Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

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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 time you’re in Melbourne, head to Chapel St – the Windsor end.

As soon as you cross High street, you’ll see the vibe change from a commercial precinct to something a little more urban chic, with the unmistakable grungy edge that only Windsor offers.   

While Chapel St has long been famous for shopping, the Windsor end is now the place to be seen on the weekend.  Brimming with destination coffee shops and restaurants, it has now become famous for it vintage homewares, clothing and furniture.  Order your cappuccino to go and soak up some inspiring spaces while you shop for your next one-of-a-kind-find.

I’m fortunate enough to live in Windsor and as an interior designer – I spend a great percentage of my time buried in its many and varied op shops and vintage specialty stores.

My Top 5 Chapel St destinations for new and old vintage:

  • The Windsor Anex (fit out by Hecker Guthrie)
  • Tarlo & Graham
  • Chapel St Bazaar
  • Sacred Heart Mission
  • Salvos Store

And if you love the look but prefer your furniture without the time worn smell? Whilst poking around for treasures, I’m often reminded of pieces within Coco Republics Timothy Oulton collection – a range that has an unforgettable new world vintage look.  Try the Globetrekker trunk collection for starters, inspired by the original travelling trunks dug up in antique stores.