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.

Christmas Wish List

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in blog, news, products, store, Uncategorized | No Comments

Have you filled out your “All I want for Christmas” Wish List this year??  There’s so many lovely treasures in store at the moment and loads more arriving daily! Make sure you head in and make a list of all those special things you’d love to find under the tree this Christmas morning.


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!
 Again 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 22nd 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.

VIP Christmas Shopping Event

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in blog, design, news, products, store | No Comments

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We are holding a huge pre-Christmas Shopping event on the evening of Thursday 4th December.
Be sure to come down to snap up that piece you’ve been lusting after and complete all your Christmas shopping too!
There will be big discounts, as well as champagne, prizes & giveaways and free gift wrapping!
One night only!

When: From 5-9pm on Thursday 4th December
Where: The Design Hunter, 316 Bronte Road, Waverley

Little Bit Obsessed With…Watercolours

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in blog, From the Shop, products, store | No Comments

A trend that we’re loving this year is the use of watercolours in interiors. Seen in all areas of design including wallpaper, textile design, graphic design and more, watercolours are adding a soft splash of summery seaside colour and pattern to our homes. Ink_cushion_pink_black_designer_cushions_melbourne_free_shipping_photo1




5 Minutes with…Langdon LTD

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in blog, design, news, products, store | No Comments

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We recently caught up with Phoebe and Delia Langdon who are the clever sisters behind the beautiful soft furnishings range from Langdon LTD.

1. Tell us a bit about Langdon and how it started
I studied Fashion and Textile Design at The Fashion Design Studio Ultimo, (formerly East Sydney Tech), and then did an extra year’s study in 2010 in Rajasthan, India learning about printing, weaving and production techniques.  I returned to Sydney and did freelance textile design for a while before setting up Langdon LTD in early 2012.
I initially wanted to just design garments but thought it might be sensible to start with cushions, kimonos and scarves as they were simpler.
The collection has grown since and we now produce a collection of around 15 printed and embellished garments each season and our homewares range has seen the addition of a collection of rugs.
It’s funny as I never envisaged myself designing homewares but I absolutely love it.  More so I love working with local artisans in Rajasthan.  Many of the techniques we use are being replaced with technology so it feels pretty special to support an art that that is beginning to die out.


Where does your inspiration come from?
Nature and travel and I love a bit of embellishment. (who doesn’t!)

What are some of your favourite local secret spots in Surry Hills?
Thanh Long Vietnamese restaurant on Crown Street – my family has been eating here for years.  The most fabulous Vietnamese food in a very unpretentious setting.
I also love a drink at many of the “unsecret” watering holes scattered around the place.

Besides creating these gorgeous soft furnishings, what else are you passionate about?
I quietly love to follow politics.


Which other designers or artists inspire you?
To stay fresh I put more onus on researching and admiring the work of artists from the last couple of centuries.  I am more interested in the design/art culture of Northern Africa and the Middle East.  I believe geometric print is timeless… there are chevrons on the Taj Mahal!

3 words that sum up Langdon LTD:
Bold, fun and frivolous

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What is your favourite home decor/furniture item in your home and why?
That’s easy… my new chevron rug!

The Cross Street Project

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in blog, design, news | No Comments

We’ve been thrilled to be part of the Cross Street Project with C+M Studio which was opened to the public on Saturday the 25th October. The apartment was beautifully styled throughout, using a selection of pieces from The Design Hunter and other local designers, artists and retailers. Click here to go to the Cross Street online store, where you can browse all the items in the apartment. Photographs by Caroline McCredie.

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Our beautiful Enoki Cumulus pendants hanging in the kitchen/dining area


A slightly blurry pic of The Design Hunters!

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