Yay! Our first ever post! A visit to the Design Doctor!

There is something really special about Merita Mannings and her store and you know this the minute you step inside the door of Design Doctor. You know that feeling you get when you visit your granny on a Sunday afternoon or when you think back to summer holidays from your childhood? Those memories leave you feeling warm, cosy and beautiful inside. Well, Design Doctor conjures up the same feelings and it’s all thanks to the creative foresight and passion of owner Merita.  Nestled in the heart of Herne Hill, Design Doctor is a treasure chest of goodness and so much more.

Merita describes her vision as “a vintage reference” and values “getting back to the simple things in life”. She hopes that her store will take people of all ages on a trip down memory lane and wishes to inspire people creatively. With her skills and knowledge of interior design, her knowledge of trends, retail experience and her love for what she does, Merita achieves all this and more!

Design Doctor is about to celebrate its 1st Birthday and indeed there’s lots to celebrate! The shop oozes loveliness, with gorgeous jewellery, interior decorations, homewares, soft furnishings and toys displayed throughout, it’s seriously hard to pick where in the shop to look first! Merita stocks a variety of local and national designs including; bonnie and neil, Seedling, Cheeky Little Soles, Mae Stickers, Me & Frankie, Eighty Days pillows, Radish & Ruth and Have You Met Miss Jones (to name just a few). She also stocks Monster Threads exclusively and has a bright palette of their T-Shirts in store.

Merita’s favourite items in the store include her cute variety of mushroom jewellery and designs, everything with polka dots, her removable decorative stickers and designs with inspirational sayings. Merita also loves products with interesting textures, which we love too! Merita is really looking forward to the arrival of her new season stock, which includes cushions and fabulous knitted products (locally designed here in Geelong) including jewellery, dolls and tea cosies. Merita is also excited about the arrival of her new range of homewares and whimsical jewellery. So much cuteness to come!

Oh, and if you have little cherubs in tow when you visit the Design Doctor store, Merita has created a special play area just for them! This is just another example of the care and thoughtfulness that has gone into this cosy little shop in our new hometown!

And so you don’t think it’s just Oh! Hello Geelong who love Design Doctor, two lovely Herne Hill-ites popped in to say hello and told Merita “it’s lovely to have a shop like this in our local area!” Go Merita!

Design Doctor, 8/5 Minerva Road, Herne Hill, Geelong – Ph: 5272 1113

Love Penny + Laura

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9 responses

  1. ohhellogirls! I’m not from here either but have been here for about 6 years now so starting to discover the lay of the land. I have even started a blog or two with the very same concept you girls are embarking on, lack of attention to my great ideas saw them tossed into my growing pile of online litter. Of course they weren’t nearly as pretty or cool as this one. So i’m thrilled someone is doing it and doing it right – I’ll be following along.

    • Hello there fellow ex-pat! Thanks for touching base and checking out our blog, we love the feedback. Please feel free to post your ideas, fun adventures and Geelong treasures on our Facebook page, we’re sure you have lots of gems to share!

  2. Ooh, yes, love this shop- it has all the cool stuff you see on the internet, but in a real shop! And Merita is lovely too. Looking forward to following your blog :)

    • The Design Doctor is certainly a feast for the eyes and the best part is that you get to feel the textures, smell the fabrics and try on the clothes and accessories. Happy reading, there are lots of pretty, fun and delicious posts coming your way!

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