Sydney is truly a multicultural city. From Vietnamese Cabramatta to Italian Leichhardt, every corner of the globe is represented amongst the 4 million people who live between the Blue Mountains and Bondi Beach. Wherever you are in Sydney, reflecting that multiculturalism in your home is a great way to celebrate your city’s diversity.
Want to make your home a round-the-world trip without the expensive airfare price? Here are five items that will transform your suburban house – no planes needed!
Art from the East – from Chinatown
Everyone wants a beautiful, serene print from the Orient to hang in their home. From a painting of a geisha to a landscape made from cracked eggshells, you will be able to find the perfect art to adorn your walls. For high quality prints – both originals by new artists and reprints of more famous designs – you can’t look past Chinatown in Sydney’s Haymarket. Catch the train or the bus to Central and walk down the Paddy’s Markets on a weekend to get your pick of wonderful pieces of art that can turn any hallway into an Oriental oasis.
Persian rugs from Rozelle
Persia isn’t a place you can find on the map anymore, but Persian rugs are still a status symbol. Having an ornate Persian rug in your home is the perfect way to spice up an otherwise dull living room. Sydney’s largest retailer of Persian rugs (aptly titled Persian Rugs) is located in the inner-west suburb of Rozelle, and stocks over 10,000 rugs. While many cost upward of $1000, there are plenty to suit a smaller budget.
A Knick-Knack from Mother (England) – from Balmain
In 2012, the London Olympics put all things Britannia back in vogue. Combine that love of the Union Jack with the resurgence of vintage chic, and it’s no wonder that DuckeggBLUE in Balmain is becoming one of Sydney’s top antiques dealers. From WWI trinkets to original London bus signs, if ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ is your style, you should check this place out.
A Scandinavian furniture set – from Redfern
Yes, you read that correctly – Redfern, not Rhodes or Tempe. This isn’t about buying a flat-pack IKEA set – this is about finding furniture that reflects real Scandinavia, not the image that is packed and shipped across the world to couples who have just answered an ad for land for sale in NSW. Graham & Graham Design in Redfern stock a range of Danish pieces, including vintage ones that they have restored themselves.
Bring Africa into your house – from Double Bay
You’ll find bold, African wall hangings from a Double Bay boutique, Doveton Kay. But, be careful, African wall decorations are in vogue and are priced that way. You might be able to get house and land packages cheaper than these multicultural additions to your home.
Author bio: Lucy Frances is someone who is always looking for land for sale so that she can start her next interior design project.