Monday, January 30, 2012

sweet Sydney treats..

The gorgeous Zumbo concept store at The Star - please excuse dodgy iphone pics.
We spent the long weekend in Sydney catching up with our mates, which was grand, and Alex and I also caught up on some sweet Sydney treats. First up was the Donna Hay General Store in Woollahra - heart shaped lollypops for Al and the amazingly delicious chocolate covered snakes for me. OMJ they are good.

On Saturday night Al and I went to see the gorgeous production of Annie at the Lyric Theatre, and popped into the nearby Adriano Zumbo concept store - how cute is the decor? All very Wonker-esque and kooky. We shared two macarons - the Musk Stick and the Chocolate/Raspberry.  Both were amazing!  The only thing sweeter on the night was the divine 'Groodle' (golden retriever/poodle, I believe) who almost stole the show from all those gorgeous orphans.
My new best lolly - the chocky snakes from Donna Hay. Even the green ones were good!
hx

Sunday, January 29, 2012

It's time to Feb-Sep fast...

So many of my friends are talking up FebFast.  I know I should join them, but you know, it's a leap year and all that, and 29 days seems like such a very long time sans booze.  Howevs, I am attempting an even more challenging state of denial - it's the Feb-Sept shopping fast.  That's right, I am attempting the trickiest fast of them all, given that I am paid to go and find lovely things in stores. We are madly saving for a family trip to New York in October, so I am endeavouring to swear off shopping for a while. But, I managed to sqeeze in a little pre-fast treat today, unable to resist the ghoul-cute charms of this skull bracelet by Wizzer and Whyte, from Hut 13 in Armadale.

Yep, it's nil by purse from now on. Promise.

hx

today's colour inspiration...

Ooh, this delicious colour trend page in the Feb issue of Tatler has me literally salivating.  Pepperminty spearminty freshness at its best.  I've been obsessing over the pages of my colour atlas and think I may have to give one of my rooms here a little minty love.

hx

Monday, January 23, 2012

I'd be so quick, you wouldn't even know I was gone...

Second pic from the left, sob, sigh, swallow
Oh man. Wrong place. Wrong time. I was glancing through the Feb issue of my favourite UK home mag, Living etc, this morning and nearly fell off my chair.  Oh my jesus, Living etc is running two days of house tours in North and West London and MY FAVOURITE HOME EVER will be open for inspection.  Yes, spotted in the ad is the home (five storey mansion, actually) of UK uber-stylist Marianne Cotterill.

I have obsessed over this home for years. I can't imagine how many hours I have spent gazing at pages and screens, whenever it has been featured.  There is something magical about this home that makes me sigh, and swallow a lot. I would kill to see the garden. And I could happily die in that stained glass entry hall.

Alas, I will not be in London in March.  I casually mentioned popping over there to Jem, assuring him that I'd be so quick, he wouldn't know I was gone.  He did that expert wife-reverse-psychology thing and said, "Sure babe, go."  After which he knows I'll say, "No, I can't".

I guess I'll just have to keep my obsession in check,  and get by with my lovingly tattered copies of Living etc. And keep sighing at the screen.  Daily.  You can see what I am talking about here.
hx

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Doormats and doorstops - a round-up...

Everyone I know seems to be doing the big New Year clean-up and chuck-out. Wardrobes, desks, bathroom cupboards and fridges are getting the once-over. I know I found some downright embarrassing use-by dates lurking at the back of a few shelves. And seven once-used jars of green curry paste - big eeuuw!

I have also been inspired to clean up our front veranda, and to replace our crazy fake grass doormat.  But, after doing this Savvy Shopper round-up of the best in stylish doormats and doorstops, I can't decide which one to go with. Frontrunner at this stage has to be the big Hare mat by Droog from here.

Here is the page that appeared in the Sunday Age M Mag yesterday.  Photo by Mike Baker.  Writing and styling by me.  Copyright owned by Fairfax Media.

hx

Friday, January 20, 2012

thank you Lucy...

Detail of our bedroom - see more on The Design Files (artwork by Arite Kannovos)

This is a belated thank you to the incredible Lucy Feagins for featuring our home on her blog of all blogs, The Design Files, last Wednesday.  And thanks to everyone who emailed me or commented - I am sooo chuffed.

hx

Thursday, January 19, 2012

gorgeous Geelong home - Meg Gilby's beautiful bungalow

How about that wallpaper?  I know, it kills me too.  When Jane showed me a pic of her sister's gorgeous family room I knew it would make a cracker of a Sunday Life 'my space' page.  Meg Gilby, her husband Gareth and their three gorgeous daughters - Lily, Maggie and Violet get to look at this fantastic wall every day.  It's the Pip Studio 'Memories' wallpaper, and it comes in six panels.

Thanks very much to the Gilbys for sharing their beautiful home, and to Jane for alerting me to its loveliness.  Hx

This page appeared in The Sunday Age/Sun Herald Sunday Life mag last Sunday. Photo by Mike Baker, interview and styling by me, copyright owned by Fairfax Media Ltd.

Friday, January 13, 2012

I LOVE this, from Poulier & Poulier...

It's no secret that I adore the work of Melbourne design team, Poulier & Poulier.  Here is the latest addition to their collection, the Straight Shooter print, which references the 1970's police target silhouette sheets. I'd put it in a black frame, and hang it next to my trophy collection. Then, no doubt, I'd pop a ridiculously girlie vase of pink peonies or something next to it.  Cos thats how it seems to happen around here.

You can see the rest of Lisa and Mark's amazing work here.
hx

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Fresh start...

Our bedroom, photographed by Armelle Habib
I love shaking things up a bit in the new year.  So after tackling the disaster that was my desk, yesterday I took to our bedroom with a vengeance.  The bed of roses is gone, and we have started the patching and repainting, readying the walls for a whole new look.  A few pangs of regret - gee I loved those roses - but it's in with the new here. Progress picture below and I'll post the new look when I'm done.
hx

Friday, January 6, 2012

summer style...

Here is a Savvy Shopper page I styled what seems like a brazillion years ago, but only ran in The Sunday Age M magazine on New Years Day. We lucked in on a fabulously sunny day for the shoot, and also lucked in on an equally fab location!  This is my mate Jen's back deck, and Mike took the shot  from an upstairs bedroom.  You can check out the rest of her gorgeous home here. The table and limey green chairs are from Tait, the yellow umbrella is from Oeke, the Acapulco chairs are from Kiitos, the punch bowl is from Freedom, the wooden bowls are from Country Road and the barbeque and the solar lamp are Jamie Durio Patio for Big W.  Plates are from Hard to Find and napkins from Aura.
on the page last Sunday
Photography by Mike Baker, styling and writing buy me, and copyright is owned by The Sunday Age/ Fairfax Media.

Hx

Thursday, January 5, 2012

da meaning of lyf...

Brain freeze be damned!

The Nette King female team of three are trying to break last year's record.  We are sucking down as many of these suckers during the one-week limited edition of loveliness that is the 7 Eleven Lemon Lime and Bitters Slurpee promo.

Yep, we're being heccas at Sevs.  And I think I'd better get back to chillin with da grown-ups and leave the kidz to their own vernacular. Siq, mate?

hx

ps this is not a sponsored a post but it should be!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

when two blogs collide...

Tuesday was a cracker of a day.  We were just back from a break on the coast, but instead of slipping into the vile post-holiday doldrums, we had a little party instead!  Well, when I say we, I mean everyone but Jem, who went straight back to work that morning. Poor sucker.  This plan was hatched last week, when my mate Mich, the uber-food blogger called with a champion idea.  She and her family were in Melbourne for Christmas with her dad, and she realised that it was almost a year to the day since she started her blog. And, it's almost two years since my first very wobbly and tentative blog-steps, so why didn't we have a little party and do a joint post? Indulge ourselves in a little back-slapping blog love? I was sold before she event mentioned chocolate pavlova and champagne!
Mich and her troops (bf Max, girls Jemima and Frank, baby Wilco and dog Mazzi Starr) arrived with their usual truck-load of edible goodies (pretty sure her life's mission is to single-handedly keep the entire Aussie organic food scene afloat). Then we set to work in the kitchen.  Well, when I say we, I mean Mich.  I was way too busy talking, and catching upon all of the Paddington goss. And drinking French bubbly.

The kids all had a ball. Allie and Jemima took up where they left off, as former classmates, band-members and soccer team players do.  They were our chief bowl, beater and spoon lickers. Annebelle completely fell in love with baby Wilco (so not hard to do), and did some expert nail and body painting with Frank.  The dogs tried very, very hard to be good, and not to eat the pavlova (though Dougal thought he was in heaven when we slipped a few raspberries his way).

We enjoyed some impromptu performances, with Frank on the piano, accompanied by Allie on vocals. Adele has never sounded so sweet! Actually it was probably a good thing that Jem wasn't home as he has threatened to go utterly, nutterly postal if he hears another Adele song. Ever. Max serenaded Mich in the kitchen on Al's Hello Kitty axe, which I am sure can only add to his cred as a muso. I'm still not quite sure why it didn't occur to us to ask Max to take the photos, either...duh.
And the pav?  Well, it started off really well.  But as things happen when you talk and drink too much early in the day (particularly for Mich who is normally a non-partaker), well... sometimes you need to be a little inventive.  You know, keep it loose.  Be confident that it will taste amazing, no matter what it ends up looking like.  And let me assure you, it tasted amazing.  My fillings hurt. Just don't ever ask her for the recipe - there's no way she'll ever be able to recreate this one!

You can check out Mich's blog here.

Hx

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

coastal shopping highlight - Queenscliff's Tobias and the Cat

Hello and Happy New Year!

Well, you realise you've been off the blog for way too long when you have to sign into your google account and can't remember your password, hey? Having sorted that out, and feeling very refreshed after a gorgeous eight days in Ocean Grove, I thought I'd kick off the year by raving about a gem of a store in Queenscliff.  Open just three weeks, Tobias and the Cat is a little treasure trove in Hesse Street. It's previous incarnation was a stall at The Mill vintage market in Newcomb (I went looking for it there and was dismayed to see it had gone - but the kind peeps tipped me off about the new store, thanks).

Excuse my dodgy iphone images, but I think you can get the picture - Tobias and the Cat has a seriously gorgeous collection of vintage wares and paintings by local artists. I wandered around, wanting to take everything home, but eventually settled on this fab framed medal poster (I've hung it here in my loungeroom, below). Now I can't wait to get back there, but first of all, I have to uncover my desk from the rubble of work and props thrown there in manic haste at the end of last year - blah!

Tobias and the Cat
19 Hesse Street (water end)
Queenscliff
website and blog coming soon.
ph 0488 330 665