Decor Down Under: Exploring Hip, Hot (and Oh-So Cool) Australian Style

Decor Down Under: Exploring Hip, Hot (and Oh-So Cool) Australian Style

Catrin Morris
Jan 27, 2011

In honor of Australia Day, Apartment Therapy is celebrating the best of Australian design and home decor blogs and magazines. Sure, we are a day late (actually, two days late on Australia's clock) but better late than never!

Maybe you are hip to the Australian scene. You probably know that Australians never actually use the expression "shrimp on the barbie" (they say "prawn"), and you may even know that very few people there actually drink Foster's lager. But did you know that Australia is among the coolest, hippest, and most innovative countries when it comes to design, interior decorating, art and style? Full disclosure: I have an Australian mother and an Australian passport. But I also lived in Melbourne for two years and can tell you firsthand that Australia isn't just ahead on the world time zone clock. The country's relative geographic isolation has made it an evolutionary breeding ground for bizarre species (duck-billed platypus, anyone?) but also for truly original and independent designers and artists. Globalization has only helped, positioning Australia as a vibrant melting pot of cultural and stylistic influences.

The list of links below provides a glimpse into this magical world down under. And you don't have to travel for a day to get there!

Australian Magazines (both print and online)

Home Life

Real Living magazine and blog

Vogue Living. Only available in print for a hefty international fee (around $95). But worth every penny. This magazine is simply brilliant.

Belle Magazine

Adore, a new Australian home and lifestyle magazine available exclusively online.

House and Garden. You can search a gallery of beautiful rooms.

New online magazine Ivy and Piper

Australian Blogs

Absolutely Beautiful Things. Anna Spiro is an interior designer in Brisbane, Queensland. One of my favorite blogs.

Daily Imprint. A fantastic source of ideas and inspiration from blogger Natalie Walton, who is also a deputy editor at Real Living magazine.

The Design Files

Desire to Inspire (co-founded by an Australian)

Modernist Australia

Table Tonic

Check out this excellent Australia regional round up on Design Sponge.

Stylefile, a fun resource for Australian fashion, accessories and designer home wares

Kelly Green.


1 Australian magazine Vogue Living.
2 // via the City Sage.
3 A century old colonial "Queenslander." Karin Agentinetta
4 A room designed by esteemed Australian interior decorator Hecker Guthrie. Daily Imprint.
5 Melbourne's fabulously hip Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. Melbourne Wanderer.

6 DuckEggBLUE, a shop in Sydney's Balmain neighborhood.
7 One of the many gorgeous Victorian terrace homes that grace Australia's cities and towns. Archithings.
8 Room shot by prolific Australian photographer Sharyn Cairns. Daily Imprint.
9 Room appearing in Real Living magazine.
10 // via the City Sage.

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