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


Oh! Hello,

We are Penny and Laura and we are not from here.

Let’s be upfront: it wasn’t love at first sight when we first met Geelong. You know those people at a party who don’t know anyone and insist on standing there, back against the wall, unsure if they want to get to know anyone? That was us. But then we cautiously started to mingle and little by little, Geelong is warming to us and we are warming to Geelong.

This blog is our space to share the gems we’re discovering, the places we love, the things that make us smile.

If, like us, you’re not from here, we hope this blog helps to make you feel a little more at home.

If you are from Geelong we hope you enjoy viewing your hometown through a newcomer’s eyes.

Last but not least, if you’re one of the folks that we have left behind in Melbourne and Canberra we hope to entice you to visit us by bragging nonstop about the quirks and corners of this loveable lil town.

Follow us for the ride!

Penny and Laura xx