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)
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.
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
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.
Desire to Inspire (co-founded by an Australian)
• 1 Australian magazine Vogue Living.
• 2 //www.vogue.com.au/vogue+magazine/vogue+living/ 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 //www.vogue.com.au/vogue+magazine/vogue+living/ via the City Sage.