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INDIGO PEARL | In Pictures

A bath in the sitting area of my hotel room? Why not, I say. While you’re at it, fashion me some lighting from a metal drum would you? Suspend me an oversized round mirror on chains from the ceiling and call it a room divider, then furnish the room with vintage pieces. Ok, you’ve got […]

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TRANSFORMER FITZROY

Transformer Fitzroy crams a whole lot of design delights into the one venue. Street art? Tick. Warehouse conversion? Yup. Garden greenery? You bet. But it’s the perfect composure, the precise balance of all these elements that saw it highly commended in the 2015 Eat Drink Design Awards.

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THE GROUNDS OF ALEXANDRIA

You don’t visit the Grounds of Alexandria, you experience it. Encompassing a smattering of individual sub-venues, The Grounds is a planet within a city. A farm within a warehouse. A garden within a coffee school. A florist within a restaurant. And so much more.

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12 BOOKS BY AUSTRALIAN DESIGNERS & STYLISTS

I am addicted to coffee table books on interior design. It’s like all my favourite interiors magazines merged and then went on steroids. They’re like old friends, there to flick through with feet up; brilliant to source inspiration from; they’re even gorgeous decorative pieces in their own right. You can gift them, share them, stack […]

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MELBOURNE | CITY GUIDE

It’s no secret that Melbourne’s got style in SPADES! Shovels even! I have spent a couple of years in this glamour-gorgeous city so I can personally vouch for its incredible design credentials. Think hidden bars, laneway delights, artistic hotels and retail gold in the suburbs. Here are just some of my picks.

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CHUCKLE PARK

Melbourne is renowned for little laneway treasures – filled with fabulous finds that you stumble upon, off the main drag. I discovered Chuckle Park a couple of years ago, chancing a sideways glance down an alleyway that literally stopped me in my tracks. SURPRISE! (Love it when that happens.)

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CORNERSTONE BAR & FOOD

A 19th Century rail warehouse… it’s the grittiest industrial setting for a bar you can imagine. Think heritage brickwork, chunky, rusty steel, 10 tonne gantry cranes and towering ceilings. Here, they sprout with life thanks to gorgeous greenery and soulful upcycling.

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QT GOLD COAST

A pineapple ornament here, a cockatoo nightlight there. QT does quirky soooo well, and on the GC it’s a special brand of off-the-wall, where Miami meets Surfers Paradise, has a sordid affair and spawns an adorable lovechild called Colour.

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FULLERTON BAY HOTEL

I’m a sucker for a building with a rich history. I’m also a bandit for British Colonial inspired interiors. Throw in some deluxe design and my excitement is reaching fever pitch. I may have even skipped when I entered the Fullerton Bay Hotel recently.

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THE ADELPHI HOTEL

You know you’re in for a treat when you’re visiting the world’s first dessert-themed hotel. Liquorice-inspired furniture, sweet wafting fragrances, in-room lolly jars. Put your Dentist on standby, you’re at The Adelphi.

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