Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pottery Barn and Friends are Arriving Down Under

Many years ago a sweet girlfriend moved to the US.  As Mr Beach House is a boat builder, she left in our care, a big outboard motor to sell.  They left in kind of a rush.  After much running around, we sold it and in return she sent me a lovely gift.  Included in the package where several catalogues from Pottery Barn, a store which at the time, I had never heard of. However, from that day forward, I realised there was more to homewares and interior design, than was currently available in Australia.  I realised the true meaning of house porn and so began a long distance love affair. 


 I still have those catalogues, they are now well thumbed.  Their covers have been scribbled on by over zealous children and there just may be little a drool on them as well, but I have always loved to look at them and dream.  To me these kinds of homes and their contents were only ever available in the States.  Those lucky Americans seemed to have all the good stuff, beautiful quality designer homewares, at all the right prices. Many interiors bloggers including me, have long lamented the difference and how we wished we had access to some of the beautiful brands which were available State side. 


Well Beach Dwellers, the wait is over, Pottery Barn and associated brands, West Elm and Williams Sonoma are set to become the signature stores in the new Exchange Building currently under construction in Bondi Junction.


Williams Sonoma a high end retailer of quality cookware and accessories, will feature  a cooking school and professional demonstration kitchen, with a calendar of cooking classes, tastings and demonstrations by guest chefs.  I will definitely be signing up for some of those.  Can you imagine rubbing shoulders with some of the best cooks in the country?  I can't wait.


The Pottery Barn experience also sounds fabulous and if they allowed me to move in, I would.  There will be destinations in the store dedicated to living and dining rooms, kitchen, bed and bath.  What is exciting about this store is at its centre, will be housed a complimentary Design Studio, where clients will be invited to sit with trained associates to discuss their decorating and plan their interior and exterior living spaces.


Pottery Barn Kids will also offer a complimentary design service  in store to assist in the planning of your childrens' bedrooms, nurseries and play rooms, with the aim of creating safe and child friendly spaces in your home. Designers will also be available to provide a design service in your home.


The West Elm Brand, also part of the Williams Sonoma family, will take up residence in the Exchange building and is dedicated to creating collections that cannot be found anywhere else. The West Elm team works with artists and designers globally, to develop bespoke pieces exclusive to the brand.  West Elm offers an increasing number of products which are non toxic, recycled, rapidly renewable and organic.  They will also offer a design service to assist you in incorporating these exciting signature pieces into your home. 


So there you have it Desirables, the hottest news in retail to hit Australian shores for some time, will become a reality early next fiscal year.  I hope to see you there.  I have a feeling these new stores will become my second home.

This is not a sponsored post, but I am excited about the arrival of these stores in Australia and thought you would like to know about it too.



23 comments :

  1. Oh how cool- sometimes I just wished I lived in Sydney or close by so I could experience some of the cool places you and Cheryl talk about!
    I think you should host a weekend blog girls getaway and take us country girls to see all these cool places!

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    1. You just might be on to something Deanne.
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  2. Wonderful post, full of beautiful photos from these stores I love!

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    1. You Americans don't know how lucky you are. Thanks S&Z
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  3. I know - I can't wait. I'm already planning my trip to Sydney. Maybe I'll meet you there?

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    1. Kylie I'd love to meet you there. Deanne was talking about a blogging meet up for out of state girls. I'd love to organise something like that. Maybe I'll run it by them when they are landed hereas it's a great idea.
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  4. I love Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn, and I get my fix whenever I can. I don't own any Pottery Barn furniture, but I love looking in their stores for decorating and design inspiration, and I do buy their accessories.

    Williams Sonoma is just drool-worthy, too; you have to get some of their hand lotion - it's just yummy - I have some of their "Persian Lime" hand lotion near my kitchen sink - just love it!

    You are going to have fun when they come to Sydney.

    PS - if there are any other retailers whose catalogs you would like, please let me know - I'd be happy to send you some :)

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    1. Susan Thank you you are adorable for saying that.
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  5. I've been a little excited too. My hubby is very worried ;O)
    T xx

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    1. Mine hasn't felt a thing.......YET!!!!
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  6. Stop it. I don't know if I can take any more of this post! Can it be true? Rooly trooly? Thank you Santa! Meredy xo

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  7. look forward to seeing it open. i can't imagine how all the shops already there are going to survive.
    x

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  8. A little Northern Beaches expedition to the Eastern Suburbs might be needed! I can think of at least a bus load who would want to come!

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    1. Margaret, I think you are right. I'll drive.....not

      Perhaps I should organise a shopping tour.
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  9. I stumbled across this magical Pottery Barn when I was searching the internet for our cane outdoor setting. I was so frustrated with what the Perth stores had to offer, that I went online. This place popped up and there was the very setting I had been looking for ... in the USA! Dang. Sydney is still a long way away, but closer than the US.

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    1. Well maybe a trip to Sydney is order for you. I know what you mean about finding just the right thing and it's unattainable ...... so annoying

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  10. Happy for you, great you're finally getting the stores you'd love to shop at. Guess I'll have to move to Australia to be able to shop at them. Where we live in CO we don't have any of the great stores yet. Don't know if we ever will. There are plenty of those stores over the mountains in Denver but I'm not making that trip at this time of year, the weather can be very dicey and I'm not in the mood to fight ice and snow, possible accident. It's over the continental divide for us. We had all those stores when we lived in Southern California but it wasn't worth staying there for stores. We moved to MT on 20 acres and a 35 mile long lake. We should have stayed there. Then we moved to KY and now here in CO for last 8 1/8 yrs. I'd love to go back to MT in a heart beat or Australia. I was a senior companion to a lady from Brisbane who told me all about Australia and I've read about it.

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  11. I feel sick with excitement! It's the best thing that could happen to retail here. Can't wait.

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  12. V excited & so long overdue. Hoping Brisbane next stop too!

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