Latest Project: Woollahra Cafe

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in blog, design, news | No Comments

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We’re loving one of our most recent projects – a cafe refurbishment in Woollahra. Copper framework and shelving, marble bench tops, leather banquette seating and a fabulous green wall are all apart of the concept delivered to the client last week. We are really looking forward to see this cafe literally ‘come to life’


The brief was to breathe new life in to this Woollahra local to create a new more contemporary space with additional seating and the provision for night time dining as well.  Pivotal to the design was the relocation of the Barista area, opening the service area with the creation of a drink station by day/bar by night, and additional seating both indoors and out.  At the centre of the concept presented is a beautiful living garden wall in the interior of the cafe – read more about Green Walls here!



5 Minutes With… Greenwall Australia

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in blog, design, news | No Comments

We have long been in love with the idea of the vertical garden and it’s ability to be used indoors and outdoors to create the most incredible sanctuary and sense of luxury within a space.  We’ve gotten especially enthused over the last few months as we have incorporated the “green wall” in to a number of our current projects.

Larissa is working on the update and rejuvenation of a local cafe space in Woollahra and part of her sumptuous palette and concept involves an awesome indoor green wall – Larissa goes in to detail about the project on our blog click here to find out more.  Margo and Melissa have also proposed a 4m high green wall or vertical garden on our latest major design and build project in Darling St, Bronte.  Aimed at softening the bulk and scale of the proposed works, the wall aims to provide visual interest, environmental benefits and much needed privacy for the occupants.

As part of our research we caught up with locally based Sam Collins from Greenwall Australia earlier in the week and we asked him a few questions about the work they’re doing …


Why a green wall?
Not only are they beautiful, Greenwalls are a great way to get a lot of plants into an area without taking up a large footprint. Greenwalls offer acoustic baffling qualities, as well as acting as a natural insulator against both heat and cold.


How do they work?
With Skale we have simplified the process so that anyone can install their own Greenwall now. It is simply a matter of hanging potted plants on to a wall, hooking up some irrigation and a timer. Then you’re away!

Benefits of installing a green wall …
Apart from the wonderful aesthetic, Greenwall’s clean the air and the root zones will denature volatile organic compounds emitted by all electrical equipment, paints, plastic and pollution. The list of positives is endless.


Installation you are most proud of …
It’s hard to pick a favourite but we recently installed a 4 sided Greenwall in the stairwell of an office space which we believe is the first of it’s kind in Australia. Last year we installed a 100sqm wall into a major Brisbane shopping centre which was visually spectacular, but some of the most rewarding jobs have been small scale domestic installations creating a beautiful garden space made entirely of edibles.


Dream green wall project?
To team up with an inner city developer and create an apartment block where every tenant had a stunning Greenwall on their balcony. We believe that will be the direction we will move to in the future.





Interested in breathing life into your space?

Talk to Sam Collins Business Development Director at

The Year Ahead

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in blog, design, news | No Comments

2015 has gotten off to a busy start for the team in the Design Studio with a number of projects that were designed last year commencing building this month and loads of wonderful new clients starting some exciting projects as well.  It’s a real mixture of larger renovation design and build projects with our preferred building partner, B2 Construction, as well as new Kitchens and Bathrooms, decorating projects and some property styling and decluttering for homes soon to go on the market.





We’ve kicked off the year with a fabulous renovation for a client in Queens Park getting underway this week.  We have two beautiful Kitchen renovations starting in the coming weeks, both of them designed as true “chef style” kitchens.


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The DA for a large project in Bronte was finally submitted only to find Waverley Council has a massive backlog for processing – certainly giving us plenty of time to get the specifying and detailing done!  A CDC for a large extension in Kingsford is already well under way with a small DA for the carport almost ready for submission this week.  Our team of Stylists and Interns worked hard earlier in the week to pull together a beautifully styled grand home in Bronte ready for open for inspections with Belle Property this week - check out the link!  We have a number of really exciting decorating updates and overhauls happening as well – stay tuned for photos!

New Digs for 2015

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

The start of 2015 will be a busy one for the Design Studio and B2 Construction staff as we prepare to move offices! Don’t worry we’re staying local – we love Charing Cross – most of us are so local we can walk to work!

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We’re excited about moving to a larger space just up the road and are creating a spruced up creative environment for our growing team. We’ll have a larger office space for the team of designers, admin and building staff as well as a fully stocked Samples Library and a meeting room for our clients.   Stay tuned as things come together – here’s a sneak peak of what we’re working on …


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Introducing our Gift Registry

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in blog, news, products, store | No Comments

We’re excited to officially launch our new-look Gift Registry! Perfect for any special occasion, our gift registry offers an easy way for customers to create a wish list of all the items they would love to receive from friends, family and/or guests. Whether it’s you wedding, birthday, a special anniversary or Bah Mitzvah, The Design Hunter has an eclectic and extensive list of beautiful treasures for the home. We carry one-off pieces as well as luxury and designer items, unique artworks and lighting, rugs, furniture and the list goes on.

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Take a look at the Gift Registry link on the web-shop and follow the prompts to create your own list or give the store a call on 02 9369 3322 and one of our lovely staff will help you to create the perfect selection of pieces for your registry. We supply free gift wrapping, gift cards and local delivery and can even create personalised registry cards to be sent our to your loved ones and guests. Let us help you create your ultimate wish list for an enviable home.

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The Design Hunter, Kids Corner …

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in products, store | No Comments

Looking for that something special for that little person in your life??  Look no further!  In preparation for our upcoming Little Design Hunter Pop Up store at the end of January, 2015, we have decided to bring some special pieces in to the store just in time for your Christmas shopping.  Think vintage rocking horses, custom made beanbags, gorgeous artworks, luscious soft furnishings and hand selected books.

*framed animal prints available in store.

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Project Update…Racing To The Finish Line

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in blog, design, news | No Comments

As we head in to the last few weeks of the year, the team at B2 Construction has been racing to complete two of our bigger projects this year. The Paddington job was completed in the last week of November with the decorating elements being installed by Larissa and Laura as soon as the paint was dry!



The Bondi project is almost done with final elements of joinery, paint and lighting that were put in recently. Both projects have been amazing transformations that we know will be enjoyed by their respective owners and their families and friends for many years to come!



Stay tuned for the professional photo’s of these beautiful homes in the new year.

Shop + Studio Holiday Trading Hours

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in blog, news, store | No Comments


The team at The Design Hunter store and design studio would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year – as well as a huge thank you for your continued support throughout 2014.

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Our Shop:

Christmas Eve, 24th Dec – 9am-6pm
Christmas, 25th Dec – CLOSED
Boxing Day, 26th Dec – CLOSED
27th Dec – 30th Dec – 10am – 5pm
New Year Eve, 31st Dec – 9am – 5pm
New Years Day – 8th of Jan – CLOSED
*returning to 7 day trading on Saturday 9th of January 2015* 10am – 5pm


Our Studio:

The last trading day for our Design Studio office will be 19th December 2014 and we will re-open on 12th January 2015.


*The online store will continue to be available 24/7, but please note due to public holiday closures there may be a slight delay in receiving goods over this period.*


For any urgent requests for the store or the studio please send an email to and we’ll someone will be in touch as soon as possible.

Enjoy the summer break and keep safe!

And The Festive Season Is In Full Swing … Our VIP Christmas Event

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in blog, news, products, store, Uncategorized | No Comments

Our annual VIP Christmas event was held on Thursday night and what a festive night it was! Our VIP guests and shoppers sipped Champagne by The Charing Cross Hotel; cheese and nibbles by 7 Star Supermarket, and goody bags filled with treasures from The Cook and The Baker, Australian House & Garden, 7 Star Supermarket, Haikoo Massage, Le Cupcake Lounge, Bellagio Café, and The Gallery Shop.

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Guests enjoyed 20% off almost everything in store whilst kick starting their Christmas shopping this holiday season. Many filled out our Christmas Wish List, crossing their fingers that loved ones purchase that something special for under the Christmas tree this year. Loads of fabulous prizes were given away to random shoppers throughout the night including a Basil Bangs Love Rug, gift vouchers to Vacanza Pizza, Shagg Hair Studio, Vincent and Dupree, Triumph and Disaster, Boatshed Beach Towels, Adam Robinson Landscape Design and of course The Design Hunter!

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A fabulous way to start this years silly season in style! Looking forward to seeing you all in the next few weeks in store.

Launch Of The “NEW” Charing Cross Hotel

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in blog, design, news | No Comments


Eastern Suburbs landmark venue, The Charing Cross Hotel officially opened in Waverley on Monday 1st December, 2014 following an extensive make over that saw the unveiling of a light filled public bar with a quirky contemporary coastal inspired look and a new dining room – with Chef Matt Kemp heading up the kitchen.

To celebrate the hotel’s return to its former glory, The Charing Cross entertained guests with fresh summer cocktails and DJ Kate Monroe on the decks while Chef Matt Kemp (ex-Balzac and Montpellier Eating House) and Chef Steve Scott (Ex – The Warrington and Claridges London) prepared tastes of the contemporary European menu in front of guests, including:


Mango & Ginger Caprioskas

Roast Ham Carvery with house made Piccalilli

“Fish dogs” with wasabi mayo

Charcuterie Planks

Scallop ceviche with avocado mousse

Crab Risotto with leeks and herbs.

Mango Margarita Cups


The Charing Cross, originally founded in 1857 by ex-convict William Newland and home to early meetings of the newly formed Waverly Council, was once a premiere hotel in the area has now been returned to its former glory with a cool, polished interior that is inspired by its original art deco features, but with a more contemporary coastal feel that reflects the laid back attitude of the neighbourhood and nearby beaches of Tamarama and Bronte.

The decision to take on a venue with such a rich local history was a personal one for owner Warren Livingstone, who says “I have lived around the corner for a decade and as a local I wanted to create something that my family and friends from the neighbourhood could enjoy. I want the hotel to be casual and good value – geared towards people going a couple of times a week rather than for a special occasion.”



Stylish interior flourishes include a seven metre long high Chesterfield bench seat in powder blue leather, elegant vintage pendant lighting and soft white polished concrete floors. The airy glass ceiling in the dining room leads the way to a courtyard featuring impressive seven metre high illuminated lettering that were sourced in Paris from the former Concorde Lafayette Hotel sign.



The marble topped, corrugated American oak clad bar is a signature of the main bar, an intentional move by Livingstone who says “I love the feeling of the New York Bistro where folks can grab a seat at the bar”. The drink offering focuses on craft beers and natural wines designed to accompany the fresh, light menu.

The “Charo” is a local favourite of the team at The Design Hunter and a must visit for anyone who is yet to experience the stunning interiors, delicious food, vibrant crowd and yes that Mango and Ginger Caprioska!!! Visit The Charing Cross Hotel (The Charo), 81 Carrington Road, Waverley, NSW.


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