Australia’s largest retail event, Reed Gift Fairs is back across not one but two huge venues, and there are plenty of extra reasons to visit next month, not least the chance to win a car! There’s also a new, free app to help you gather contacts for after the show, and the curated home living space to take a much needed seat and soak up some interiors inspo.
Expect to find all your favourite premium brands at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre spanning Halls 1-8, and balance this with new products from emerging and never before seen big brands at the Exhibition Pavilion, Melbourne Showgrounds.
5 reasons to attend Melbourne Showgrounds first
With a regular complimentary shuttle between the two venues and ample parking, you can start your day at the Exhibition Pavilion at the Melbourne Showgrounds, confident that you’ll get a free park. You’ll grab the opportunity to be one of the first to source from more than 150 amazing brands showcasing their latest products including Fratelli Guzzini, Bugatti, the Linen House, Swish Collection and AVA Studio:
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With ample seating locations, your favourite spot will be in the curated home living space featuring the latest products on show from homewares to fashion, kids to kitchen, and everything in between.
Have a successful day sourcing and reward yourself at The Grazing Bar with a much deserved wine and cheese platter and know that you’re in the running for both these incredible draws:
Reed Gift Fairs are always looking to improve the visitor experience and this year is no different with the launch of the Emperia App. Forget about business cards that always get lost. Instead, download the app and make sure to get scanned so you can get a list of every exhibitor you’ve seen and connect with them post show.
They say you can’t go wrong with nature, right? Wrong! How you style your flowers can make them look anything from sad to spectacular! Want to know how to arrange flowers like a pro? Stylist Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors shares some simple yet brilliant advice below.
These beautiful floral artworks are by Brisbane’s Beth Kennedy. “Flowers are so beautiful and I love to draw and paint them, always beginning with a drawing, a slow and contemplative process before the loud music plays in my headphones and the coffee flows as I engage with the emotional narrative driving the work and begin to paint,” she says. “I only work on one painting at a time, as it completely absorbs me, until it is finished and then I move on to the next one.”
Julia’s floral styling tips:
1. Ensure the bunches are relaxed, not tight. A wider neck vase will help them fall naturally rather than look uptight! It’s all about ‘field flowers’ now, that look like they have just been picked from the garden.
2. Remember to play with the height and the scale of the florals, so that they create visual interest. If they are all exactly the same height, they will be far less interesting to the eye!
3. Mix varietals rather than always opt for one varietal only.
4. Always trim stems, and prune leaves for longer lasting florals, change the water every three days, and add flower food if you have any! Natives will always last longer too.
5. Find an accent colour in the room and tie the florals back with it, i.e. pull out a colour cue from an artwork and repeat it with the flowers for a considered look to the space. Buy beautiful vessels to house the florals in so that they can be a ‘work of art’ on their own.
In news that will excite expecting parents, the brand spanking west elm x Pottery Barn Kids collection launches at the end of this month and it merges west elm’s signature mid-century aesthetic with Pottery Barn Kids’ renowned craftmanship. The stylish range includes affordable nursery furniture, bed linen and accessories.
The West Elm x Pottery Barn Kids collection acorn Mid-Century convertible cot
“This collection brings west elm’s most popular pieces to the nursery with the assurance of Pottery Barn Kids’ quality and rigorously tested safety, GREENGUARD Gold certification and 100 per cent cotton organic bed linen,” says Pottery Barn Kids president Jennifer Kellor of the first-time collaboration for the sister brands.
The West Elm x Pottery Barn Kids collection Audrey cot – the brass and geometric details are divine!
While Pottery Barn Kids is coveted for its classic styling, mid-century lovers will delight in the collaboration. “Together, we recognised the opportunity to better serve our customers who are preparing for their next life stage by combining our skills and knowledge to create a modern nursery collection that is beautiful and sustainably made,” says west elm president Alex Bellos.
West Elm x Pottery Barn Kids Mid-Century convertible cot in acorn
The collaboration is comprised of two distinct and complementary styles – the Mid-Century and Audrey collections. As you’d expect, the Mid-Century range features warm timber finishes and retro angled legs. The Audrey collection is a more glamorous affair and boasts luxe lacquer finishes, brass accents and geometric textures. Aside from good looks, the Audrey is highly functional too – the three drawer change table has a removable change table topper that parents can affix firmly to the back of the dresser and remove as baby grows.
The range will be available online from July 24 and thereafter in selected stores nationally.
Online tradie portal ServiceSeeking.com.au has marked the recent end of financial year with a number crunch that reveals a Melbourne builder specialising in property maintenance, renovations, demolitions and fit-outs brought home over $372,000 for the year – more than many doctors and lawyers according to the latest median income stats released by the ATO.
NOT the Melbourne tradie in question, but another one bathing in cash!
The top tradie declined to be interviewed but his estimated revenue was calculated by multiplying the business’ number of wins by the quoted price for a job in the particular category. It’s an estimate of what the business earned as revenue through the ServiceSeeking.com.au site but the site is not his only source of revenue, meaning his FY18 income would have been even higher.
In other interesting news, removalists enjoy the highest charge out rates of any trade in Australia, charging an average of $93.24 per hour. Also, New South Wales’ removalists took out the title of Australia’s richest trade profession for 2018 pulling in $95.21 per hour. By contrast, removalists in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland decreased their hourly rates slightly compared to 2017 – perhaps a reflection of sluggish state economies.
Handymen have increased their charge out rates by 11.97 per cent when compared to last year, pulling in $56.73 per hour on average, putting them ahead of carpenters, landscapers, plasterers, gardeners, painters and cleaners.
Highest growth rates for the 2018 financial years were dominated by plumbers. Queensland builders increased their rate by 32.73 per cent to $88.63 per hour, New South Wales plumbers increased their rate by 21.81 per cent to $74.56 per hour, electricians increased their rate by 13.84 per cent to $67.20 per hour and Victorian plumbers increased their rate by 10.88 per cent to $82.95 per hour.
The prices were derived by comparing a sample of 121,000 quoted jobs submitted during the FY18 through ServiceSeeking.com.au plus hourly rates are “gross” rates and, aside from including the cost of labour, also cover the cost of running the business including tools, work vehicles, insurance and superannuation.
Artists at Sydney Road Gallery are celebrating a successful first year with many locals in Sydney’s Northern Beaches making a visit to the gallery part of their weekly coffee run. And with more than 350 pieces sold in its first year of trading, its disruptive business model is proving quite a triumph.
Sydney Road Gallery
“Each of our artists take on a role within the gallery. Usually a studio practice involves PR, pitches, deliveries, follow ups, websites, accounts and so much more. Having this centralised gives the artist more time in the studio to do what they do best. Each task is something the artist finds doable knowing others are covering the rest,” says artist and founder Fiona Chandler of the co-operative space.
Fiona Chandler’s ‘Click Your Heels Twice’
The other thing that makes the gallery unique is that potential buyers are afforded direct access to the artists. “It really is more than just a gallery. People these days are craving connection and conversation, our gallery provides a space for people to connect with the artists themselves. When you come into the gallery to enjoy the art, you have an opportunity to meet the person who created it. That’s a really unique experience,” says Fiona.
Jessica Watts’ ‘I Love You Like’ oil painting
The gallery plays host to a variety of art from contemporary Australian landscapes to 3D sculptures and is comprised of 12 artists, each bringing unique skills to create a community that believe that everyone can be a patron of the arts. “It’s a place where stories are shared about the art, the space, the influences on our artists, directly from the artist themselves. There’s a sense of belonging through shared storytelling that is unique,” says Fiona.
A recent exhibition
The gallery has also worked on openings and styling with companies like Amazema Homes, Manly Spirits and the Plant Room – the artists’ combined experience creates beautiful and memorable spaces. “We work with people to discover how art can fit into their homes and businesses,” says Fiona.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s something I love about a traditional Chinese restaurant interior. The paper lanterns, the waving cats, all that red (which I usually HATE in interiors!). It’s familiar, nostalgic and, like the menu, you know what you’re getting. I also have a penchant for today’s trendy and aesthetically slick Asian eateries and Manly’s new Queen Chow, the latest restaurant on the increasingly impressive Northern Beaches hospitality scene in Sydney, is definitely an example of the latter. The food looks pretty good too…
The exciting Cantonese concept on Manly Wharf opened last week, headed up by the dynamic duo behind Queen Chow Enmore, Patrick Friesen and Eric Koh. Friesen’s vision for the menu is classic neighbourhood Cantonese that celebrates great Australian produce. Inspired by the way that Cantonese food is recreated around the globe and using the best of what our country has to offer, Friesen hopes to add to the ever-evolving mosaic of what it is today.
“We want to create a place that echoes the sentiment of neighbourhood Chinese restaurants of years past, where people come often and with the people they love the most. Your local Chinese, with all the favourites, cooked beautifully,” he says. Like Queen Chow Enmore, he has taken inspiration from the tastes and aromas of Hong Kong’s famous dai pai dongs, but this time served with a beachside sensibility and plenty of Australian seafood on the menu.
Guests can start with a variety of flavour-packed appetisers – oysters with native finger lime, handmade wonton soup and BBQ Peking duck pancakes with cucumber, leek and hoisin – then indulge in some of Australia’s finest mud crab, lobster and pippies, wok-fried with XO, or Singapore’s black pepper sauce. There are half shell scallops with XO vermicelli, garlic butter king prawns and black pepper Moreton Bay bugs – all best enjoyed with Queen Chow’s special fried rice and juicy Asian greens on the side.
Queen Chow Manly will also embrace the nostalgia of local Chinese restaurants that dot our landscape, evoking rich food memories of sticky honey king prawns, Mongolian lamb sang choi bao, and deep-fried ice cream with butterscotch sauce. Enmore’s signature BBQ platters of roast duck and honey glazed char siu pork will also make an appearance. Who else is drooling about now?!
The dim sum menu has been expertly crafted by Koh, highly regarded as one of the greatest dim sum masters in the world. Bringing with him 35 years’ experience including tenures at Mr. Wong and London’s Michelin-starred Hakkasan and Yauatcha, he has made the artistry of dim sum his life’s work. He will be feeding Manly’s hungry masses his famous steamed, baked and fried dumplings, including scallop and prawn siu mai, prawn har gau, jade seafood, wild mushroom, pork xiao long bao and egg custard tarts.
The drinks list takes inspiration from the flavour of Friesen’s food and uses fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices found in the kitchen. Curated by Franck Moreau and Adrian Filiuta, the wine list is relaxed and approachable, with a selection of over 200 classic, organic, biodynamic and premium wines from Australia and around the world. There is a natural focus on Riesling and lighter style reds to befit the waterside setting.
Elegant yet casual, and drenched in natural light and spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, the space itself bares the bones of the original Papi Chulo restaurant, while deep green timbers, dark woods and marble bring it into a new era. Three group tables are fitted with a much-loved throwback, the Lazy Susan. A zinc clad oyster bar takes pride of place next to the kitchen, while the live fish tank greets guests on arrival.
I can’t wait to get to Melbourne next week and check out Decor + Design. Interiors Addict is thrilled to be official media partner for another year. There are some great names speaking at the always-popular International Seminar Series including celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard and trend forecaster Victoria Redshaw, as well as Aussies Megan Morton, Jason Grant , Greg Natale and James Treble.
Plenty of brands will be holding off on their new releases until the show, but we got a sneak peek at what’s coming from one of our favourites, GlobeWest, who always have an amazing (and huge!) stand. It’s been a big year for the brand with a new website, the launch of its Find a Designer service and an expanded Brisbane showroom to name but a few milestones.
So what can we expect from their Collections 2019, being launched at the show? Marketing manager Kirsten Thompson says: “This is the debut of our new range and the launch of our major annual catalogue so it’s the pinnacle for us! In ascertaining the themes for Collections 2019, we applied ongoing research into colour, form, texture and materials and then combined this with our brand aesthetic and insights on how Australians live.
“I don’t want to be spoiler but can tell you that at D+D this year, visitors can expect to see around six interior themes communicated within our stand across core aesthetics: Contemporary, Modern, Classic, Retreat and Global Eclectic. We also have a new dedicated outdoor living section where we’ll present a comprehensive offering of stylish and supremely durable furniture.”
GlobeWest, launched in 2004, is still run by brothers Stephen & Alan Mendel. The brand will be at Stands B11 and B12.
Today’s recipe for Roast Turkey with a Lemon, Sage and Butter Glaze with Cranberry Gravy comes from Lurpak. Are you getting into the Christmas in July spirit?
· When cooking turkey, the best way to just timings to allow approx. 20 minutes per 500g.
· Remember to bring the turkey down to room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking. This will speed up the cooking process and make timings more accurate.
· To separate the fat and juices quickly, add an ice cube to the jug. This will encourage the fat to solidify quicker.
75g LURPAK® Slightly Salted Butter, softened
Zest of one lemon
3 tbsp fresh sage
2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
4-5kg free range turkey
500ml chicken stock
1 large carrot, peeled and thickly sliced
1 stick celery, peeled and sliced
1 head of garlic
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
For the gravy:
40g plain flour
750ml chicken stock, plus more if needed
250ml red wine
3 tbsp cranberry jelly
Pre-heat the oven to 180°c / 160°c fan.
Put the LURPAK® Slightly Salted Butter, lemon zest, sage and thyme in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Beat with a fork until well combined and set aside.
Rub the herbed butter over the turkey breast and legs. Place the turkey on a rack and pour the stock into the roasting tray. Add the carrot, celery, garlic and rosemary to the stock. Place the turkey on top and cover with foil.
Roast in the oven for 2 hours, basting every 20 minutes. Remove the foil and cook the turkey for a further 1½ hours.
Check that the turkey is cooked by inserting a skewer or knife into the thickest part of the thigh. If the juices run clear, then the turkey is ready. If not, return the turkey to the oven and cook for a little longer. Or much easier, use a probe. The internal temperature should reach 70°c.
When the turkey is ready, remove from the roasting tray and place on a serving dish. Cover lightly with foil and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, to make the gravy, strain the juices from the roasting tray into a jug and skim off the fat. Add 2 tbsp of the fat back into the roasting tray and add the flour. Cook over a low heat, beating with a wooden spoon for a couple of minutes until the paste is golden.
Slowly add the turkey juices, stock and wine stirring continuously until all the lumps have disappeared. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes until thickened. Stir in the cranberry jelly and cook for a further 2 minutes. If the gravy is too thick, add a little more stock.
When deciding to renovate or refresh a room, the first points of focus tend to be the walls, the floors, the doors and even the tiles. The ceiling is an important element that is often overlooked until everything else has been updated. This ‘fifth wall’ needs to complement the rest of the space, otherwise it can completely change the look and feel of your room.
Prepare and protect
Painting a ceiling isn’t too different to painting any other wall in your home. A professional-looking DIY job will depend on the careful preparation you do beforehand. Since most light fixtures are located on the ceiling, even the smallest of bumps can attract attention. Take a look at the previous guide on preparing a room for tips on patching up existing damage.
Remove any furniture or fixtures that can be removed, and cover the rest – lights, ceiling fans and cornices, for example – with drop sheets, rags, and painters tape.
Consider and calculate
Before you rush off to buy the first tin of white ceiling paint you find, give it some good thought. Your ceiling doesn’t need to be white. Consider what colours and textures would complement the rest of the room; an exposed concrete look or a bold pop of colour could be the antidote to a boring and dated design.
Once you have decided on colour, you will need to calculate how much paint you will actually need. Taubmans have a very handy online calculator that will take the guesswork and calculations out of the equation – leaving you with the perfect amount of paint.
If you are dealing with brand new plasterboard, be sure you seal it before applying your coats of paint. Otherwise, give your paint tin a good stir, and get ready to paint!
It will take about half an hour to paint an average-sized ceiling – give yourself enough time to coat the whole surface without rushing. Starting with the cornices, use an angled paintbrush to apply the paint along the edge of your ceiling. Once you have coated around 10 centimetres of the edges with paint, use a roller and roller tray to coat the rest of the ceiling.
After coating the roller in a small amount of paint, tap each side thoroughly to get rid of any extra paint. Ceilings are a little trickier to paint as, unlike walls, they are located above you. This means painting can get tiring and messy very quickly – hence why it is super important to ensure your roller isn’t going to drip every time you dip it into the paint tray.
Attaching the roller to a pole will help you easily reach the ceiling. Apply the paint in small sections in a ‘W’ or ‘M’ motion, keeping the roller flat against the surface at all times. When you are halfway through, go over the already painted area with a very light coat of paint – this will help create a smooth finish and remove any dripping paint.
Allow the first coat to dry for a full two hours before starting on the second coat.
“If you value the joy good design brings to life and want your home to be beautifully considered, intelligent and essential, you need an architect.” So says Robert Harwood who with his partner, Cate Rayson, founded Melbourne company, My Architect.
Robert saw an opportunity to rethink residential architectural services and offer Australian homeowners a more accessible, affordable approach. It’s an idea that has seen the company grow to a team of 15 carefully selected, RAIA-registered architects, servicing clients in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and rural areas.
A reno by My Architect in Avalon, NSW
My Architect offers services from concept to completion. No complex contracts, no sales-speak. After speaking with one of their client managers, you’re personally matched to the architect from their team who best suits your aims and your project. “The first two stages of service come with flat fees and a clear understanding about what you’ll receive, so it’s a great way to experience what our architects can bring to your project, particularly if you haven’t used an architect before.”
Services are structured so that you interact with your client manager and your personal architect throughout. “We wanted to keep things really clear and personal and avoid the ‘shuffling between team members’ that clients so often experience in bigger firms. Clients really love the fact that we keep it one-on-one throughout, ” Robert says.
Stage one includes a two-hour on-site consultation with an architect who’ll provide a clear sense of your property’s potential, based on your budget and other factors. You’ll receive a two-page report with architect’s recommendations, plus a costing to complete the defined work stages.
A rear extension in Fitzroy North, VIC, by My Architect
Progressing to Stage 2 will give you the really exciting bit: scaled, hand-drawn Concept Drawings and the first visualisation of the architectural ‘look’. These become the basis for all further versions of the drawings going forward.
My Architect’s fresh take on architectural services is suitable for all kinds of new home builds or renovation projects, from extensions and additional levels, to rethinking an interior layout of a house or apartment.
“Adding architectural input, whether a little or a lot, will transform your project for the better. This is a great way to do it, whether you’ve never used an architect before, or wouldn’t dream of doing without one.”
Robert (RAIA, RIBA) returned home after a period of practising overseas, realising just how much Australians value good home design but that many are missing out on its advantages due to the complexity of architects’ service structure and pricing. He created My Architect to revolutionise the way Australians approach renovations and new builds, bringing design based on space, light and function, not styling and fads.
Cate Rayson and Robert Harwood of My Architect
In 2017, My Architect was the recipient of an Australian Good Design® Award and the Victorian Premier’s Design Award for Service Design – Best in Category.