Talented design duo Alisa + Lysandra were hired by Caltex to weave their magic and create a beautifully designed interior at The Foodary, Derrimut.
The Foodary in Derrimut (located 18km west of Melbourne’s CBD) is the second project Alisa + Lysandra have worked on with Caltex, following the successful launch of The Foodary at Altona North earlier this year.
While offering all the essentials needed to keep moving when on the road, such as energy drinks, phone chargers, snacks and automotive products, the newly opened store has put the focus squarely back on service and the changing needs of Australian consumers.
“Our customers have been telling us that service stations have forgotten about service and we have been listening,” said Helen Moore, Caltex’s General Manager of Convenience Development.
“We also know that a good bathroom on the road can be few and far between, if available at all. It’s why we’ve taken a leap with this new store and enlisted the talents of Alisa and Lysandra, best known for their bathroom designs when they won The Block in 2013, to design bathroom and shower facilities that will change customer perceptions of what to expect when they visit this store,” Helen said.
“With this project we have used modern design features such as forest greenery to create a fresh and inviting feel aimed at encouraging customers to take the time to relax and enjoy all that The Foodary offers,” says Alisa + Lysandra. “The bathrooms and showers are the centrepiece of this, bringing Scandinavian interior design elements that are very different to what you would expect to experience at a service station.”
“We are proud to have worked with Caltex on this project,” says Alisa + Lysandra. “The new store shows how interior design can be used to improve the customer experience and will challenge perceptions of what to expect in this part of the retail sector.”
If only all service stations looked like this. Road trip to Derrimut anybody?
Today we’re diving head first into Urban Road’s most sophisticated collection to date – and we’re in total awe of this whimsical collection of art prints.
Taking you on a journey through oceans and wide, open spaces; past colourful creatures, and through a kaleidoscope of botanicals, Urban Road’s new collection is a celebration of adventure. Like a trick of the light - by adding a dash of colour here, and a touch of whimsy there, Odyssey beckons you to come and delight in the rediscovery of ordinary things, to wonder with brand new eyes at the beauty of natural form.
Drawing inspiration from the intrinsic sense of wanderlust that lives within us all, the collection has been meticulously designed and curated by Urban Road’s Creative Director, Suzie Atkin – her sole desire to help us dream. The sophisticated colour palette intertwines soft, earthy base notes, accenting them with tones of brightest vivacity, like jewels set in a crown woven from leaves and branches.
Choose from unframed or framed prints on paper, or premium canvas (which can also be framed) in a variety of sizes to suit your room. Click here to shop Urban Road’s new Odyssey collection.
Whether it’s for a hallway, mudroom or in the bedroom, a bench seat is a versatile piece of furniture – a must for every home. Here’s our roundup of a variety of benches to suit any budget.
If you’re looking to invest in a quality piece of furniture, we suggest spending a little more money. These options are all priced at over $1,000. We love the Scandinavian vibes of these bench seats – the timber combined with the simple upholstered cushion top make all three of these winners. We’ve deliberately hand-selected benches that are neutral in colour in this luxury category – pieces that will stand the test of time.
There’s plenty of bench seats to choose from in the mid-range price category ($300-$1,000). The Raffles Rattan bench seat (pictured above) is a great option for achieving that relaxed boho/coastal style. It’s from Byron Bay Hanging Chairs – I just love the texture of the woven rattan top.
If you’ve got the space, why not add a bench seat to the foot of your bed? These two examples below from Life Interiors are stylish options. I love the storage in the bottom option – particularly handy if you’ve ever wondered where to store excess cushions on the bed at night!
If you’re on a budget and want to spend less than $200 on a bench seat, you’re in luck there are plenty of affordable options from a variety of mainstream stores (in fact all of the six in our roundup above are under $100)! We just recommend to check these out in store in person first or to measure up before ordering online. Some of the benches in our roundup above are petite in size so you’ll need to see if they meet your requirements.
You can see how well a bench seat can work in a front entry (pictured above and below). Team your bench seat with some hooks on the wall for accessories and you have a practical spot to pop on your shoes and grab your bag before heading outside.
Kimmy Hogan is back from maternity leave and has released what quite possibly could be her best collection yet! These dreamy floral illustrations are available on paper or canvas.
Photography Armelle Habib
Styling Julia Green for Greenhouse Interiors, assisted by Aisha Chaudhry, Janneke Coyle and Jessica Retallack
After welcoming her third child into the world last year, digital artist Kimmy Hogan spent her maternity leave exploring new ideas for her artwork minus the pressure or expectation of deadlines she had known prior.
“I wanted to break away from my formal style in favour of something more abstract and free flowing,” Kimmy says. New colours, lines and compositions form a part of this new body of work, the result being a collection that encapsulates the feeling of being free to drift away.
Four new works printed on paper and canvas, aptly titled Sway, Drift, Blush and Wonder are available to order through Greenhouse Interiors.
“When it came to styling my home, I wanted to create a light and bright space with pieces I loved,” Marcia explains. “Even though some pieces aren’t technically kid-friendly (hello white sofa!), I just modified by adding throws.”
Marcia worked with interior stylist Crystal Bailey to create a chic yet relaxed abode. Combining boho and coastal luxe design elements, the colour palette is neutral, with pops of colour and plenty of greenery, including Marcia’s healthily over-sized fig tree (“I have no idea how I’ve kept it alive!”).
Thanks to a fabulously global lifestyle courtesy of her successful online platform Not So Mumsy, Marcia has incorporated pieces from her travels into her home, and many of the artworks are pictures from her trips. She also appreciates sustainable wares with a human story, such as her Klaylife chandelier with clay beads hand-rolled by a community of women in South Africa, and her Beni Ourain rug from Tigmi Trading, which was made by artisans in Morocco.
With its abundant natural light, original floors and stained-glass windows, Marcia’s home radiates charm with a modern touch.
“I DIDN’T WANT A SHOW HOME. I WANT A FAMILY HOME THAT FEELS COSY AND WHERE THE KIDS CAN RUN AND JUMP – THEY JUST NEED TO TAKE SHOES OFF FIRST!”
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I’ve always wanted to do a staycation in my own home city, but there hasn’t been a hotel that’s got me excited enough to book in. That of course changed when I discovered The Calile Hotel – a brand new hotel in Brisbane.
Photography (first four images) Sean Fennessy / Photography (rest of images) Mark Zeidler
There’s something quite unique about doing a staycation in your own home town – I’d highly recommend it as you see the city in a total different light – as a tourist. You try new cafes that you might not necessarily get to normally, explore surrounding shops at a more leisurely pace (no need to worry about the parking meter expiring) and if you forget to bring something – home is not too far away!
So what did I love about The Calile Hotel? Everything. This hotel is very much focussed on details. Every single detail within the hotel was so well thought out and beautifully designed. A hotel should inspire you, and that’s exactly how I felt while there, so many ideas within the hotel and some that I’d love to implement (on a smaller scale/level) in my future home. Travel should always inspire, and this staycation certainly did that.
Our poolside room featured rose pink walls, cork floors and rosé-tinged marble details throughout and oh, a heavy-handed splash of brass (yaasss). It had me oohing and ahhing at every turn. Like a kid in a candy shop I spent the next twenty minutes after check-in going over every single little thing in the room – from the blockout blinds (that yes make the room completely black so you can sleep in), to the custom made circular mini bar, to the brass bin (I’m still trying to hunt one down for myself). And of course the view of the pool from the balcony is fantastic. It was calling my name, so of course I had to oblige.
The pool area is gorgeous. I found myself lusting over the mint striped umbrellas and all of the design details within the cabanas – from the circular inset ceiling, arch-shaped breeze blocks, linen curtains, and even a ceiling fan and speakers – they really did think of it all. I so want to recreate the look in my future home! Hellenika restaurant is located on the pool level, and you can order off their poolside menu whilst lounging about on their deck chairs or cabanas (order the zucchini trips – trust me – they’re highly addictive). And Hellenika even seat guests in some of the cabanas, they just convert the middle of the day bed into a table – genius.
The Calile Hotel is in my opinion, a world-class hotel and is no doubt a destination in itself. Interstate and international readers reading this – add Brisbane to your itinerary and book a stay! Click here to book your stay.
At the start of each year I always feel a spring clean coming on. It’s that time of year to set yearly goals and give the home a full tidy. Here’s some great products to get your laundry, home office and wardrobe super organised.
In the laundry, things can look scrappy pretty quickly – a mismatch of ugly laundry bottles/products, and clothes strewn all over the place. Organisation is paramount in this space. A hanging rail is essential for hanging hand washed and delicate items. I love this leather hanging rail from H&G Designs pictured above – they also work for the wardrobe with a shorter hanging strap (I believe they can also custom design to suit your needs).
A drying rack is also an essential – I personally don’t like plastic/metal ones as they rust over time from wet washing. They’re just not practical in the long run and not all that pretty to look at either. But when I stumbled across this Everyday Drying Rack from George & Willy I rejoiced – finally a company making beautiful racks that won’t rust, and last the test of time. The only downside is that it doesn’t hold a lot – but it’s a great one for smaller loads of washing or delicates that can’t go in the dryer. Plus look how it folds up (see image below) – it neatly sits flat on the wall so won’t take up lots of space when not in use.
Is it just me, or are pretty much all laundry products from the supermarket ugly in terms of packaging? If you want to give your laundry a quick refresh that won’t cost much – how about pouring your cleaning products into clear glass bottles and adding custom labels? These ones from Boxwood Avenue (pictured above) are free to download (click here for it) – you just need to print them out yourself on sticker paper. I think I’ve found an easy task for myself to complete this weekend.
If you can’t be bothered with all of that and are hunting for beautiful, simple-looking products for the laundry (and bathroom) I can recommend Murchison-Hume and Bondi Wash products also (pictured below).
Total laundry goals right here – pictured above is Jillian Harris’ amazing laundry. Gosh look how organised it is, and I just adore that cute laundry tub on wheels. Unfortunately it’s from the US and looks to be out of stock at the moment, so I’ve rounded up three other stylish options from Australian retailers below (simply click on each to shop).
TOP 3 LAUNDRY BASKETS
If you work from home, you’ll know the struggle is real trying to keep everything looking tidy and not like a bomb hit the place (as my office looks on some days)! I’ve recently come across Marie Kondo (through her new Netflix show Tidying Up) and have been inspired now to organise products according to like items and also use boxes to compartmentalize smaller items like cords and paperclips etc. This set of three wire storage baskets from Mustard (above) come in a range of colours and were made to fit their line of lockers (which are also super handy for office storage – see below). More great office storage solutions below…
TOP 3 OFFICE DRAWERS
When it comes to wardrobe organization – I find drawers within wardrobes to be hugely helpful in keeping everything tidy. Hanging clothes up immediately after washing/drying is something else I have a habit of, otherwise the pile of clothing can start to accumulate and clutter up the bedroom. If you’re tight for hanging space, only hang that season’s clothing up - for example in the summer I only hang my summer wardrobe - anything suitable for winter (jackets, coats, long pants etc) get stored inside a couple of suitcases until it’s time to bring them out again (and then I store away summer clothing). Even if you have oodles of hanging space I find this helpful in locating clothing - you don’t want to be sifting through a dozen coats in the middle of summer when all you want is a t-shirt!
For fashionistas, an open wardrobe might be something of a consideration – I could see this piece above (from Curious Grace) in a beautiful dressing room. And only hanging and displaying your most beloved pieces (colour coordinated of course)! Jewellery and shoes also need a home – I’ve rounded up a few stylish storage pieces below.