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Matt Allison is one of those people we’ve followed on social media forever and you kind of feel like you know him and his family just via Instagram. They recently relocated from Cape Town to Sydney and a few months ago he squeezed in a tour of his new city for a very cool Nifty Weekend Takeover, from vertical gardens, to Icebergs ocean pool in Bondi Beach and the Harbour bridge it was quite a whirlwind. If you’re obsessed with minimalism, plant life and IKEA you 100% should be following Matt on Instagram.
We caught up with Matt to hear about his favourite places in Cape Town, Sydney and whether we can expect more hangryness inducing food snaps again, cos we miss them!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m husband, father and multi-disicplanary creative born in Durban, South Africa, lived most of my life in Cape Town, but relocated to Sydney 6-months ago.
2. You’ve recently moved from Cape Town to Sydney.. what are your 5 favourite places to go (restaurants/parks/pools/theatre etc) in each city?
Gosh, hmmm, it’s tough with Cape Town there are just so many options! Off the top of my head though Table Mountain, Camps Bay, Babylonstoren, Woodstock & Tribe Coffee are favourites. In Sydney, Surry Hills & The CBD for creative energy. We also love Redleaf Pool & Prince Alfred Park for swimming and The Grounds of Alexandria for coffee/brunch.
@thelivingmall, my favourite building in all of Sydney. Situated in Ultimo it’s the signature of “Green Living”, designed by the grandfather of vertical gardening French botanist Patrick Blanc and testament to @cityofsydney‘s goal to reduce carbon emissions by 2030
Yarn bombing in Redfern Park. Redfern is Sydney’s most up and coming suburb with the highest year on year return on investment. It’s home to hipsters and housewives alike, a cosmopolitan mix filled with parks, cycleways, street art, artisan markets and home of our City’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore.
3. You used to share a lot of beautiful foodie posts that made us super hangry – what happened to them, can we expect them back anytime soon?
Well I still cook fresh meals everyday and am still growing much of the produce we use, albeit on a much smaller scale. My feed has become more interiors focussed as we set-up our new home, but yes, food maybe well be a part of things in time.
4. Who are your favourite people to follow on Instagram?
@local_milk & @luisabrimble for food and lifestyle, @chrisozer @kessara for travel, @sangthebird @kerryseventytree & @kristinrogers for family life and @styledbyemmahos & @annaleenashem for beautiful Scandinavian styled interiors & styling.
Icebergs is an ocean pool situated along the shore of the renown Bondi Beach. Soak up the sun, take a swim and grab a drink @icebergsterrace while you’re there
Darling Quater is home of the @cityofsydney Harbour Water Park, just one of many of the free activities the city provides. We take the kids down on the weekend and they to run through the water jets and diverse the flow of the man-made streams
5. What are your favourite photo editing apps?
I almost exclusively use VSCOcam these days, though Retouch & Afterlight also get some screen/editing time.
6. What is your greatest extravagance?
Probably the Herman Miller Eames Rocker I bought myself for my birthday. I told myself it was my Christmas, Birthday and Fathers Day present, or at least how I sold it to my wife!
7. What is your most treasured possession?
My family, without a doubt. I don’t hold material possessions in high regard and we live as minimalists so over time memories and experience have replaced my desire to place value in/on possessions. If the house burn down I’d make sure we had our birth certificates, passports etc, the rest are replaceable.
Good Morning! This is Parsley Bay, just one of over 100 beaches Sydney offers residents and tourists alike. Some of our personal favourites city beach spots include Redleaf Pool, Nielsen Park & Vaucluse Bay
Nothing like a day out exploring the iconic @sydneyoperahouse. The sails here play host to the annual @vividsydney festival and just this week were illuminated red to ring in the Chinese New Year
8. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being present and living in the moment, which is hard. Social media and media and general are pawing for our attention, it’s hard to just be present, appreciating the moments that make day-to-day life all the more special. Living in the moment, through our eyes, not the lens. I think having children have made me more aware and receptive of that.
9. Macarons or cupcakes? Sprinkles or chocolate chips? Tea or coffee?
Cupcakes, Sprinkles & Coffee, preferably together.
The Sydney Tower Eye, AKA Westfield or AMP Tower is the second tallest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere at 309m high it dwarfs the City below. It’s part of the skyline of Sydney and wedged between Castlereagh and Pitt St, the attached @westfieldsyd is a shopping mecca for high end fashion
To conclude our whirlwind tour of Sydney, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, though known to locals as “The Bridge”. It’s the 6th largest suspension bridge in the world and links Sydney to the North Shore.