On the road

I frequently get asked what my day to day job entails, so I thought you might like to see what I got up to today (not including the very average sandwich I had for lunch - one of the pitfalls of a job on the road).

First stop was a visit to my favourite upholsterer for a quote - Firmino from Europa Upholstery in Hurlstone Park. I like how he has decorated his ancient little hole in the wall.

I really like his aged and faded window displaying past work - as you can see, Firmino knows his way around a Chesterfield lounge.

Driving through Dulwich Hill, (read more about the fab suburb on this lovely blog), I visited Brady's - great for a bargain, and sometimes a surprising antique.

While in the area, I dropped in to The Bower in Marrickville - you never know what might have turned up that morning. I have mentioned this treasure trove before here.

On the way to Bunnings, I stopped at an oldie but a goodie...I end up visiting Doug Up on Bourke every second week usually - Craig and Sophie are very 'film friendly', so it's great for hiring all sorts of things.

I could spend hours in Bunnings - truly a place for inspiration if you slow down and wander. I couldn't today, I was actually there to check out letterboxes and drain pipes (not the best range, I'm afraid).

Before heading back to the office to churn through paperwork for the rest of the afternoon, it was a quick visit to No Chintz for some pretty fabric samples. I hope you are all having a good week.


  1. I love Doug Up On Bourke and The Bower! I'll have to go check out those other places too. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Ooh I don't know about a few of these places! Awesome.

    You should pop into Calico & Ivy in Balmain, so many beautiful fabrics - Liberty, Kaffe Fassett and many more. My sister runs it, I think you might likey.

  3. I've heard great things being said about the treasure within the Co-op. I'm going to look into it, see if Philadelphia has any venues.

    <3Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

  4. i love your job! thanks for taking us on your trip. doug up un bourke is great and no chintz. is the bower oart of the reverse garbage place in marrickville?
    cheryl x

  5. @beachcomber
    Nice to hear from you Cheryl. Yes, The Bower is a separate shop to Reverse Garbage, but just a few doors across the carpark to the right. Worth visiting!

  6. You really do have a fun job Briar (apart from that sandwich) ... I love Doug up on Bourke too, and I really must check out some of the others !!!

  7. Fun! A day of rummaging around in those places would be enough to make me smile (and put up with a uninspiring sanger too!)...

    Love the insight into your interesting line of work. x

  8. Oh this makes me miss Sydney! My sister used to live in Dulwich Hill, a fantastic place with loads of hidden gems! :)

  9. what a great day!! i love bunnings too :)

  10. Oh I LOVE the bower and reverse garbage. The marrickville markets on a Sunday were my favourite, I used to live 5 mins away! I got the green dresser in Eulalie's nursery from the bower. I think you might have commented on it :) Also love doug up on bourke, you can spend hours in there! Thanks for posting these, brings back some lovely memories! xx


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