Meet Pip Goldsmith, the mastermind behind spectacular Sydney venues The Boathouse Palm Beach, The Boathouse Balmoral and Moby Dicks Whale Beach. Each venue has its own unique character, but The Boathouse Palm Beach is, hands down, our favourite cafe destination in Sydney. It’s the stunning beachside setting, amazing modern Australian cuisine, the aroma of freshly ground coffee and masses of beautiful seasonal market flowers interspersed amongst the eclectic pieces of superbly grouped furniture that make it perfection!
We are more than in awe of what Pip’s created as well as her energy and creativity. Here’s just a snapshot of her accomplishments: three Sydney venues that she’s conceptualised, designed and currently runs, another venue in the making, even more expansion dreams in the pipeline and to top it off – a bub on the way. Now that’s truly inspirational! We think you’ll love her as much as we do!
You’re in business with your husband, the delightful Andrew Goldsmith. Do you have advice for working so closely with your partner? Is there ever a time when you’re not talking ‘shop’?
pg: Andrew and I feel lucky to be able to work together, we are so busy that, if we didn’t work together, we would never see each other. I think the key is that we concentrate on completely different parts of the business. He does his thing and I do mine and we meet in the middle. At home we try and keep work chat to a minimum but we love what we do so talking about it is never a chore.
You also have The Boathouse Balmoral and Moby Dicks at Whale Beach which, together with The Boathouse Palm Beach have become crazily popular wedding venues. What sets these very individual venues apart for weddings?
pg: We hope that all the minor details and our love for all things weddings shines through. Yes, we are so blessed with amazing Sydney views but we do hope the extra personal service we provide adds to wanting your wedding at one of our venues. Unfortunately our license does not allow us to have weddings at Balmoral but having a wedding on the back deck of Palm Beach or over looking the beach at Whale Beach is always breath taking, no matter how many weddings I see.
The Boathouse aesthetic is everything I’d love for my own wedding – outdoors, elegant festoon lighting, perfectly placed eclectic pieces of furniture, bunches of fragrant fresh flowers, spectacular views, and all so warmly inviting. It begs you to kick off the Louboutin’s (or currently perhaps it’s my Birkenstocks…) and relax into your special day. What would be your top tips for planning a spectacular wedding? What are the must haves and what can you do without?
pg: My top tip.…marrying the person you love is all that matters. It is so easy to get carried away with so many little unnecessary costs for just one day. As long as you have great food, great wine, beautiful flowers and all your loved ones – no one will remember anything but a great party. Personally, I think you can do without anything that is small e.g. tea lights (hard to keep them lit all night anyway) or bonbonnieres. Best to spend money on things everyone would notice or remember.
You have an amazing aesthetic which is reflected in all of your venues. Who are your design muses?
pg: My Australian interior design muse has for a long time been Brisbane designer, Anna Spiro. I adore that she is brave to use colour and she uses it so well. I do also admire Ralph Lauren for his coastal classic style.
As a young businesswoman, do you have some tips for other young women in business?
pg: Just when you think you have worked hard, work even harder. As women, we can achieve anything and be amazing at it, but it’s most rewarding when you have put your whole heart and every inch of energy into it. At the end of the day, it’s what you make of it. Make sure you enjoy what you do, life truly is too precious and too short not to.
The Goldsmith family is about to become its own collective, with your first baby due soon. You already have so many balls in the air, how do you think you’ll manage this one?
pg: We are very excited but have no idea what we are doing so it will no doubt be our biggest challenge and by far our greatest joy! We very much live our lives day to day and figure everything out as we go, so our management on this amazing time of life is still yet to be discovered.
What does the future for Pip Goldsmith look like?
pg: The very immediate future is a busy one. We are in construction stage of our new venture in Shelly Beach, Manly, which will be by far our biggest venue so far. Then our baby is due in January and Shelly Beach is due to open in March. It’s going to be a big 6 months but I feel very blessed with a happy, full life.
And TDL would love to know:
Pink or blue or does it matter?
Doesn’t matter at all, either will be an exciting surprise.
Your favourite meal from The Boathouse?
Such a sweet tooth – the Croissant French Toast at breakfast.
Your go-to outfit?
Jeans, flat shoes and a black hand bag.
Your favourite flowers?
The piece of furniture you’d never part with?
My reupholstered old armchairs – I love old armchairs.
The last thing you splurged on?
A gorgeous old fountain from Rust Interiors in Avalon – it was for the business, hope that counts!
You favourite Top Drawer Lingerie piece?
Calvin Klein Micro Lace Plunge Bra -I can’t go past a gorgeous black bra.