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Homes by Affordable Style Files in Singapore has a beautiful new sister-store in Rosalie, Brisbane. Co-owner Hong Henwood chats to us about this brand new retail space.
Photography Mark Zeidler
When did you open your Singapore store?
Sally (who now resides in Atlanta, USA) and I opened the Singapore branch about 18 months ago. It stemmed from having a need for beautiful products to decorate and style homes with in Singapore and then to also have them for ourselves! We had an amazing time building the shop to what it is today! We have an amazing team that helps create a nice vibe for our clients there.
What made you want to open a Brisbane store, and what do you love about its Paddington/Rosalie location?
I used to live in Toowong before moving overseas and it was where my husband and I used to go for meals etc, we love the small community vibes there and loved that it’s growing with different cafes, the movie theatre and more! I wanted to bring homewares and more importantly Australian designs and makers to this little pocket of Brisbane! Hopefully we get people coming to visit us in the village!
Tell us about the types of products you stock and what your store’s point of difference is.
We stock mainly Australian designed products! From Armadillo and Co rugs to gorgeous cushions from Walter G and Bonnie and Neil! We want people to love Australian designs as much as we do. We love these products and believe that our designers are some of the best in the industry.
What’s the feedback been like since opening?
Amazing! We’ve had people contact us and travelling from all over Brisbane to come visit!
It’s been a real nice transition from Singapore to here!
Can customers in Australia also buy your range of products online?
Soon! At present we have the online store in Singapore but soon there will be an online store in Brisbane and QLD!
Visit Homes by Affordable Style Files at Rosalie Village, 6/151 Baroona Rd, Paddington
It’s finally here – my living room reveal! Approximately two years in and I’m finally done decorating. Here’s a little look.
When it comes to decorating decisions, I really am my own worst client. I change my mind every time I see the latest interiors trend, and well, I guess that’s just one of the hazards of my job. It’s also made worse by the fact that I’m drawn to a number of styles so it’s hard for me to keep the overall look consistent. I did however know, that I wanted all of the major pieces of furniture to be neutral or white in colour. I went for a GlobeWest sofa (no longer sell in this fabric though), a Blu Dot coffee table, and Moroccan style rug from West Elm. From there, I added smaller decorator items and soft furnishings in soft blues and blush pinks, with a few pops of brass for good measure.
The final finishing touch was adding the two floating oak shelves from Clickon Furniture, which I had a handyman install. I’ve added my collection of ceramics, a couple of pot plants, along with a custom original artwork by Amy Hunter.
If you ever needed another reason to holiday at Elements of Byron, this is it. The brand new Adults Only pool delivers on style in a totally blissful and relaxing setting.
Photos by Mark Zeidler (unless otherwise stated)
This past Christmas, I was fortunate enough to spend the holidays with my family at Elements of Byron, in Byron Bay. It has significantly expanded since my first trip to Elements just over a year ago, including their new luxury two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas, Botanica Beach Club (pictured very bottom of blog post), and the Summer Salt Adults Only pool area for guests over 18 years of age (which you see pictured here). Complete with a swim-up pool bar, private cabanas, and a cute taqueria caravan serving up tasy Mexican cuisine, this was hands down my favourite part of the resort. Not having kids myself, it’s refreshing to see a resort catering to all guests, not just families. That being said, the main lagoon pool at the resort still remains a family-friendly oasis (albeit a much noisier one).
I holidayed here with my partner, parents, and sister, and we all stayed in one of their new two-bedroom villas. At first I was hesitant, would we all get in each other’s way (and on each other’s nerves!). Funnily enough, no. And I think that comes down to the villas being quite spacious, with each bedroom having its own bathroom. Along with that there is a kitchen, living area and dining space (out on a covered balcony) that gives everyone their own space, plus with so many various areas within the resort to relax, we could all stretch out and do our own thing, or meet up, when we wanted to.
Whether you’re travelling with kids, or just want a romantic escape for two, I would totally recommend Elements of Byron for your next holiday. Everything is at your fingertips, you almost don’t need to leave. There’s restaurants/eateries on-site, the beach just a couple of minutes away (the resort is situated right on the beach), a day spa, two pool areas, all set in tranquil bushland. Oh, and as the resort is so spread out, the concierge will take you anywhere within the resort grounds in their little golf buggies. All you have to do is sit back and relax. Ahhh.
Lately it seems almost all of my inspiration comes from Instagram, in fact, it is my number one tool for finding homes and other content for Adore Home. Here’s a little taste of what’s currently inspiring me.
You could say anything holiday-related is what I’ve been gravitating towards lately, I mean it’s summer afterall. It has been so difficult, especially at this time of year when the weather is so warm, to focus on work. I’d much rather be outside, but the next best thing is scrolling through my feed and soaking up all of that summer inspo. Kyal and Kara are my favourites at the moment – their recent renovation project at Long Jetty is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Their inspiration was Palm Springs, so of course I’m obsessed with the whole home, in particular the outdoor pool area and those Breeze Blocks. Gimme everything!
When I look through my saved images folder in Instagram, there seems to be a recurring theme – the interiors of Halcyon House keep popping up! And for good reason, the interiors (and exterior) by Anna Spiro are heavenly – just so well suited to its coastal location of Cabarita Beach. And now with the opening of their Day Spa, there’s even more reasons why you should visit. I can’t believe I still haven’t stayed and I’m based in Brisbane. Shame. On. Me. 2018 is going to be the year! Oh yeah.
When these rendered drawings popped up in my Instagram feed of the Pine Ave. Townhomes in Melbourne, I just swooned. I’ve been considering re-tiling my apartment’s courtyard in this exact same encaustic tile, and it just makes me love it even more now! And well, everything about these townhomes are so perfect - it’s design at its best, thanks to Cera Stribley Architects, and interior designers The Stella Collective. Want more? Click here for more interior inspiration to drool over.
Bamboo or linen? Why choose just one – I Love Linen’s founder Lauren Roe says it’s perfectly fine to mix and match the two as shown in their new campaign images (shot at the beautiful Byron Bay accommodation The Bower by the way). With earthy colours like pistachio, charcoal, and olive ivy, the collection has a sophisticated yet natural appeal. Their new thick textural stripes in milk and natural (shown above) has a lovely relaxed, casual vibe to it – I’m imagining this in a farmhouse cottage or rustic coastal bedroom. For bedding, towels and table linen that are both simple and charming, I Love Linen is your go-to-store. Shop the new range online by clicking here.