Trentham… tiny town that’s right on trend

It’s tucked away, but the little town of Trentham has serious street cred. An award-winning French country-style restaurant, a ramshackle timber pub, design-savvy holiday stays, great bookstore, peppering of little cafes and a genuine community feel. They call this ‘cool country’, and that’s right in so many ways. See my story in the December/January edition of  Australian Traveller




California dreaming… Palm Springs pyjama party anyone?

True to their word, Visit California ‘Dream Big’ indeed. An entourage from the US sunshine state
welcomed Australian media and others to a fabulous night at Melbourne’s stylish, high rise restaurant Vue de Monde. Actually, looking out the twinkling lights and city towers, it felt a little like being in LA. Macadamia cocktails, truffle marshmallows, Waygu beef and divine little deconstructed pavlovas were part of an amazing meal. Guests were invited to dream big and reveal their dream trip to California. Highway One, helicopter across the Grand Canyon, tour the Napa Valley wine region, chill out in Santa Barbara, stroll Venice Beach or the Santa Monica boardwalk, spot a star  in West Hollywood.  almost too many choices! No doubts here… the chance to explore the mid century modern architecture, retro resorts and inimical  style of Palm Springs  – with the occasional martini, and tour of the Palm Springs Architecture and Design Centre, due to open in November 2014, are definitely on MY list.

Pyjama party in Palm Springs anyone?




A big bird and two top galleries in London

London-based Worldwide Accom rent gorgeous London apartments, Paris pieds-a-terre

and heavenly Italian villas and apartments. Check out their website

if you are headed to Europe, and their blog – here’s a sample…ImageImage

Read the rest of this and other blogs on the Worldwide Accom website.


Oriental treasures – Crystal Magazine

The international art market has had some dramatic ups and downs, particularly

since the GFC, but the Chinese art market has been especially impressive. While it

has eased back a little in line with their ‘slowing’ economy (and countries around the globe wish their

economies were as even a fraction as strong) they continue to buy back their heritage, acquiring art

and especially objects of Oriental provenance at sometimes breathtaking prices.

CRYSTAL magazine, Issue 9, 2013_Art

See Oriental Treasures in the mid year edition of Crown’s exquisitely produced Crystal magazine.

Click on the link to read the story
STAL magazine, Issue 9, 2013_Art