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Stock up on stunning, locally-made homewares

There comes a time in life when the things that matter most are beautiful homewares, good wine and a comfortable bed in a room filled with said homewares to ensure we get (the very necessary these days) eight hours of sleep every night.

For us, that time is now Gold Coasters and we suspect you might feel the same which is why it gives us great pleasure to bring you news of a new homewares and lifestyle store that is probably (definitely) our new favourite place to be.

The newbie is the work of the one and only Jasmine Potter along with design extraordinaire Charlotte Barnes and it’s the third ball in a trio of lifestyle arms (tiles, lighting, lifestyle) that make up Jas’ boutique interior design company, Three Balls Red.

Now, perhaps you’re thinking that all homewares slash lifestyle stores are created equal. Stop that. It couldn’t be further from the truth.

The magic of this particular space, and the reason for this tale, is that the majority of pieces on offer are by Gold Coast makers and the rest, from other incredible Aussie folks.

Which is amazing for many reasons, the first of which is that we now have another way to support local talent, the second of which is that we can get to know some mind-blowing local artists and the third of which (bear with us), is that we can put these goodies in our very own homes.

The goodies we speak of are many and varied and all, of course, absolutely stunning.

There’s luxe linen bedding from Moss Living, beautiful beach umbrellas from Salty Shadows, bespoke furniture by Lobo (an incredible business down Tumbulgum way), the most beautiful stoneware from Jas and Charlotte’s wholesale brand Ukuba, one off art pieces by Wabi Projects (LOVE) plus of course, tiles, bathrooms fittings, lighting, rugs, anything you could possibly want for your home, the girls have you covered. And then some.

Every single piece is unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else and we’re in love with all of it. If you’re thinking about what to buy us for Christmas, look no further.

One of the most exciting pieces within the store is a chair (that deserves a far more impressive name than that) by local artist CJ Anderson, called Soigné, that was selected to be exhibited by the Milan Design Fair and it’s not hard to see why.

It’s a work of architectural genius, made with heavy-duty leather and brass detailing and it’s the new love of our lives. Look up CJ’s work and prepare to give away all your dollars (for good reason).

As mentioned, Christmas is about 14 seconds away and we’re all about treating oneself (not just at Christmas) and this stunning little spot is just the place to do it.

Good luck choosing what to buy.

Sleep well in your newly fabulous home friends, we know we will.

LOCATION: 2/85 Bundall Rd, Ashmore
HOURS: 8.30am until 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am until 1pm Saturday

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Roller Door Espresso

They (we) say hidden gems are the best kind of gems. Because once you find them, the reward is that much sweeter and in the case of this tale, the reward is coffee, good vibes and a pretty little setup that’ll have you rethinking your entire home decorating situation.

It comes in the form of Roller Door Espresso, a new coffee spot in the heart of Bundall’s interior decorating precinct that opened in the last couple of days so you can stay caffeinated while you peruse all the delightful homewares on offer up and down Ashmore Road.

The newbie can be found on a little side alley and is the work of creative genius Jasmine Potter, director of (epic) boutique interior design company Three Balls Red, specialising in super sweet lighting and tiles. So you know Roller Door Espresso is pretty special.

Here’s the lowdown. The space is somewhat of a hole-in-the-wall area behind Three Balls Red with a black roller door marking the spot. The interior itself boasts tropical-inspired pink and green wallpaper on the back wall, glossy green tiles and repurposed cupboards and (our favourite) the prettiest of pink tiles in stunning hues splashed across the front.

Pops of pink and potted greenery complete the scene and it is one place you’re going to want to spend a bit of time staring lovingly at.

At the moment, coffee (Toby’s Estate) and cold drinks are on offer but soon enough there will also be tasty treats like banana bread (love you), toasties and the like.

Jas’s idea behind opening the space was to provide quality cuppas to the people who come in for consults slash to scope out all the interior things in the store with their girlfriends and no doubt those people appreciate that.

Now while all of that is really great news for Bundall and the Gold Coast in general, there is something more that we are SO very excited about.

In the next week or so, Jas will also be opening a homewares store right next door and it is set to be the kind of store dreams are made of.

She has sourced unique, one off pieces by makers and creatives from (mostly) across the Coast to make up a space that is going to be unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Local artists and photographers will deck the walls with their creations, there’ll be handcrafted goodies that’ll blow your mind (we saw some, AMAZING) and everything has been curated with not only the Gold Coast, but the stories behind each piece in mind.

We’ll bring you more news on this ASAP but get excited, it’s going to be so good and we’ve got dibs on most of the things.

Anyway, while you’re there shopping up a storm you can also drink excellent coffee and chat to the lovely gals whipping up brews.

It’s pretty much the perfect time.

Time to roll on into Roller Door Espresso. Bye.

LOCATION: 2/85 Ashmore Rd, Bundall
HOURS: Monday to Friday 7am until 1.30pm

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

10 Pinterest-worthy Gold Coast homewares stores

St Barts
St Barts

Homewares are equally the love of our lives and an unhealthy obsession we should probably nip in the bud. Won’t though, because pretty cushions are life and we’re home ALOT these days.

Not to mention the fact that the Gold Coast is home to an unfair amount of homewares stores filled with absolutely beautiful things we definitely need and will make us happy. You too? Thought so.

Here’s a list of ten local homewares stores to get in your life, next time a shopping spree is in order.

St Barts
From Mongolia to Morocco, Denmark to India and Asia to Africa, St Barts have travelled across the world collecting beautiful pieces designed to invoke a sense of wanderlust and adventure within the home. St Barts opened their Ferry Rd Markets store in May 2010 and expanded their empire to Burleigh in September 2019 (with the neat addition of Next Door Espresso attached) and since then, have delighted the good folks of the Gold Coast with their inspiring and perfectly on trend range. It’s a store you could spend the rest of your days gushing over (and spending up a storm in).
Where: The Brickworks, 107 Ferry Road, Southport and 24 Junction Road, West Burleigh

The Beach Furniture
Unique, handmade pieces in raw, natural colours, perfect for anyone who’s keen on the beautiful, laidback things in life is how we feel about The Beach Furniture’s collection of goodies. Unpolished wooden tables, whitewashed cabinets and consoles and an array of homewares in the prettiest of pastel shades are the perfect match for any home, particularly on the Gold Coast (lucky). No matter what you may need for your abode, you’ll find it at The Beach Furniture and it will be oh so beautiful.
Where: 48 Bundall Road, Bundall and 74 Kortum Drive, Burleigh 

Village Stores
One of the original and the best, Village Stores have been around for quite some time and it’s not hard to see why. Their collection of perfectly Pinterest-worthy pieces will make your space absolutely pop (and be the envy of all your friends). From furniture to photographs and everything in between, Village Stores offer an eclectic range of homewares including tribal-inspired pieces and stunning rattan pendant lights. Oh, and their rugs are some of the most beautiful around too.
Where: Shop 1/54 Bundall Road, Bundall

Three Balls Red
The ladies at Three Balls Red know what’s up when it comes to absolutely stunning homewares, you won’t find anywhere else. What began as a beautiful lighting and tile store in Bundall, not long ago became a homewares store stocking primarily local brands and we are absolutely obsessed. From linen bedding to award-winning leather chairs, art, rugs, cushion, everything, you will no doubt find at least 35 things you want for your home. If you’re not sure what you need, the gals are very knowledgeable so they can point you in the right direction. Don’t miss grabbing a coffee from next door coffee shop Roller Door Espresso!
Where: 2/85 Ashmore Rd, Bundall

Kira & Kira
A game changer to the Gold Coast homewares store game is Kira & Kira (so nice they named it twice) in Miami. The absolutely stunning store is a workshop and retail space dedicated to the design and development of furniture and interior pieces. Each piece is made with the highest quality materials and inspired by a mid-century modern aesthetic, celebrating functionality, clean lines and beautiful finishes. We absolutely love every single thing in there and would very much appreciate being stylish enough to include them all in our home. Please.
Where: Cnr Gold Coast Highway and Kratzman Avenue, Miami 

Trader Trove

Trader Trove
Oh Moroccan-inspired homewares, how you have our hearts (and a lot of our money) with thanks, in no small part, to the impeccably styled space that is Trader Trove. With new and vintage wares, sourced both locally and from around the globe, it is the homewares store of our dreams and there is not a thing in there we would not love to own. Brightly coloured Turkish cushions are artfully placed next to Moroccan grass baskets and beside intricately woven rugs and it’s all absolute perfection.
Where: 22 Christine Avenue, Miami

Maison & Maison
A bohemian-inspired beauty you’ve no doubt wandered past in your travels around Burleigh, Maison & Maison is filled with an eclectic range of tapestry cushions, leather pouffes, carved buffalo skulls and throw rugs. The pieces here are also inspired by the beauty of the world and sure to ignite some wanderlust within your holiday-hungry soul. They want you to imagine meandering through the streets of Istanbul, with a cocktail in hand and tropical living on your mind. But in Burleigh. Don’t mind if we do.
Where: 53 James Street, Burleigh Heads

Emporium on James
Expect to find all the delightful things at Emporium on James. There’s beautiful wicker furniture, Mongolian sheepskin throws, hanging chairs, Maison Blanche candles and the loveliest gifts. All of which will definitely tickle your fancy. There’s also a pretzel shaped bottle opener that we simply must have. If quirky, unique pieces in natural colours and textures are your thing, Emporium on James is the one for you.
Where: 1/50 James Street, Burleigh Heads 

Gather Store
Gather is a beautiful little home goods and gallery store filled with thoughtfully curated goodies with a strong emphasis on raw, crafted and botanical. The gals are passionate about supporting local artisans and brands AND they even have a micro nursery with a hand-picked selection of indoor and patio plants. We absolutely LOVE the range of handmade ceramics on offer and may have quite the collection in our house already. It’s the perfect place to find an incredible gift for a loved one or, of course, to treat yo’self. Located next to Dust Temple, pop in for your art gallery fix too!
Where: Shop 1, 56 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin

Salt Living
Perfectly representative of the coastal life we know and love, Salt Living has been filling the homes of Gold Coasters since 2014. With a love of relaxed, beachside vibes and high quality, handmade and ethically produced pieces from around the world, the space itself is all white, shades of blue and golden accents and it’s as pretty as you could ever hope your house to be. The store also stocks some incredible artworks, slides from everyone’s (our) fave brand St. Agni and swimwear by local brand peony. So all the best things. Love this place.
Where: The Strand, 72 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Words by Kirra Smith

Three Balls Red

17 spots to spoil Dad on Father’s Day

It’s almost time for the day of Dads and if you’ve not yet got anything planned for the number one man in your life 1. you’re not alone and 2. we’ve got you covered.

We’ve put together a little gift guide filled with local goodies that you can check out but if you’re more into experiential pressies (that you may also enjoy), read on.

Here are 16 spots to spoil Dad this Father’s Day (from north to south).

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove
Treat the whole family to a twist on the traditional three-tiered High Tea at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove. Dishes include caramel scotch truffles, Asian-inspired Korean spiced chicken wings and gourmet lamb sliders to name a few. It’s $39 per person, inclusive of one complimentary Burleigh Beer Co. beer on arrival or house wine or soft drink.
Where: Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove

Frenzy Food Court
Bring the family together from 7am at Southport Sharks’ Frenzy Food Court and treat Dad to a delicious all-he-can-eat buffet breakfast. Each Dad dining will receive a complimentary glass of Peroni Leggera or soft drink from 9am. If Dad isn’t the early riser, why not opt for a Buffet Lunch or Dinner? Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day with music by talented pianist Alex Fietz from 11.30am-2.30pm. Plus, there’ll be a kids show with the LOL Crew between 5pm to 7pm.
Where: Corner Olsen & Musgrave Avenues, Southport

Bazaar at QT Gold Coast
Treat Dad to a very manly affair at Bazaar at QT Gold Coast. It’s set to be the ultimate beer and BBQ phenomenon. The team will be grilling Moroccan spiced lamb chops, USA house smoked ribs, fresh seafood and more and Dad’s absolutely going to LOVE it. Brunch at QT is overflowed with waffles, crepe stations and more. Add beer and BBQ into the mix and congratulations you are officially the best child. Tickets are $79.50 per person with a White Rabbit Pale Ale on arrival.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

Clifford’s Grill & Lounge
There probably aren’t many things Dad likes better than a steak and a beer and excitingly, you can make that happen for him this Father’s Day at Clifford’s Grill & Lounge. He can enjoy a seasonal entrée, a 1kg T-bone steak and end the day with a decadent Bombe Alaska. How good. Just $59 per person.
Where: voco Gold Coast, 31 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Citrique Restaurant
Get on Dad’s very good side with an award-winning seafood buffet at Citrique in Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. You’ll get a beverage on arrival plus there’ll be live entertainment and an interactive pepper steak station.
Where: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise 

Hurricanes Grill
They’re firing up the grill to bring you a Father’s Day like none other! Feast on Hurricanes famous eats for lunch or dinner and the best part is, they’re slinging Dad a complimentary Stella Artois. Lucky guy. They’ll also be launching an exclusive whisky collection so you may as well partake in that too.
Where: Level 1, 4-14 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise 

The Loose Moose
Breakfast and beer coolers anyone? The Loose Moose has your Father’s Day gift covered! Dine for breakfast on Sunday 1st September and your dear ol’ Dad will receive a special beer cooler! With hearty breakfast dishes like the Southern Fried Chicken Benedict, Chorizo Bruschetta, epic Breaky Burger or Moose McMuffin – what’s not to love?
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Pde, Broadbeach

The Star Gold Coast

Cucina Vivo
Spoil Dad with a 500g grass fed scotch fillet with roast Darling Downs potato, roast Stanthorpe broccoli, and a side of garlic focaccia. Served with an ice cold Italian lager for $45 per person. Lunch from 12pm to 3pm and dinner from 5.30pm to 9pm.

Garden Kitchen & Bar
Spend Father’s Day at Garden Kitchen & Bar and treat Dad to a delicious lunch special like Rotisserie borrowdale porchetta, with duck fat roasted kipfler potatoes, red onion jam, salted crackling and port jus for $29 per person. From 12pm to 4pm.

Harvest Buffet
Let Dad experience a wide-range of flavours this Father’s Day at Harvest Buffet with a glass of tap beer on arrival for only $50.90 per person. Finish off with something sweet from the delicious selection of desserts, the decadent chocolate fountain and a special doughnut station.

Nineteen at the Star
Treat Dad to a relaxing and luxurious lunch this Father’s Day at Nineteen at The Star with their delectable three-course menu for $120 per person.

Mei Wei Dumplings
Looking for a casual Father’s Day option? Look no further than Mei Wei Dumplings! Try their stir fry black pepper beef combo with a choice of beer for just $18 per person. From 12pm to 4pm.

Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach 

Kalinda Restaurant
Seems seafood is the feast of choice for lucky Dad’s this Father’s Day. Kalinda Restaurant at the stunning RACV Royal Pines is also offering an impressive seafood buffet packed with Queensland’s finest seafood, range of fresh salads and an array of hot and cold dishes and mouth-watering selection of desserts plus a beverage package..
Where: RACV Royal Pines, Ross Street, Benowa

sunday session
Burleigh Pavilion, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Burleigh Pavilion
The beachside beauty is the perfect spot to spend some quality time with Dad (overlooking the ocean no less) this Father’s Day. At Burleigh Pavilion Dads can take a load off with a free glass of Heineken or glass of house wine with any main meal purchased. Choose from woodfired pizzas; beer battered fish and chips; beef nachos; or give the burgers and sandwiches a go. Let dad sit back and relax with the best view in Burleigh, with you by his side of course.
Where: 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Restaurant Labart
It’ll be a stunning affair on Father’s Day at Restaurant Labart with a stunning set menu including some of the most divine sounding dishes we’ve ever laid eyes on. There’ll be Spice-crusted roast chicken BBQ King Prawns with prawn butter (love you), capers and parsley and Popcorn ice cream with chocolate mousse and hazelnut (love you too) to name a few. It’s just $75 per person for adults and $40 per person for the kids. For when only the best will do for Dad.
Where: 2A / 8 West Street, Burleigh Heads

The Collective
Catch Dad for a cruisey lunch at our favourite southern watering hole, The Collective Palm Beach. The Collective Crew will be shouting all the Dads a complimentary beer when you order a delicious lunch of your choice from any of the five kitchens. Then roll into the afternoon with a cocktail or two at The Collective’s resort-style Patrón Pop-Up Bar. What a time.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Mavis’s Kitchen
Father’s Day will be a family fun day at Mavis’s Kitchen. Get a cricket team together to play in the Mavis Fathers Day Cup or come as a spectator, enter the comp or just play for fun and treat dad to lunch. There’ll be live music, kids entertainment, a BBQ lunch, Stone & Wood bar, a coffee cart and food trucks. Tickets are $10 per person for the day or family tickets (for two adults and two kids) are $35.
Where: 64 Mount Warning Rd, Mount Warning 

Words by Kirra Smith

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