Sydney gets a dose of Dutch style this month with the launch of Room Seven, a heart-poundingly pretty collection of ultra-femme bedding designed and produced in the Netherlands. Made in perky floral cotton and velvet prints, it’s not cheap, but you will find a little goes a long way. There are handy toy bags that you can tie to the end of a bed, duvet covers, eiderdowns, knitted blankets, frilly edged cushions, square floor pillows (pictured, $190), lampshades, nighties, pyjamas and the most adorable little kimino bathrobes.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-2pm.
Prices From $45 for cushion covers to $850 for padded patchwork quilts.
Where Sista Life, Shop 10, Library Walk, 601-611 Military Road, Mosman.
Inquiries 9969 8922.
The Bay Tree has launched British designer William Yeoward’s beautiful bone china collection in Australia. And it’s one of those things in life that is definitely worth splurging on. Choose from lovely, straight-sided teacups, rimmed bowls and plates of all kinds. The colours – hot pinks, powder blues, knocked-back limes – and detailing are out of this world. Make sure you also see Yeoward’s colourful cocktail range of tumblers and glasses in rose, amber, blue, red and pale green.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm, Sat 9.30am-3pm.
Prices From $225 for a 21cm side plate to $685 for a huge oval plate.
Where 40 Holdsworth Street, Woollahra.
Inquiries 9328 1101.
The Natural Paint Shop is offering 10 per cent off its great range of natural plant-based Livos, Bio and Organ Oil floor oils and varnishes, which are free from dangerous metals and solvents. And you won’t choke on fumes as you apply these green products. More than that, small thoughtful acts raise awareness that everything we do has an effect on the planet. Until June 30.
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-3pm.
Prices From $21 for a 250ml bottle of Livos floor oil to $362 for a 10-litre drum of the same stuff.
Where 583a King Street, Newtown.
Inquiries 9519 0433.
Bed linen Nursery
In a Sydney first, Lucienne Linens has launched an heirloom collection of monogrammed baby sheeting. Made using pure Egyptian cotton, there are fitted and flat sheets, and pillowslips with hemstitch trim and embroidery details (think monograms, rosebuds, French bows, polka dots and trellises). Also, lovely woollen blankets in white or ivory
(for bassinets, prams and cots) and pure pashmina blankets in pink, ivory and pale blue with a short fringe edging (that’s fun for pudgy fingers to tug, but won’t choke your darling bundle of joy). It’s all so beautiful, you’ll be left breathless. Look also at the bewitching Blanc d’Ivoire eiderdowns in ecru, acqua and pale apple with pompom fringes
for all ages.
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.
Prices From $28 for a 30 x 40cm pillowslip to $245 for a cot valance with embroidered rosebuds.
Where 539 Military Road, Mosman.
Inquiries 9969 4946.
Hop along to Designers Guild tomorrow for its big four-day sale, where you will find up to 70 per cent off a dazzling array of super-chic soft home furnishings and furniture. There are cushions, bed linen, rugs, towelling, sofas, beds, little tables, armchairs, lighting and children’s bedroom accessories. Also, there are good fabric remnants that are perfect for whizzing up blinds, banquette seating, stools, dining chairs and pretty much any upholstered piece. The real highlight is the variety of duvet covers in queen size, $54 (were $179). Until Monday.
Open Friday and Monday 10am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.
Prices From 50 cents for a bundle of fabric to $6500 for a massive modular five-seater sofa.
Where 79 Frenchmans Road, Randwick.
Inquiries 9326 5111.
OK, this little nugget of a breakfast tray may not be the most beautiful design in town, but it’s about as cheap and practical as you can get.
It does its job well with no annoying fold-out legs to break or seams for stray food to get stuck in. You can dress it up with an oversized, crisp linen placemat, a pink china teapot and some pretty porcelain teacups and saucers.
Where Howards Storage World stores statewide.
Inquiries 9984 1100.
Here’s a blast from the past. Guy Matthews (he pioneered the revival of industrial chic in the 1980s) has been quietly selling his idiosyncratic look from a big shop at Drummoyne for the past four years. The Victoria Road address was chosen mostly for its position (“it’s the busiest road in Sydney”) and its huge floor space. You will find his fabulous custom-made range of hoop-pine furniture – tables, stools, bookshelves, TV cabinets and kitchen chairs – and a good line-up of one-offs: Chinese fretwork building panels, $195 each, French-look armoires, 1930s Louis armchairs with original paintwork, $295 each, pewter teapots, blue-and-white porcelain, paintings and great kitchen storage jars with lids. Matthews sources much of his stock from bi-monthly visits to the lesser-known provinces in China, which he raids for European furniture from the prewar period.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun
Prices From $19 for a little timber stool to $5200 for a bespoke Georgian-style bookcase.
Where Asset Furniture, 182 Victoria Road, Drummoyne.
Inquiries 9181 2322.
If expensive European light switches are out of your reach, but you’re not prepared to settle for cheap offerings, then HPM’s super-efficient Como “wall furniture” may be the answer. Launched this month, there’s an extensive array of off-the-peg and custom-ordered accessories with slim good looks – switches, dimmers, press buttons, time delays, power points, TV and data outlets – that you can use to replace regular fittings. Unlike conventional options, you won’t be stuck with dreary, run-of-the-mill styles as Como comes with lots of gorgeous modular facings and surrounds in white, putty, charcoal, stainless steel, polished silver and solid brass.
Prices From $15 for a single light switch.
Where Major hardware outlets.