Friday, April 1, 2016

TRAVEL | DAYLESFORD @ ST.ETIENNE










As school holidays crept closer we found out in the last minute that our trip to Tasmania wasn't going to be working out as we had hoped, so we quickly re-arranged our plans to an escape to the charming town of Daylesford, Victoria. We had visited this little gem once before when the kids were really young, but we had done the trip as a simple day venture. This time we made sure we had at least 3 days and nights to explore this wonderful region.

Daylesford is famed for its naturally occurring mineral springs and exquisite local produce invites you to soak up the goodness and enjoy its day spas. There are plenty of restaurants, galleries, wineries, boutique shops and markets. The best thing is you have nature at your doorstep and yet you are never far away from a great cup of coffee or a delicious meal.

We thought we would have some difficulties in finding an accommodation with a family focus (as the main tourism to this regions are couples), but after some searching we finally found a place that had everything we were looking for!  

St. Etienne is a Federation home from 1912, located right in the heart of Daylesford. This three-bedroom home maintains its period features whilst adopting a minimalist and contemporary style in the native surrounds of a woodland garden. Just a five minute walk from Lake Daylesford and 450 metres from the township (Vincent Street), St. Etienne also includes a few creature comforts should you decide to stay indoors including a welcome hamper with locally made treats, Netflix and free Wi-Fi. 

St. Etienne has been redesigned by a husband and wife team with two tots in tow and a mutual passion for all things design. Every room has a history of its own and the careful design choices for each room were so wonderful. The kids loved every second we had here. They quickly found the toy shelf in the kitchen and the playful design choices such as a denim Smeg fridge, colourful artworks by Michel Quarez and the amazing Byron Bay hanging chair in one of the bedrooms were all met by squeals of delight! It was a visual feast and it was so easy to feel the holiday calmness spread over us as there was everything you could have wished for. The delicious hamper that was provided had a great selection of Daylesford goodies and the navy inspired kitchen comes armed with everything you need to cook delicious homemade meals. We especially enjoyed the custom made cabinets and all the state of the art appliances by Miele and Smeg which made it so easy to cook up a storm on the nights we decided to eat at home. The cool communal table created by New Zealand designer Alastair Keating was also a big hit with the whole family. 

It was always so nice to step back into this home after a day out exploring both Wombat and Lerderberg State Forrest and all the great sights around this region. We sipped cider at the Daylesford Cider Company, walked around the beautiful town lake, grabbed coffees at the Larder, shopped vintage finds at Brick Lane Bazaar, took in the beautiful treasures at Bromley & Co and ate several good meals at the many wonderful cafes and restaurants in the area. 

It was an absolute joy to stay at this place (and I assure you this is by no means a sponsored post) it was so nice to find a home that shared our passion for design, yet done in such a great way that you didn't feel uncomfortable sharing it with curious children. it was a marvelous escape and one that made us glad that the original Tasmanian trip didn't go to plan. Instead we left Daylesford, relaxed and eager to come back for more adventures soon!

Friday, March 25, 2016

LET'S PLAY | GLOBE by MONSTRUM



A subject close to my heart, is architecture and I especially love all the new great playgrounds with a focus on architecture that is being created all around the world at the moment. In my new catagory LET'S PLAY you will find some of them that I have found and covered on the blog.

Today I want to show you The Globe designed by Danish design studio Monstrum.

“The Globe” is a great playground with the library as the center. The playground is divided into five main play areas, each representing a specific compass direction. Each play area is a story about the specific area. There areas offers different play opportunities, so that users get different play experiences depending on where you choose to play.

The playground contains small fragments and stories about nature, animals, landscapes, geology, culture and much more. The aim is to inspire, arouse children’s and adults’ knowledge desire while creating space and opportunity for play and exercise.

In the design of play areas, the emphasis is on the integration of play opportunities for children with different disabilities. At the same time we have focused on the availability on the playground with level access and a sitting area in the playground equipment.

The five areas are connected with a world tour around the house, which is marked in the floor and with stories and fun fact

Globe is designed by MONSTRUM - a studio that design and produce unique playgrounds with a focus on artistic and architectural quality. They create thematic playgrounds that fascinates and inspires both adults and children. To check out more of their great creative playground please visit their website.

The globe is located at Århus new main library and citizen service center in Denmark. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

MOMENTS | Land of Giants


Some snapshots from the weekend that passed. Over here in Victoria it was Labour Day so we had an extra day of no school to enjoy. We had some great weather so we decided to drive up into the Yarra National State Forest up in Healesville. An area that is known for great food and of course the wonderful Healesville Sanctuary. This time around we didn't visit it, instead we wanted to check out some of the magical drives they have up there in the forest and show the kids the giant trees that grows there. 

The lush ferns and trees created some amazing shadow play on the roads and as the paved roads slowly disappeared it was absolutely magic as we drove deeper and deeper into the wild. We spotted a few wild kangaroos and got a lucky snapshot of a few feeding in the high grass.  It was so nice driving with the windows down, taking in the spectacular views and the air is simply so fresh up here. The kids loved the trip and it was fun to see their faces when they spotted the giant trees. We guessed how old they might be and even tried to count the rings on one (but there were far too many to count). If you are ever in this area, visit the information center and grab a map and go exploring. There is so much to see up here, and a lot of families come up here to camp too. 

Visit Healesville's website for more information on this trip. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

SHOOT | Scotch R'belle for Girls



M wears: Allover printed Denim dress by Scotch R'belle / Beanie by Scotch R'belle / Boots by Seed.

We are beginning on a new season as the summer is drawing slowly towards its end. We are having a couple of indian summer days of late and the golden light is starting to get that magical touch. Here are a few shots from our afternoon in Flinders, and I simply love the denim dress that Dutch label Scotch R'belle has come out with for the girls this winter season. The cool allover monster hand print is great and the wonderful details such as the whale tail on neck and cuff buttons and the little copper heart that is attached to the hem of the skirt are yet another wonderful little touch that adds so much to this dress. The dress is made out of thick denim so its warm enough to take into autumn and winter yet soft enough to wear on an everyday occasion. Its easy to see how it's quickly become a new favourite in my girls wardrobe and with the generous sizing it will be something she can wear and get a lot of usage of for a few years to come!

Check out the entire AW16 range from Scotch R'belle right here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

MOMENTS | A Visit to Montalto Vinyard and Olive Grove

M wears: Cardigan by Cotton on Kids / Dress by Bobo Choses / Sandals by Walnut Melbourne.
D wears: Tee by Mini and Maximus / Jeans by I Dig Denim / Shoes by Adidas. Tote bag by Bobo Choses.

If you are ever driving around in the Red Hill area, a visit to Montalto is always a good idea. Not only do they have lovely food and wine, they also have a sculptural park which the kids will love no matter what age they are in. Pick up a glass of your liking in the piazza and take it with you as you wander the vineyard and check out some of their amazing range of sculptures. Each year there will be more on display and the ones that are popular and get's most votes get to stay in the permanent exhibition. It is such a wonderful idea and the setting of the rolling hills as you are sipping on a wine from the area is nothing but breathtaking.

Their newly renovated piazza was wonderful and a great option if you don't want to take the kids into the more formal restaurant. If you are visiting on a weekend, make sure you sign up your name on the table list and do the sculptural tour while you wait. It can be quite busy on the weekend so it's always good to be prepared and avoid any lengthy waiting periods with the kids. The stone oven baked pizza is worth the wait though, and it was the best end to a great walk among some truly creative sculptures. Some where even interactive like the big cleaning bottles and a massive wind-up music sculpture which the kids loved of course.

Hope your weekend was full of adventures & fun as well!
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