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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 !!!



rustic twig furniture by Joe Vinks to suit any design style

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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I had the pleasure of meeting Joe Vinks and browsing amongst his beautiful pieces some time ago.....in a rustic tin shed in the Southern Highlands.....much to my surprise.....a very stylish setting as I recall.  I have since seen his pieces looking magnificent in a number of different interiors.....some rustic others rather more formal.

These pieces seem to work anywhere .... in edgy inner city apartments, English country house interiors or beachhouses !!!

I think what makes this furniture so versatile is that it can be stained, waxed or painted to achieve the desired look or fit in with the overall feel of the interior.

I love the silhouette of the twigs against a backdrop when painted white or black but equally there is something just so soft about the aged patina of the natural wood.....some of it the bleached colour of driftwood.

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