Hello and Happy 2011! We had such a lovely break over the Christmas and New Year period and a heavy social calendar since our return from Melbourne. January is always a bit crazy in my family, with birthdays and all sorts of other things going on.
2011 is going to be an exciting year for our little household with some exciting plans in the works. Isobel is starting pre-school in a few weeks and this signals time for me to get on with my career and work out what is next. Stay tuned for updates!
Our holiday in Melbourne was the usual eating and drinking festival it always turns into. One place I was particularly taken with was The Ludlow Formation at Southbank on the Yarra River. Yes, the food and drink were great.....but the fitout! AWESOME. My husband is used to me picking up chairs, looking for manufacturer labels underneath and running my hands over every surface of a place I haven't been before - but I think even he got sick of my ooooh's and ahhhhh's this time round. It was just the attention to detail of the design and the quality of the workmanship and materials used that sucked me in. Very nice.
The images from the website aren't able to show the quality of the materials or how they all worked together in such cohesion. I was seriously in design heaven. I loved that they had thought so much about acoustics and had used Echo Panel on parts of the ceiling, as well as carrying the parquetry right up and across the ceiling in other parts. Surely expensive, but oh so divine.
The lighting had an industrial edge which worked well with the rest of fitout, particuarly against the warmth of all the timber used. Also, some great decorative tiles and chain curtains to really break it all up. See? Now I'm raving. I need to go and lie down.