Diamond In The Rough Series: Episode 1 'Albert Park'

Em and I have  a lot in common (obviously) we studied all the same things, love our footy and share a passion for old homes that need a little bit of TLC. So, one afternoon Em said - 'I've had a great idea'.. and I reckon it was! This was how this new blog series was born.

Define diamond in the rough: one having exceptional qualities or potential but lacking refinement or polish.

What Em and I will be doing, is traipsing around Melbourne to find distinguished old homes that have been left a little too long and the years have aged them (some REALLY badly) and show you through them, talk you through what work would need to be done (even $$ wise) and then we may even give some tips on what we'd do if we had a stack of cash just lying around!

Firstly, welcome to the Albert Park Residence

A bit of history of the property: it has been in the family since 1965 & has had no one live in it for the past 6 years... to us the fact that someone DID live here even 6 years ago is mind blowing. As we walked through, the front 2 rooms were beautiful with open fire places and beautiful cornices and ceiling roses. The floorboards were wonderful and raw but it was a shock when we walked through to the kitchen and "outhouse"... is that what you call it? The photo's hardly do it justice, but it was a little bit of a must see to believe. However, an amazing large backyard and garage with lane entry awaited us. If you know Albert Park, car parking is at a massive premium so that just added a bonus tick. Ahhh the POTENTIAL!!! As Em and I scanned the outside and looked up, it's a funny feeling to share the same emotions and we just kept saying to each other... "..what you could do with this place.." & "the bones are just magical" & "Let's make money so we can start buying these and doing them justice"... (insert nice investor with money to spend and trust in E & H Design to create magic HERE)!!!

Upstairs was just another shock... tiny laughs kept escaping - WHAT IS GOING ON HERE!!!! There was some nice carpet in the bedroom that overlooked the backyard, with a bathroom next door where everything was SO old I truly believe it came built with the house!! But the front bedroom was beautiful, big and the view was special. Just poking through you can see the water. Yep, cue "water views" in real estate speak!! Then Em said, what's this stair case just here? Should we go up?" ...well of course, we MUST see everything. It was literally a staircase to nothing.. just a higher water view and view out to the street. Confusing - what was that built for?! Let us know if you have any ideas because we're stumped. 

Anyway, enough rambling - enjoy our pics and videos and Ep. 2 will discuss what you need to spend and tips on what we'd personally do. 

E & H Design visits Den Fair

A few weeks ago, Em and I braced the rainy Melbourne weather and headed into the Exhibition Building to visit all the amazing brands and suppliers at Den Fair.


Imagine a huge warehouse room and fill it with hundreds of beautiful interior products - that's Den Fair. It is a texture heaven and a feast for the eyes. Walking through, there were definitely a few stand out's which we've listed below! But ultimately it's a great opportunity for suppliers and designers to meet, chat and discuss new products, new technologies and see the up and coming trends.

  1. Fred International (Melbourne showroom coming soon!!)
  2. Zuster
  3. Meizai
  4. Designer Rugs
  5. Cadry's
  6. Kerry Armstrong Art

Enjoy our pics from the day below! 

Love Han & Em x

A Weekend Away in Daylesford

A big part of inspiration is getting off the beaten track and going places you've never been before...it's a way to open your eyes to discovery. 

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Having never been to Daylesford before, I took a leap of faith and booked an Air BnB ..it looked like a cute little farm house, styled well and inviting. It was much more! Alicia was a fabulous host and we arrived to the fire going and bread and butter for toast in the morning. Perfect!

The next morning my partner and I woke up early and discussed what to do for the day... my list was a lot longer than his with places I wanted to visit, see and discover. So, being a true melbournian couple, we went for a walk about the property (#farmlife) and then made our way into town for coffee. 

"Where's good for coffee?" ...the ultimate and potential morning breaking decision... bad coffee leaves a bad taste in your mouth and your wallet. So, we made an executive decision that we'd try Larder Cafe (click on the link to see it in all its coffee glory). 

Then, it was a look at ALL of the shops... I think we managed to go into nearly every one, enjoying the vintage shops, beautiful women's clothing shops and of course the homewares shops. I've listed my favourites below.

Then, SURPRISE! A massage was lined up for me at the beautiful Hepburn Bath House... I was spoilt rotten! When I was picked up we stopped by Hepburn Springs to browse the incredible store Found At Hepburn. I had been following them on Instagram and it certainly did NOT disappoint! 

I won't bore you with everything other minute detail about our weekend, so instead I've listed all the cafes, restaurants, fromageries and shops (and even a bar) you need to try and see if you're in Daylesford next!!!

Cafes to try:

  1. Larder Cafe
  2. Kouklas
  3. Cliffy's

Restaurants to try:

  1. Perfect Drop
  2. Mercato
  3. Sault

You MUST get cheese & wine from: The Fromagerie Cheese Bar (22 Raglan St, Daylesford)

Have a drink after dinner at The Belvedere Social (you could also eat dinner here too..thank me later)

And finally... the shops to spend your hard earned cash:

  1. Harry & Me
  2. Manteau Now
  3. Bromley & Co.
  4. Mill Markets

Love Han x 

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