Friday, 22 August 2014

Bondi Wash




My daughter recently visited a new home ware store in Merewether called Salt & Stone and was suitably impressed by the owner's gorgeous range of furniture pieces and accessories apparently sourced both locally and globally.  



Thoughtfully, my daughter came away with a little something for me and for my kitchen, which I have fallen in love with.The owner stocks a range of beautifully scented and naturally effective bench sprays called Bondi Wash, that use Australian bush oils as the active ingredient. 

The one Georgia chose for me is called Sydney Peppermint and Rosemary, which is a cooling refreshing oil with strong anti-bacterial properties. The eucalyptus fragrance is complemented by rosemary, juniper and other beautiful essential oils. The result of this combination is an amazing uplifting and energising fragrance that lingers in your kitchen for hours.



Other fragrances available at Salt and Stone  are Lemon Tea Tree and Tasmanian Pepper. 
Bondi Wash also produce hand and body washes, a floor wash, mist sprays and there is even a dog kennel spray available. 

Always on the prowl for a new homeware haunt, I intend to drop in today on my way to lunch, to check out the store myself.
Hope you are winding down for the weekend.
G.x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Little girls birthday party


As you may already know my youngest daughter celebrated her 12th birthday last week. Her birthday party was significant as it was her  last one for primary school, so we decided to make it extra special. 


 With each passing year and like most kids her age, Olivia has been spoiled with a range of thematic parties from the stock standard come dressed in pink, to Fairy and Princess parties,as well as the movie nights and sleepovers plus more! 



This year it was come dressed beautifully in pink and black for a "formal" dinner party.


Olivia and I had so much fun setting the table and organising the games and prizes.





Parties at home can be a lot of work but they can be so much fun too and girls this age are still very young at heart. It's hard to believe that 12 year olds still want all the trimmings, you know, like balloons and games, such as Pass the Parcel along with dancing and singing competitions. 


We even had menus and my eldest daughter and her friend took the orders and served the food while my husband and I did the chef thing. Well, I was the chef and he was the kitchen hand!






This will probably be our last "little girls" party at home and I know I'm going to miss them. Moving on to high school next year means the end of another era for me and so I want these images of her "formal" dinner party with all the birthday trimmings to remain etched in my mind forever. 

What kind of children's parties have you held at home? I'd love you to share your memories with us.

Have a great day
G.x

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Linen Love Part 2

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In January this year I wrote a post about my love for my linen sheets and how amazingly cool they are to sleep in during the hot summer months. Read my post here.
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Well, it's winter now and we have been having a cold spell here in NSW so it has been interesting to see how the linen sheets cope during these wintery nights. I have to say that linen sheets are surprisingly warm to sleep in, they make our bed feel really cozy and the good news is the more you wash them the better they feel! 

Having Linen sheets has eliminated the need to have both summer and winter sheets in my linen cupboard. It also means that tricky in-between time when you aren't sure if you need the summer or winter sheets on the bed has gone because linen sheets are perfect all year round! 

I have become a complete Linen sheet tragic telling anyone who will listen just how good they are. I have bought white for my bed, however I do love the muted tones of grey, dune and chambray that are available.

This is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share the love. 

Stay warm,
xToni

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Stunning Melbourne Apartment

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This gorgeous Melbourne apartment was recently featured on The Design Files. The apartment belongs to Eddie Kaul and Richa Pant and has been designed by Hamish Guthrie and his Melbourne based interior design team. This apartment is a study in simplicity and elegance.  You can’t help but notice the Scandinavian influence in the furniture choices. The photos below were taken by Eve Wilson, so sit back and enjoy the simple beauty of this Melbourne Apartment.
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 The Design Files have listed where you can buy many of the items photographed in these rooms, so click here if something has taken your interest.

Have a lovely day,
xToni



Monday, 18 August 2014

Wall Murals

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For many years people have commissioned artists to paint murals in children's bedrooms, but what about taking the idea out into the rest of the house? I know you can buy wallpaper murals and they can be a cost effective way to create a similar look. But wouldn't it be fantastic to have an artist come into your home and work their magic…
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If only my artist friend Colleen Ellington lived in Australia! Colleen is an artist of many years experience who lives and works in the UK. She sells her art worldwide through Artfinder or you can follow her creative process on her blog here

Enjoy your week,
xToni


Friday, 15 August 2014

Beacon Lighting

I think Beacon lighting have outdone themselves!! I am absolutely in love with their latest line of pendant and floor lights. There is something for everyone, but in particular, I adore the industrial/glass selection that is available now.








I'm considering these for my bedside tables and at the moment they are on sale with the second purchase at 50% off.




I think the concrete base could tie in nicely with the grey and white decor in my room.



I also like this very modern floor lamp which I thing could look pretty cool next to my black leather lounge. It's also available in white which would look great in contrast.



Loving this copper floor lamp too!

Its always fun to have a drool over something new!
Have a great weekend! G.x

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Birthday Surprise

There's nothing more wonderful than giving to someone who is dear to you. Better still,is soaking up the sheer joy and excitement of that person's reaction, when you surprise them with a gift that they truly appreciate and are grateful for.

I purchased Katy Perry tickets for Olivia months ago and have kept them a surprise until her 12th birthday. Her reaction yesterday, was truly worth the wait! 



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Have a lovely day. G.x

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