Saturday 19 October 2013

    Gordon Street Garage :: Perth


    Gordon Street Garage  is a Coffee Bar & Kitchen at 16 Gordon St in West Perth. The Australian described Gordon Street Garage as a hipster paradise so it was added to my Perth experience list!

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    The reuse of this West Perth garage by Foolscap Studio has merged the space’s industrial qualities

    with European ideals of the home, generating a casual eatery with soul.

    Original materials and fittings were recycled throughout the project.
    Original materials and fittings were recycled throughout the project. Image: David Cruse

    I am reposting this excellent review of GSG from Artichoke, June 2013 (Issue 43) via Architectureau

    The Gordon Street Garage, designed by Sydney and Melbourne-based firm Foolscap Studio, is a new venture for seasoned restaurateurs Nic Trimboli, Graham Arthur and Daniel Godsell. Its reuse of a former auto mechanic site in West Perth has merged its inherent industrial qualities with European ideals of the home, in an energetic, intimate interior.

    On the fringe of Perth’s CBD, West Perth is a mixed-use area characterized by an eclectic combination of semi-industrial, residential and commercial uses. Adapting a disused garage at 16 Gordon Street, Foolscap Studio, working in close collaboration with Trimboli and his team, focused on West Perth’s industrial characteristics and the notable influx of European immigrants to the suburb in gold-rush times and again post-WWII. This emphasis underscored the restaurant owners’ longstanding relationships with local producers and suppliers, many of European background. The local also has a very good internet connection so you can play video games with Elo Boosting services there.

    The Foolscap team wanted to create a place that connected with memories of suburban homes and backyard vegetable gardens as well as industrial heritage. The site had once served as the Blue Seal chocolate factory and later, Kings Park Auto mechanics. The designers were careful to retain indications of these previous uses, a layering of functional narratives interpreted through design. The front facade was stripped back to reveal the Blue Seal logo and the original mezzanine level was left intact. Elements of the auto mechanic’s garage were retained, including the concrete floors and two-tone blue stripes on the walls.

    Different areas, offer different dining experiences. Image:  Penny Lane

    Original workbenches were reused, and the jarrah floorboards repuprosed for ceiling joists, skirting and wall linings. Foolscap designer Kate Archibald says the elements “lend a feeling of warmth that can only comes through the subtle effects of age.” A sign with the motto “do it once, do it right” seemed appropriated cladding for an upstairs office.

    The airy interior volume has been ‘zoned’ for different modes of dining, each evoking a subtle difference in atmosphere. Front of house provides a “common room,” with small tables, stools and a communal dining area for a fast-paced, drop-in/drop-out dynamic. Prominently positioned as you enter, the folded zinc bar is ornately clad in an assemblage of European-inspired, hand-painted tiles in blues and white. The adjacent area provides high bar-style seating, which seems perfect for friends gathering for drinks and a bite to eat on the weekend.

    A dining area with custom-designed lights and upholstered bus seats. Image:  Penny Lane

    Back of house accommodates an open area of bus seats, suited to lively group dining. Collaborating with Justin Lamont of Life Space Journey, Foolscap Studio custom-designed the industrial wax-steel wall lights and pendants. The upholstered seating, also custom-designed with Lamont, provides the prime conceptual fusion, merging the industrial materiality and manufacture of the steel frame with the handcrafted quality of the Mediterranean-style upholstery.

    To the north are small tables with booth seating. This dining area is semi-enclosed under a moody, dropped ceiling constructed from pegboard – a reference to the former garage’s toolshed. Splashes of cyan, aqua and cobalt blue lend a lively atmosphere to this open area, as do the bright green bent-steel chairs scattered throughout. A glazed wall framed in steel looks out over a backyard vegetable patch of herbs and edible flowers.

    The cozy mezzanine level has a fireplace. Image:  Penny Lane

    Larger dining tables are arranged under the mezzanine level for families and larger groups. Old family photographs, chosen by Trimboli and his team from the archives of local producers and suppliers, are scattered on the walls, contributing to the domestic atmosphere with a palpable sense of the past.

    The fireplace stack extends vertically from the kitchen to the mezzanine, boldly articulated in glazed grey and white bricks. It functions as the chef’s pizza oven and a fireplace for guests to enjoy a glass of wine by the hearth, up on the mezannine – where retro lounges in earthy tones and Scandinavian sideboards in golden teak lend an intimate and homely air.

    The overall sectioning of dining areas is highly effective but also completely flexible for future needs. The space pulls together spirited gestures to set a tone that is both personal and accessible. Attracting locals and visitors to the neighbouring Perth Arena, Gordon Street Garage has successfully tapped into the underlying qualities of West Perth, and judging by the constant hum emanating from this new space, the community have taken to it well.

    16 Gordon St in West Perth, WA. Open 7am till 11pm & late.

    Images: David Cruse, Penny Lane

    Source: Artichoke – June 2013 (Issue 43)

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    Saturday 19 October 2013

    24 Hours in Perth


    My first day in Perth was an art and gourmet filled day of discoveries that delighted the senses and nourished the soul. A highlight was the wonderful Venn Gallery!

    Breakfast ~ The Greenhouse

    As a fan of Joost Bakker’s work, it was a pleasure to begin the day with
    Margaret River organic poached eggs on sourdough and bunker mushrooms.


    After the success of Melbourne’s Greenhouse recycled project, his eco-friendly pop-up eatery was shipped to Perth, and the CBD is now home to Bakker’s innovative urban oasis. {I also captured Joost’s inspirational Sydney pop-up in 2011 here.}

    * If you are too late for breakfast, the Greenhouse is open for lunch and has a rooftop bar which is popular on Friday night with its funky DJ music, cocktails and open air views of Perth’s night skies.

    Greenhouse Perth, 100 St Georges Terrace, Perth   Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 7:00 am – 12:00 am

    Mid-morning ~ A Cruise down the Swan River to Freo

    Perth's Swan River floods about twice a year.

    Take a 90 minute Capt Cook scenic cruise to Fremantle from Barrack Street Jetty in Perth is a quintessential introduction to Perth with some wonderful views along the Swan River including the homes of the rich and famous that line the river’s edge. Once you reach Freo, you can get around on foot or via CAT bus and then take the train back to Perth (approx 30 minutes).

    Lunch and wanderings ~ Fremantle 

    Finding my land legs, I wandered over to enjoy the character and charm of the historic port city of Fremantle, where the streets are filled with Victorian-era buildings, funky boutiques and great cafes. I explored the bookshops, boutiques and homeware stores, scattered along South Terrace and Market Street.


    For lunch I headed to Canvas at Fremantle Arts Centre which is ideal for breakfast, a quick coffee or a leisurely lunch. Fremantle Arts Centre is housed within an iconic heritage building and beautiful grounds. It is one of Australia’s leading arts organisations. Visit for free exhibitions, a shop selling the finest WA hand-made wares, an expansive live music program, special events, an idyllic cafe and free wifi. Located on Finnerty Street and open 7 days.

    Fremantle’s original market place on Henderson Street, is a hive of activity and bursts with an eclectic blend of stalls and buskers intent on entertaining shoppers. Open Friday to Sunday and Monday public holidays.

    Other cafe options are: New Edition Bookshop & Cafe housed in an old bank building on High St with a classical looking façade the space inside is like visiting a book-loving friend’s home. Visit the website here, which has been using a professional found at the indexsy lists top seo companies to better the overall content and marketing.

    Moore & Moore is popular with the locals and is eclectically decked out with kooky chandeliers, vintage finds and cosy hiding spots. The adjacent arts space/gallery adds to the atmosphere and musicians regularly entertain adding to the Freo atmosphere. There is the all day breakfast and the counter options include muffins, gourmet sandwiches and salads. Moore & Moore is at 46 Henry St, Fremantle, and open from 7-5 Mon-Fri, 7-4 Sat-Sun.

    Culture +++ Venn Gallery

    I headed back to Perth on the train to experience Venn Gallery ~ a must visit!

    Venn is a fusion of creative worlds where art and design is created, exhibited and experienced. It features an art gallery, design shop, artists’ studios and bar/cafe, all housed in a three level historical building in the heart of Perth. At the forefront of contemporary art and design, Venn Gallery aims to support and strengthen the arts in Australia by providing a platform for emerging artists and designers and showcasing leading local and international art and design.

    On display was NEW WORLD ORDER is a group exhibition featuring new work by artists, Tom Mùller (Perth), Yarra Vega (New York) and Augustyn Schwarzwald (Berlin).  The show featured prints, sculpture, installation and video by Mùller and his alter egos. The works were diverse and engaging, with elements of intrigue. I am dreaming of living in a space that would be home to the light installation.

    Visit Venn Gallery in 16 Queen Street, Perth CBD.


    Linton & Kay Gallery

    This CBD gallery is housed on the second floor of the historic Old Perth Technical School, one of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings. LK Galleries is a contemporary fine art gallery established in November 2005. The Gallery’s heritage-meets-modern luxe style creates a striking backdrop for a premium selection of Australian and international artists, and sophisticated events.


    Drinks at The Print Hall – Bob’s Bar

    I continued my gallery exploration with the CFWA Spring Rose Art Show at  Woodside Plaza. Then Sarah and I headed for a vino at the roof top bar of The Print Hall ~ an ode to Australia’s larrikin former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.  Bob’s Bar is popular with all ages.  It is part of the Brookfield Place complex in the city, the Print Hall comprises of several bars and restaurant in the old West Australian newspaper building.

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    Almost unfolding like a book, each level becomes a chapter,

    representative of the building’s printing origins creating a unique experience for everyone.

    Print Hall  pays homage to its heritage-listed history, the old Newspaper House on St Georges Terrace. Designed by Projects of Imagination, key aspects of the historical building have been utilised including the internal atrium. The venue boasts four levels of culinary and refined drinking options including lunch / dinner at Print Hall Dining Room, two bars and breakfast at Small Print Bakery.  Print Hall, Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth.

    Moana Project Space ~ Curator’s Talk  ::  We then dropped by Moana Project Space,  an artist-run contemporary art gallery located on the second floor of the historic Moana Chambers building, in the heart of Perth’s CBD. The space co-inhabits a heritage-listed ballroom alongside six creative studios and a cafe. It’s a stunning space that provokes conversation and artistic boundaries, bravo!

    Moana Project Space at 1F 618 Hay St Perth   Opening Hours: Tu, Th, Fr 10am – 5pm  & Sat 12pm – 5pm

    Dinner ~ Gordon St Garage

    After such a big day, I was happy for a casual dinner that had an energised good vibe… GSG was the perfect place to dine! I’d read great reviews and it didn’t disappoint. Bravo!


    A former auto electrics workshop on a quiet street in West Perth is transformed when an eclectic mix of industrial meets op-shop chic furnishings with an added dash of culinary sensations. Bustling with patrons morning, noon and night, there is a buzz as you enter this airy converted workshop. Gordon St Garage is brought to you by the men behind Balthazar (Nic Trimboli), Il Lido (Daniel Goodsell) and Duende (Graham Arthur).

    Gordon St Garage, 16 Gordon Street West Perth  

    Opening Hours: 7.00am – late, for breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Party the night away

    Full circle :: I return to the Greenhouse rooftop bar for a nightcap, which goes off on a Friday night. There’s funky DJ music, cocktails and open air to Perth’s beautiful clear night. Perth’s laneways and rooftops are a buzz with small bars and cafes.

    These blogs have some good recommendations: We Love Perth, Experience Perth and Foodie Cravings.  To discover Perth’s gourmet offerings check out The Food Pornographer and The Breakfast Confidential.

    Images: 1, 2 and 4 by Cathryn Farrar, others via Google images.

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    Friday 11 October 2013

    FiFo :: a fleeting royal visit


    Fly in, Fly out :: Fleet-footed Prince Harry of Wales touched down on Australian shores for 48 hours to mark the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet into Sydney.

    Captain Wales, as he is known in the military, donned his white British Army uniform and sky blue beret for the event. ~ not everyone can wear a blue beret with such aplomb!


    Prince Harry

    Images: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

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    Friday 4 October 2013

    Go west :: Perth in Western Australia


    Heading to the state of the black swan for the long weekend ~ so much to see and do in Perth and beyond. Stay tuned!


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    Wednesday 2 October 2013



    I adore beautiful illustration and it was a delight to discover the beautiful work of  Lovisa Burfitt.  Lovisa is a Swedish illustrator based in France who describes her illustrations as meticulous in details, a clash of poetry, punk and playfulness. Her drawings of fashion, food, and travel are a balance of ink and graphite line with watercolour.

    If you are interested in knowing more about Lovisa and her work, Fashionarium has a lovely and insightful interview here.

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    Fashion designer and illustrator Lovisa Burfitt lives and works in France since 2002. She has been working as an illustrator since she graduated from the Beckmans School of Fashion in 1997, and in 2001 she was invited as a guest student at the Royal College of Art in Stockholm. Among her clients are H&M, Rörstrand, Din Sko, Sephora, Harrods, Selfridges, Guerlain, Nordstrom, Franck et Fils, Procter & Gamble, La Rinascente, Givenchy, Absolut Vodka, Systembolaget, and Le Ciel Bleu in Tokyo. She has also illustrated in numerous issues of VOGUE, ELLE, Grazia, Glamour, The Sunday Times and THE/END.

    Lovisa is also a talented fashion designer with her womenswear line Burfitt that she started in 2008 and is selling at some of the best stores worldwide including Colette, Opening Ceremony and Online here.

    Illustrations:  lovisa burfitt

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    Wednesday 2 October 2013

    Crown Princess Mary of Denmark :: an Aussie gal


    Crown Princess Mary has opened up about her fairy tale transformation from Tasmanian girl-next-door to future Queen Consort of Denmark in an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly.

    Mary: From commoner to Crown Princess

    “I never for a moment thought I’d end up living in Denmark and married to the Crown Prince but he obviously was my missing piece.

    Crown Princess Mary is on the cover of the 80th birthday issue of Women’s Weekly, Australia. Mary says she wasn’t seeking fame when she met Crown Prince Frederik in a Sydney bar in 2000, and is constantly surprised by how her life has turned out.  For an insight into the shoot, A day in the life of Crown Princess Mary visit  a story by Juliet Rieden here.

    Source: Crown Princess Mary for Women’s Weekly

    Photographer: Michelle Holden

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    Monday 30 September 2013

    denise grunstein + flowers


    Loving this shoot by Denise Grunstein. These flower studies are so beautiful, mysterious and suffused with romance.




    Denise Grünstein is one of the best known and most highly respected profiles in Swedish photography. Portraits, fashion and nature are sources of inspiration and her work often has subtle natural romantic elements.

    Photographer: Denise Grünstein + tumblr

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    Saturday 28 September 2013

    late running whites rabbits and falling and falling…


    I have been falling for five minutes, and I still can’t see the bottom! Hmph!  Well, after this I should think nothing of falling down stairs, said Alice as she falls down the rabbit hole and her dress poofs up like a parachute!

    I have felt like I have been down the rabbit hole for the past few weeks! Everything was topsy turvy ~ each day was full of unexpected pleasures and unexpected challenges.

    And so, inspired to share this wonderful Vogue editorial by photographer superstar Annie Leibovitz.

    I’m late, I’m late

    For a very important date

    No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”.  

    I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.

    Photographer: Annie Leibovitz
    Source:  ”Alice In Wonderland” Vogue US December 2003
    Model: Natalia Vodianova

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    Sunday 8 September 2013

    spring sunday fleurs :: Jan Luijk


    Jan Luijk is a photographer known for his interior, food and flower pictures. Have a happy day.


    Images: Jan Luijk

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    Sunday 8 September 2013

    old world glamour & a little bit sexy :: Katelyn Aslett


    Katelyn Aslett is my gorgeous friend and a unique artisan fashion designer. She creates garments that inspire joy, passion and beauty. The collection features her own fabrics designed using felting and digital printing onto beautiful silks.

    Katelyn unveiled her new collection that was inspired by the glamour of the 50′s at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane last week. Gorgeous silk satin lingerie and flowing silk gowns like the “Some Like it Hot” romance print dress floated down the catwalk, and was accessorised with Kathy Mclay jewellery and dramatic headwear by Cherries on Top Hats.

    1237557_525838684159053_654165062_n-1Silk scarf print “purple feather” from new collection with jewell encrusted Kathy Mclay silver scarf ring.





    Visit Katelyn at her Brisbane studio 180a Latrobe Tce, Paddington or on Facebook to discover more of her beautiful creations.

    Images: Warren Jopson Photography

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