Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Sunkissed Moments: A Travel Guide to Mykonos

Surrounded by dazzling indigo water, the whitewashed Greek island of Mykonos often has a reputation of being notoriously touristy and a little too trashy, some might say.  But dig a… Read More.

Caitlan N

Seaside Sanctuary: Larvotto Turn Wins Best Display Home

I was thrilled to hear that one of my recent Coco Republic Interior Design projects, Larvotto Turn, won Overall Best Display Home and Best Display Home Over $650,000 at the… Read More.


Hotel Pulitzer Roma

The great Spanish architect Lazaro Rosa Violan – has done it again with his fit out of the five star rated Pulitzer Hotel in Rome.  The hotel is centrally situated only… Read More.

Anthony Spon-Smith

Wecome to the Americas: Papi Chulo Manly

Never one to shy away from a creative brief, Sydney based interior design firm Akin Creative have nailed it again. Teaming up with restaurant kingpins, Merivale, Akin’s latest interior project… Read More.

Beth F

Down Mexico Way: Coqui Coqui Tulum

If coconut trees and the white sand beaches of Tulum weren’t enough to lure you down Mexico-way, then brace yourself for this tiny slice of paradise – Inspired by the… Read More.

Beth F

New on the Block: Pig and Pastry Cafe

Husband and wife team Kath and Iain Smart started their dream business just a few short months ago – the motto is simple; great food, fresh ingredients and most importantly… Read More.


Windsor Wonderland: Melbourne’s Vintage Market Secrets

So you collect all things vintage? Dabble with mixing old and new? Can’t get enough of a bygone era? And above all, love a bargain?  Then make sure the next… Read More.


Summer Shadows: Casa Tatui by Vera Iachia

Who else is dreaming of a summer holiday?  I know it’s not long to go now, but it’s just so close I can almost feel the sand underfoot and smell… Read More.


Style Envy: Louisa Grey

Inspirational interior design talent alert!   Interiors stylist and creative director, Louisa Grey is producing some unforgettable work at the moment. Known internationally for her modern, eclectic and trend-led style she… Read More.

Beth F

Beyond Beautiful: Landscapes by William Dangar

The Australian lifestyle has always been shaped by our unique climate and natural environment.  It goes without saying then, that the Australian home interior is never complete without a beautiful… Read More.


The Cristal Room, Paris

Housed in an amazing mansion in the 16th arrondissement of Paris is the Baccarat Museum and restaurant.  Steeped in Parisian history, apparently the former muse of the mansion, Marie-Laure de… Read More.

Jamie Durie

NoMad Hotel NYC

Whilst on a buying trip in the USA a few weeks ago, I visited my favourite city in the world – New York.  Never one to miss an opportunity to… Read More.

Anthony Spon-Smith

The Generalist: Style for One

Darryl Gordon turned countless people’s houses into homes with his interior design skills and eye for the perfect piece over the years, so it’s little surprise that his own place… Read More.

Beth F

Finding Elysian: San Giorgio Mykonos

If you’ve ever been to the Greek Islands you’ll remember, *with a sigh of longing*, the unforgettable picturesque white-washed stone buildings set against the sparkling Aegean Sea, pink skies at… Read More.

Beth F

Coco Republic Launches Timothy Oulton Melbourne

Last month, Coco Republic opened its 7th national showroom in Melbourne; a concept store collaboration with globally renowned furniture and homewares brand Timothy Oulton. Timothy Oulton first hit the Australian… Read More.

Anthony Spon-Smith

The Bowery Hotel, New York

Whilst in New York, I like to find inspiration in the many great hotels the city has to offer.  And last month, I found a killer – The Bowery.  The… Read More.

Anthony Spon-Smith

Espresso with Purpose: La Colombe NYC

Travelling through America can be troubling for coffee lovers (addicts) like myself.  If you’re no where near a Starbucks (only JUST acceptable) you’re generally left with the filtered McDonalds-style plunge… Read More.

Anthony Spon-Smith

Punchy Colour: An Artist’s Home

Artist and former band member of Sneaky Sound System, Daimon Downey, inspires me on so many levels – his style, his music, his art and now his home! I always… Read More.


Ett Hem is where the Heart Is

Ett Hem, meaning ‘A Home’ in Swedish, is your new home away from home in Stockholm.  The 20th century town house in the peaceful Larkstan locality, is steeped in history… Read More.

Beth F

48 Hours in Paris

I was lucky enough to travel to Paris twice recently – both for 48 hour intervals. With 48 hours in Paris the first thing one must get right (in my… Read More.

Rowena Lister

Sass and Bide at Home; Heidi Middleton’s Palm Beach Oasis

Described by many as nomadic, modern, spirited and free, Heidi Middleton’s terrace home in Sydney’s Palm Beach is a visual feast that perfectly represents the designer’s innate individuality.  Sitting at… Read More.


Australia’s Got Talent: Christopher Boots

I’m sure you know what I mean when I talk about the creative vibe you find in Melbourne. You can sense it when you walk down the streets, in cafes,… Read More.

Alexandra D

Milano Art Deco: Villa Necchi

I first saw Villa Necchi in the Luca Guadagnino film I Am Love – a dramatic exploration of love and politics in the Italian bourgeoisie.  For me, it was love… Read More.

Felix Forest

Pretty and Gritty: A Shipping Yard turned Fashion Precinct

Fashion brand Urban Outfitters needed a workspace that embodied the unique style and vintage retro character of their world-renowned brand.  An abandoned naval shipping yard in Philadelphia, dating back to… Read More.