Meet Eleisha, interior stylist of iconic Hotel Esplanade in Melbourne.

“Every piece was chosen to sing in harmony with the next,
enabling the beautiful bones of the building to be the hero.”


/ How did you become involved in The Espy project?
I had worked on two venues for the owners, but nothing on this scale with its history as a luxury resort hotel, jazz bar and mecca of live performance. Many areas of the hotel had been closed to the public for over 60 years until now and there were thousands of pieces to be sourced and brought in from around the world. As a stylist, you couldn’t
dream of a better brief!

/ How did you choose the colour palette and create harmony
out of so many contrasting tones, prints and textures?

Colours of the Victorian era were a huge influence; deep burgundies, rich mustards and tones of greens and blues. Amazing views out to the bay with ever changing colours in the ocean and incredible sunsets also played a role. The Mya Tiger bar is a beautiful blend of styles from the British Empire with striking undertones of Asia – dark timbers, rattan ceiling, bamboo furniture and exposed rafters with a hand painted Chinoiserie style mural.

/ Do you have a favourite area?
The Secret Powder Room with its custom puffs, bold wallpaper and French antique wall sconces mixed with cheap and cheerful finds from local bric a brac stores… The biggest joy is seeing women’s reactions once they push through the cubicle door.

/ What inspires you?
Kind, generous people… and of course stunning spaces whether they are built or natural environments.

/ The Espy is renowned for nurturing musicians…
if you were a song what would it be?

Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now!


Interior Stylist: Eleisha Gray - @eleishagray
Image Credit: Caitlin Mills Photography