Lily of the Valley. It grows in our garden. The scent is beautiful. It’s like a present from heaven.
Whether we are in my pink dining room, outside in the garden, or just having dinner next to the fire in the kitchen, we set the mood with Billie Holiday, and I always bring out the fine china. The food is fresh, local, and organic with many ingredients from my garden. My husband is the cook. I just make it all look good.
I use the best—always (except for the children, maybe). I love Astier De Villatte (astierdevillatte.com), and I have a Coote & Co. line of porcelain that I designed with my father. I keep adding to that collection. I also love my oversize white monogrammed napkins from Guinevere in London (guinevere.co.uk).
I love the scent of Aēsop soaps and fragrances, aesop.com.
Monista Tea Co.—both the flavors and the packaging are beautiful, monista.com.au.
G by Georgia Baillieu—Georgia designs gorgeous silk scarves inspired by trips to Africa, georgiabaillieu.com.au.
Favorite Instagram Feeds (all Australian):
- Garden: Paul Bangay, @paulbangay
- Fashion: Le Louvre, @lelouvre_melbourne
- Travel: August Coveted Travel, @august__travel
- Food: du Fermier, @du_fermier
- Interiors (self plug!): Coote & Co., @cooteandco
- Antiques: Graham Geddes Antiques, @graham_geddes_antiques
- Homewares and furniture: Bragg & Co, @bragg.co
- Art: National Gallery of Victoria, @ngvmelbourne
What She’s Looking Forward To
Every November, fellow Melbourne interior designer Adelaide Bragg and I host a Masterclass called The Art of Living Well. It’s held over a weekend, and we use all elements of the property. Landscape designer Paul Bangay gives a tour of the gardens. This year, India Hicks will join us to talk about the art of entertaining. Follow @theartoflivingwell_ on Instagram for updates.
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