This week I am in glorious Sydney for a little holiday, and of course, a lot of design reporting! You all probably know that I’m a Melbourne girl through and through… I do love Melbourne’s wide, leafy streets and the eclecticism of our beautiful city…. but I have to say, there’s also a lot to love about Sydney!

Sydney is so different to Melbourne – it’s a lot more slick, it’s much less bohemian than Melbourne…. all in all it just feels a bit more polished. But the main drawcard – it’s just so picturesque! We’ve had incredible not-a-cloud-in-the-sky days all weekend… and as for Sydney harbour, the bridge and the Opera House… breathtaking. Of course I’ve been here before, but I’m blown away everytime. This city is truly picture-perfect. (unfortunately 500pixel-wide images really don’t do it justice).

My gushing about this wonderful city probably also has a lot to do with the fact that we’re housesitting the most stunning apartment in Sydney’s leafy suburb of Darlinghurst. Lucky lucky! The apartment building is known as ‘Republic 2′ and was designed by famed Sydney architects Burley Katon Halliday. Talk about lifestyles of the rich and famous. Ahhh… I could get used to this!

Darlinghurst’s ‘Republic 2′ apartment building – exterior

view of the pool area from our balcony, with Harry Seidler‘s skeletal Horizon apartment building twinkling in the background.

odd angle – this is ‘Republic 2′ exterior from the street below. Love those cascading gardens on the rooftop penthouse!

another view from the balcony…. ahh. How will I ever go home?

Perhaps next week I will post images of the apartment’s interior… it. is. incredible.

ps) Sydney-siders I would love your recommendations of good shops, restaurants, etc to visit… – please leave me a comment!