Boutique Hotel with Laid Back Luxury: Alex Hotel, Perth

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The independent boutique ‘Alex’ hotel in Perth, Australia is everything you would want in a hotel – it strikes the perfect balance of  artsy location, hip design, chilled out atmosphere. Located smack bang in the heart of Perth’s Cultural District, close to Perth’s central business district and next to the diverse neighbourhood of Northbridge which is buzzing with independent retailers, cafes, small bars […]

Timothy Oulton redesigns a club within a club

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In downtown L.A, the historic Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) recently unveiled its redesigned “Blue Room“, which is essentially a club hidden within it’s own club. Designed by Timothy Oulton this exclusive members-only club has all the nostalgia and sophistication of yesteryear, when Walt Disney and Clark Gable were some of its prestigious regulars, yet with it’s […]

A boutique hotel with color & soul: Halcyon House

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Today we are taking a virtual vacation to the recently revamped 21 room Halcyon House boutique hotel which is located at Cabarita Beach, on the stunning coastline of Northern New South Wales, Australia. Seriously, if this picture doesn’t having you packing your bags immediately it might be time to call the doc! Whilst the view alone will […]

Rockers Eclectic California Home

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Perched in the Los Angeles hillside neighborhood of Los Feliz is a traditional Spanish style home which combines rocker cool, artistic flair and sophistication in all the right measures. The home belongs to lead guitarist Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy, his wife Marie Goble and daughter Poppy. Whilst the interior is packed with personality, it was not always […]

Luxe Boutique Hotel, Palm Springs: L’Horizon Resort & Spa

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Palm Springs is rich with iconic, mid-century modern architecture, links to Hollywood past, endless blue skies, trendy boutiques and now, L’Horizon Resort and Spa – it’s first luxury boutique hotel (opening 12th June 2015). Built in 1952 by renowned architect William F. Cody, this historic mid-century modern hotel was a favorite celebrity destination spot in the 50s and […]

Dessert-Inspired Interior Design: Adelphi Hotel

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Designed to ‘engage your senses’, the world’s only dessert-themed hotel features carpets patterned like cakes, licorice all-sort chairs, wafer-like benches, sweet smelling vanilla scent wafting through the air, a nightly turn-down service with home-made macaroons and more. A Willy Wonker disaster, it is not!. Instead the Adelphi Hotel located in Melbourne, Australia is a sophisticated hotel, with buckets […]

Maison et Objet 2015 report

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It was a 48-hour whirlwind trip to Paris last week for the first big trade show of the year – Maison et Objet. With eight halls packed to the brim with brands and designers showing their latest collections and new product launches, it’s somewhat of challenge to pack it all in. However, with some pre-planning […]

Zany & Industrial Bar: The Depo

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Depo in the West End, Brisbane, is a restaurant, bar, cafe, gallery and popup store in one with a distinctly hip, raw and zany vibe.  A taxidermy sable antelope stands at the entry, oversized gold sequin discs cover an entire wall, there is a vintage leather chesterfield sofa with camouflage print cushions and unusual curiosities lining the walls. Did […]

An Artist Hotel: The Larwill

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Imagine a hotel designed by artists for artists, where guests can have an art inspired experience. Pretty cool concept don’t you think? Well that’s what Australia’s Art Series Hotels are all about. The most recent addition to this collection of hotels is The Larwill Studio in Melbourne. The Larwill is dedicated to Australia’s neo-expressionist artist David Larwill and […]

Design for a Sea Change: WhitePepper Homewares

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With so many Australians now choosing a ‘sea change’ (abandoning city living to live by the sea), what were once sleepy seaside and tourist towns are now bubbling with culture, new creative talent and interior design stores.  This has led us to the beach town of Caloundra, Australia where we discovered ‘Whitepepper Homewares‘, a delightful store packed with colourful, […]

Inflatable architecture – Exxopolis Luminarium

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Imagine a giant inflatable structure with a labyrinth of interconnecting tunnels and domes awash with a kaleidoscope of colors. This is ‘Exxopolis’ – the creation of Nottingham based Architects of Air, which is currently being exhibited at the Brisbane Festival. Image Source above: Lamar Francois via Architects of Air. Exxopolis is an impressive size – approximately 10 metres high and 50 […]

Design Destinations Brisbane: Alfred & Constance

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Design Lovers Blog is on the road again and now bringing you design finds & inspiration from Australia. Bars, restaurants, hotels and stores with design swag, designers and home interiors that will have you jumping on the next plane Down Under. I start my journey in Brisbane – a place close to my heart and the city I […]

YOO Home launches at Harrods

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Global design brand YOO has launched its first furniture collection in Harrods, London’s iconic department store.  Over the last 15 years YOO has designed hundreds of homes and hotels around the world and this is the first time its in-house designed furniture is available for retail.  Around 160 pieces complete the curated YOO Home collection which is themed into Classic, […]

London Design Festival 2014: Futuristic & Fab

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A London landmark with more than a dozen flying drones overhead; large rotating reflectors displaying distorted views of the Rafael Gallery – The London Design Festival 2014 is set to enthrall all those that attend. With over 300 events and installations across the city (from 13 – 21 September), this is a celebration of creativity and […]

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

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Clerkenwell in the city/east of London is a megga-hub for architects and creative businesses alike – with more per square mile than anywhere on the planet!   It’s also home to Clerkenwell Design Week – a three-day festival for soaking up more design inspiration and getting up close to the latest furniture, lighting and accessories.  Showrooms in the area […]

Vitra 2014 Collection – Bright, bold & graphic

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Modern lines, abstract graphics and colorful fabrics dominate Vitra’s new 2014 collection of furnishings launched at Salone Del Mobile in Milan. Vitra reissued timeless pieces from renowned designers like Alex Girard, launched new products by designers Edward Barber, Jay Osgerby and Hella Jongious amongst others and expanded their color library of fabrics, giving many of their […]

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