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Monday
May232016

Still Monday and I need more coffee

If you'd rather start (or in my case continue) your Monday with a hit of caffeine in a dark, albeit stylish cave then perhaps Abbots & Kinney by Adelaide-based architects studio-gram will help you ease into the week. If I was drinking a cappuccino in the last cafe then it's definitely short blacks here. The added bonus is that if good coffee and great surrounds aren't enough to cure your Mondayitis I hear the pastry is to die for.

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Monday
May232016

Mondays need coffee

One sure fire cure for Mondayitis is a cup of coffee at your favourite, local cafe. And if my local coffee joint had as much pastel meets subtropical meets neon sign goodness then I might just stay for a second. Hang on .... I stay for a second cup anyway. It's all bright light through shop windows, painterly touches, brass, man buns and La Marzocco at Mr Hoffman in Niddrie, Melbourne by designer Joanne Motee.

Monday
May092016

Finca Las Tenadas

I think it's a first. I honestly believe we have never featured an events complex on the blog. It wasn't a hard decision though when the space was designed by Isabel López-Quesada. Just 15 minutes from Madrid, Finca Las Tenadas is a series of barns beautifully redefined by López-Quesada and landscape designer Fernando Martos. A fairytale setting for fabulous functions don't you think? Makes me almost want to get married again ... oops I mean renew my vows.

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Sunday
May082016

Sunday at the brewery

Instead of spending a fourth day in a row painting, I am dreaming about being in Stellenboschis, South Africa at this wonderful brewery called Wild Clover. Designed by Inhouse, this brewery also comprises a restaurant and deli and is a really fun space. The central focus of the space is no doubt the brewery itself. This room is sheathed in glass, allowing guests to view the beer-making process, which reinforces the foundations of the brand. manner. The bar and tasting area display impressive design elements such as striking pendant fittings suspended overhead that literally put the location's name up in lights! Guests can make a quick pitstop at the feature bar, which is crafted from timber and edged with beveled tiles, to sample Wild Clover’s special brews. Other design elements contribute to the contemporary aesthetic, such as randomly placed white and grey hexagonal tiles amalgamated into the sealed concrete flooring. Another truly unique feature comprises four floor-to-ceiling Perspex columns, each containing an essential ingredient of beer: yeast, barely, hops and water. To create a sense of privacy, a steel screen was installed to conceal the bathroom doors from the tasting room. The clever use of beer bottles built into this structure further reinforces the brand personality. Additionally, refurbished wine barrel lids are displayed on the wall parallel. The restaurant area is decorated with unusual brass pipe light fittings that heighten the undeniably quirky aesthetic. Brown banquet leather seating offers a comfortable yet stylish zone to enjoy the many delicious delights available from the outlet’s deli and kitchen.

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Wednesday
Apr272016

Dining under the trees

Verandah Restaurant by GamFratesi or The Ugly Duckling by Hecker Guthrie? Why choose? I'll take both.