Hawthorn is one of Melbourne’s most salubrious suburbs, with grand period homes lining many of its wide and leafy streets and boulevards. Immaculately preserved on the outside, many of these homes are beautifully appointed on the inside, with sumptuous furnishings and detailed with lavish finishes to the nth degree. Some of these appointments were sourced locally, perhaps from establishments on this list.

1. Pittella

796 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn – Ph: 9818 0311

THE place for designer door handles, this family-owned business is at the top of its game with the latest accessories for the home. Working with some of the world’s leading designers, and some of Italy’s finest artisans where many of the products are made, it’s a pleasure looking at the many latest designs in the recently renovated showroom by Hecker Guthrie. From classical to contemporary, there’s every imaginable fitting, in a broad range of finishes from brass and satin to chrome and nickel. Handmade vanity basins transform bathrooms into idyllic retreats.

2. Doherty Design Studio

108 Power Street, Hawthorn – Ph: 9815 2737

Located in Power Street, Hawthorn, Doherty Design Studio has established a reputation for its bold and colourful interiors. Interior designer Mardi Doherty is greatly inspired by the 1980s, when caution was often ‘thrown to the wind’. However, her highly crafted interiors, predominantly for the residential market, are anything but casual in approach, with every detail and finish carefully considered. A recent interior included a dramatic grey and black terrazzo kitchen, framed by rick Yves Klein blue joinery.

3. Rose St. Trading Co

731 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn – Ph: 9818 8848

Overscaled steel chandeliers donned with fabric shades add to this corner store’s rustic charm (on the corner of Crystobel Crescent). The loosely French-style homewares store includes a large selection of table lamps, some with glass bases, others in crystal, the latter growing in popularly in designer collections. For those with small children and are afraid that lamps will end up broken on the floor, broken there are also table lamps with chunky concrete bases. Those who prefer a more delicate touch will gravitate towards the Japanese-style glazed ceramic vases, many oversized to cater for lavish flower arrangements.

4. The Demsey Group

255 Burwood Road, Hawthorn – Ph: 8888 8100

Those who love thumbing through racks of curtain and upholstery fabrics will enjoy visiting The Demsey Group. The textiles and wallpaper ranges on offer include Lorenzo Castillo (check out the cut velvet swatches) and the heavy brocades from Zoffany. You will also find woollen plaids from British designer Ian Mankin ranging from peonies and pinks to charcoals through to greys. And for those looking for the quintessential classic designs, there are also ranges from Sanderson.

5. Domo

241 Burwood Road, Hawthorn – Ph: 8803 8803

Established 30 years ago and just recently moved to its current location, Domo is one of, if not the largest suppliers of Ligne Roset French furniture. How could one resist the enveloping comfort of Ligne Roset’s ‘Plume’ lounge, a futuristic-style lounge that’s difficult to leave behind. Dining settings, lights and side tables are arranged across the showroom’s two levels, with felt origami-like wall panels, each one with 24 pieces, leading one’s gaze up the staircase. A cabinet at the top of the stairs, filled with oversized crystal vessels, is as tempting as the high back armchair lined with orange suede.

6. Euro

177-179 Burwood Road, Hawthorn – Ph: 8374 3600

Italian design suited to the Australian lifestyle comes together at Euro. The well-appointed showroom features cooktops, dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, rangehoods and also refrigerators. With many products produced in northern Italy, there’s a fusion between quality and knowhow.

7. Furniture Revival

142-144 Burwood Road, Hawthorn – Ph: 9818 6970

After years of ignoring antiques, there’s been a slow and gradual shift towards them of late. An entire showroom filled with ‘brown’ furniture can be overwhelming, but when thoughtfully combined with contemporary furniture the results can be impressive. High back tapestry or leather-covered armchairs can be found at Furniture Revival, along with mirrors and chests of drawers. The collection of furniture on show covers the Victorian and Edwardian periods, along with designs from the early 20th century. A French walnut unit, serpentine in shape, will set you back $3,500 (includes GST).

8. Décor Detail

70 Burwood Road, Hawthorn – Ph: 9818 1224

Design shouldn’t only be the exclusive domain of adults. At Décor Detail, there are tempting gifts for adults. But there’s also a large dose of interior products that would sit perfectly on a child’s bed. With Easter on our doorstep, what could be more tempting that many fabric toy bunnies scattered through the Burwood Road store? The ceramic toadstools, displayed in the front window could easily find their way into a corner of a child’s room.

9. Anton Gerner Furniture

24 Victoria Road, Hawthorn East – Ph: 9813 2422

Award-winning craftsman Anton Gerner has been finessing his highly tuned skills for almost 30 years. Many homes in Hawthorn, and in many of the nearby eastern suburbs, include his designs, some as free-standing items, others being built-in. Gerner’s beautifully crafted pieces include cabinets, drawers, dining tables and entertainment units. Special handmade boxes and containers allow even those with more modest budgets to own one of his designs. Some pieces have a strong art deco feel while others are more difficult to pigeonhole.

10. Zuster  - Residential + Commercial

33 Church Street, Hawthorn- Ph; 9465 4700

Zuster is Dutch for sister. It’s also the brainchild of sisters Wilhemina McCarroll and Fleur Sibbel who embrace their Dutch heritage for the handmade, but produced on a considerably larger scale. Individually crafted pieces and hand-detailing combined with luxurious fabrics and materials, has made Zuster dear to the Australian design community. Here, you will find every possible item of furniture for the home, from beds and bedheads to their coveted armchairs, ottomans and coffee tables – why would one leave home!

Images courtesy Pittella, Doherty Design Studio (photographed by Derek Swalwell) & Anton Gerner Furniture

From classical to contemporary, there’s every imaginable fitting, in a broad range of finishes from brass and satin to chrome and nickel.

Located in Power Street, Hawthorn, Doherty Design Studio has established a reputation for its bold and colourful interiors. Interior designer Mardi Doherty is greatly inspired by the 1980s, when caution was often ‘thrown to the wind’.


A recent interior included a dramatic grey and black terrazzo kitchen, framed by rick Yves Klein blue joinery.

Gerner’s beautifully crafted pieces include cabinets, drawers, dining tables and entertainment units. Special handmade boxes and containers allow even those with more modest budgets to own one of his designs.

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