After a hectic 2 weeks working in the arctic conditions of NYC, some much needed R&R found me in Palm Springs.
Many years ago I photographed Jonathan Adler for Marie Claire Lifestyle & became a fan. He is true to his personal style & sense of fun and this is fantastically translated into Le Parker, Palm Springs!
Parker is essentially a thematic wonderland where all things kitsch are styled into cool. Tucked in the midst of outlandish Palm Springs, it is fun and frivolity with a lemon twist of humour. Butterfly chairs circle a fire pit that roars of an evening and a floating fireplace takes centre stage amongst the winding maze of gardens amongst pools and croquet lawns. The wonderland props are placed to discover, with giant doors propped between the hedges, outdoor chess and hammocks for two suspended between palms.
This is a place where the manicured lawns catch daily 5 o’clock shadow and a walk through the grounds stirs a rosemary and citrus scent. This is the wacky, wacky world of Jonathon vignettes reminiscent of a film set, yellow and white striped chairs at the lemonade bar with a spot of boules, where dogs outnumber babies and there are lots of nooks and crannies to find and hide.
An imaginarium corner terrace in the heart of leafy Paddington close to Bondi&surrounding beaches, eastern distributor, SCG, city, airport.
A quiet oasis offering the curious pilgrim a treasure trove of curiosities, curated with art, Australia artisan products & furniture and a vast reference library. It consists of a spacious light & leafy master bedroom, dining room for 10, kitchen, courtyard, single/dressing room, annexe & bathroom and the use of a grey Tokyo bike – all lovingly restored & renovated by Sibella Court.
The Society inc terrace is available now for guests, parties, photo shoots & events
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& visit https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/4549682 to book your stay.
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.