This might not be exciting news to you, but, as an expat American-Australia (I'm a dual citizen and have lived equal amounts in the US and Australia), I am particularly thrilled that one my favourite home stores is arriving in Sydney this March.
This past Christmas was the first holiday season spent out of the US in twelve years. I missed my annual pop into Pottery Barn to buy a Christmas ornament. I also missed Thanksgiving, another time of the year when Pottery Barn offer fabulous holiday entertaining decorations. Its not just the holiday decorations I miss, its the ease of being able to go into Pottery Barn, West Elm (my local was DUMBO), or Williams-Sonoma and get new organic cotton sheets, a bowl, a vase, seasonal throw cushion covers, or a different sized All-Clad piece for a new recipe I'm sure I'll be making over and over.
There's nothing like it in Australia. My two comparisons are Country Road Home; though the small selection offers a nice range of basic dishes, dish towels, cushions, picture frames and some other basic essentials. And Coco Republic. For those Australian's who've lived in the US a very long time, and the American's who've moved to Australia - you'll notice an uncanny resemblence to two major stores: New York City's ABC Carpet & Home and Restoration Hardware. Coco Republic has styled its entire showroom with a US esthetic, showcasing Ralph Lauren Home, the quintessential NYC loft look and a strong influence from Soho House.
But they're not Pottery Barn and they're not trying to be. Both Coco Republic and Country Road Home may target a similar clientele, but are still very specialized offering either just homewares or interiors. My point: There's definitely room for this premiere specialty home furnishings retailer in Australia. Pottery Barn have looks for every taste from contemporary to ethnic, and offer a wide range of items from candles, blankets, slipcovers, pillows, wall decor, finials, upholstery, strorage, home accents, outdoor furniture to styling ideas for baby through to teen rooms and vintage inspired finds and fair trade items. And lets not forget the wonderful cookware at Williams-Sonoma, named after founder Charles Williams, of Sonoma, California in 1956.
I look forward to popping into Pottery Barn for a seasonal refresher and knowing I can easily buy my favourite items without having to go online and ship them to Sydney. I just hope they keep to their esthetic, there's something about stepping into the store that makes you feel like you're home.
Pottery Barn opens its first Australian store in Bondi Junctions' Exchange Building in March.