At Home, at Eastland

Acclaimed interior designer, Simone Haag, shares her local perspective on the new Eastland.   

Ok - I am not going to lie - when my husband and I first moved to Ringwood, I was every so slightly apprehensive. Could we find a nice coffee shop, would I enjoy even the most mundane of tasks (like grocery shopping)? 

You see - we moved not so much for the area and its amenities, but for one particular house that we fell in love with… A 60’s gem that we affectionately call The Log Cabin, that almost broke the internet when it appeared on The Design Files.

But I can truly say - I am extraordinarily settled here, and for good reason. The country feel as I drive up my street which is a little dirt road, the elevated aspect from our balcony where birds seem to flock past at eye level, the Mullum Mullum Reserve where they swear koalas can be spotted and OF COURSE the newly revamped Eastland, of which I am proud to say  - I can see from my balcony.

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Eastland has truly nailed the idea of community living. We now don’t have to dash to Collingwood for a good coffee - as Brioche provides a beautiful brew. I now don’t have to schedule a day to go into town to whip into Skin and Threads and Scanlan and Theodore as they are literally on my doorstep.

If I haven’t got dinner sorted, the Town Square provides. And if I have an event - even being able to get my makeup done at Mecca is amazing.

Eastland has created a community hub, that happens to have ridiculously good shopping at hand - for example - Martin York and its boutique service, one call and they come dashing across the town square with a pair of heels I saw on Instagram, paid for over the phone and worn to a wedding that day.

I am excited to continue visiting there and developing relationship with the makers, bakers and more. And when people ask where I live, I no longer say “half way to the Yarra Valley”.

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