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STREETSCAPES // give me a sign

It’s obvious from my posts that I love architecture, typography and anything vintage so these old finds are right up my alley. This bar in Rozelle is new but the clever retro design of the sign in a weathered style gives it an old world look. The empty shopfront in Bondi features original signwriting in the window with a pretty pink and white tile facade probably dating back to the 1950’s. The Royal in Bondi has just been revamped and I’m glad to see that the character of the pub has been retained. Sadly the tile words outside have been removed so I’m glad I captured it before they disappeared. I’ve shown examples of tiled signage in a previous post and it would be great to salvage them but I know tiles are difficult to remove successfully. These letters would have been so cool reinstalled by a swimming pool – fancy a dip?

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WEEKEND WRAP // coffee and beer

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I do love the outdoors and getting back to nature on the weekends, but sometimes it’s lovely to just wander around those hidden gems in the suburbs. Last weekend I found myself browsing through books while enjoying my coffee in a dark terrace house. These are common in Paddington but this one has been transformed into a three level cafe and second hand bookstore. Cosy rooms filled with vintage furniture and jammed with books in every possible corner. A perfect start to the morning…

After visiting a few more bookstores it was eventually time for lunch and in true Australian fashion the pub was the location. Years ago many old pubs were being stripped of their character and refurbished in a sterile and modern style that just didn’t work (well for me anyway). Lately I have seen many pubs transformed to reflect the history of the building but still have a current and fresh feel. Maybe this natural and honest approach is why it’s so easy to hang around in the garden courtyard for so long!

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