Monday, November 28, 2011

Fleur Wood Avalon Pop-Up Shop

Summer is almost here (although this weather is keeping us in suspense), and we’ve just opened a pop-up shop in Avalon on Sydney’s northern beaches to celebrate the season. It’s filled with all my favourite elements, great furniture, gorgeous trinkets, and as well as selected spring/summer pieces you’ll find some more unique pieces, including one-off samples.
We're open until March 6th, so be sure to come and pay us a visit next time you're in the area.

Fleur Wood Avalon
4/42-44 Old Barrenjoey Road
Tel: 02 9918 4992

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Edward Mapplethorpe

There’s nothing like a little serendipity while travelling. When Nick, Billy and I were in New York recently, we went for lunch at 'inoteca in the Lower East Side and Billy started working his charm on the table next to us. As it happens, one of the people at the next table was Edward Mapplethorpe, brother of Robert Mapplethorpe and an acclaimed photographer in his own right. Quite aside from his abstracts and nudes, he is also renowned for his portraits of babies, particularly 1-year-olds. He is currently working on a book of these portraits. Billy must have really played his cards right, as Edward offered to take a portrait of him. We’re crossing our fingers that this photo finishes up in the book, too. But either way, I wanted to share this picture of our gorgeous boy. How adorable?

Check out Edward's website:
If you're ever in New York be sure to look him up and get a portrait taken of your kid.

Portrait of Billy Bryant by Edward Mapplethorpe

Friday, November 18, 2011

Jeff Leatham

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a dinner with Myer in Melbourne to celebrate the work of American florist Jeff Leatham. If you haven’t heard of him, he’s the creative director of flowers for the Hotel Georges V in Paris (nice work if you can get it!), and is also the go-to guy for celebrities including Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah, and he did the flowers for both Chelsea Clinton’s and Eva Longoria’s weddings (alas, the latter didn’t go the distance). He’s known as the rock ’n roll florist and even has his own TV show.  

I can say that his work is unbelievably beautiful, bringing a real modernity to the game, along with the use of truly lush, deep colours. It was such a sublime evening, with the table glittering with over $90,000 worth of Waterford crystal and a delicious menu that included lobster and and duck. Jeff proved to be a charming host, as he regaled us with tales from the life of a celebrity florist, with all of us believing we were at a glittering soirée in Paris by the end of the night.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Billy

It was Billy's 1st Birthday on Saturday and the girls in the office threw him a wonderful surprise party.  They decorated the office with balloons and bought him a delicious carrot cake from Bourke Street Bakery, not to mention the most gorgeous bike for him to cruise around the studio. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fleur Wood on the Fields Competition

A big thank you to everyone who entered our Spring Races competition.  We have been inundated with fantastic photographs of you sporting Fleur Wood on the Fields and it was very hard to pick a winner.  I was lucky enough to be judging Fashions on the Fields on Oaks Day in Melbourne and there were some great outfits but I have to say our competition entries were just as good, in fact the winner was a runner-up
in the Best Dressed Classic Racewear category at Randwick. 
Congratulations to Rachel Fenwick, the lucky winner of $1000 Fleur Wood gift voucher!

Our Winner - Rachel Fenwick

Thursday, November 10, 2011


So how come nobody has ever told me about Daylesford? The beautiful spa town. The foodie haven. The best kept secret in rural Victoria. Just a ninety minute drive from Melbourne, Daylesford was a complete revelation. There are few places in the whole of Australia that offer more pampering or better food.  A big thank you to Tourism Victoria for introducing me to such a great find and for organising our fantastic trip.

After a very hectic couple of weeks of travelling to New York and Melbourne for the races, I was very happy to have a relaxing few days with my husband, Nick and our son, Billy, in what can only be described as absolute heaven.

First dinner was at our cottage, Lakeleigh, which as the name suggests, overlooks the lovely lake. It’s a real picture postcard residence, with a lovely warm glow.  Our chef, who came courtesy of Tourism Victoria, was Christian Reuther of Ego Cakes and Catering.  He’s one of Victoria’s top chefs, and has just opened up a terrific café in Daylesford with the snappy name of Culinaria. His slow-roasted pork was to die for.


Daylesford became a foodie haven after the chef Alla Wolf- Tasker opened up The Lake House in the mid-eighties.  It put the town on the global culinary map. Dinner in the two-hatted restaurant overlooking the lake is an absolute must.

The Lake House

The Wolf-Tasker’s latest venture, the Wombat Hill café in the beautiful Wombat Hill botanic gardens, is another treat. They call it their ‘house in the gardens.’ The décor is beautiful and so is the food. Alla’s daughter, Larissa, has done an exquisite job.
Make sure to try the local spring water, as well.

Lunch at Lavandula, a beautiful Swiss Italian farm surrounded by stunning lavender fields, as the name suggests, is another must-do.  It is also a great place for kids.

No trip to Daylesford is complete without a spa treatment.  I was lucky enough to squeeze in two, in between my busy schedule of meals and more meals.  Both of the main spa retreats in town have been recently renovated, and are both very stylish. At Peppers I got an amazing relaxing and revitalising mud wrap.
 At Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, I got a fantastic massage and minerals spa.
On our last night we had dinner at Kazuki’s, a fabulous new restaurant in the old Raglan hotel. It was set up by chef Kazuki Tsuya, who used to work at the Lake House, and is a Japanese inspired modern bistro. The night we were there it was full of chefs, which is always a good sign.  Nick and I both agreed it was the best meal we’ve had this year, worth travelling to Daylesford, alone.

Peppers Mineral Spa

So for a weekend break or a longer holiday, Daylesford is one of the most restful and relaxing locations I have come across in Australia, only risk is that you might come back a couple of kilos heavier.