Saturday, August 20, 2011

A renovated Harry Seidler apartment

Living in a relatively small space has meant I have had to put a lot of thought into redesigning our home, incorporating lots of storage, built-in furniture and space-saving ideas. I have taken lots of inspiration from architecturally-designed renovations in magazines, books and online and I have developed a real appreciation for a smart use of space, such as in this renovated apartment in Sydney’s Potts Point.

This 38sqm space was converted from a one-bedroom apartment to a practical home for a young family of three. The apartment is in a Harry Seidler building and the original bathroom has apparently been left untouched. I love the work of Harry Seidler and I would really like to see pictures of that bathroom.

 
Above images from Gill Architects and I discovered this amazing apartment via Desire to Inspire

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hot pink jeans

I really want a pair of hot pink jeans or trousers. I think they would be a perfect complement to my mainly black, white and grey wardrobe.
 
I really like the pair in the fourth image below.  They are apparently from Joe's Jeans, but I haven't been able to find them online.
 
I also haven't been able to find a pair I like in the shops. The few pairs I have seen are all super skinny and cropped, which is definitely not my style. I might have to hit one of the big shopping centres out of the city, perhaps Chatswood or Bondi Junction, to do some more research.
 
Above image from Style Scrapbook
 
Above image from Net-A-Porter
 
Above image from Atlantic-Pacific
 
Above image from Chictopia

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Our long weekend in Melbourne: part two

Sunday was the day we had dedicated to Melbourne Open House, but with my body aching after Saturday’s marathon bike ride we didn’t get around to many places.
 
We visited the lavish Myer Mural Hall.
 
 
The murals were lovely…
 
Above: Revelation of Fashion
 
…but I was mostly infatuated with the light fittings.
 
 
We also visited Denmark House, where I posed with my dream sofa, the Poeten by Finn Juhl.
 

And we visited Council House 2, the first sustainable building in Australia. It was very interesting hearing about all the features of the building, including the fact that fresh outside air is pumped through the entire building every 30 minutes.
 
We stopped for coffee and strawberry éclairs from Laurent.
 
 
Then we had a very late dinner of delicious tapas and sangria at Movida. This is another restaurant I would recommend to anyone visiting Melbourne, just don’t forget to book as this place is very popular.
 
After dinner, we took a walk along the Yarra River and met this cute little guy.
 
 
Then Harry popped the question. That’s right, he proposed and now we are engaged! He had planned to do it on Saturday’s bike ride, so that was the grand plan I ruined. I almost did it again on Sunday night because I wasn’t sure that I could be bothered going for a walk after all that food. Poor Harry, I’m lucky he is persistent. Here was our view from the other side of the Yarra River.
 
 
On Monday morning, we took a ride through the beautiful Botanical Gardens before returning our bikes.
 
 
This was our French food day, starting with breakfast at Le Traiteur. This was the best café breakfast I have ever tasted: toasted brioche with spinach, mushrooms, poached eggs and an amazing béarnaise sauce.
 
 
Harry’s breakfast looked equally delicious: baked eggs with pork belly, beans and sourdough toast.
 
With full bellies, we headed to Chapel Street, South Yarra for a bit of shopping. Then back to the city for a six-course lunch at PM24. That was amazing! Sorry, I was too wrapped up in the great French food and wine to remember to take photos. My lunch included: bread & French butter, chicken & vegetable soup, sea scallops, rotisserie lamb (their specialty), a cheese course, hazelnut praline (an éclair filled with hazelnut mousse and a side of hazelnut ice cream), home made marshmallow and coffee.
 
After all that food, we took a walk through the city before heading to the airport and home.
 
 
It was so nice to spend four days in only each other’s company, unwinding with great food in a city full of interesting things to explore. We should really make an effort to take these little breaks more often.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Our long weekend in Melbourne: part one

This post is slightly belated as our long weekend in Melbourne was a couple of weeks ago, but as they say… better late than never. I rarely seem to have the time to put together a proper post, I really don’t understand where all my 'free time' goes.
 
Anyway, our long weekend in Melbourne was fabulous. The weather was nice apart from a day of patchy rain on Saturday and the food was fantastic. The whole weekend turned out to be quite a gastronomic affair, which was more than fine by me. After all, when I am on holiday, I simply like to eat, shop and explore… no resting on the beach or poolside for this girl.

After checking into our hotel on Monday, we kicked off our foodie weekend with savoury French crepes and coffee for breakfast at Roule Galette. We found this place tucked away in a tiny little laneway off Flinders Lane.
 
 
We wandered aimlessly around the city until lunchtime, when we stopped for a two-course lunch at Seamstress.
 
 
The food was amazing! I took pictures, but they turned out too dark so I won’t share them here. I’ll just say that if you’re visiting Melbourne, this place is definitely worth a stop… especially if you can take advantage of the mid-week lunch special like we did. Also, the décor is quite funky, playing up the fact that this space was once a textiles factory, with draped rolls of fabric in oriental patterns and vintage sewing machines.
 
After more aimless wandering around the city, we headed to the Melbourne Museum to see Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs.  The exhibition was really interesting and we were exhausted after spending more than 1.5 hours discovering all it had to offer. We headed to the Atrium Bar at Crown Casino for a pre dinner cocktail. I ordered a Raspberry Kiss.
 
 
We’re not really the casino type, but last time we were in Melbourne I stumbled upon this cocktail after making a trip to the casino to pick up a purchase from the Louis Vuitton store. This time, we visited the casino just so I could order this cocktail. It is creamy, chocolatey, raspberry bliss.
 
 
We headed back to Seamstress for a casual dinner of hokkien noodles with crispy slow-cooked melt-in-your-mouth pork belly pieces in the underground bar, Sweatshop.
 
 
On Saturday, we picked up our rented vintage bicycles from The Humble Vintage and started our day with a deliciously healthy breakfast from Trunk Diner.
 
Then we kicked off Melbourne Open House with a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
 
 
We rode our fleet down to South Wharf, where I bought a new Fossil handbag and a few books. Then we continued on through Albert Park where we stopped to eat some Byron Bay cookies we had picked up the day before.
 
 
We rode through St Kilda and all the way to the Brighton Beach Huts.
 
 
From that point, I realised perhaps I had pushed myself a little too far. Why are bike seats so uncomfortable? We rode all the way back to Melbourne (more than 13 kilometres) with me refusing to stop because I was afraid that if I got off my bike, I wouldn’t be able to get back on it. To top it off, it started raining. There was one positive, we saw a double rainbow on our way back into the city.
 
 
Harry had some grand plans for this day, unbeknownst to me, but I shattered them due to my cranky behaviour… more on that in the next post.

Monday, August 8, 2011

In-store: Peter Alexander

I visited the Peter Alexander store in Sydney's Mid City today to check out their range of very cute (yet also very expensive) pyjamas and casual accessories.  I looked up to the ceiling and this is what I saw.

Above image via my iPhone

Yes that's a full size bed, complete with matching bedside tables, rug, throw, magazine and teddy bear... all upside down and stuck to the ceiling.

My new ride

An update on our Melbourne trip and a very exciting announcement coming soon, but for now check out my new ride.

Above image from bikes.com.au

I wasn't going to buy a new bike, but at $329.95... complete with retro styling, basket and pannier... I couldn't resist.