I recently returned to my hometown Sydney, Australia for a month over the summer. I hadn't been back in over a year but as we all say down there, the only things that change in that city are the buildings.
I was so inspired by the interiors of all the new cafes, restaurants and boutiques. The style is so completely different to that of London and the rest of Europe so it was very refreshing to walk around the stores and see all of the African and Asian influences that are stocking the shops. Lots of colour, everything oversized and of course the biggest influence of all coming through, the beach.
To name a few, The Coogee Pavilion brought to us by the talented Justin Hemmes who enlisted his interior designer sister Bettina along with a fantastic creative team. With three restaurants under one roof, ocean views and a gorgeous relaxed atmosphere this is certainly a hot spot. The design is playful and colourful, with oversized pendant lights hanging from the industrial exposed ceiling, a giant neon light in the shape of a whale perched above one of the lounge areas and the rooftop bar in a gorgeous white and patterned Mediterranean style.
The Sensory Lab, a great little coffee shop in Bondi Beach run by a team who eat, sleep and make coffee. The designers who brought us this exciting and innovative space are Bureau8 from Melbourne.
My number one venue for any time of the day, any day of the week is The Grounds of Alexandria. Even though it has been around for a while now the layout and design of the spaces are so exciting. You want to explore every corner of the Grounds from the gardens and market stalls to the florist, indoor cafe area and even the bathrooms.