Our house was featured on The Design Files! For me this was pretty much a dream come true since I am a massive fan of this brilliant design blog! Our Patchy Rugs took centre stage and I couldn’t have been happier with how it all turned out. Big thanks go to Sean Fennessy and of course to the lovely Lucy!!
Besides original mid-century Danish furniture Modern Times Pop – Up Shop has some beautiful finds from local designers. Here are my favourites:
image credits: Modern Times
Modern Times Pop-Up shop ( 260 Smith St, Collingwood ) has opened! Amy and Joel have done such an amazing job at filling the shop with drop dead gorgeous furniture, products and artwork! It is open until December 31st. Come down and see for yourself! Trust me you are going to find it hard to leave empty handed.
Patchy Rugs are in there too! Yay!
image credits: I took these
A house to die for in Albert Park. Love the interior and warmth of each room. There seems to be a real livability about it which I want to create in my home. The mixture of interesting pieces set against the gorgeous Victorian archways make me ooh and aah.
photo credits: I unfortunately can’t find the talented photographer who I owe credit to in this case – if anyone knows please let me know!
I visited Madame Truffles on the weekend where freshly harvested truffles will be sold for the month of July in South Melbourne. Besides the aromatic woody truffles, the space is beautifully set up thanks to Greg Hatton, Leila Sanderson and florist Katie Marx. St Ali next door were serving a scrambled egg and truffle dish to top it off. Truffles s’il vous plaît!
photo credits: I took these ones
Architecture full of texture is the best! I came across Architects EAT quite a few years ago at Maedaya bar – a Japanese restaurant in Richmond. The restaurant is ‘bound’ by ropes which form the shape of a house. It has a great tactility to it.
Another project I recently discovered of theirs was dubbed ‘Tree House’ by Vogue Living (Nov/Dec 2010). Such immense consideration was taken when building this house around two mature trees, that the property was named after them – Elm & Willow. The house was literally built around the trees and was even elevated to avoid damaging their roots. The house seems to hover above the ground. Not only is this beautiful architecture, but thoughtful too!
photo credits: image 1, image 2
Today’s sunny weather reminded me of my trip to Sydney a few months back. The highlights included the Annie Leibovitz exhibition and the Greenhouse by Joost. Nestled in between the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, the Greenhouse occupied some of the most prestigious real estate in Sydney – how did he get a permit?! But once you entered you understood that this was no ordinary restaurant. With a focus on the recycling and sustainability, the floor was once a conveyor belt and the uniforms were modified op shop finds. Every day, flour was milled, oats rolled, butter churned and yoghurt cultured – all the food was made on site from raw ingredients. At the end of the day all waste was composted or fed to earthworms and in turn their rooftop herb garden. Bees were even kept on the roof. What a concept! Joost’s pop up also featured work by David Bromley.
photo credits: Annie Leibovitz / I took the first image and all the images of the ‘Greenhouse by Joost’ on the right hand side
Mr Lollies and I just moved into our new home (yay!) which got me thinking about all the homes we have looked at during our 18 months of house hunting. Now admittedly, The Lyon Housemuseum was not on sale but wow what a house! Not only does this house have an incredible contemporary Australian art collection which the public can view but it also is a purpose built house for the art. Visiting the housemuseum is a must do excursion for anyone in Melbourne who loves art, architecture and smart design. It will blow you away – I promise. I have been twice, both times to listen to artists who are part of the Lyon Collection, Patricia Piccinini and Callum Morton.
Besides me drooling over the art, my favourite parts of the house are the wooden walls and ceilings which have been digitally etched into with words. Each member of the family, including their two young daughters, got to write lists of things they liked, friends names, recipes, thoughts, poems, dreams and this is what surrounds them everyday. This takes parents letting their kids write on the walls to a whole new level. I love it!
photo credits: The Lyon House Museum / I took the final image
I couldn’t resist entering Victor Churchill’s Butcher Shop on Queen St, Woollahra in Sydney. Needless to say, butcher shops are not usually my thing but wow was I proven wrong this time. I felt inspired that a butcher could make me swoon like this. Not surprisingly, this shop won International Interior Design Award for Retail Stores 2010.
photo credits: coolhunter