Pumphouse Point, Tasmania

Tasmania is a pretty special place, a raw, untouched part of Australia that really holds the spirit of the land. I’m always at awe when I visit Tassie, and I love coming back time and time again.

This Christmas break we decided to do a road trip of the western side of Tasmania, and on our journey from Hobart, we were lucky enough to stay at the gorgeous, historical Pumphouse Point on Lake St Clair located just within the awe inspiring Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

You’ve probably seen this gorgeous and unique boutique hotel in a luxurious travel magazine, and trust me… it lives up to the breathtaking imagery and warm contemporary décor.

Built in the 1940s to harness the power of the lake, and a true representation of mid-century industrialisation in Australia. The 5-story pumphouse, positioned 900 feet out in the lake, boasted enormous water turbines which pumped water from Lake St Clair to the nearby lagoon where it was stored and fed to the nearby power station.

Eventually the pumphouse was decommissioned in the early 1990’s having never been used for its intended purpose, it was recognised for its industrial heritage, and was placed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.

After being dormant for some time and the future looking bleak for this unique site, the third and final tender for the site was for tourism, a great win for the area, and for travellers of course…

Designed by Cumulus Studio, Pumphouse Point is simply warm and welcoming, letting the breathtaking landscape be the focal feature, allowing the simple, sometimes raw, Scandinavian style décor and finishes, complement the natural surroundings. Cumulus Studio has really done a beautiful job of achieving a harmonious balance between the industrial architecture, and breathtaking scenery.

Being so remote, the team at Pumphouse Point has put together an array of catering options for guests, which really completes your stay. Delicious continental breakfast with local, fresh produce, a lovely in-room pantry stocked with yummy cheeses, cold cuts and more, plus honesty bars where you can select some delicious local Tasmanian and Australian wines. Dinner is communal dining with the other guests, which was great! Meeting people from all over the world who were as curious as us in coming to stay at Pumphouse Point and explore the Tasmanian Wilderness.

Bushwalking in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is outstanding and a great way to experience the rich ecological diversity Tasmania has. From dry forest to subtropical temperate forest, and alpine tundra… you really feel like you’re in the land before time. Walks are outlined on the Pumphouse Point website and cater for all levels or fitness. We did the Mt Rufus walk that was 7 hours duration, but definitely worth it when we reached the summit. Plus, at Pumphouse Point they bake fresh bread for guests, so you can take a fresh loaf with some supplies from the room’s pantry along on your day adventures.

Other activities include indulging in the day spa, fly fishing, bike riding, wildlife spotting, rowing on Lake St Clair or a visit Artist Greg Duncan’s ‘The Wall’ a masterpiece of epic proportions: hand-carving the history of the central highlands into massive Huon Pine panels. There is truly something for everyone.

We could only stay one night on this trip, as that was the only availability… 3-4 nights would be the perfect stay to allow at least 2 full days for walks and exploring.

We can’t wait for the opportunity to return for longer next time!

Note: Photos taken from the Pumphouse Point website, our stay, plus professional pictures by Adam Gibson


Japanese Spa Style – Inspiration Style Board



Well I am so excited for my trip to Japan next year in February that I’ve played with this style board. It’s a contemporary inspired Japanese theme where dark and light is brought together with beautiful lush foliage, vertical greenery and gorgeous, rich blue hues of Shibori.


‘Pioneer’ graces the Arthouse

Colin Pennock’s exhibition ‘Pioneer’ brings together geographical and emotional landscapes, inspired by his travels and experiences as an Irish immigrant.  Drawing you in… the works look at how we often set out in search of something external only to find it within ourselves. Bulging with colour and bold gestures, the paintings hint at the amazing potential that lies dormant within us all.

As Pennock says “A pioneer is someone who goes into the unknown with confidence in what they have inside” … “This is how I approach painting. It is how I have made my own way.”

Colin Pennock’s exhibition is running until the 22nd November. Try to catch it if you can at the fantastic Arthouse Gallery in Rushcutters Bay. See details below:

66 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011

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Opening Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 9.30am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday – Monday: closed

Greg Natale & Designer Rugs – New Carpet Collection

Award-winning interior designer Greg Natale has just released his first carpet collection for Designer Rugs, inspired by his love of travel and architectural design, utilising a beautifully neutral colour palette of coal, dove grey, latte, black, and ivory.

When discussing the collection with Belle Editor-in-Chief Neale Whitaker at the launch last week, Natale shared some of his inspirations for each carpet, stating that a lot of his inspiration does come from architectural details and travel… from EMILIO, which was inspired by a 1950’s gate he came across at the V&A Museum in London to YVES which was inspired when Natale was taking a walk down Maddison Ave taking photographs of  the pressed metal details of an Art Deco building.

“Walking the streets in a different city, I’m fascinated by the lines, angles and patterns on structures around me, and will inevitably take a photo – I can’t help myself! Design inspirations can be found everywhere,” as Natale says.

During Neale Whitaker’s discussion with Greg on-stage, it was amazing to hear about the process of  creating the range. From the naming of the range inspired by fashion designers – this wasn’t a direct influence of the carpet’s themselves but was a way Natale has brought them all together. So obviously ‘TOM’ is named after Tom Ford and so on…

When asked which is his favourite… Natale diplomatically (and like a true parent) responded “I get asked this question all the time. What’s your favourite project, what’s your favourite carpet, but it’s like naming what’s your favourite child… so I love them all!”

And so true, these amazing carpets have stemmed from over 3 years of work, from initial discussions with Designer Rugs to launching now. Why? The reason being is that Greg Natale likes to use his designs in projects first because they can work on getting the scale right, the colour right. It’s also a great opportunity for he and his team to shoot the collection catalogue within a live project. As Natale summed it up… “I like to get things right.”

Neale Whitaker sums the collection up as “Timeless” with a strong “Art Deco Signature” , and of course Greg Natale loves his geometric patterns and classic style, however these geometric patterns in his carpet collection give you a new love and passion for geometrics… an area that was really growing tired on me.

When asked if he is seeing a big movement to carpets… and patterned carpets after all. Natale shares that is another way of using pattern in a different way, and is so glad that patterned carpet is back! And it’s back for both residential and commercial spaces. He designed this collection to be versatile for both modern and classic spaces.

And the real beauty and exciting thing about this range is that it is such a statement. Neale Whitaker asked Greg whether he chooses the carpet first and revolves the design around it?… or if he uses it to finish the room off?… and the answer is both.  As Greg said… “Sometimes the starting point is the carpet and sometimes it’s not. So for Dianne, that was actually was the finishing point. So the carpet was done right at the end. And for Emilio that was the starting point. So it’s a bit of both. There’s sort of no rules.”

The collection is destined to become an Australian design favourite thats for sure!

The Tailored Interior by Greg NataleAnother exciting development for Greg Natale and his team, they are about to launch in November his book The Tailored Interior and the reason why he called it The Tailored Interior is that when he was thinking of a name and structure for the book, Greg realised that him and his team really tailor their clients dreams into their homes. And also the Greg Natale style is very tailored , very precise.


Tropical Daydreaming – Inspiration Mood Board

Tropical Mood Board


Tropical Daydreaming – Inspiration Mood Board

Inspired by love of the ocean and my daydreaming of warm summer days which are slowly coming closer… exotic destinations and warm, exciting cultures to draw us in.

Artist Laura Jones – Blooming full of life

Laura Jones is an Australian Artist, based in the stunning Southern Highlands, south of Sydney. Her exquisite still life paintings focus around the beautiful flowers she collects from her surroundings in the country side…

We fell in love with her work when The Design Files featured an interview with Laura and a tour around her Highlands studio. Jones is definitely an Australian Artist to follow.

See Laura Jones’ work thanks to The Design Files Exhibitions

‘Shadow and Soul’ by Laura Jones
Open 3 – 9 July 2014
TDF Collect
87 Albert Street
Brunswick, VIC

Design firm spotlight – Doshi Levien

Internationally renowned and London based design firm Doshi Levien only came to my attention the other week when we featured their rubari rugs for nanimarquina. How fantastic is their work? Its Scandinavian meets the future…

Nipa grew up in India and studied design at the National Institute of Design, founded on the manifesto by Charles and Ray Eames. Jonathan trained in fine cabinet making followed by industrial design. They met at the Royal College of Art and have been working together for over 10 years in their London studio.

DoshiLevien_Portrait by Simon uptonNipa and Jonathan bring together many worlds in their work. Nipa’s approach is rooted in her plural upbringing and astute eye for visual culture. Jonathan’s approach is rooted in industrial precision, combined with the sensuality of a makers hand and deep understanding of materials.

Working across a wide range of disciplines and industries, Doshi Levien’s work celebrates the hybrid and explores the coming together of cultures, technology, industrial design and fine craftsmanship. They have created work for industry leaders Moroso, Kvadrat, B&B italia, Cappellini, Camper, Swarovski, Galerie Kreo, museums and cultural institutions.