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Local Chick – Pippa Borwell

By James Hutton on May 9, 2017 in People

Photo: Grant Brooks

Coogee local Pippa Borwell is the designer of Firefly Covers, making stylish patterned covers to beautify that not so pretty barbecue. She shares her local favourites with The Beast….

How long have you lived here? 12 years now in different spots around the Eastern Suburbs, and a little stint in Queensland. I have spent most of my time based in Coogee. Most of my friends are based here so it feels like home.

What’s your favourite beach? I am extremely lucky as I get to Coogee Beach most days with my daughter, so my loyalties lie here. That said, I love to snorkel, and if you get the right day then Clovelly Beach really can have some amazing fish.

What’s your favourite eatery? My current faves are Toko in Surry Hills for a special occasion, and Li’l Darlin in Randwick as it’s so cosy with great wine.

Where do you like to have a drink?
I love my local, the Pavilion, as it’s just so close and I appreciate that view every single time I go. I’m very lucky to have it on my doorstep and be able walk home.

Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? It has everything you could ever need at your fingertips.

Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? The amount of rubbish we seem to create and the overflowing bins, which attract some not so nice creatures.

Do you have a favourite sporting team? I was a tennis coach, so I love to watch Murray, Federer and any up and coming Australians. In the NRL I support Wests Tigers.

What music are you into at the moment? I tend to leave the music choice to others. My selection tends to be pop or house music – James Arthur, The Weeknd, Flume, Beyoncé, John Newman and Adele.

Who is your favourite person?
My baby girl. I still can’t believe how happy, content and in love one little person makes me. Family are my absolute rock, and when you relocate, your friends also become your family.

What do you get up to on weekends? Ballet class with my daughter, being outdoors at the beach or around nature, picnics, arvo wines, enjoying good food with family and friends.

What do you do for work? I design patterned barbecue covers and have recently launched Firefly Covers. I decorated my balcony and covered my barbecue with an ugly black cover, which spoilt the entire area, so I designed patterned covers that enhance the barbecue.

What’s your favourite thing about work?
Seeing customers having gatherings in their home with a Firefly covered barbecue not spoiling the beautiful picture and memory. I also still get to do my most important job of being a mummy.

Do you have a favourite quote?
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Any other words of wisdom for readers of the Beast?
Appreciate family and friends, do what makes you happy in the present, follow your dreams, and always believe everything will work out in the end and enjoy the ride.



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