The Importance of Good Design

What is good design? And why is it a vital component of a beautiful home? We chat to the team at Urban Habitats to find out.

William Valimitis, architect at Urban Habitats

What separates good and bad design?
The time and effort you spend on it.

How should the location, environment, material selection and consideration of light be approached? 
Carefully and thoughtfully. The location is ultimately driven by the client, which in-turn informs the environment. Neutral and simple material palettes with large expanses of north facing glazing provide inviting and well considered spaces. 

What makes some designs really shine? 
Architecture that is responsive to its surroundings and environment often stands out from the rest. Buildings that respond to a client brief while maintaining the balance of form and function are ultimately beautiful.

Ash McCammon, interior designer at Urban Habitats

How should the location, environment, material selection and consideration of light be approached? 
These elements should be approached with great attention to detail. The location always inspires the form, the people inspire the materiality and the way that people will move through the spaces inspires how we filter and play with light. These elements enable us to create meaningful homes that promote great living.

Your designs often reference Palm Springs modernism…
We embrace the connection between the indoors and outdoors and we aim to achieve timeless, sustainable outcomes that can stand the test of time. The team at Urban Habitats, led by directors Josh Semmler and Jock Merrigan, find a lot of inspiration in architecture such as The Cree House by Albert Frey. We don’t over complicate our designs and we are drawn to clean lines and honest materials.

What is good design?
Good design is thoughtfully and carefully curated. It responds to the clients brief, the site and the surroundings. 

Urban Habitats
96 King William Road, Goodwood
08 8373 1731

Top Notch Dining at Pippo, North Adelaide Village

Stephen Russell knows his way around the kitchen – from plating up ‘bush tucker’ in an open-air diner overlooking Uluru, to creating honest, creative dishes as head chef of luxe North Adelaide eatery Pippo. We sit down with the man himself at North Adelaide Village to find out more about his influences and, of course, the must-try menu.

tell us about your background

Before my relocation to Adelaide I had just finished a three-year stint at Ayers Rock Resort. Prior to this, I worked in world-class resorts in beautiful locations all around Australia.

pippo’s all-day menu is diverse, showcasing a mix of cuisines – how would you describe the menu and what was behind the blend of flavours?

Our latest menu is a great way to showcase a contemporary Australian cuisine at its finest. The wood-oven was purposely built to create a menu with an honest and rustic feel [and] a fusion of flavours, while maintaining the delicacy of preparation I’m known for. I believe the menu in an all-day venue such as ours comes down to delicious and honest food – a meal that leaves you feeling content when you leave. 

how would you describe your cooking style?

Throughout my cooking career I have run kitchens in remote places. The benefit of travelling throughout Australia in my early years of cooking was that I was able to learn multiple cuisines and cook with a variety of native produce. My cooking style at Pippo is an extension of my travels and experiences. 

The use of fresh, seasonal produce is a big deal for you…

Seasonal produce is huge for me. We have access to some of the best produce here in South Australia and I want to showcase it. It’s about maintaining the integrity of the flavours and not over complicating them. There is a fine line and delicate balance between the two.

pippo also prides itself on supporting local growers and suppliers – is this even more important now as we navigate our way out of covid?

It has never been so important. The hospitality industry was hit hard when the pandemic hit. It was restaurateurs that had to reinvent themselves and suppliers whom also felt the effects of this. South Australian suppliers have world-class farmlands and produce, so why would we go anywhere else but our own backyard? We know that South Australian farms provide to many Australian regions – I’ve had the pleasure to work with this produce abroad so I’m excited to have close access to it at Pippo.

the menu includes a ‘feed me’ option, where the chef chooses the dishes. What would I get if i ordered this?

The ‘feed me’ menu takes you on a tasteful culinary journey at Pippo with a selection from our entire menu. It’s a great option as we are able to help create a menu with balance, and therefore an experience to remember!

what is the must-try dish?

Well, I can say the whole menu is a must-try, however if I had to choose from the current menu the 12 hour slow-cooked roasted lamb shoulder with hummus, spiced chickpeas, yoghurt and flatbread. For our upcoming menu we are showcasing SA Squid in a serrano pepper and lime salsa fresca, finished with a pea coriander sauce. Also, a pearl-meat and crab ravioli with bush tomato consume, chard corn, karkalla and a burnt saffron sabayon. 

Photography by Meaghan Coles

67 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide Village
08 7320 4367

The Duck Inn: Gin Paddles and More

The Duck Inn in Adelaide’s picturesque Coromandel Valley has introduced a new speciality to their bar menu – Gin Tasting Paddles.

Immerse yourself in the quality and delicious selection of 38 local and boutique gins including Australian favourites such as 78 Degrees, 23rd Street, Prohibition, Never Never and Apple Wood.

Or treat your taste buds to some international flavours including Hendricks, Roku, Whitley Neill Quince and Arcane Generous.

There are three types of paddles on offer – The Kangaroo Island Gin Paddle, The Four Pillars Gin Paddle and the monthly ‘Staff Pick’ Paddle. Each month, a staff member at The Duck Inn selects three gins of their choice to create a unique tasting experience for customers.

Paired with fresh botanicals and garnishes chosen precisely to compliment your choice, including assorted berries, fresh ginger, cinnamon, elderflower, lychee and more.

If gin isn’t your go-to drink, The Duck Inn also offers an extensive bar menu that includes whiskey paddles, South Australian wines and cocktail jugs.

The Duck Real Time Tap List rotates your favourite local beers, featuring Prancing Pony Brewery, Guinness, Coopers, Hahn Brewing, Mismatch Brewing Company and more.

Dig into some of the best pub food in the Adelaide Hills prepared by head chef Paul Twigg. Choose from tapas and pub classics, as well as a few tasty dishes featuring the pub’s namesake, duck.

Soak in the beautiful atmosphere, accompanied by live music from DJ’s and live acoustic artists on Sunday afternoons this summer.

Be sure to pop in for Happy Hour, from Monday to Friday 4pm-6pm and Saturday to Sunday 2pm-6pm, to get some great deals on pints, schooners, wines, gins, cocktails and more.

393 Main Road, Coromandel Valley

Celebrating Women in Business

Left to right: Georgia Hatzis, Nadia Travaglini and Tammy Barton

Three talented South Australian women have turned their big ideas into successful and lucrative, female-led enterprise. You can read about their business journeys in the latest issue of South Australian Style, but for some fun facts read on…

Tammy Barton / MyBudget

She’s one of South Australia’s most-known female-led successes and her story has been told times over. Tammy Barton’s big idea was simple – to help people out of financial trouble. That was 21 years ago, and what started from her kitchen table is now a $34 million-a-year business.

In five year’s I hope to be… the founder of a global company, with MyBudget operating in at least three countries.

Last big-ticket purchase… a sauna. My husband and I have been reading about all the health benefits of an infrared sauna – it literally just arrived! 

Best advice I’ve ever received… greatness is not a function of circumstances. Greatness is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.

When I was young I wanted to be a… a singer! Unfortunately, I find it hard to hold a note!

Georgia Hatzis / GGPR

A chance start in fashion was all founder of nationally renowned PR agency GGPR needed, the rest of her success has been self-made through hard work and a determination to be part of the industry she loves.

My style is influenced by… French girls and my Godmother Karin.

The last thing I bought was… Lex Pott candles.

My favourite Australian-made label is… Viktoria & Woods.

If I wasn’t in PR I would be… a stylist, photographer or a homewares buyer.

Nadia Travaglini / Studio Botanic

Floral artistry is a thing and Adelaide’s Nadia Travaglini is at the helm. Her arrangements are big, and the thought and tenacity that goes into the placement of every single stem is the reason she’s risen to the top of her game

My style icon is… Dior.

My artistry is influenced by… floral artists like Mary Lennox.

My favourite flower is… Nepenthe Pitcher Plant, but it can change with the seasons. 

Best advice I’ve ever received… surround yourself with people who are better than you. 

The Colonist: Eclectic Interior & Energetic Atmosphere

Since 1851, The Colonist has been a staple in the Adelaide pub scene, known for its eclectic interior and energetic atmosphere. Specialising in small and large modern Australian dishes, the pub also hosts an impressive cocktail, craft beer and wine list.

Upon arrival, high ceilings and elaborate copper roofing catch the eye. Combined with the original pub wallpaper and Gustave Klimt paintings on the walls, the space is warm and welcoming. Order a gin and tonic at the main bar or take advantage of the alfresco dining during the warmer months.

On the weekend, enjoy all-day breakfast. Between the Tasmanian Smoked Salmon Florentine or the Loaded Brekkie, there is something for everyone. Pair with a freshly squeezed OJ or a Bloody Mary cocktail and start the day right! As a dog-friendly venue, weekend brunch at The Colonist is the perfect excuse to get your furry friend out and about.

The current lunch and dinner menus have a seasonal focus. Head Chef, Dean Lennerth focuses on fresh flavours that champion local produce. Enjoy the Salt ‘n’ Peter Squid Salad with crispy noodle slaw or Grilled Local Halloumi with tomato salsa. You’ll still find all your pub favourites, like the 250g Chargrilled Angus Sirloin and the Crispy Chicken Burger with sweet potato wedges, and there’s plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options available too.

As South Australia becomes increasingly renowned for its microbreweries, The Colonist offers an extensive range of South Australian craft beers. Find Mismatch Brewing, Vale Brewing and Lobethal Bierhaus all on the menu. The taps change regularly, so be sure to check ‘The Colonist Real Time Tap List’ available online.

The cocktail and wine list will not disappoint. As the popularity of gin grows, The Colonist offers a broad selection of Australian favourites. The extensive range of cocktails includes a Tropical Gin Spritz and Nosferatu Blood Orange Negroni – every Sunday from 3-5pm, you’ll find these available for just $10. Enjoy a glass from the long list of premium local wines from popular regions such as McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and the Barossa.

The Colonist is open Monday – Friday for lunch and dinner, and Saturday 9am – Late.

44 The Parade, Norwood

Inner City Dining: Jack & Jill’s

We all know how the nursery rhyme goes, but Jack & Jill’s Bar and Restaurant is no child’s play.

Jack & Jill’s quietly opened in October of 2019 in the former Old Friend site on Pirie Street. After a tough start to 2020, the venue joins a flock of bar and restaurants welcoming sophisticated night life back to the Pirie Street precinct.

The renovated street-level restaurant is spacious with a warm fit-out – think timber, crushed velvet and exposed lighting. It’s chic without being fussy.

During the warmer months, the front bifold doors extend out welcoming street diners into a porch-like dining space.

Designed for large groups to gather and share, the modern Australian menu offers a generous selection of smaller and larger plates.

The menu draws from a range of global influences, from Korean (sticky fried chicken and crunchy slaw) to Middle Eastern (spiced lamb shoulder with pearl couscous) and Sri Lankan (barramundi curry and coconut rice). There’s plenty of vegetarian options available too – try the whole roasted cauliflower with radish, beetroot and warm buttermilk dressing.

If there’s room for more, don’t go past a serve of the sweet potato doughnuts and sour cream ice cream or the local cheese plate.

After dinner, groups are encouraged to travel down the ‘hill’ to the Basement Bar. Lowly lit yet full of life, the after-hours bar serves innovative cocktails and a delightful local wine list of seasonal varieties from the Barossa to the Adelaide Hills wine regions.

Intimate without feeling small, the space welcomes local music acts each month and a host of resident DJs every weekend. Find the September line-up here.

Jack & Jill’s is open Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – Late and Saturday 6pm – Late. Basement Bar is open Friday and Saturday nights only.

Jack & Jill’s Bar and Restaurant
121 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Photography Leslie Johnson

Adelaide’s New Luxe Event and Co-working Space

Blancspace Maison has opened its doors in a newly restored heritage-listed terrace in Adelaide’s CBD.

Founder Erin Fraser’s ambition is to encourage like-minded individuals to put their heads together to create high calibre experiences. The luxury co-working and event space welcomes all content creators, such as entrepreneurs, photographers, interior designers, calligraphers, lawyers and more.

Remarkable facilities are on offer, from the concept spaces, perfect for meetings or client entertainment, to the picturesque Terrace Balcony overlooking the CBD. 

Twelve feet high ceilings and an immaculate marble bench bar catch your eye at the entrance, and three beautifully crafted office suites are available for hire, with crisp white walls and polished timber floors.

Host an intimate masterclass or cooking workshop in The Kitchen (fitted with an induction cooktop and a three-metre bench, doubling as a bar) or create editorial or high fashion style content in The Studio, with the main feature being the polished concrete floors, perfect for a flat lay.  There’s also a house florist, catering and furniture available on site.

The event space will be reopening from September 2020, so be sure to get in fast. Leasing options for desks and suites are one day, one week, one, three or six months. Desk hire costs start at $599 and suite hire at $1500. 

Blancspace Maison
79 Angas Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Opening hours: 8:30am-5pm

Words Mia Vidale
Photography Kirsty Burns and Alice Healy

This Weekend: Gathered Virtual Market

The Gathered Virtual Market is back again this weekend. The 3D market begins 10am Saturday 22nd August at Expect exclusive offers and discounts, interactive features and a great line-up of South Australia’s finest local designers, artisans, creative collectives and small businesses… at your fingertips.


For a selection of personalised, embossed, hand-scripted prints and journals check out Bespoke2. Choose from a beautiful range of prints and gifts that can be personalised with special messages, names or initials.

Hive Artisan Collective

These pink titanium flower stud earrings from Hive Artisan Collective are unique and come in a range of colours and designs. Each flower is cut by hand using traditional methods to ensure a fine finish that will last.

Garden To Gallery 

Jenni from Garden to Gallery creates these beautiful silk scarves using dyes crafted from plants, leaves, flowers and vegetables grown in her own garden and local environment. The result is unique, wearable art, crafted slowly and carefully, with love.

Simply Hygge Home

Hygge is a Danish word (pronounced hoo:gah) and it means to create a warm, cosy and soulful atmosphere. At Simply Hygge Home they source ethically-made, unique homewares from across the globe so you can create your very own ‘hygge’ home. A home that is a reflection of your personality, your vibe and your life’s journey.


In addition to their 12 base fragrances, Alluvia Beauty will be launching a brand new Candle of the Month to coincide with their return to Gathered! A limited edition fragrance will be launched each month – starting with August. Enquire about their subscription option to ensure you don’t miss out.

Hus In Helsinki

Nordic-inspired homewares and accessories from Hus In Helsinki, who create ethical, modern products for your home and slow living lifestyle. Every piece is thoughtfully made with the highest level of detail and best quality materials, and they pride themselves on using recycled, non-toxic, ethically-sourced and cruelty-free products wherever possible, keeping our Earth and her inhabitants happy. 

One of the World’s Most Coveted Furniture Brands is on Sale this Month at Domo

That’s right – save 15% of all ligne roset products upholstered in alcantara fabric this august at domo. To help make your decision a little easier, we’ve put together a guide for what’s trending in interiors.

Rich velvet and suede are huge fabric trends. They’re both textural and luxe, emulating elegance and sophistication. The appearance of Alcantara Fabric is similar to that of suede, but its synthetic composition means functionality without compromising style.


Alcantara Fabric is available in 40 colours including a selection of neutrals, cool tones and vibrant brights. Lift a neutral space by choosing playful colours like a mossy green or mustard yellow. For a polished look, opt for minimal styling.


There’s been a noticeable shift away from traditional settees, with shoppers now opting for a more relaxed style. Curves suggest comfort, cosiness and luxury – the perfect place to curl up after a long day.

Known for enhancing the design details and curves of a sofa, Alcantara Fabric can help you achieve the ultimate luxe look without compromising comfort.


Choose well and a new sofa can be a ‘forever’ piece. It’s a big-ticket item, so buying something that’s enduring will last the distance. Alcantara Fabric is composed of 68% polyester and 32% polyurethane for increased durability and stain resistance.

Alcantara Fabric on sale at DOMO

Feeling inspired? We have an offer for you! One of the world’s most iconic furniture brands is on sale this month at DOMO. Interior addicts across Adelaide can get their hands on the high-end Ligne Roset sofas, with 15% off any Alcantara fabric custom order until August 31st. Shop online or visit Domo at 164 O’Connell St, North Adelaide to find out more.

The Suburban Wine and Ale Trail You Never Knew About

Adelaide’s only inner-city wine and ale trail brings together boutique wineries and microbreweries from the significant wine regions of South Australia like the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and the Limestone Coast. With each venue situated in the heart of the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters, you can pop in for an hour at each or stay in one spot the whole day. Here are some of our favourites. 

8A Union Street, Stepney

The fit-out at Ferg’s is clean-cut, yet inclusive of vibrant timbers that warm up the space and bring life to the concrete floors. Deemed the ‘hidden gem of Stepney’, you best get there early on in the evenings to get your hands on whatever your drink is.

Lambrook Wines
4/2-20 Magill Road, Norwood

Lambrook Wines are the newer kids on the block. Converting a shipping container to a bar that serves some of the Adelaide Hills’ regionally distinct wines creates a unique experience for city dwellers.

Signature Wines
31 King Street, Norwood

Despite being located just a stone’s throw from the CBD, Signature Wines feels more like a winery. The wine barrel lights that hang from the beams of the rustic warehouse light the way to a small and cosy corner bar.

Little Bang Brewing Company
25 Henry Street, Stepney

What started off as an ambitious at-home brewery in a garage by two friends has evolved into what we know today as Little Bang Brewing Company. Little Bang boats a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere with a selection of drinks, including ale, wine and gin, and casual eats.