Cables Place Sneak Peak Before | After

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in blog, design, news | No Comments

Cables Place is a home that has undergone a complete renovation over the last few years, and with the aid of The Design Hunter team, has gone from beige to beautiful!  The current owners wanted a home that better reflected their eclectic personalities and young family.  Armed with an open mind, loads of ideas of their own and a healthy dash of bravery and trust in some “big” ideas, the family embarked on a few key changes which has created the most striking spaces.  Every room has at least one main hero but is closely accompanied by a bevy of other details which lift the space to the luxe retreat that has evolved. And if you love what you see, then it could be yours as the home went on the market this week.

THE LOUNGE started with the whole space being painted in Porters Van Helsing – a gorgeous sludgy black that we loved so much you may remember we used it in the old store space at 267 Bronte Rd.  The layers of texture were the next step – a Beni Ourain vintage rug over a Armadillo & Co hemp rug, all topped with a vintage velvet couch in an almost palatable Chartreuse (a bargain cleverly hunted down by it’s fabulous owner), silk cushions and sheepskins.

THE KITCHEN was an exciting space to work on.  It was originally a small space with no connection to the outdoors.  With a focus on using every available space, the space was opened up with some clever architectural plans and we were able to bring the space to life with the most stunning wall mural from Emily Ziz.  Paired with Kartell “Fly” lights, handmade fish scale tiles in shades of Olive, timber veneer cabinetry and a custom made Corian table in Glacier White make this Kitchen the perfect place to entertain and relax with family and friends.

THE MASTER BEDROOM is always an important space to create somewhere “grown up” for parents to escape to no matter the size.  This room was transformed with a lick of the Van Helsing paint, some sumptuous linen, gorgeous wall lighting, and deer hide (from The Design Hunter of course).  A little DIY from the handy owners has transformed the small deck area off the master to create a relaxing space to take in the views across Queens Park.

THE OFFICE was a labour of love for the owner who runs her PR agency ( from home.  She wanted a fun space to spend her time and set about sourcing some fabulous wallpaper and vintage finds to complete the space!










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More images to come later next week.

Artwork with an Ethical Soul

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in blog, design, news, products, store | No Comments

Last year we wrote about the The G-Lish Foundation and the incredible work it does to develop sustainable income projects to help reduce poverty in rural communities in Ghana. It is amazing to think since 2010 the foundation has prevented 358,600 drinking water plastic bags from being burned and entering rivers and farming soil by recycling them into high value products.

The foundation trains women to transform plastic rubbish and scrap African cloth into twine. Skilled basket weavers weave the plastic and cloth twine into baskets, home-wares and art work using traditional weaving methods, helping preserve “cultural heritage while helping alleviate poverty and tackling entrenched and overlooked environmental waste problems”.

We recently received another small selection of the beautiful woven textile artworks and baskets. Each one is unique so be quick if you see one, or three, that you love. Shop the full range here.

Hunting for rare antique tiles

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in blog, design, news, products, store | No Comments

Rare tiles are sourced from old country kitchens, bathrooms, courtyards and hallways from all over the world

The Design Hunter’s mantra is to support unique local makers – Australian boutique businesses that are creating world-class products.

Jatana Interiors is one of those inspiring creative businesses that combine a high end product with a passion for timeless design, specialising in rare antique floor and wall tiles from around the world.

Jatana Interior's studio is in scenic Federal, NSW.

Jatana Interior’s studio is in scenic Federal, NSW

Based in Federal, roughly a 25 minute drive west of Byron Bay, Sonya Marsh is the founder/director/bookkeeper and tile hunter extraordinaire.

She has carefully salvaged antique tiles from old country kitchens, bathrooms, courtyards and hallways from far-flung locations. Plus, she also designs her own range of reproduction floor tiles.

We posed some tough questions to find out what inspires this dedicated tile forager.

TDH: What colours are you attracted to at the moment?

SM: The colours I am attracted to at the moment can’t be narrowed down as I am a lover of colour, however, I do have a range of navy/white designs on the way. I suppose you can never really go wrong with black/white or grey and white (which I also love), but for me this also applies to navy and white! I know there is a sway towards pastels currently and I do have some soft tones in my tile range but right now I am loving blue and white.

TDH: What has been your favourite vintage tile find?

SM: My favourite vintage tile find is one that has just been installed at a new establishment called The Farm which is about to open in Byron Bay. It is the Tangier design and has the most stunning soft jade green and patina that I have seen. It is almost 100 years old, was salvaged from an old building and travelled a long way before it arrived in my warehouse. I love sourcing these amazing designs that carry so much history and character.

TDH: Your tiles have graced some amazing interiors and commercial fit outs. Is there a project that is close to your heart? Why?

SM: My tiles have been used in many establishments to date. Probably one of my favourites is The Grounds Of Alexandria in Sydney. I love the history of this building and love the ways the tiles have been used in many spaces including table tops/the florist/a private eating indoor area/and in the small farm within The Grounds.It is definitely one of my favourite projects and not to mention the atmosphere they have created and the hustle and bustle making it an experience to visit.

TDH: What’s your process or key ingredients that help you create?


Jatana Interior tiles have been used in many cafe and restaurant fit outs

SM: My process or key ingredients would probably start off with a mood I am in (this would then influence the colour combination) in conjunction with a space I visualise and what design would suit the space. I am always thinking of where a design would work so I am not just looking at the pattern I am seeing it belong somewhere.

TDH: And finally what are your top five tips (there may be more) for a successful small business?


  • Be personal
  • Be personable
  • Be involved in everyone’s projects and know what they are doing
  • Giving each client the time where the job is tiny or huge
  • Working with clients needs and being there for them with suggestions/advise but not telling them what they should/should not do
  • Keeping it real!
  • Keeping it boutique!

Purchase Jatana Interior tiles through The Design Hunter studio. For more information contact us.

Meet the Maker … Woodkeeper Furniture

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in blog, design, news | No Comments

1We caught up with Ben Taylor founder of Woodkeeper Furniture, a local furniture maker who specialises in using reclaimed materials for his pieces. We worked with him to construct a gorgeous custom reclaimed bed for one of our design clients at the end of last year . Our inspiration for this particular bed came from the craftsmanship of eclectic furniture found in Bali, India and Morocco. But we also wanted to keep it sophisticated in its finish. Ben worked close with us to make our concept come to reality by using locally sourced and salvaged australian hardwoods – including blackbutt and ironbark. The bed-head was then upholstered with a luxe Seema Krish fabric which pulled the rooms globally inspired concept together. We love working and supporting local artisans, and both client and designer were extremely pleased with the end result.

3How did Wood Keeper Furniture begin?
I basically got obsessed with making things out of timber, tinkering in my garage about 3 years ago. I just started making basic furniture for family and friends, until word-of-mouth took a hold, and the orders started rolling in. Since then I’ve just continued honing my skills, and investing in tools and machinery, to expand my furniture making possibilities. I now operate from a fully functioning workshop in Brookvale, Sydney.

What inspires you?
Taking beautiful timber in its raw form and transforming it into simple and cleanly designed furniture that people can use and love forever.

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Quitting my office job and using my old work shirts as rags

Favourite furniture piece that you have made?
A kitchen bench made from an old timber mast off a sailing yacht

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Dusty and Noisy!

Coffee or tea?

2What’s next?
Exploring new materials including timber and steel and eventually developing a product range to display in my own showroom.

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Brookvale, Sydney, New South Wales

The Design Hunter’s guide to: Hunter Valley

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in blog, news, Uncategorized | No Comments


Our Assistant Designer, Larissa Raywood, just returned from The Hunter Valley from a weekend well spent. She’s returned, relaxed, rejuvenated and full of fabulous ideas from where to stay to whats best to try when wining and dining your way through this beautiful region. The Hunter is home to over 150 wineries so theres plenty keep your glass full.

To Stay:


Carriages Boutique Accommodation
Halls Road, Pokolbin 2320

If you want to stay somewhere magical, boutique and quintessentially country – this is your place. The Carriages House is ​is a twin-gabled country house featuring 8 ensuite rooms and a big sunny verandah to relax on. There are 6 rooms along the front each with French doors opening onto the verandah, and 2 king rooms upstairs with private staircases from the back garden. With a country breakfast basket (with fresh, local bakery goodies) delivered to your door every morning – if the wineries weren’t so tempting you wouldn’t need to leave this estate. Did we mention the salt water pool – perfect for cooling off after a bike ride through the vineyards. Their hand-crafted single vineyard wine is also exceptional. They grow only 2 grape varietals (Chardonnay and Shiraz ) which you drive through as soon as you enter the property. SO even if you don’t stay, its worth a visit to their tiny cellar door!



To Eat:

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Muse Restaurant 
Hungerford Hill Wines
Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Muse is a two hatted restaurant tucked away in the valley offering a season-driven Contemporary Australian menu. Troy’s food is fresh and exciting without overcomplicating the ingredients and only utilising high quality produce, sourcing locally whenever possible, Troy’s dishes display technique and respect.

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Circa 1876 Restaurant
64 Halls Road
Pokolbin NSW 2320, Australia

With decor that literally takes you back to 1876 as you dine, this little restaurant is housed in a heritage listed cottage but their food on offer is modern, fresh and artfully presented.

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Restaurant Botanica
555 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Situated at the picturesque vineyard guesthouse retreat, Spicers Vineyards Estate, Restaurant Botanica reflects its’ beautiful vineyard surrounds and provides guests with a special, fresh approach to Hunter Valley dining.

To Drink:

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Harkham Winery
266 Debeyers Road, Pokolbin NSW, 2320

Hand-picked, single vineyard, preservative free, biodynamic, and organic. Yes please. With their minimalist approach to wines and craftsmanship that is pure and honest this is a highly recommended cellar door to visit. These unique selections of wine become a snapshot of where the wine came from –  and the year that it represents. From the nutrients in the soil, the sun, rain, and entire environment in which those grapes were grown give the wine its characteristics. We had amazing wine talk with the owner Richie Harkham, who’s grandmother started the family method of preservative free wine. Definitely worth a visit to pick up a bottle or two!


Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard
712 Wollombi Road
Broke  NSW  2330

Their French inspired boutique Hunter winery and cellar door is set amongst Provencal gardens, urns and fountains with the Wollombi Brook and Brokenback Range providing a spectacular backdrop. And the roaming peacocks + chooks make you feel like you’ve stepped out of Pokolbin and into Bordeaux.  Not only are their wines certified organic, every aspect of the vineyard and farm is managed in a biodynamic, organic, wholistic and sustainable way which is evident in the individuality and superior quality of the wines. Ask to try to ‘the egg’ chardonnay where the wine is fermented in these cement eggs – they believe the overall complexity and smoothness of character to be a direct result from the time spent in the fermentation egg.


Keith Tulloch Wine
Corner Hermitage & Deasys Rd,
Pokolbin NSW 2320

A different kind of tasting, Keith Tulloch Wine makes you sit back and relax as its executed as a ‘sitting tasting’ as you can choose to sit within their traditional interior on couches, chairs or at tables – alternatively our pick was to sit on the verandah overlooking the beautiful vineyard. Service is exceptional with well knowledgeable staff presenting an array of fantastic wines for tasting. A perfect stop at the end of your day to ‘wine down.’

5 minutes with… Nicolle from CULTIVER

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in blog, design, From the Shop, news, products, store | No Comments


We sat down for a chat with the lovely founder Nicolle Sullivan earlier in the week…

The Design Hunter studio and store have been abuzz this week with the arrival of our gorgeous stock from lifestyle accessories brand Cultiver. This exquisite French linen bedding and tableware is the most divine quality, the most perfectly curated selection of colours and is a fantastic price point too! Literally every one of our staff has ordered a set of sheets or a duvet cover in charcoals, dusty pinks, indigo, flax and white – they are a must have! The Cultiver team’s manifesto is “Cultivate the good life” and if there’s one thing I know, it’s that sleeping in these sheets is a pretty good way to start!!

What inspires CULTIVER as a brand and when designing your range?
The idea of ‘everyday luxury’ and ‘cultivating the good life’. Being surrounded by items with the intention that they are used and loved for years and years, not “fast fashion” or trendy. The notion that they are less wasteful, bring peace of mind from our buying choices, better for the environment, respectful, and enhance our enjoyment of daily life.

What inspired the name?
CULTIVER is the French word for cultivate – and for us it represents a focus on enhancing everyday activities with luxurious accessories. We aim to offer a range of products that help you cultivate luxury in your daily life.


Words that best describe the brand?
comfortable – intentional – mindful – generous – tasteful – decadent – rich – timeless

Favourite weekend getaway?
Whale Beach


Tell us about your favourite things … 
Coffee; reading, everything from blogs to magazines to fiction; watching her daughters play; interiors; wine.

The CULTIVER collection of bed and table linens is now available in store.


Little Local Secrets … Cali Press

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in blog, news | No Comments

The Design Hunter team LOVE LOVE LOVE Cali Press!  We’ve been obsessed with them, their shop fit out and their delicious smoothies, juices and food since they opened right around the corner on Macpherson St, Bronte late last year.

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Their focus is on 100% raw, organic juices, smoothies, nut mylkes and whole foods – with the S5 is a firm favourite here in the office, plus we’ve even convinced the staff to add Raspberries to it of late – divine!!

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“The Cali Press story began with conversation amongst friends in the surf one afternoon. The idea quickly escalated into a life changing series of events with the now Cali Press team quitting their jobs and setting about becoming full time cold pressed juicers. The idea was to create the best possible cold pressed juice with the goal of bringing better health to peoples lives through juice, smoothies and wholefoods. The name Cali Press comes from our love and nostalgia for Golden California and its fun and natural way of clean living.”

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With a full range of juice cleanses now in full swing, this little local secret is a one stop shop for healthy living! The Cali Press philosophy is to Live clean, Live large, and Love life and we couldn’t agree more!

Visit them at 140B Macpherson Street in Bronte! 


Out and About with The Design Hunter

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in blog, design, news, Uncategorized | No Comments

The design team at The Design Hunter were lucky enough to attend some fabulous trade events last week.

The opening of the absolutely stunning new showroom for Living Edge was a highlight and didn’t fail to impress both with their amazing catering (including oysters and caviar!!) and their extensive new range of high end designer pieces.

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Wholesale supplier, Sounds Like Home, opened their huge Rozelle showroom last week as well with a large crowd of industry people there to celebrate in style.  Cocktails in vintage vessels and the giant Paella were fabulous and the event was a lot of fun for all.

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We also have the launch night for the Enclave development. A local development project we’ve been involved in right here in Waverley!  The Fiducia group, known for high end developments such as Maison Blanc in Bondi, are listing 4 townhouses for sale off the plan.  Stunning designs and fit outs in all townhouses mean the project is sure to sell out fast.  The Design Hunter pulled together a Display Suite for the team right here on Bronte Rd where the launch event was held.  It was a typical balmy Sydney night and the guests enjoyed sushi and wines whilst chatting with staff from Fiducia and MCK Architects – even some of the ever-stylish team from Home Beautiful dropped by.


Old Love Is New Again … Bondi Wash

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in blog, news, products, store | No Comments


We’ve long been fans of Bondi Wash and have stocked them for some time now, but with the release of a few new products this year and a visit to the owner, Belinda Everingham’s home earlier this week we have a new love of the brand and the passionate team behind it – as well as her stunning home which was recently featured in Inside Out Magazine. The Bondi Wash products have been locally designed with integrity and are plant based using non-toxic, bio-degradable products sourced from only the best Australian suppliers. These gentle but highly effective lifestyle products contain none of the nasties often found in many other brands – even those ones that seem to be “organic”! Beautiful unique fragrances combined with simple, organic and stylish packaging mean that the Bondi Wash range is not only effective for home and personal maintenance but look great displayed anywhere in your home.


Speaking of home, the serene space created by Belinda for her home and home office in Bondi was photographed by the talented Lauren Bamford recently for a feature article with Inside Out magazine. Wide open spaces, natural light and a neutral palette provide the perfect back drop for Belinda’s effortless natural styling using treasures from her family’s fossicking and collections. The beautiful and relaxed beach side home was also filmed for a short YouTube piece – definitely worth watching with a cup of tea!





Armadillo&Co Launches New Indoor/Outdoor Collection

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in blog, design, news, products | No Comments

Thrilled to be invited to the launch of both the Armadillo & Co Outdoor Collection and the new studio our favourite Landscape Designer Adam Robinson, the team from The Design Hunter went along to enjoy the new space, catch up with industry contacts and friends and view this exciting new versatile collection of rugs!

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Held at the new Redfern studio for Adam Robinson Design, the night was an energetic buzz of industry invitees.  The evening was hosted by Armadillo&Co who welcomed the gathering to the stunning new space and introduced the rug collection. The divine stylist Megan Morton was also there to offer us styling tips based around rugs. All of the new collection has been designed for durability both indoors and outdoors.  Fully UV and weather resistant, these absolutely stunning rugs have the look of the Natural Collection but can survive all of the elements from our Australian climate.







Available in store in the coming weeks, we have no doubt these rugs are going to be an instant hit in the beach side suburbs.



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