These days I find myself constantly on the hunt for cute Australian Homes… It is not a very streamlined research process -mainly relying on a haphazard combination of guess-work, gut instinct and random tip-offs… it’s a wonder I manage to find one each week to share (and let me tell you, some weeks I cut it pretty fine!). ANYWAY. I am always quite pleased with myself when I get an inkling which turns out to be a winner! Today’s home tour is one such example! I have been chasing Mandy (nicely) for quite a few months, hoping/assuming her home would be lovely. And guess what? It’s lovely! Phew.
Mandy Paton is the owner of Fitzroy’s very gorgeous shop amor y locura. You know, that one you always drive / cycle past on your way home from work and think “man that shop looks cool, I gotta check that out”. YES you do! Amor y locura (translation – ‘Love and Madness’) is full to the brim of Mandy’s incredible finds, uncovered on frequent buying trips to South America – Mexican hand-painted ‘day of the dead’ ephemera, Argentinian artefacts and exquisite antiques, wrought iron furniture and gates, rustic press metal mirrors and lanterns and lighting, a huge life-size copper(?) palm tree…?! It really is a treasure trove of unique pieces… and you can certainly be assured that you just won’t see these items anywhere else!
Not surprisingly, the South Yarra apartment Mandy shares with her teenage daughter is just as beautiful as her shop – although a little more restrained! Nestled in an incredible art deco mansion-style building by the Yarra, the 2-bedroom space is bright, warm and welcoming. It’s furnished sparely with Mandy’s favourite finds, many from South America of course. The apartment overlooks the shared pool and leafy surrounds, with beautiful views from every window. There’s something truly unique about this grand apartment building – it really feels like no other building in Melbourne…! It has a distinctly ‘international’ flavour… walking up the ornate, almost gothic staircase, with ferns and overgrown foliage cascading down the central light well, you feel you’ve been transported to 1930′s LA, or perhaps even Barcelona. It’s a bit magical like that.
If you love Mandy’s home you really need to check out her incredible shop! A truly unique Melbourne shopping experience! (some pics of the store below)
amor y locura
77 Gertrude st
Winter trading hours :
Friday and Saturday 11.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 11.00am – 3.00pm
Appointments very welcome on other days! ph. 9486 0270
amor y locura – how good are Mandy’s new Mexican ‘Acapulco’ chairs in those brilliant bright colours?!