When we travel we love to stay in places that reflect our style and add to the joy and experience of the holiday, but they are hard to come by. This boutique accommodation concept in the heart of Potts Point, a stone throw away from some of Sydney's best sight seeing locations is what our minimalist dreams are made of.
Launching in 2020, Three Rooms Sydney is boutique accommodation with a difference. With Three apartments to rent, each is taken over by an Australian designer; MCM House, Sarah Ellison and most recently McMullin and Co. The experience allows you to completely emmerce yourself in the lifestyle and home of each brand, and better yet, if you fall in love with the decor you can make it your own, as the entire apartment is shoppable. The ideal try before you buy experience.
We chat to co-owner Chrissi James on how the concept came about, how long it took to bring the idea to life and what pieces she couldn't help add to her own home.
How did the concept of Three Rooms come about?
The concept was conceived and inspired by the iconic 3 Rooms Paris, a self-contained accommodation curated by fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, as well as The Apartment by the Line in New York and Los Angeles. Our aim in combining both concepts into one, is to offer a special genre of urban accommodation for those who appreciate the unique and perfectly imperfect detail akin to living in an apartment in Paris or Milan. Modern Australian design meets European chic.
What did the spaces look like before and how long did the process take to turn it into what we see today?
For almost 35 years the building was formerly owned by the Hemmes family and remained mostly un-renovated, a literal blank canvas, we then reached out to our brand partners who immediately understood the concept and the gap in the Sydney accommodation offering. It was a retro fit which took about 2 weeks of hard solid work to create the three apartments they are today!
How often do the spaces get a revamp from the designers?
Since the Three Rooms inception numerous design houses have requested to participate however our partnerships offer a marketing presence in exchange of an apartment in Potts Point under their namesake. Our first partners - Jardan, MCM House and Cult design have evolved with MCM House with a recent refresh with their new range of furniture, then Sarah Ellison who are strong on social media and digital content and soon to launch their first retails space (stay tuned) and current to this week McMullin & Co driven by the talented Alice McMullin.
Your favourite details in the spaces.
I own a piece from each brand. In Sarah Ellison for me it’s the cosy Huggie chair, from McMullin & Co their paired back yet bold Saatchi bed head and inside MCM the Artie armchair. Overall the way each furniture house’s team curated their own apartment true to their identity.
We would love to know your favourite spots in the area.
Where to get a coffee: Primary Coffee on Ward Avenue is a MUST
Breakfast: Definitely Room 10 almost all locals go to lunch spot
Lunch: Pina on Llankelly lane
Dinner: After 20 years it’s a true love affair with Fratelli Paradiso
Favourite shops and spots to visit: Locale has a great range of Australian designers, Potts Point Bookshop and Grandiflora are my weekly visits
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Images supplied by Three Rooms Sydney.