Thankfully, our day does not start with another wine tasting like it has for the past few days. Wine for breakfast could easily become a habit, so today we prefer to avoid it. Our holiday in the Barossa has been a glorious fest thus far and the only hindrance (from our husbands’ point of view) could be the amount of time we spend photographing every wall, stone, log, rusted corrugated iron and other textured surfaces we can find. Today we head in the direction of Adelaide Hills to visit the much talked about German settlement town of Hahndorf, just 30 minutes from the CBD.
Among the original and beautifully restored and maintained “Fachwerk” (medieval brace timber) buildings, we unexpectedly come across a store that stands out from the rest. From the bustling main street, we enter its calm interior and it is immediately apparent that each item has been carefully selected and displayed in a way to delight all those who enter.
The owners of Poets Ode are husband and wife team, Alia and Scott, who are talented wedding photographers who travel all over Australia taking remarkably memorable photos of those special moments.
Their philosophy is to keep things simple and they always source ethically made goods locally or from abroad. The cascading light from large windows and the backdrop of white walls create a perfect setting for natural, handcrafted and classically designed pieces.
The muted tones of creams, greys and caramels lend a perfect serene calmness to the area and one tends to spend hours browsing through the unique wares. A monochromatic heaven!
Alia tells us that her love for being surrounded by beautiful things, comes from her mother. She regularly took Alia to antique markets and second hand stalls from a young age. Even though she didn’t enjoy it at the time, she is now grateful developing such a keen eye during those annoying shopping expeditions! (I think I’m going to make my kids grateful this weekend!)
The highlight of Poets Ode is to experience all the different textures together. So well chosen, all with a neutral tone, create a shop filled with texture and makes you want to touch each and every item.
Part of the shop is a beautiful tea room where you can relax and daydream about all the lovely home ware you can’t resist buying.
We just love the beautiful rustic timber chairs. When asked about future plans for Poets Ode, we hear that live music, exhibitions, workshops and poetry (of course!) are on the cards soon. Remember to visit their Facebook page or follow their Instagram feed to keep up to date with future events.
Thank you to Alia & Scott for inviting us into your monochromatic world of Poet’s Ode. Whenever you are in Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills, make sure to visit Poet’s Ode at 100 Main Street, Hahndorf.
*(All photos in this blog was taken by Vanilla Slate Designs)