August 25, 2013

SS13 Flowershow - Wi#A69978To celebrate the start of Spring, David Jones will launch “The Enchanted Florence”, their 28th annual Flower Show on 5 September. The show will be a magical celebration of David Jones’ history and collaboration with renowned artist Florence Broadhurst, who staged her first exhibition at David Jones in 1954.

For two weeks, Florence’s incredible designs will be brought to life with an explosion of colour, design and wondrous artistry in a spectacular event

David Lennie will curate the show in collaboration with David Jones’ visual merchandisers and florists, who will install more than 300,000 flowers to create an awe-inspiring display complete with Vanda Orchids, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Gymea Lilies, Zinnias and many more.

16 windows of the Elizabeth Street store will be transformed with intricate floral displays, each one custom designed to represent Florence Broadhurst prints.

David Jones Group Executive of Operations, Cate Daniels said “David Jones is delighted to be showcasing the 2013 Flower Show, now in its 28th year. The event is always a calendar favourite for our customers and we are thrilled to be presenting them such an exciting and vibrant concept which honors the long time association between David Jones and Florence Broadhurst. The Flower Show takes many months to prepare and supports local growers from all over the country from all corners including Western Australia, far north Queensland and Tasmania. We look forward again this year to welcoming visitors to our Elizabeth Street store to celebrate the start of Spring and this wonderful exhibition that engages all the senses.”

“The Enchanted Florence” flower show runs from 5-15 September.  For complimentary guided tours, please call 9266 5184 (bookings essential).   Sandra Tiltman 


July 11, 2013

DSC00001During Sydney’s recent rain, my umbrella decided it had had enough when a gust of wind turned it inside out, leaving me stranded in the street with rain pelting down.

Without an umbrella, I ran into the nearest shopping arcade to purchase a new one to get me home dry.  Looking through the umbrellas on display a rather unusual one caught my eye.  It was a Blunt Umbrella, a brand I had not seen before. This umbrella’s ribs each had blunt tips which were covered in material, making them safe to use in crowded streets, unlike the more traditional umbrellas which almost cause injury to the person standing next to you.

This unusual umbrella was very easy to open and felt secure to use in the windy streets.  I came to the realisation that it was just a waste of money to buy another poor quality umberella that would let me down again, so I decided the Blunt umbrella was for me.

Designed by New Zealand engineer, Greig Brebner, this stylish urban umbrella would be at home in the streets of the world’s fashion capitals.  It was hard deciding which colour to select from the red, yellow, blue and black ones available in the shop, but I thought a yellow one would match my coat.

After trying the umbrella out on the way home, I decided to get the collapsible model as well, so I can keep it in my bag.  Now I don’t have to worry whether I will be caught in the rain.  Sandra Tiltman    Photo:  John Pond


April 27, 2013
Tone Wheeler & Councillor Angela Burrill

Tone Wheeler & Councillor Angela Burrill

The 2013 Waverley Design Awards were presented by the Mayor of Waverley, Cr Sally Betts at the recent Awards Night, held in the Scenic Lounge of the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Savings Club at Bondi Beach.

The Awards recognize and promote heritage conservation as well as outstanding contemporary design.

Prior to the awards presentation, guests enjoyed drinks and canapés as they admired the photos of this year’s entrants, which were on display around the room.

Guest judge and 2012 winner Chris Elliott gave an overview of the awards, followed by guest judge and speaker, Tone Wheeler, who entertained the crowd with his informative talk, giving personal insights into this year’s awards entrants.

These awards encourage the highest standards in architecture and lead to making the Waverley Municipality a more beautiful environment for residents to live in.   Sandra Tiltman  Photo: John Pond ©