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.


5 Minutes With… Lucia

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


We’re excited to welcome local eastern suburbs girl, Lucia Slappendel, to our team at The Design Hunter as the new Customer Service Co-ordinator.  A lover of all things design and interiors, Lucia joins us having recently completed her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Interior Design from Enmore Design Centre with high distinction.  We’d love to say we found her ourselves but Lucia has been secretly working away behind the scenes with Megan Carmont from Code Love for the last year – that was until the lovely Meg brought us all together!  Passionate and energetic, with the all important can-do “Design Hunter” attitude, Lucia will be responsible for all things relating to the customer experience across the design studio, our retail showroom, our website and online store. Here’s a few little things we asked her recently to help you all get to know her a little better…

Where did you grow up?
Right here in Sydney – the Eastern suburbs to be exact!

If you had unlimited money to buy one special item from your home, what would it be?
An amazing sofa – probably a Minotti Sherman!!  Indulgent I know.

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What’s your dream holiday destination and why?
Italy – I would love to spend a month traveling through the small towns, learning to cook, and visiting sites, galleries and some of my favourite Carlo Scarpa buildings.


What’s in your cup of a morning – tea or coffee?
Always coffee.

What was your favourite class in design school?
The Major Project, which was my final design subject, it allowed me to choose the site, client and end use of the project, & had no budget (the only time this will ever happen!).




Little Bit Obsessed With … L O V E

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in blog, From the Shop, products, store | No Comments

Code Love Wrap Bracelet


Lumira Paradisium Perfume


Marble and Timber Cheese Board


Code Love Cufflinks


Triumph and Disaster Kit


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February is all about love and this Valentines Day we’re even more obsessed with love in TheDesign Hunter offices as we’ve had an engagement and a wedding already this year!  Whether it’s that special purchase for your loved one or just a small token of your love we’ve got you covered in store – gorgeous screen printed cards by local designers Me & Amber, gorgeous wraps and cufflinks by Code Love, the beautiful new Paradisium perfume by Atelier Lumira, Triumph & Disaster for the man in your life plus loads of beautiful one off pieces for the home.  Get creative and think a little further afield than roses and chocolates this year and your valentine will be sure to thank you!



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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