discovered the wonderful world of Kiitos in Barwon Heads! Not only did we find an abundance of perfectly designed homewares, textiles, ceramics and accessories (many by some of our...


The Changing Face of Bell Street, Torquay (by Torquay Links Property)

Have you taken  stroll down Bell Street, Torquay, Australia lately? If not, you’ll be in for a little surprise! No longer will you find just fish ‘n chips shops and cafes that cater for the influx of holiday makers… there has been a steady arrival of homewares and fashion labels to this Torquay main street. It started with the much talked about arrival of Kiitos Living by Design. Kiitos Living by Design, was established by Maria Malakellis, in December 2009, and is located in the former, retro style garage on Bridge Rd, Barwon Heads, Victoria. Malakellis and her family have...