ART FIX | Art entertainment for isolation



“For the recuperation of body and mind, there is nothing better than natural therapy – sand, sunshine and surf.”

– Max Dupain

To follow:
The Local Project on Instagram



If you are a lover of interior design, or passionate about architecture @thelocalproject is a must-follow account. If you can’t stop scrolling, head to their inspiring website, packed with articles, videos and further content, all dedicated to exploring how locality shapes design and architectural diversity.




To take a peek:

Stunning Beach house Interiors by Thomas Hamel & Associates



Have you ever wondered what the home of an internationally renowned interior designer looks like? We were kindly granted access to the beach house of Thomas Hamel, glorious in every respect.




To escape:

Ocean Muse and Archer House by Contemporary Hotels



While international travel remains closed, we are reminded of the exquisite homes away from home that are available right here on our doorstep. Contemporary Hotels manage premium properties including many on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Properties unique in position, style and presentation all come with exclusive concierge. One such property, Archer House, is beachfront on Whale Beach, offering guests a front row seat overlooking the waves and famous surfing spot The Wedge.




Ocean Muse located in the idyllic Port Stephens is also an example of magnificent beach architecture, with interconnecting eco-sensitive pavillions split over three levels and open plan living, soaking up light and warmth. All properties managed by Contemporary Hotels have that little something that is unique to their exclusive collection, offering beach front views and excellent interiors; the perfect get away locations for now… especially when we can’t venture too far.




To relax by the pool:

Favourite Pools from across the Globe by Justin Miller




If ocean swimming isn’t your thing, we have compiled an illustrated list of our favourite pools, each with their own unique character and sublime surroundings. Add some of these to your beach bucket list and whether you’re a sleek city dweller or a boho beach lover, these pools may be just the thing for you. Bringing together cool architecture and serene vibes we’re sure these magnificent pools will appeal to the mermaid (or merman) within.



1. Four Seasons Hotel, Santa Barbara




2. Dolder Grand Hotel Pool, Zurich




3. The Grand Tremezzo Hotel, Lake Como




4. Post Ranch Inn, California




5. Ngala Private Game Reserve, South Africa


To read:

1. Places we Swim by Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon


There is a Sydney-centric edition as well as one that covers all of Australia, Places we Swimis beautifully illustrated with photographs of Australia’s finest aquatic sites open to swimmers and sunbathers alike. A gorgeous book to flip through, full of water-side wonders. 



2. Poolside with Slim Aarons


Slim Aarons exquisite photographic essay Poolside offers images of jet-setters and glittering people living the glamorous life in the 5os, 60s and 70s. Just about the ultimate poolside coffee table book. 



3. The Originals: Beach Houses to Fall in Love With by Deborah Bibby


Explore seven sublime beach houses as seen through the eyes of their highly visual owners. Each home has a remarkably personal story to tell. These are clearly ‘un-suburban’ houses, each beautifully crafted, uniquely renovated and cared for. 



To paint:
Illustrate the Bondi Beach Sea Wall with Waverly Council


The iconic Bondi Beach Sea Wall has been one of Waverly Council’s formost public art projects since the 1970s. Whilst two of the artworks that adorn this space have been granted permanency, every six months, artists from all backgrounds are invited to apply for a spot along this sunny Sydney sidewalk. Here, amateur artists are given the opportunity to appear with some of the world’s best known graffitists and street artists, while adding their own unique voice to this stunning chorus of colour and creativity. Applications for Winter 2021 close on 21st March 2021, with spots both on the wall and the adjacent concrete blocks up for grabs. 

Click here for more information and to submit your application to be part of this historic Sydney landmark.



To redesign your space:

The Tricks Behind Beach Style (Revealed) by Melissa Penfold 


Melissa Penfold, one of Australia’s top interiors and design experts has revealed the secret to nailing that serene beach vibe at home. With enlightening ideas concerning texture, contrast and light, this guide is a wonderful way to create a coastal feel, no matter where in the world you are. Pick up a tip or two and don’t forget to enhance the space with a wonderful artwork… or three.

Click here to read the article.