Monday 20 January 2014

POLLON FLOWERS by Nicholas Minton-Connell | Flinders Lane, Melbourne

I paid a fun visit to my favourite man in town, Nicholas Minton-Connell at Pollon Flowers today. I have had the pleasure of working with Nicholas for quite a few years now and we have created many fabulous events together - always beautiful, always fun and always innovative. 

Pollon is one of my favourite stops when in the city and I am pleased to share with you some gorgeous snaps from his Flinders Lane floristry at Chapter House. His window installations are always fabulous and set the tone for the shop, a little bit of whimsical magic mixed with the beauty of fresh blooms inside.

Nicholas began creating displays for David Jones in the early nineties before moving to Hong Kong where he worked for five years with the team at Dior developing window installations and visual merchandise solutions across their Asia-Pacific store locations. He returned to Melbourne in the late nineties, having decided to focus his creative energy on developing a florist and events consultancy. For over a decade his floral creations have become celebrated for their originality and creativity. And we are very happy to have him back here!

You can find his floral creations at high end fashion houses Chanel and Burberry as well as boutique hotels such as the Adelphi and the Olsen and he will also be the florist in residence at the soon to be launched Sheraton Melbourne. He has made the days of brides of all over the country (including mine!) and has beautified corporate and social events alike.

I hope you enjoy the images below, you can visit Pollon at 1/199 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Ending with a shot of the handsome man himself!

Wednesday 8 January 2014

DESTINATION WEDDING // Bvlgari Resort, Bali

If these images don't make you want to go on a holiday (immediately) or get married (again) I don't know what will! Bali is one of my favourite holiday destinations, it has the right amount of everything for me - gorgeously designed villas and hotels, amazing food, fantastic night life and pretty decent shopping in popular areas such as Seminyak. Not far from us here in Australia it's just a short plane ride to this paradise and there are some seriously spectacular properties.

Modern Balinese architecture has become a style in itself and fuses traditional Asian elements with contemporary design to create open light filled spaces centred around dramatic outdoor vistas. Completely secluded the Bulgari resort is built in traditional Balinese style however designer Antonio Citterio has given the interiors of each of the villas more of an Italian flare.  Having previously stayed at the W Hotel and Villa Masillia, both in Seminyak, I look forward to my next trip over as I will without a doubt be booking a few indulgent nights at the Bulgari Resort!

"The Bulgari Resort stands atop a cliff like a medieval fortress town, walled and secret. Each villa has its own garden, pool and an outdoor living room of 300 square meters that looks out over the alang alang rooftops (coconut thatch) and the Indian Ocean. The floor plan makes a sharp distinction between the quiet and reserved private area and the glamorously festive social area. The construction faithfully respects local techniques, and each stone has been cut and chiseled on site by hand."


 I just had to include these wedding set up shots - WOW!

Sunday 5 January 2014

HONEYMOON // Bvlgari Hotel, Milano, Italy

A passionate traveller and lover of boutique hotels I just had to share some images from the stunning Bulgari Hotel in Milan, Italy. Indulgent elegance best sums the up the design and the mood created is a luxurious dreamscape surrounded by lush garden. LOVE!

"Black marble from Zimbabwe, stone from Vicenza and Afyon, teak and oak: these and other precious materials combine to create unique textural juxtapositions and chromatic harmonies in a subtle balance of spatial rigor and atmospheric suggestion, accentuated by detailing and furnishings designed by the architectural studio Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners. The fa├žade in white marmorino stucco, facing a lovely stretch of buildings in the style of the 1930s, is characterized by a quest for a weightless elegance, perfectly integrated into the original 18th-century facade"

In follow up to this post I will next be showcasing the Bulgari Hotel in Bali - for more lust worthy holiday planning!