Sunday, February 27, 2011

A day in Sydney

Mr Bromley's work on the side of the Greenhouse by Joost at the passenger terminal at Circular Quay - fabulous "Pop up" restaurant which was previously in Fed Square Melbourne. But this one has a slightly better view! This is when you get just that bit jealous of Sydney. 
The outside of the Greenhouse, the walls made from straw bales set into a steel framework are covered in Strawberry plants, apparently they will all be composted when the cafe moves on - everything is made from recycled and sustainable materials. Read more here.
Not so excited about a glass of Vino out of a jar - but I did like the beer bottle glasses. 

Sydney is more about traditional pubs than Melbourne - we seem to renovate them all and make them into trendy venues while Sydney keeps the Pub tradition alive. 
The market at The Rocks, which seemed to be set up to cater for the hundreds of tourists off the rather large cruise boat that was in town! The Amsterdam. 
Abit of Aboriginal art for the Tourists - they where actually quite lovely, amazingly detailed work in the tapestry patterning. 
 A bit of glass blowing in 35 degree heat - I had to admire his creative skills in this heat! 
Our market purchase - my new eel skin wallet thanks to my husband - I love the colour! 
I was lucky enough to have a day out and about in Sydney last week with my husband being a tourist (while the team was at the gift fair - thanks guys! :) being from Melbourne we do always tend to think of ourselves as the city of bars and restaurants but I have to say Sydney is an amazing place that seems to be constantly sunny and gorgeous! We started the day over at Watsons Bay and felt like we were in Queensland with all of the tanned bodies and beach activity. Then a lovely ride on the Ferry in the sun and we where in Circular Quay amazed by a huge Cruise boat "The Amsterdam" and alot of very well dressed tourists not realising it was going to be 35 degrees that day! A walk around The Rocks and the undercover market and then late lunch at The Greenhouse by Joost followed by a catch up with Jess to find out the gossip of the fair and a great dinner at The Winery. A good day was had by all x

Friday, February 25, 2011

Terrace Outdoor Living Sydney

My favorite chair that I would love for my back deck! 
While I was in Sydney last week I popped in to visit the lovely Paul Hopper at his sensational new store Terrace Outdoor Living. Paul and his business partner Bianca, have done such a wonderful job and I was very inspired and secretly jealous of their beautiful store. I love the 1960's building with a layer of welcoming ivy, a really refreshing new outdoor concept store. Paul will even visit you for a consultation on your new outdoor furniture and help you plan any marvelous outdoor events you have coming up! So much colour it made me wish I lived in Sydney with all of that outdoor weather!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sydney Gift Fair

This week we have been setting up our AURA stand at the Sydney Reed Gift and Homewares fair, Jess did a top job with the drill! We have welcomed in our Winter 2011 collection with a gorgeous "Mustard" wall, one of our feature colours this season - which was a great success so look out for some lovely Honey products in the stores. For those of you who dropped by to visit us at Darling Harbour thank you very much it was lovely to see everyone! 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Our beautiful new Maison has arrived

Our beautiful Maison bedding and tablelinen has arrived! In stunning Aubergine and Honey I already have my order in for a King Bed Aubergine quilt cover and Honey napkins. I am in love with our new shots, the moody rich blue on the wall behind the Honey tablecloth shot is stunning and just dreamy. I cant wait I adore these new colours - but yes I am biased...x

Monday, February 7, 2011

Funky Polka Dot shower curtains

Looking around on the web today I found these gorgeous Shower curtains on a US mail order website! I just love the colours and if I didnt have a boring shower screen I would have to hang the yellow one up asap - I just love it, it would be perfect to jazz up an all white bathroom.

AURA on The Design Files

We are very excited to have been working with Lucy Feagins from The Design Files on a guest blog which has started today! On our latest trip to London, Paris, Copenhagen and Frankfurt Jaine and I where busy taking snaps along the way for our inspiration and also in anticipation of our guest blog feature. Take a look here, and I hope you enjoy our shots which are all colour themed - a different theme each day. x