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About us

Hi there! We are Emily and James!

We moved to Hobart in 2017 from the North West Coast of Tasmania, where we both grew up! We moved to Melbourne for university but quickly realised that Tasmania is home... When Emily was homesick, she would sketch pictures of her imagined shop in Tassie to make her feel better. So, having worked in small businesses from as soon as we were old enough to work, we returned home to work in retail - where over 8 years we developed a keen eye for special things, and our dreams of owning our own little shop grew...

The name 'Home State' is about how lucky we feel to be back living in Tasmania, and also references how important the 'state' of being at 'home' is to us: feeling comfortable and at ease, and surrounded by the things and people we love! We hope to bring some of those homely luxuries and comforts to you - Home State Hobart showcases a handpicked range of gift + homewares, fashion + design, books + ceramics, skincare + candles, baby and kids toys + clothing. Ultimately, we want to share with the community our favourite local, Australian and international designers - items we would love to give to our friends and family, or perhaps treasure for ourselves!!

We recently closed our shopfront and are now online only.