The culmination of years of planning & industry passion, combined with frequent global sourcing expeditions: I’m pleased to be able to say I have achieved the showroom trifecta. With residences in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, my signature aesthetic is now as accessible as ever.
In my experience, each city offers it’s own distinct design nuances, aesthetical tastes and styles - varied though they may be – with each of my galleries offering a slightly different experience...
My Melbourne showroom at Church Street Richmond, the newest to my real estate collection, couldn’t have been more of a success after nearly two months of showcasing my luxury collections. Featuring a show-stopping street frontage, passers-by slowing to steal a longer look at my prized ranges is certainly not a rare sight from my perch at the illustrious Carnaby Dining Table.
Securing my enviable position on one of Melbourne’s most prestigious strips is still a cause for celebration, and as the one of the fastest growing Australian cities for apartment dwellings, I’d say my arrival here is right on time.
Fortitude Valley is the middle-sibling of the three, but there’s certainly no love lost here. It seems nearly an age since I opened my doors for the first time in the River City, but each day sees my Fortitude Valley showroom blossom.
Queenslanders have a style all their own, and it’s certainly a burgeoning one. Blessed with an amiable climate year round, Brisbane interiors are light, fresh, and not overly dramatic, perhaps a reflection on their relaxed inhabitants. A casual and inviting vibe defines the Queensland interior, although interior indulgence isn’t in short supply, which makes my Fortitude Valley showroom the ideal stop for those with an affinity for the best; my luxurious linens, raw timbers and sophisticated silhouettes don’t fail to impress time and time again.
With an envied proximity to the design mecca Coco Republic (we share a building!), my Brisbane showroom location ensures I constantly have my finger on the pulse of globally inspired interiors and design, while the luxury retailers within the James Street stretch provide hours of window shopping and merchandising inspiration.
It’s said that we never forget our firsts, and how could I, when my first showroom still demands the same affection as the day I first threw open the doors. Both my Sydney showroom and I have progressed quite a way since then, so it’s humbling to look back on a time when the spaces to follow in Brisbane and Melbourne were still an uncertainty.
Rosebery as a precinct is booming. With no shortage of new cafes, restaurants, stylists and fashion retailers joining the fold, Rosebery is as popular as ever, proving as I once said years ago, that Rosebery is set to be the new hotspot in Sydney for design, not only within furniture, but across multiple disciplines.
If it seems an age since I welcomed my clients to my gallery in Brisbane, then my gallery in Sydney, showcasing the best of my collections, is positively ancient! Of course, ancient it is not on the inside; my penchant for an interior refresh dictates that all my showrooms are constantly updated with new arrivals and the latest in Max Sparrow furniture and homewares designs.
After all this time, I’m still frequenting Black Star Pastry for my morning coffee, nodding a hello to Jamie Durie (on the rare occurrences both he and I are in Australia at the same time…) and salivating over the smell constantly emanated from Da Mario Pizzeria.
3 designer showrooms in 3 years: quite an achievement some would say.