Bringing the Outside In: Santorini

Outside in_Santorini

Hi All,

A few years ago we travelled to Santorini with a good friend of mine and I don’t thing anything could have prepared us for the beauty that we would encounter!

I always feel like I was spoilt growing up in Sydney as it really is one of the most beautiful cities on earth, but Santorini was on a whole other level. One of those places where you really can’t take a bad photograph. This picture was taken at the top of a mountain looking down over the beach below.

One of the things I remember about Santorini are the eucalyptus trees. It may sound silly but I really didn’t know that eucalyptus trees existed anywhere outside of Australia. I thought they were exclusively from my island home. As you know it’s the only thing a Koala will eat- we have millions of these amazing trees (not millions of Koalas, sadly). So when I got to the top of that hill and smelt the amazing scent of eucalyptus it immediately transported me home. Smells can evoke such vivid memories.

Everything in Santorini is white (because the owners of these house paint them white every year, religiously) and various shades of blue. It really is an amazing sight. Pop it on your bucket list if you haven’t already!

If you want to bring a bit of the Santorini coast into your place then check out my suggestions above.


(Main photograph at the top by Lucy Gough) 1. Square sofa, Designers Guild | 2. ‘Kotor Bay Fishing Buoys’ photograph by Tim Hall, Tim Hall Photography | 3. Tatou light, by Patricia Urquiola for Flos at Clippings | 4. Agra grey marble serving board, Habitat (available in September) | 5. Liquid moon side table made entirely in resin, Dinosaur Designs.

Bringing the Outside In: Tea Gardens

Outside In_Tea Gardens

Hi All,

This week’s Outside In is from earlier this year when I went home to Australia for the summer (Australia’s summer, that is).

My family and I packed the car and headed North to a place called Soldier’s Point. The natural beauty of the place was astounding and almost every house backs onto the cove. My brother-in-law brought his boat and we would hop in and decide where we would drop the anchor once we found the right place. We had no plans and we would always choose the most secluded spot. White sand, turtles swimming, dolphins, pelicans- you name it and it was swimming or flying past us.

As one does when you’re on holidays, we decided on fish and chips (no mushy peas in Oz) and a walk which took us to Tea Gardens– a little harbour village full of pubs, fish and chips shops, hemp stores- you know, all the essentials.

This picture is of the wetlands where all the colours are like you imagine seeing in the Scottish highlands- heather, lilac, green in various shades and white from the trees that died during the drought and had turned into the colour of driftwood.

If you haven’t been to the NSW North coast I definitely think you should put it on your bucket list. Especially since it got up to about 27 degrees there this week and it’s winter!

If you want to bring a bit of Tea Gardens into your home, then take a look at the inspiration above!


1. Manzanita branch, C Best | 2. Aalto Savoy vase, numbered limited edition, Iittala at Skandium | 3. Stoneware bowl set, Home Address | 4. Iron petals pendant light, Anthropologie | 5. Velvet Orianna sofa, Anthropologie.

Bringing the Outside In: Millennium Park, Chicago

Outside In_Millenium Park

Hi All,

A few months ago we visited to Chicago for a holiday and we fell completely in love with the city!

Everybody will tell you the architecture is amazing. And you know what? They are telling the truth. There are so many different styles and they all sit together in harmony. There are also a number of black skyscrapers that I don’t feel like I had really seen before in any other city. Black steel with dark, tinted windows. Very sleek and cool, indeed.

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