Monday, December 17, 2012

A Weekend Adventure - Doug up on Bourke

I don't have my usual project post for you today - I have something I'm working on but it's not quite finished (well, not really even close to finished, but you know what I mean ;) ) I've just had an amazing weekend away with a girlfriend to Sydney. Our first stop was an amazing industrial antique warehouse called Doug up on Bourke that I thought I'd share instead.

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I can't tell you how completely overwhelmingly wonderful this place is (and in case you're wondering, no they are not paying me to say it!) I actually stood at the top of the stairs and soaked it in for something like 15 minutes - there was so much to see with something different at every step.

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What I loved was the little collections they had - the trikes, the drinks crates, or oil cans, reminding me just how much I love vintage collections in decorating. The scooter above is gorgeous; it's just perfect hanging from the ceiling that way! And what about the dress forms??

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There were fabulous stools, tables, glassware, loads of signs and maps. I could have filled my bag, car and home with all these amazing finds, and still found more. What I also found was that I loved the greens that seem to come out in vintage things - the green from the table and chair below are just perfect! It's not usually my go-to colour (that's blue in case you're wondering) but these really caught my eye and got me thinking about what I might do with some green paint!

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We walked around the entire warehouse twice, just soaking it all in. There was almost too much to see, I think I'd walked past the wooden cash register below twice before I actually noticed it and realised just how beautiful it was. And of course, I couldn't go past a typewriter without getting a snap.

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The one thing I didn't get a picture of, and I wish I did, is the basement. The basement has all those pieces that haven't yet been restored -and there were some amazing pieces in there. Some were so completely worn and beaten that I have no idea where I'd even start, and others had just a glimmer that you knew could shine.

We walked from the centre of the city out to Waterloo and I'm still feeling it a day later, but it was so worth it. So many amazing things to see, if you like your interior decorating a little industrial, you have to visit. Even if it's only for inspiration! You can visit their website at

Thanks for stopping by...


  1. I would love to go there- how are the prices though?

    1. A bit mixed in all honesty. Some things were reasonable, others weren't (in my opinion). For example, they had a few old school maps at $150 - $170 which I thought was good compared to what I have seen in other places. But the furniture was a bit more expensive - but then I suppose when you're happy to pick up something off the side of the road and fix it up, like I am, then EVERYTHING is expensive!!

  2. I've seen pieces from this place in real living a lot...I'm so jealous;-) it sounds fantastic and if I'd been with you, I would have stood right next to you for that 15 mins taking it all in too...guaranteed!!


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