I ADELAIDE HILLS
a retail outlet devoted to South Australian design, established and emerging. Stock runs the gamut from folksy to funky, nanna to nouveau. Think ceramics, chopping boards, hand-stitched clothing, jewellery, cushions, lavender furniture polish and 1960s-style timber mounted clocks. Apparently, tooled leather is also making a comeback. More: studiodverdun.com.au. The Hills are home to a burgeoning natural beauty industry, with Jurlique the region’s most famous export. On Hahndorf’s high street, Marie Morgan, former corporate high-flyer turned beauty alchemist, mixes from scratch a range of delicious body and hair-care products using best-quality botanicals. Her partner Leigh makes the lovely goat’s milk soaps. With growing British demand for their products, the couple will launch a small operation in France later this year. And keep an eye out for Marie’s planned perfume range. More: cocomarie.com.au. Maureen Goulden, chatelaine of this somewhat eccentric antiques store, housed in a rambling shed on the outskirts of Woodside, handwrites her business cards in a looping script and seems to have the inside running on where to track down peeling, but eminently stylish, old garden furniture and other Hills flea-market treasures. You never know what you may find here and prices are good. 17 Main Rd, Woodside. Open Wednesday-Sunday.
Young browsers at Matilda Bookshop in Stirling, above; Helen Burnett and Christine Kennedy at Studio D local art and design store in Verdun, below left; Marie Morgan at her beauty store Coco Marie in Hahndorf