Monday, February 28, 2011


Workshopped started in 2011 with five designers and a small exhibition. They have exhibited many designers including Akira, Gary Galego and Charles Wilson. They have recently started their online shop at there are some really great products on here. My favourite include: the Basil Bangs Umbrella, Campfire Coffee Table (both below) and The Stoby Pole coat stand above (LOVE IT!) it’s totally worth the $995 isn’t it?

Sunday, February 27, 2011


The beautiful Kristie and I attended the Magnolia Square market place for independent fashion, design, homeware and crafts over the weekend at Paddington Town Hall. So much fun… key highlights:

Gifts At Home (above) based in Roseville on the North Shore specialize in homewares, French glassware and our favourite the range of cool melamine outdoor serving ware. It is so hard to find well designed outdoor products, the range is just beautiful including the Coral range

Ourlieu (below), a beautiful collection of pillows and throws

Nikki Catalano specialises in beautiful design & illustration work, here are some examples of work, everything can be purchased from her online store

Rustic Coast have unique coastal furniture designed by the owner but also have revamped vintage pieces for sale

Little Chillies has the most gorgeous range of children coats I’ve ever seen

It doesn’t get much cooler than The Lowercase gorgeous range of bed spreads, lighting and more. They also do interior and kids room styling to create the most magical bedroom on earth

And to finish the stand out was Attia, selling contemporary range of serving ware, beautiful streamline designs with a smooth first class quality finish

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


It’s on again, Sydney’s contemporary visual arts festival from 1 March – 31 March 2011. Visit the website for full list of events. It’s a month long event that covers 4 precincts in Sydney: 1) Danks St, Waterloo & Redferen 2) Chippendale, Marrickville, Newtown & CBD 3) Darlinghurst, Surry Hills & Potts Point and last 4) Paddington & Woollahra. Over 80 galleries and venues particpate in the festival with more than 120 exhibitions throughout. Some key highlights for me include:

Art After Work: Head on down to one of the many ART BARS for a mix of art, drink and music courtesy of FBI DJs. Art Bars will feature at the following establishments: Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art , The Ivy , The Beresford and The Australian Centre for Photography

Art Cycle: Finally a use for the new cycle ways through Sydney :P Art Cycle in conjunction with the City of Sydney Council for the first time are offering bike tours of the 4 precincts. It is a free guided bike tour of the art galleries, studios and street art.

Late Nights with Annie Leibovitz: The MCA opens the doors until 8.30pm for Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990-2005 on the following dates: Thursday, 3 March, Thursday, 10 March, Thursday, 17 March, Thursday, 24 March & Thursday, 31 March

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

25 TO GO

If you find that the key word to describe a company as “KIDULT – adults who still take care of their inner child”, then you know you’ve found a company that’s going to be innovative and fun. 25TOGO began as a Taiwanese blog with focus on design and has transformed into an online store selling items that were difficult to obtain in Taiwan and now sells to the world. My favourite is the GOGGLE UMBRELLA, how could you not walk past someone with one of these and smile even if you are in the miserable pouring rain! Love it! Visit for more information

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Hubby and I are thinking about another American Adventure however this time – GOAL: Try to be there during winter to experience a white Christmas and ride some powder (well him not me). I’ve promised him for years the ultimate snow holiday but somehow we always end up on a tropical island ;P how sad for us. I’m investigating a couple of great places including Rosewood Hotels , The Ranch at Rock Creek and UTAH, as the website would state The Greatest Snow On Earth … we shall see. Here are some images to inspire the trip:

Monday, February 14, 2011


Jeremy Couture is a graphic and industrial designer from Quebec, Canada. Recently he has teamed up with a designer called Claudia Despr├ęs, to design these super cool BIRDHOUSE range of lights, bed side tables and more. We want!!! Also below more products featured on the website

How cute is the Mouse Door below? I would happily install in our home ;)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


It’s on again! Whatever your opinion is of the Merivale circus train, you have to hand it to Justin Hemmes and his team for keep Sydney on its toes and constantly creating new opportunities and exciting events for us to either attend or critic from a distance ;) Merivale have created a series of events 21 Feb – 15 April 2011 to cover every taste and demographic you could hope for.

It begins with the LAUNCH PARTY on Thursday 24 February from 6pm – 8pm, which you can purchase tickets for $20pp which includes 6 small meals + 3 drink tastings, not bad value. The promise “meander through Ash Street laneway, sipping and nibbling your way up to The Ivy Room, your gourmet destination for the evening. All of our talented head chefs (including est.'s Peter Doyle, Lauren Murdoch from the newly opened Felix and the legendary Dan Hong of recent Iron Chef fame) will be waiting to meet you on the night. So come along and sample some Merivale morsels”

Some other options that have caught my eye include: TIMEOUT TASTE TEST $70pp 5 courses + glass of champagne presenting five apprentice chefs first meals to market, guest vote for meal of the night winner published in Time Out. FOODIE FILM NIGHTS $39pp film, tapas and a glass of wine or beer, closing Ash St Laneway and creating a cinema featuring films like Chocolat, Julie & Julia and more. CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY LUNCH $75pp including cocktail on arrival at Lotus, apparently transforming the entire restaurant into a Willy Wonka Style arena!
It looks amazing - for more information visit the website and run through the various 30+ events on offer