Eugene’s cafe is nestled in the small collection of shops and restaurants on Macpherson Street, Bronte, opposite another favourite restaurant of ours, Wet Paint. We were lured in at first by the vintage decor and welcoming vibe, but we stayed because of the great food!
Owned and operated by chef Eugene Giesinger, the menu includes a delicious array of breakfast and lunch options, including a variety of gourmet salads, and just recently they’ve opened for dinner too, which we are yet to try, but are sure will be just as good!
The interior is an eclectic mix of vintage Bentwood chairs, reclaimed marble topped tables and 50s pendant lights with lovely personal touches throughout. Outside the vintage theme is contrasted with contemporary Zaishu stools, (a personal favourite!), which add to the quirky-yet-chic look and feel.
Our top picks so far from the menu: The organic buckwheat pancakes for breakie and the kale, quinoa, carrot and corn salad for lunch…and a kiwi fruit tart or two!
Eugene’s: 69 Macpherson Street, Waverley (02) 9369 1110Tweet
Kate & Kate is new to The Design Hunter - tell us a bit about your brand? My sister in law/best friend/business partner Kate and I were both embarking on separate projects when we came across our suppliers… it all happened by accident, but within a half hour of meeting them, we had decided that we would go into business together and that blankets would be our thing. The creation of our first range was so organic because it came from an unexpected place. We weren’t under any pressure and it was a really enjoyable experience. Once we started designing, we found that we could create blankets and throws that had multiple uses and appealed to a wide aesthetic.
Fresh and contemporary, simple and clean. This is what the Kate & Kate brand is all about.
Where is your product produced? Our blankets are designed in Australia – Kate and I work together between Sydney and Melbourne – and all our product is made in India. We’ve found an incredible manufacturer based in Delhi that has really surpassed expectations.
Kate and Kate? Does that get confusing? It’s beyond confusing! I recently added Squires to my surname just to have a point of difference! That said, it made naming our business somewhat easy – and now people just refer to us as Sydney Kate and Melbourne Kate. Simple, right?
What was your inspiration for your colour palette for your debut collection? There was so much that inspired the colour palette for the first range. We are constantly photographing inspiration and sharing images – from that, we started to combine colours and our journey started there. A few things really stood out… a beautiful shoot styled by Marsha Golemac, a floating scarf on Megan Morton’s Instagram feed… A few afternoons in the Melbourne sun with the Pantone wheel and a glass of wine really took us to where we needed to go in terms of colour.
When it comes to getting inspired from your travels – what destinations are your favourite? I adore Italy, France, Mexico, South Africa and Bali. I’ve spent a lot of time in Colorado and I’m dying to get back there – with a side order of New York and San Francisco please. I’m beyond excited about travelling to India in January to work on our next collection. Locally, I spend as much time as I can in Melbourne.
You clearly have a great eye for colour and pattern – how would you describe your personal/ Interiors? My personal and interiors style are pretty similar: Quite modern, pared back and easy. In my wardrobe, I look for high quality items that don’t take a lot of effort to wear. In my house, I crave pieces with spark, that look and feel beautiful. That don’t need to be wrapped in cotton wool – They look all the better once they’ve settled in.
Sydney Kate – what are your favoruite places to shop and eat when in your home city? For clothes, I love The Intersection in Paddington. Acne, Bassike, Camilla and Marc, Ellery, Ksubi, Sass & Bide, Willow, Zimmerman and Scanlan & Theodore – all within a block. It’s heaven. For interiors, it’s hard to beat the mix you offer at The Design Hunter. The store is beautifully put together. Small Spaces in Redfern is just lovely and I find Koskela ever inspiring. For food, it’s Chiswick in Woollahra for family-style dinners with a great vibe, Kitchen By Mike in Rosebery for lunches that you could easily eat every day and never tire of and Miss Chu (Bondi Tuckshop takeaway) for Sunday night dinners on the couch.Tweet
This month the readers of Home Beautiful magazine are in for a treat and get an inside look into the home of our very own Lynley Bennett. Lynley’s eye for detail and effortless French industrial style is evident throughout her Woollahra home. The use of greys and natural textures and tones complement the seamless transition from indoors to outdoors, but it’s her eclectic collection of treasures from around the globe that really brings this home to life and gives it that “something special”. Lynley works her magic in our retail store every weekend, and as a Stylist in our Property Styling business.
Our ‘All I Want For Christmas…’ Wish Lists were such a great success last year that we’ve decided to do them again this year!
Simply create a list of beautiful things that you’d love to receive on Christmas morning, then let your friends and family know to visit us in store so they can select a gift for you from your list!
This year, just by filling in a Wish List, you will automatically go in the draw to win a fabulous prize – an item off your OWN Wish List!
We’ll announce the winner on the 20th December, just in time for the gift to find it’s way to your tree – a present from us to you!
To get started you can look through the online store and email us your list or stop by and we’ll help create one for you in store.
Our staff have filled out their lists with pieces they would love to find under their tree this Christmas. Here’s their number 1 picks. Let’s hope all partners and loved ones take note!
Melissa: “A set of the beautiful Senna stools from our new TIDE Design furniture range.”
Gemma: “The stunning Peacock Mirror! I don’t know where I’d hang it but I still want it!”
Lucia: “A set of Bemboka bed linen in charcoal would make my bedroom complete!”
Stephanie: “I love the colours of the paintings by Nikki Perzuck.”
Brett: “Any of the new cushions from Lumiere Art & Co.”
Sarah: “I’d love a set of Paper Series coffee cups by Hayden Youlley.”
Lynley: “One of the new Chain Bracelets by Code Love. They’re gorgeous!”
Melisha: “An entrance mat from Armadillo & Co please!”
Last night we headed up the road to our favourite local Aboriginal art gallery The Gallery Shop for an evening exhibition showcasing work by two of Mangkaja Arts rising stars – Jeani Rangi and Phyllis Waye. This special preview evening included works from both artists showcasing their range of colour and intriguing composition. We loved the use of bright pinks and sea blues making these artworks modern and fresh.
Mangkaja artists are renowned for their uninhibited style and lively use of colour, painting images of country that share stories of culture and identity. The fusion of river and desert people gives Mangkaja Arts its unique and distinctive range of styles that we love.
Our friend and Gallery Shop Owner, Nichola Dare said, “Unpacking the work for the show was a complete thrill. It feels fresh, confident and alive, a must-see for all art lovers. This show reaffirms the Gallery Shop’s commitment to bringing new artists work direct from the art centres to a broader audience”.
For more information please contact Nichola Dare, The Gallery Shop, 254 Bronte Road, Waverley NSW 2024 or 0450929183.Tweet
This week we chatted with Chantal Gianni of SWOO Sandals which are the perfect wardrobe ‘must-have’ this summer!
Tell us how SWOO was born?
Swoo was created when I was talking with my eldest daughter and we wished that there could be a sandal that was more fun! We love summer and sandals and we thought; “Let’s make jewellery for your feet! Let’s create a sandal that you can change up every day. Not only would it be fun but it would be economical!!”
I’m a little bit boho and I designed the SWOOS that I would wear and love. Rose my daughter is a little more edgy and young and she helped me design some SWOOs that really appeal to her. My gorgeous and vivacious friend Marcia also came to help me in March of this year with getting the SWOO concept out there. SWOO is about being you, having fun, hanging with your girlfriends, taking it easy and mixing it up.
What is your style philosophy?
My style philosophy is definitely about being myself. I have had a few different phases of style in my life but basically I always tend towards the casual.
I am a little bit boho and I try not to follow trends. My favourite celebrity style is Nicole Richie’s. I love her jewellery and I love her reflection of the 70′s in the way she dresses. I always say to my kids be yourself, let the way you dress reflect your personality. I like to get dressed and then add three things (usually for me that’s another bracelet, a scarf and of course a new SWOO).
Favourite things about summer?
My favourite things about summer?? Everything!! I love the blue sky. I love the beach. I love wearing sandals and maxis. I love beach hair and sun kissed skin. Summer means we are heading towards the Christmas break and everything frantic will stop for a bit and we can all reflect on the year, stop and enjoy each other and how lucky we are. Summer is about long evenings, catching up with friends at the beach for a swim and bumming around in your bikini with a book.
Describe your interior style?
My interior style is also very relaxed. I really think people should walk into your home and straight away get a feel of the family that lives there. We recently moved and Melissa and Stephanie from The Design Hunter are helping me create my colourful, casual home. Because I have two teenagers we need spaces for them to hang out on their own with their friends. Then my two younger ones need to enjoy being near me when I’m in the kitchen. Luckily we can achieve this and we have spent a lot of time making the kitchen/dining area a place where everyone wants to come and be together. I want to make my house so much about comfort and fun that my kids NEVER want to leave!!
What is your favourite destination to holiday with your family?
My favourite destination for holidays is a very simple one. At Matapouri Bay in the north of New Zealand we have a 50′s inspired beach house. It is very simple and so easy. The moment we drive through its gate we are relaxing. The bay is a beautiful horse shoe framed with pohutakawas…it is my spiritual home!! The kids wear their swimmers from dawn to dusk and only turn up to be fed. I am planted in my bean bag on the deck with a book.
My husband spends most of his day under the water getting us something yummy for dinner. It’s simple and the pace is very slow… I let the sea wash my hair for a month!
A little reminder about a fab giveaway with SWOO. Simply follow @designhunter and@swoosandals on Instagram and you’ll go in the draw to win a pair of these gorgeous sandals with interchangeable decorative straps for both you and a friend!Tweet
This week we sat down with the lovely Almira from Atelier Lumira to learn a little more about the story of our latest brand in store – LUMIRA. The scents are heavenly and the passion Almira has for this product is uniquely special and endearing.
Tell us how you started making candles and a little about your background: I’ve had a love affair with candles and scent for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories as a little girl was playing with mum’s bottles of perfume at any opportunity and during my teens I taught myself how to make candles in the kitchen at home, which I would give to friends and family for special occasions. After university, a career in marketing kept me in creative circles and offered the valuable opportunity to live and work overseas, but becoming a mum prompted me to rethink the path ahead and I decided to pursue my dream of creating products which allow me to indulge my love of scent, design and travel; Lumira was born.
What is the concept behind LUMIRA? The three core elements that go into every Lumira product are scent, design and travel. We make products that combine beautiful fragrance that we associate with being at home or evoke a sensory memory from a part of the world that we have visited. Our mission is to provide a means to enhance our day-to-day lives with a sense of comfort, luxury and olfactory escapism, no matter the location or occasion.
How do you relax? My opportunities for relaxation are pretty limited right now with very active 15-month-old boy. I usually take a walk through Centennial Park first thing in the morning, which wakes me up gently and lets me start the day on my own terms, and I find cooking in the evening helps me unwind. Funnily enough, I also find making candles quite relaxing; while it requires a lot of concentration, there is a rhythm to it which can be very meditative.
Describe your travel style and your favourite place to visit? It depends on the purpose of the trip but my cardinal rule is to always travel light and so my wardrobe needs to be reliable and multifunctional. My travel must-haves are credit card, smartphone, a good pair of sunglasses, lip balm and, of course, a Lumira travel candle!mMy destination wish list is long so at least one of the locations will be somewhere I’ve never been to before, and I’ll often pair two that are very different; this winter we visited family in Sarajevo, Bosnia before heading to a friend’s wedding in Puglia, Italy.
The one place that has a special place in my heart is Paris. I could roam those streets all day exploring and discovering something new every time I visit. One country I am dreaming of at the moment is Morocco. Relaxing by the seaside in Tangier, bargaining in the medina at Marrakech, the beautiful architecture, vibrant culture, delicious food, colour and gorgeous textiles.
What are you reading at the moment? I just received The Monocle Guide to Better Living and cannot put it down. I have been reading their magazines for years and draw inspiration from their easy style and journalistic substance. The book is structured into chapters on cities, style, culture, travel, food, and more that keeps you captivated with beautiful photographs and illustrations from around the world. So much inspiration and ideas and definitely worth the read.Tweet
As the daughter of renowned fashion designer, Carolina Herrera, Carolina Herrera Baez takes Elle Decor photographer William Waldron inside her Madrid home that she shares with her husband (a former famous Spanish bullfighter) and daughters Olimpia, Atalanta and son Miguel. This historic apartment is on the fifth floor of their favourite 19th-century building in the centre of Madrid.
Herrera loves antique shopping and searching for pieces at her local flea market. We love her eclectic aesthetic and passion of mixing colour and pattern. “Carolina makes everything in our home cozy, happy and unexpected,” says her husband, Miguel Baez.
It was an early start for us this morning as we headed to the Sydney Flower Markets in search of some seasonal flowers to brighten up our homes. As we head into summer there are so many beautiful flowers species that we haven’t seen since last season. The best days to visit the markets are Monday, Wednesday and Fridays – this is when the fresh stock is delivered and the best variety is available. Here are some helpful tips for your next visit: Take cash as only a handful of stalls have Eftpos facilities and go early to get the best selection and beat the traffic. Here are some of our favourite flowers in season now :
Ranunculus are a favourite, with so many layers of petals and a variety of vibrant colours to choose from, if the water is changed regularly – these flowers can last up to two weeks and are a nice alternative to roses.
For a more classic look with a heavenly fragrance, Freesias are a great choice. We love to cut these short and display them in our favoruite ceramics.
If you like a more hardy flower that has the aesthetic of wild branches, Magnolias are the ones for you. These flowering plants can be grown in your own garden and will be in bloom all summer. Prune a few branches and arrange them is a tall glass vase on a sideboard or kitchen bench.
Lilly Of The Vally’s are great to use for large vases and look particularly amazing mixed with large leaf foliage. A great flower if you are set on having a white and green only arrangement.
Lavender is one flower that is not only very aromatic and it can be used in your bath as it has calming properties that are relaxing. Our favoruite way to display lavender is keep it tall and let it look a little wild in a brass vase or vintage jug.Tweet
Our Design Assistant, Stephanie Somers, just got back from a well earned break in beautiful Bali. With the tropical island being just a stones throw from Australia and such a popular year round destination, we thought we would put together our “go to” list of the best places to eat and shop in one of our favourite destinations in Bali – Seminyak. Here Steph shares her tips of how to get the most out of your next Balinese holiday. Eating out in Bali: As the majority of meals are eaten out and about in Seminyak, here are my favourite places to brunch, lunch and dine in style.
BIKU was once an old antique store that has been converted into an eatery, antiques and bookstore. Open from 8am to 11pm, Biku has a beautiful blended menu with great brunch options and some amazing cakes and sweets for afternoon tea.
W HOTEL: This stunning hotel is located in Seminyak and is walking distance from Biku. It is great for lunch and has a beautiful pool area that you can use if you go for Sunday lunch at the W restaurant. My favourite dish’s were the Duck Buns and the Shredded Coconut Salad. Be sure to check out the incredible interiors while you’re there!
CAFE ZUCCHINI: This little eatery is the perfect place to stop for a healthy salad when you are on the go. It’s outdoor seating fills up very quickly as this spot is extremely popular for Australians to stop and get a healthy light lunch on a hot day.
BISTROT: Owned and design by Moroccan and Belgian couple Zohra and Blaise, this restaurant is beautifully set just behind a temple with the entrance just down the road from the eatery Zucchini. We went for dinner and were instantly transported with the carefully selected décor and menu options. My favourite dish was the Young Mango Tarte-Tatin we ate for dessert! Always the sweet tooth!
MAMA SAN: This is without a doubt my favourite place to dine in Bali. Will Meyrick from Sydney’s Jimmy Liks, has two of the best restaurants in Seminyak, Sarong and Mama San. My advice is to make a reservation, go early for cocktails in the upstairs bar and when its time – order everything on the menu! Sarong is fabulous too – so try either, you won’t be disappointed.
REVOLVER: Created by a Melbourne coffee lover, Revolver is tucked away at the back of a couple of boutiques and can be entered down the side ally. The barista makes a strong latte and they have a great menu.
Relaxation & Shopping in Bali: When it’s time to relax and treat yourself to a massage or two, I recommend a few visits to CHILL REFLEXOLOGY. Chill transports you to a modern centre devoted to the art of reflexology. Using peppermint oil you can completely relax to your own personalised soundtrack and melt into complete relaxation.
For those who love to shop, you will need to pound the pavement looking for something different and unique. We loved HOBO for interesting unique home wares and furniture. FEATHER AND FIND is great for accessories and one of my favourite Sydney designers, ceramicist SAMANTHA ROBINSON, has a boutique just down the road from Seminyak Square with her entire collection on display.
I’ve been to Bali a few times now, but on this trip I went to a few markets around Seminyak and wasn’t overly impressed with the selection. However, I found that some long walks around Seminyak Road and Sunset Road were great for bespoke jewellery to hand crafted homewares. To find the real treasures in Bali, you’ll need your walking shoes and a keen desire to hunt out the hidden side of this fabulous island paradise.Tweet