Hotel Hotel is the latest greatest thing that has happened to Canberra. I was invited down for the weekend to check it out & wasn’t disappointed.
The staircase by March Design looks like a timber yard snap frozen with incredible cross sections making up the rises of the steps. Throughout the active lobby there is a nod to vintage educational tools: a mix of concrete pickup sticks, giant structures that mimic the paddle pop stick buildings you made as a child, & detailed with quisinaire-esque stained dining tables. The foyer is the hub of this project & it is all about finding your decorative background.
Each nook & cranny is textured considered & a little bit of mix and match but with a designer eye. I loved the raw & honest materials mixed with the fun frivolity from the beldi covered stools to the stack of metal suitcases.
In the rooms it is about the highs with the lows: chip-board clad walls with beautiful cast brass hardware, and the unique marble tops in the bathrooms that sit comfortably with faux wood tiles. But what I loved most was that its about the attention to detail: the ombre dip dyed velvet pillows, the solid light features with lovely mechanics that click in all the right ways, even down to the glasses & water that are in the room.
Thanks for having us!
The Stylists Guide to Adelaide
Poets Ode is in the foothills of adelaide, in postcard perfect, Hanhdorf.
I had the luck to squeeze in a visit (about 45 mins from airport) during a work trip.
The gorgeous owners, Alia & Scout have stripped back on old shop & embraced its raw humble self. With a series of higgle piggle rooms, all sunfilled coming through the blown glass windows. Take note of the display pieces, found locally but oh-so European.
The shop is layers of muted tones: whites ,creams, caramels and sells cool stuff from all over the world.
as well as having art showings. The artworks were round & detailed in copper, the velvet pillows were just the right mushy, the throws were striped or plain & edged in pom poms and a tea room is opening soon!
I loved everything and went away with an olive oil pourer, a cotton baby hat, a silk wool baby hat, a amulet necklace and a needle made from a thorn
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100b main St Hahndorf, South Australia
One of the main reasons for visiting Hoi An was to find the lanterns the area is famous for. A monthly lunar festival is held on the full moon, where the whole town is lit up with lanterns. Although we missed the festival, we found the makers of the collapsible bamboo structured lanterns. I am not a fan of the silk used, so we designed our own for One Kings Lane in lots of shapes & sizes.
Hoi An is a coastal town, once the main trading port of Vietnam & largely built by the Japanese & Chinese. Beautiful old shop fronts line the street selling their wares. The buildings & their facades fascinated me more than the most of the souvenirs. Bouganvillea & other climbing flowers drip from the eaves & faded lanterns look beautiful against chalky walls of turquoise & yellows. Walk the streets of Phan Boi Chau & have a look at the colonial riverside building that houses Brother’s Café. Wander through the central market for bamboo baskets, fruit & vegetable, handloomed natural mats, kitchen utensils & everything else. Cross over to Ngyen Thai Hoe to the lantern shop and pop your head into some of the historic houses. Then finish for lunch at the 2-story Mango Mango looking over the river. This is owned by gun slinging Vietnamese American, Duc. Delicious food, with a mix of subtle Vietnamese, Japanese & fresh produce flavours (leave room for coconut & passionfruit ice cream).
Best to do this in the morning before it’s too hot or in the afternoon & then finish at Duc’s other restaurant, Mango Room.
It is easy to spend days walking the streets of old town, Hanoi. Cruise Noodle & Potato Streets amongst all the other specialty streets. I was looking for handcrafted bits’n’bobs to put in my October container sale for One Kings Lane. I found giant hanging incense, handforged scissors, bamboo birdcages, feather shuttlecocks, handcarved stamps, and even bamboo bicycles!
A pitstop whilst shopping in Hanoi took us to uber cool cafe, Cong Caphe. You enter through a green door into a simple, yet perfect interior. Wooden floors & tables of soft mid tone browns, surrounded by antique wooden & found chairs, padded with chinese cotton print cushions. Lounge chairs are also in the mix, both upstairs & downstairs, & the light throughout is gorgeous.
The kitchen is teeny tiny with no cooked food on the menu, but plenty of yoghurt drinks, crossiants & other delicious things.
Check out the menu, beautifully handwritten in hardcovered old books. The tables are adorned with stenciled enamelware, fully blown roses against a backdrop of army green walls & exposed brick.
There are 2 locations in Hanoi (&rumour of opening in London)
152Đ-Triệu Việt Vương, Hai Bà Trưng
32-Điện Biên Phủ, Ba Đình
US-based company, One Kings Lane had asked me to go anywhere in the world on a shopping trip to fill a container to sell online, coinciding with the release of my 5th book Gypsy in October 2013, and Vietnam was the destination!
I had been told about the basket fishing boats of Hoi An by my friends Morrison & Robert as an idea to put on my shopping list!
And on my early beach walk this morning, they were revealed in all their fascinating sculptural beauty. The beach up from super fancy hotel , The Nam Hai was scattered with them. Looking like beached whales, they are woven, then tarred for water resistance with a single loop rope on their perimeter to hold a carved wooden paddle. I watched as a fisherman rode a wave into shore maneuvering with circular motions of the paddle. He was as wirey & thin as a whippet!
They will definitely be appearing in the sale, I just have to convince a couple of fisherman to part with their baskets!