My Design Weekends

bowral weekends ... the new design hub

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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Bowral in the Southern Highlands now has its very own 'design hub'. The once neglected bottom end of town is becoming ever so fashionable. My favourite ... rabbit trap timber, has a new, larger home that shows off their gorgeous rustic yet contemporary style to perfection.

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Full of recycled and environmentally friendly pieces, the design aesthetic is very much of the moment but with its own unique stamp. Such an interesting mix of beautifully designed furniture and homewares ... and found objects.  

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I feel I need to keep an eye on the changing scene at rabbit trap timber but look forward to exploring this end of town further next weekend.  In the meantime ... back to Sydney !!!



stylish baroque flowers in bowral, southern highlands

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, November 11, 2012

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Oh what a joy to have such a divine little shop in the Southern Highlands. Once renowned for all things stylish and smart the beautiful Highlands has had little to offer in the way of boutique shopping of late. 

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The Southern Highlands has seen the likes of Belinda Seper, Peter Chadwick, Jan Weekes and many others, open wonderfully stylish shops ... sadly, no longer. This is the sort of boutique shopping that Sydneysiders with weekenders in the Highlands, crave.

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Anyhow, back to Baroque Flowers ... it isn't all about flowers ... the shop is full of decorative items such as urns, baskets, glassware and one off antique furniture pieces that compliment the flowers .... and draw you through the door.  

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Vanessa is a very clever florist/stylist who creates not only fabulous flowers but beautiful vignettes within this tiny space.  She puts together unusual combinations of flowers and foliage, both strikingly bold and pretty, rustic and classic.  There is always a surprise element.

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french and country .... 3 more days !!!

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, June 25, 2012

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Hopewood Country House is open again for the Annual Stocktake Sale for French and Country and Suzie Anderson Home.  It was gorgeous to visit at the weekend and also to know that it is on for 3 more days.  So much to see and take in.  Suzie is very clever with her styling ... every room delicious to look at ... all so tempting.  There were none of the tell tale signs of a sale when I was looking.

The highlands are looking a picture ... Suzie's setting is particularly beautiful  ... it is well worth popping in for a viewing or down from Sydney for the morning ... and you won't be disappointed in the delightful morning tea being served.


 

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