The Green Room, Albert Park, Melbourne
Don’t you think flowers look fresh and lovely against a rustic background? I tripped over this little jewel of a shop on a Junk Map excursion recently and had to go back and take some pics for you.
The first thing I noticed about The Green Room was the walls. They’re made from broken fruit crates that have been pulled apart and used as panelling and small shelves. The worn boards, with their stencilled words and battered paint, are a surprising addition to a suburban shopping strip, but they deliver an old-world charm that fits easily into Albert Park village.
The Green Room has been around for many years but recently changed direction from food and flowers to full time floristry. Gary and his team love to use unusual containers or vintage pieces in their corporate and events work, so it made sense to bring their ‘green’ styling to the updated shop front.
Stacks of Dutch nursery crates, hollow logs, timber herb baskets, and pretty succulents in old olive oil boxes make quick and easy displays that can be moved and rearranged with the seasons. Two heavy industrial workbenches form the main counter and work surfaces, and a projector runs a selection of old movies and nature documentaries to amuse customers on busy days.
The feel of The Green Room is casual and friendly; the flowers look amazing (and apparently respond well to their rough timber surrounds); and you get to watch classic movies while you wait. If you live locally and don’t have a garden to pillage this is a fun alternative.
The Green Room, 91 Dundas Place, Albert Park, Victoria. Phone 03 9690 4383