The Bismarck House is the younger sibling of a pair of semi-detached dwellings in Bondi developed by the partners of Robert Plumb Build, Bill Clifton and Will Dangar. The brief was to provide a flexible house that could be used for holiday rental or as a future city house if the clients moved out of Sydney. The house was also to be experimental and original in nature, showcasing Robert Plumb Projects’ building capacity, while also prioritising the garden, to be designed by Will’s landscape company DBS, as an integral part of the house. Continue reading on ABA’s website here.
Located on Bangalow Road, the Bower Byron Bay was opened in 2018 by Byron Beach Abodes on a leafy, tranquil setting.
The design was inspired by co-owner Taliah Lowry’s time in New York, specifically the Bowery neighbourhood of Manhattan, and was the result of a collaborative process to repurpose the former 1970s roadside motel.
The property comprises 28 sleek, art-focused guest rooms – spanning barns, cottages, hotel rooms and suites – as well as an award-winning circular swimming pool.
The Bower Byron Bay has become one of Australia’s hottest hotels, widely praised by fashion and lifestyle magazines including Vogue, Condé Nast and Gourmet Traveller.
In this feature, we show you the rooms and guest houses that are available to book at The Bower (there are so many beautiful options!). However, we have to say our favourite during our stay earlier this year was definitely The Bower Cottage (featured first)… take a look!
THE BOWER COTTAGE
A classic country home – The Cottage – sits elegantly and in complete privacy in the Bower’s lush landscape. It is the original 100-year old dwelling, yet any nod to tradition ends at the front door, which opens into sophisticated, five-bedroom, luxury accommodation.
From its five spacious bedrooms, three with ensuites, to the interior-exterior living and deck area set in lush tropical gardens, The Bower Cottage has been conceived with an effortless aesthetic.
On arrival our guests – extended families, friends and wedding parties – are enveloped in a sense of quiet indulgence through the soft, interior palette, its mix of hand-selected vintage and modern details, linen furnishings and the intimate interplay with nature.
THE BOWER HOUSE
With lush landscaping and casual, elegant furnishings The Bower House is designed for friends and families to share their holiday in comfort and relaxed luxury.
The open-plan interior spaces are modern, light-filled and inviting – from the galley kitchen to the expansive living and dining area with linen-draped couches and flat screen TV; the feeling is casual and calm.
A paved, sheltered terrace with daybed and barbeque area all contained within private tropical gardens encircles The Bower House. Upstairs the four bedrooms with king beds, TVs, and ensuite bathrooms offer retreat and privacy – a space to come home.
THE BOWER STUDIOS
Studios 17 and 18 are all Manhattan-Luxe-inspired and are positioned right in the heart of this sophisticated, boutique hotel, beside the stunning perfectly round, mineral swimming pool. Gently curved white-washed walls hide private entrances to lush green courtyards with built-in seating, inviting a touch of Mother Nature into the sultry, moody interiors of these beautiful, freestanding spaces. Dark timbers, limestone floors, high ceilings, bespoke windows and joinery and billowing Ralph Lauren French linen curtains combine beautifully with custom aged mirrors, hand-made ceramic lighting, and the beautiful patina of Porters paints in soft greys, whites and black. Each has a 5-star 4 poster King bed, layers of softest linen bedding, a kitchenette, and the most romantic and luxurious of ensuites with stone baths, rain-showers, and luxury vanities.
THE BOWER BARN
People come to Byron Bay for the lifestyle; they book into the Bower Barn to experience what that really means. The ultimate couples and small family retreat, The Bower Barn is a private oasis, housed under a pitched roof with reclaimed wooden beams and restored cottage windows. The Barn doors slide open at each end for extended private living space.
The kitchenette provides everything necessary for guests to prepare plates of produce from the local Farmers Market and the bathroom with its full glass ceiling and egg bath allows our guests to look up at the stars.
The Bower Barn is a unique and private accommodation offering of The Bower but when requested can be configured as part of The Bower Cottage (featured first).
All content and imagery has been sourced from The Bower Byron Bay website.
A Gorgeous Kitchen in Sicily
In a renovated 1700 home off the coast of Sicily, owners James Cavagnari and Erin Quiros created many of the furnishings at their Florence design firm, including the chestnut table and benches in the kitchen. Photographed by Scott Frances for Architectural Digest.
Joseph Dirand’s Paris Apartment featured in AD
The new apartment is serenely chic and an oasis in the heart of Paris. Featured in Architectural Digest, photographed by Adrien Dirand.
Rose Uniacke’s Pimlico, London Residence
Kitchen via roseuniacke.com
Sydney Ocean View. A Contemporary Hotels home…
Situated on the clifftops of Dover Heights’ this ocean-facing property puts nature on a pedestal and caters to all of the senses. With stunning architectural design by Walter Barda, the home captures the essence of the location with stunning ocean views, the beautiful sea breeze and radiant morning sunlight.
Polished dark hardwood floors are offset by sleek white furnishings with waves of neutral colour, combining the finest in nature and luxury. The contemporary Australian motif is completed with artwork by the late artist Brett Whiteley, whose intricate surrealism was influenced by his mentor Francis Bacon.
Learn more about this property on Contemporary Hotels.
A waterfront abode with a Bahamas-inspired aesthetic
This waterfront abode with a Bahamas-inspired aesthetic was designed with practicality and calmness in mind. Located on New South Wales Central Coast, the stunning home exudes a luxury resort vibe with its pristine white facade, surrounded by palm trees and lush gardens and it’s light, bright, Hamptons/Bahamas feel.
The home featured in Belle Magazine last month, and was designed by Cottee Parker, photographed by Maree Homer and styled by Kristin Rawson. View the full feature on Belle Magazine here.
JPR Architects (now Cottee Parker JPRA), (02) 9366 1133; Construct Central Coast, constructcentralcoast.com.au
Luxurious Newport Beach house with rustic charm and ocean views
This visionary home embraces a lifestyle of sheer effortlessness atop a 796sqm ocean view parcel. Completely private, it resides in one of Newport’s most desirable cul-de-sacs and is a truly enchanting fusion of bespoke luxury and rustic charm.
The beach house features idyllic white-on-white interiors, styled impeccably with local Australian designer furnishings along with artisan-made products from across the globe. The breathtaking ocean views are the perfect backdrop to the flowing indoor/outdoor areas and our favourite part is the private courtyard with pizza oven and outdoor shower… when are we moving in!
This home is currently For Sale through McGrath Avalon, see further details here.
Bert’s is a light-filled bar and brasserie overlooking Pittwater and the grounds of The Newport. A bar and brasserie reminiscent of the grand hotel dining rooms of the 1930s, with the relaxed air of Sydney’s northern beaches.
Curated by Merivale’s design team of owner Justin Hemmes, his sister Bettina Hemmes, Akin Creative’s Kelvin Ho and stylist Amanda Talbot, it’s one of those spaces that completely turns the definition of pub on its head. Think pops of pink, cactus gardens, rattan and cane chairs, upholstered bentwood chairs, custom green onyx counter at the champagne bar and plenty of marble. Oh and we can’t forget the views over Newport.
- Book ahead – ask for a table along the window for ultimate views. Make your booking here
- Must drink– chilli margarita
- Must order- Oysters, squid ink spaghetti and the snapper