A Part Of Me

Guest Blog by Libby Hanson

An object of significance to me ? …. I thought about this for some time.

Is it the terracotta garden pedestal and bowl I love that came from my Mum’s garden?

Is it the old lounge suite from my Grandma? … Yes it’s that old!! And comfy, so comfy.

Is it all the pieces of ruby glass that I have?

No, none of those ….

It’s the dresser, side board, hutch, or whatever you call it, that takes pride of place in my home.

It came to us in the early 1970s from my late husband Tony’s family. Made of the most beautiful oak, very early Australian, elegant but chunky. A very heavy piece.

But covered in white enamel paint!!

It took him hours and hours to strip it back to its former glory. Not to mention the hours of sand-papering that followed. So yes, very significant.

It has had a few moves with us. From Norwood, to Marryatville, Kensington Gardens, Wattle Park, and now back in Norwood.

A part of me.

Libby went nursing when she left school. The old style training in hospital. She worked in operating theatres and learnt a lot from some amazing surgeons (including how to swear!). She then got into catering and cooked for gourmet shops around town (her Mum was a fantastic cook and she’d learnt a lot from her). She had the opportunity to buy a business in the Adelaide Central Market called ‘Gourmet to Go’. Fantastic place to work. Lovely customers. Lovely suppliers. After 10 years, back into a busy GP clinic. (GPs work so hard and are there for everyone – admirable people.) Then came retirement and she loves it.  Playing bridge as much as she can. Playing Pétanque every Sunday in the parklands and then enjoying lunch with the crew on the balcony of the Exeter Hotel in Rundle Street. And having a ‘sleep over’ once a week with her grandkids (24 hours with those two is always fun!).

OLIO’s Adelaide 2019

There’s nothing else like it in Adelaide!

Join a small group of like-minded people for a one day tour to meet, greet and learn about Adelaide’s new, vintage, handmade and custom home furniture and objects.

The first OLIO’s ADELAIDE tour for 2019 will be on Saturday 23rd February. Let me share with you a selection of the Adelaide people and places who create and collect the furniture and objects, and provide the home services, I love.

“A wonderful opportunity for a curated experience of styles, textures and structures, and of creative people and businesses.”

“A very informative and fun filled day. Met beautiful people and nibbled on fantastic food too.”

“Fabulous day. I learnt lots from some really inspiring people who deserve to be noticed. Thank you all so much.”


Relatable Luxury

Housed in a historic flatiron building in the heart of San Francisco, Proper is a fresh take on the quintessential urban hotel experience.

Proper Hospitality unveiled its first project in June 2016 with Hollywood’s Proper Residences, then followed up with its first hotel in San Francisco (hotels in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Austin are in the works.)

Though each property celebrates the unique personality of its respective city, what they have in common is relatable luxury, hip amenities, and a striking look masterminded by famed interior designer Kelly Wearstler.

Wearstler’s trademark style is evident in the collage of clashing patterns, vintage furniture, bold fabrics and custom pieces. All set within beautifully preserved original details.

Basically, Proper Hotel San Francisco is the coolest kid on the block.

Proper Hotel San Francisco

Modern American Glamour

Jonathan Adler is an American potter, designer and author.

“My pottery teacher in college told me I had no talent and I should move to New York City and become a lawyer. It was the best advice I never took. Every creative person needs a naysayer to rebel against.”

Initially Jonathan taught pottery classes in exchange for studio space and, after iconic store Barneys New York placed an order, spent several years as a production potter.

He then started working with Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organisation that connects designers with craftspeople in developing countries. While in Peru visiting pottery studios, he was inspired by South American textiles and started designing cushions, throws and rugs.

He opened his first store in 1998.

Today his designs are sold all over the world through his stores and other retailers and includes pottery (always), furniture, textiles, lighting and all manner of home décor pieces.

He describes his work as Modern American Glamour and believes that fearlessness is the secret to great interior style.

“Don’t worry about any so-called rules. We live in an ‘anything goes world’, and if you love it, it will work. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Jonathan Adler

Life’s Journey

Guest Blog by Catherine Clifton

It’s not of great financial value or a family heirloom but my Johnson Brothers ‘Eternal Beau’ crockery serves to remind me of my life journey and brings me joy every time I use it. The crockery collection is made up of two sets of four – one gifted to me by my aunts for my 21st birthday and the other by my parents as part of our wedding gift to ensure we had a setting for eight. They were used on our bridal table when we got married and have been in constant use ever since. If I’m to be honest, that would be 30 years!

Yes, we do own other crockery but something draws me back to this set, whether we’re eating takeaway food or Christmas lunch. Even a snag off the barbecue looks a little fancier on the ‘Eternal Beau’. As I was putting it away recently, it occurred to me that I probably should retire it because everyone has eaten more than their fair share of meals off it but I’m yet to see anything with which to replace it. Homewares designer Sarina Mascheroni was responsible for the design – an octagonal shape and delicate floral pattern – which was a big hit for Johnson Brothers. If I saw it on the shelf today I’d still buy it.

At the time it stood out from the rows and rows of round and oval plates in the department store (I can’t remember which one but possibly John Martin’s). I liked its edges – hard lines, perhaps – softened with a pink and green floral pattern. It’s the only floral print I own; you won’t find flowers on our linen or soft furnishings or even clothing.

Now when it’s used it stirs memories, and not just for me. A friend reminded me the other day about the time we used the china for a Melbourne Cup soirée in Outback SA, trading paper plates for something a little more like Flemington, or so we liked to think. The octagonal floral dinner plate may be old hat but it still gets the nod of approval from appreciative friends who are over over-sized plates and draw the line at eating off boards.

It’s not just the design which has endured but also the quality. We’re a dessert bowl down but the rest of the collection is in original condition, not a chip to be seen. It’s survived a three-year stint in the Outback, several renovations at our Adelaide abode, two boisterous boys and many a merry gathering. I’ve always loved cooking and feeding friends and family, and the ‘Eternal Beau’ is a lovely reminder of those occasions.

Catherine Clifton is a journalist and freelance writer. She had a 25-year career with News Corp and was the editor of Adelaide Matters magazine for more than a decade.

Visually Stimulating

Designer David Scott is an expert in luxury interiors and an avid collector of contemporary art.

Visually stimulating, yet extremely functional, his interiors gracefully meld the timeless elegance of the past with today’s modern life.

“There is a sensuality in all the furnishings I select. I think about how one line relates to the next, and am always creating harmonious, subtle relationships between all of the pieces.”

David is an alum of the prestigious New York School of Interior Design. For me, studying his interiors is like taking a master class in classic proportions for contemporary life.

David Scott Interiors

Spring Fling Fun

Big thanks to Kim Fogarty, co-owner of Kimberly James Furniture, for another fun night of all things interiors.

Many of us are happy to see the end of the colder, darker months. It’s the time of year for busily packing away flannelette sheets, onesies and Ugg boots. We open up our windows wide and start dreaming of balmy evenings and barbeques. But something’s not quite right. Our homes look a little tired. Yes, it’s Spring again and our homes (and us!) need a bit of a Spring Fling.

We laughed and learned over a glass of wine (or two) as we explored 21 high-impact, cost-effective design ideas to brighten up any style of home.

“Lots of different and new ideas plus using what you have at home and changing it up a bit.”

“Fun, interactive and helpful night – can’t wait for the next one!”

“I walked away with some great ideas.”

Lots more OLIO presentations to come in 2019 – I look forward to seeing you then.

Freshly Baked

Praktik Bakery Hotel, Barcelona is a boutique hotel that incorporates Baluard, the city’s best bakery.

What could be better than waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread?

The hotel is the work of local designer Lazaro Rosa-Violán and, though small, he has made it cheery with bright colors in the hallways and an airy whitewash in the rooms.

The artisanal bakery has a glass-walled view of bakers at work. Day and night, handmade boules and pastries being created by the team of local dough maven Anna Bellsolá, a third-generation baker.

Preparing for a day of Barcelona sight-seeing with the sweet addition of a pain au chocolat with your jamón, chorizo, and cheese at the breakfast buffet? That’s got to be a good thing.

Praktik Bakery Hotel

Unique Textiles

Margo Selby studio is a woven textile design company that produces exceptional quality textiles for interiors.

Margo’s expertise in weaving is central to all the product development. The design process begins with hand-woven textile concepts, which are then developed with specialist mills and artisan weavers to create unique textile products that include furnishing fabric, carpet, rugs and accessories.

“I am first and foremost a craftsperson and you can see the time spent designing on the loom in the final result. I work in an intensive and detailed way and I will often go through many versions of an idea before reaching the final design.”

Margo’s designs are inspired by her travels – “the saris of Varanasi, India; fluorescent colours from the Mexican fabrics of San Cristóbal de las Casas; and the structural qualities of contemporary Japanese weave.”

But her earliest influences were from closer to home.

“As a little girl I was inspired by my grandmother’s needlework and cross-stitch, and loved seeing her projects all over the house; I learned a lot from her.”

Margo Selby

Sheer Scale

Soho House is a group of private members’ clubs, restaurants, hotels and spas spread across the globe.

Soho House Istanbul is located in a 19th century Palazzo. Originally commissioned by an Italian shipbuilder as his palatial residence, it was later used as the US Embassy for most of the 20th century.

In 2016 extensive renovation work began to restore the building to its former glory.

The interiors are the work of James Waterworth, head of design for the Soho House group.

The building’s sheer scale could have been intimidating, so he’s created a series of intimate spaces with shades of blue, green and red to offset the expanses of marble.

As he points out “spectacular architecture can be both a blessing and a curse!”

Soho House Istanbul