So its Summer - and that feeling of total holiday mood is setting in - it definately hit us in Melbourne with yesterday being 36C! I have actually been entertaining since Christmas and been trying to convince the husband that we need a new BBQ - I went and checked out these lovely little Webers and decided I would love to cook on the flavour of a charcoal BBQ (and I think it would look cool out the front of our 1954 house) - but as we already have a perfectly good gas BBQ the option was to clean ours - OMG can I ask where some men get their BBQ licenses from! So after a day and a half bringing ours back to life I suggest to you all that you make sure your men are cleaning the Barbie and not just cooking on it! I had to toss up whether I would have been better off making a new purchase compared to the labour involved! Happy New Year everyone and I hope your BBQ is in good condition for tonight! Tip - if your keen I brought a Pizza Stone and cooked Ben O'Donoghue's Seafood Pizza and I was pretty impressed with my first attempt!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This is a beautiful note - one of the many in the lovely 3 week journey of David Eustace and his daughter Racheal which you can read at The Anthropologist - their journey takes them from Los Angeles to a little town called Eustace - with Christmas coming up and a couple of very special people in my life recovering back to health I found a little note like this to be very inspiring and welcomed.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Scrabble Jewellery - how gorgeous - these lovely little pieces are made from vintage recycled wooden Scrabble tiles with decoupaged images - I love the little "Blythe Bonjour" girl! Available from Little Shop of - sweet little gifts - I wish the family would do this to their Scrabble game! Only kidding of course.....
I buy every issue of Houses magazine as I am constantly renovating and I think this great mag has given me plenty of inspiration! So I was pretty excited to see AURA in the new issue 71 on sale now - this is our first appearance! Thank you
Friday, December 18, 2009
Pomegranate properly for the first time - I have quickly popped my head in before but didn't realise what a treasure trove it was. This delightful store, which is 10 years old this year, sits within a beautiful two storey Victorian building, and was full of lovely things that I would have been more than happy to take home! Including the ici et la deck chairs displayed all along the footpath, which did start to get me thinking in a holiday mood! I am definitely getting my deck chair out this weekend and in fact I think it needs a friend?
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
General Pants Company.
Monday, December 14, 2009
While I am on the subject of Kate Spade - check out these shots of her newly revamped 5th Avenue store - now I find this totally inspiring - I would just LOVE an AURA shop and when people achieve amazing fit outs like this it just makes me want to get out there and open a store! I cant say much more - the creative team behind Kate Spade are legends! Read the article in Lonny Magazine
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I was searching for Kris Kringle gifts (as you do at this time of year) and I found these animal D paper clips - so cute! Check out the whole range from Midori at Make Designed Objects they are just gorgeous! I am definitely buying some of these for the family! $12.95 for 30 clips in this cute little box - there are also ducks, elephants, cows, hippos - whatever your into!
Monday, December 7, 2009
AURA online store. Selling in packs of 6 or 12 at pretty amazing prices - perfect gift's for Christmas (hello Kris Kringle!) - in various shades - napkins, placemats and tablerunners - if your keen take a look at www.aurahome.com.au
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Yesterday my husband and I where out shopping and came across this gorgeous book for his mothers birthday - she loves abit of craft and this book is absolutely lovely.. I used to be abit crafty when I worked for Coats Patons years ago designing knitting patterns and yarn, but then as always we "run out of time". We got home and looked up Pip Lincolne's blog - Meet me at Mike's and its great - she is a legend and she has a store in Brunswick St Fitzroy we are going to check out - I think I feel abit of a crafty moment coming on - with the latest thing in homewares being to buy unique - one off - hand crafted items that are not mass produced, this is pretty hard in our industry as I guess if we are honest we do need to live off our "craft" ...but I am trying to achieve this in some of the beautiful products we buy out of India - they are hand-crafted in more of a contemporary way - which adds more of a personal feel and look - especially as each one is different! Check out Pip's Blog to get inspired.
Friday, December 4, 2009
A girlfriend of mine asked if we wanted to go to Greece - hmm doesn't look too bad! I especially love the shot of the staircase and the bookshelf - very Greek Chic.. Check out more on Villa Nero - slightly pricy but we can all dream - especially on a Friday afternoon.