Get Your Dad Some Eye-Catching Bespoke Luggage This Father’s Day

July are relatively new kids on the block in the luxury luggage sphere, but they’ve sure made an impact in the short time they’ve been around! Whether you have one of those pedantic Dads who labels absolutely everything before a trip, or one who might need a nudge in the organisation department, this is the gift for them.

International travel might be off the cards for a while, but if there is a silver lining to come from the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re tipping it will be the rediscovery of our beautiful own ‘backyard’ – so to speak. Regional Australia needs our love right now… so help Dad start dreaming about a closer-to-home summer getaway with July’s innovative Carry On suitcase – complete with in-built USB charger! Or for the more indecisive packer, the Checked Luggage suitcase is fit for all purposes! 

Or if your father figure is more of a

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Shop Slick Homewares And Suave Lamps For Father’s Day With Cult

Cult has been curating the slickest products from international and local designers for the best part of 20 years. They are also one of the most impressive local retailers putting Australian design on the map! So it makes sense that their range of sleek home accoutrements are always high on our list of covetable gift ideas.

You might laugh at me for telling you these rubbish bins are something of a religion in Europe but it’s true. Danish brand Vipp has achieved God-like status in European design, and its minimal, well-engineered functional designs totally live up to the hype! To complete the kitchen accessories set, Cult’s Vipp offering also includes an haute salt and pepper shaker set, porcelain espresso cups and a steel-lidded breadbox.

Or if your Dad enjoys a tipple, these seriously fancy Sferico glasses are the perfect find. They come in a range of distinctive shapes and

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One Last Decorating Detail to Update

When it comes to making your house truly your home – every little decorating detail matters.

I have pretty much transformed every surface in my house over the 5 years since we moved to the lake. I still had one small detail to update though. It was not a big deal in the grand scheme of updating and decorating a house, but for me getting this last detail updated by adding my own style was a very big deal.

It is the last part of the house where the previous owner’s tastes still exists and it has taken me 5 years to get it done…. talk about procrastination!!!

Before gearing up to decorate the house for fall, I thought I would finally get this detail updated.

Old vinyl Contact brand shell motif adhesive shelf liner.

I am 5’5″ tall and only see the bottom shelf when I open my kitchen cabinets above the stove where the previous

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Browse These Father’s Day Favourites With 25% Off Thames & Hudson Australia! – The Design Files

Books are THE quintessential Father’s Day gift, but spicing it up from the average sports biography or crime thriller can sometimes feel a little risky. Thankfully, in partnership with Thames & Hudson Australia we’ve done the heavy lifting for you in that department. Here’s our roundup of our top Father’s Day picks from the publisher’s range of Dad-worthy titles, which you can shop – right from this story!

Rather than a classic hardback from the military history section, opting for some unorthodox nonfiction stories is a more creative gift idea. From an illustrated history of colour to the ten drinks that shaped Australia, these titles take a refreshing and interesting approach to forgotten pasts.

On the other hand, large-format art books are a pretty fail-safe approach, particularly if they concern local artists! Go behind the scenes of street art legend Rone’s murals and installations, or take a deep dive

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Entering Lost Worlds With Oh Hey Grace Ceramics

Grace Brown’s fascination with dislocated civilisations, lost cities and dystopian futures feels eerily prescient of the year we’re having. The difference being mainly that Grace’s mission is to transport her viewer to a weirder, more mysterious realm. Never did she expect us to be living in one!

Despite this uncanny parallel, the artful, maze-like constructions she makes under under the moniker Oh Hey Grace still function beautifully as an escapist portal from our currently stationary lives! Inspired by the works of M. C. Escher, her tiny twisting cities resemble miniature metropolises.

Though 2020 has been a whirlwind for all of us, this unforgettable year has yielded a shift in Grace’s practice. Still retaining her geometric architectural silhouettes, she has stepped away from functional objects to explore the more sculptural side of her craft. Ahead of Lost Worlds, her debut solo show at Stockroom in Kyneton (on now until November),

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A Day In The Life Of Fred’s Head Chef, Danielle Alvarez

Danielle Alvarez has always been interested in cooking, but she never imagined it would become her job, let alone in a restaurant on the other side of the world. 

The Florida native initially studied art history, before switching to professional cooking. Her first cooking job was an internship at three Michelin star restaurant, The French Laundry, in the Napa Valley, followed by a stint in San Francisco, where she began defining the type of chef she wanted to be. ‘I was very interested in the small farms and the incredible tasting organic produce that finds its way into so many kitchens in San Francisco,’ she says. 

Danielle went on to spend four years at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley, before a holiday to Australia changed everything. ‘It was actually on that first trip that I just had that feeling that I needed to come back here,’ she says. ‘I

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