This week as part of You’re Melbourne finds we’re sharing our top 3 hidden gems in Richmond. Melbourne is full of ‘hidden gems’ those places that you could easily walk past a dozen times without noticing or realising what lay behind the doors. What I love about the You’re Melbourne girls is that they’re a walking encyclopedia of these kind of places.
If you’ve got a thing for flowers, foliage, plants or anything in between then you can thank me later for introducing you to Glasshaus (your wallet – not so much). With two locations within a stones throw of each other, they cover everything ‘plant’ related that you could need, from a nursery, floristry, plant hire, garden design, event and venue styling and most recently ‘Glasshaus inside’ an event space which is more like an urban jungle than a ‘space’. The passion for plants the Glasshaus team share results in an environment where you can walk in with no knowledge and walk out with the right plants for the right space and the understanding on how to look after them. With the recent indoor plant trend seeing nearly everyone in Melbourne with a Fiddle leaf fig in a corner of their home, a large majority are severely disappointed when a month later Mr fiddle is looking less lush and a little unloved. More often than not it’s not that he hasn’t been loved it’s just that his environment isn’t quite to his liking. With the Glasshaus team comprising of florists, horticulturalists and growers you can rest assured that they won’t just sell you a Fiddle Leaf Fig because everyone else in Melbourne is buying one, but they’ll help you choose the right plant for the right space. And if you’re a little bored of the fiddle and looking for a new favourite indoor plant, florist Bianca suggests her top 3 favourite indoor plants
- Philodendron cordatum
I’m adding them all to my wishlist!
Cross the road and look for the outdoor furniture in the carpark and you’ll step inside House of Orange. House of Orange is the signature brand of Hans and Ursula van Schoonhoven, who are also the Australian distributors of HK Living. Inside House of Orange you’ll feel the Dutch design influence, that natural merging of modern and vintage whilst maintaining that classic simplicity. Expect to be greeted by Frankie, the family dog who you’ll most likely find on her custom made bunk bed which is now appropriately named ‘The Frankie bunk’. What I love about House of Orange is that whilst they bring to the table the European style, their store embodies the home grown family business aesthetic and that they truly are ‘local’ if you pop around the corner you can even take a peek at the Frankie bunks and other custom made furniture being made in their warehouse.
Round out your day with fabulous food and whilst you’re not short on choices in Richmond we fell in love with Botherambo. With it’s concrete floors and a rustic jungle mural cascading across the brick walls the urban jungle feel is carried through into an outdoor plant oasis in the open air front bar. A modern Southeast Asian menu packed with fresh ingredients and a cocktail menu that we recommend you don’t skip over what ever time of day it is!
Got a hidden gem that we should know about? Share it in the comments below we’d love to check it out
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