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Clifftop at Hepburn

With international borders still closed, many of us are itching to get away to relax and unwind. With the crisp Autumn air and cooler weather dawning on us, cosying up next to a fire drinking wine and eating savouries seems like an irresistible indulgence.

Clifftop at Hepburn is the ultimate escape that’ll satisfy all your getaway needs. Offering clifftop or solitude villas you’ll be spoilt for choice. Surrounded by breathtaking views and a range of comforts and amenities there is no better way to unwind.

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The Serenity clifftop villa (pictured above) is one of three clifftop villas to choose from. Stunning views and a cosy interior perfect for lighting the fire and snuggling up.

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The Paris villa (pictured above) is one of four solitude villas to choose from. An ultra-luxe shipping container villa that’ll transport you to a secluded oasis.

Daylesford and the Hepburn Springs offers a range of activities including contemplative art galleries, heritage train rides and a museum dedicated to the land’s traditional owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung people. Spoilt for choice with activities, tasty foods and drinks that’ll keep you occupied during your stay.

The Mill Markets are great to check out Australiana vintage tea towels, postcards and plenty of clothes. Or taking a trip to the Hepburn Spa and Bathhouse for a long soak in their heated, chlorinated pools, magnesium salt bath or aromatherapy sauna. Eat at the Lake House or have a drink at The Fathers Arms, Daylesford’s oldest hotel.

Whatever you chose Daylesford and the Hepburn Springs will have you covered for that getaway you’ve been itching to have.

2021 Kitchen Trends

Kitchens are known for being the heart of the home, the central hub that allows friends and loved ones to gather around to socialise, eat and cook together. But what are the current trends that are key to creating a kitchen that exudes comfort, sophistication and practically?

Concealed Kitchens –

Disguising appliances in a way that make the kitchen a place for entertaining rather than a cooking area. Door panels that look like decorative wall finishes with hidden handles camouflage the bulky and distracting appliances. This can extend your entertaining area making your room feel larger and multi-purposed.

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Refreshing Mid Century Design –

Bright hues including whites, greys and creams contrasting against rich timbers and soft curves combines Mid Century characteristics with contemporary design. Wooden cabinetry mixed with white marble allows kitchens to look fresh and open.

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Marble –

Marble emulates luxury, opulence and indulgence. Strong veins create textural contract between other polished surfaces, metals and woods. Making a significant statement, marble adds sustainability and durability whilst being the centrepiece to any room.

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Dark Drama –

Dark hues are often overlooked as purely an accent colour, yet dark cabinetry, moody walls and work surfaces can create a luxe statement quite like no other. Drama can make an ordinary kitchen a major talking point in a home.

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Handleless Design –

Free flowing, recessed handles or push-open and close doors are gaining traction in contemporary kitchen design. Providing a sleek and streamlined look that highlights simplicity in a minimal way which allow materials and finishes to shine.

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Melbourne’s Mother’s Day High Tea Hotspots

With Mother’s Day just around the corner there are many ways to treat your Mum on her special day. Indulging in an intimate sit-down high tea is the perfect way to show how much you appreciate her. Sipping on prosecco or a variety of delicious teas whilst nibbling on sweet and savoury treats will create a personal and rememberable experience.

We have gathered some of the best Mother’s Day high tea hotspots in Melbourne that’ll impress any Mum.

Windsor Hotel –

The Windsor Hotel located in Melbourne has been providing elegant and sophisticated high teas since 1883. The Windsor’ high tea service takes place from Thursday to Sunday with two seatings at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

With your choice of French sparkling wine or Champagne on arrival you will be served with the finest quality bubbles followed by delectable treats. From savoury selections, sandwiches and sweet treats there will be explosions of flavour to enjoy whilst spending quality time with your special mum.

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Aria Bar and Lounge at The Langham –

The Langham in Southbank is providing multiple high tea experiences that you can choose from to spoil your mother on her day.

The Langham has collaborated with Wedgwood to create a special and indulgent afternoon tea. Tea lovers should put this experience high on their priority list with specialty teas served in the finest Wedgwood china.

Additionally, The Langham is offering a Mother’s Day High Tea at the Aria Bar and Lounge. This high tea is the ultimate gift of indulgence that will impress any high tea lover.

Finally, on Mother’s Day the Langham is offering an extra special experience located on level 24 with gorgeous views of the City of Melbourne. This high tea is designed exquisitely for this special day accompanied with the finest champagne.

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Fortnums High Tea, Sassafras –

Located in the scenic Dandenong Rages, the Fortnums High Tea in the village of Sassafras has sumptuous selections of sweet and savories with ribbon sandwiches and fluffy scones all prepared in house.

Just an hour out of Melbourne, take your mother on a special day trip which will include beautiful views and delicious food. The village of Sassafras contains specialty shops that will fill the day with activities and experiences that will be remembered.

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High Tea on the High Seas –

An alternative high tea experience that is unique and completely matchless. Searoad Ferries provides a 2-hour sea experience from Queenscliff to Sorrento. Including a welcome glass of bubbles, sweet and savoury treats and barista made coffee or tea.

Take your mum on a journey over water, immerse yourself in the crisp sea air and experience a high tea in an unlikely setting.  

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Carla Zampatti’s Woollahra Mansion

Carla Zampatti was a legendary Australian fashion designer who launched her eponymous label in 1965. Her mission has long been celebrated for making Australian women feel confident and elegant through her tailoring and exceptional design.

Zampatti passed away recently on the 3rd of April 2021 at the age of 78. Her presence will not be forgotten along with her multicultural success story that will continually inspire businesswomen across Australia. Zampatti designed clothes for women fighting for liberation through the women’s rights movement in the 1960s whilst empowering the women of today in leadership and the workplace.

Zampatti’s lavish Woollahra mansion in Sydney was built in 1928 with a heavy influence of Italian architecture. The interior highlights 16th-century Italian Palladio in style with French and Italian antiques sprinkled throughout.

The secluded four-bedroom home is surrounded by lush gardens and sculptures. Zampatti had a love of Italian architecture which she found minimal, beautiful and solid. Drawn towards hard materials such as stone and art pieces that were big, bold and understated.

Carla Zampatti’s opulent home is refreshing, dreamlike and oozes character from the outside in. Zampatti’s legacy and achievements will continue to shape the women of today and the future.

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