Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish all our beautiful blog readers a very merry Christmas. We hope you find time to relax and spend time with your loved ones. 

Thank you for reading our blog and sharing your thoughts and comments with us throughout the year, your support is invaluable to us.

We will be taking a little time out from blogging and look forward to catching up with you in the New Year.



Giulia and Toni xx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Decorating the Christmas Table

I'm hosting Christmas lunch this year; there will probably be about 16 to 18 people to feed. However before I start to think about the menu I like to get my table decorations sorted. My theme this year is white and gold mixed with natural elements.
I like this idea; perhaps a cluster of this or a line down the centre of the table would look good?
Beautiful white pillar candles teamed with some greenery always looks nice.
This table includes the 3 key ingredients I'm looking for: Gold, white and natural elements. Really like the little timber look Christmas trees on the napkins.

It's been a really interesting exercise searching the net for inspiration. Some of the tables I found are totally over the top and dare I say very impractical. Really what's the point of crowding the table with decorations leaving no room for the food or for guests to see each other across the table? I really think that less is more and that simple always looks the best.

What's your theme this year for Christmas?
Do you even have a theme?
Are you hosting Christmas lunch at you place this year?

Merry Christmas,

Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Planning

I sit at my computer intending to write about something else and end up thinking about Christmas. It's so hard not to as it's such an all-consuming time of year. It's a time when you need to be very organised, gifts need to be bought and wrapped, house needs to be decorated while an endless amount of food needs to be bought and menus planned.


I'm not complaining, as I love this time of year. I love having the family together sharing food and drink. We also have a bit of a tradition on Christmas Day, after the presents have been opened and food eaten we usually have a fun game of Trivia, girls v's boys. It's always hilarious as the kids usually make up the questions. One year the questions were actually about the kids, what is their favourite colour? What year were they in at school when Mrs. so and so was their teacher? You know the sort of questions I mean. It was very funny and of course the Mum's killed it, the boy's didn't stand a chance. 
This year my mum has taken control of the questions so it should be another very funny bunch of questions. Hopefully the girls will continue their winning streak!

Merry Christmas,


Sunday, 21 December 2014

A Scandinavian Style Christmas

We've been busy again writing over at the Reed Gift Fair Blog. Here's our post on creating a Scandinavian Christmas here in Australia.


When decorating a room for Christmas your focus should be on family, colour and joy. In our homes, we try to embrace the concept of family and joy but often skip the colour element when decorating. This fact hit us both recently, while we were out on one of our many shopping trips. We thought we would take a look at the beautiful Christmas decorations for sale and immediately, we were both drawn to the white and more neutral decorations. That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy looking at the colourful baubles and dancing Santa’s, but when it came time to make a purchase, we both went for decorations that were neutral in colour and that incorporated natural materials. I guess, our style could be described as more Scandinavian or Nordic in design. We think white, combined with natural finishes.

When embracing this style, the colour red is sometimes included. Red berries, tree ornaments or Santa Stockings all look great with this Nordic style, but its important to not over do it! The mix of white, cream, gold and red feels fresh. Throw in some natural pieces and you are on your way to creating the perfect, calm, holiday room.
If red is not your thing, why not add some black! Combining black, white and gold creates that modern, rustic Scandinavian Christmas style. However, be wary of using black ornaments on a green tree, as they can easily become transparent. Using black on a tree branch is far more striking or simply include black when decorating the Christmas table.
Here in Australia, we may not have the snowy, white, winter scenes synonymous with a Scandinavian Christmas, but it is still possible to create your own take on this style. Stick to a simple colour palette, include natural elements and avoid the flashy, glitzy decorations.

Merry Christmas,
Toni and Giulia
Something Gorgeous

Friday, 19 December 2014


There are all types of hanging wicker chairs on the market but if I were to buy one for my deck, it would definitely have to tick all the boxes before I could commit to a purchase.

Firstly, my ideal hanging wicker chair would be one that did not sit upright but had the capacity to allow you to lay down.

And it would have to big enough for two!

I definitely like the idea of it doubling as an all weather shelter to protect you from the sun or an afternoon chilly breeze.

And finally, it has to have the wow factor!

Images from here
Is there such a wicker chair on the market? Maybe, I should start designing one and patent the idea!


Thursday, 18 December 2014

House No. 106

If you long for that warm, fuzzy feeling every time you approach the driveway to your dream home, then this is not the home for you!

More like a scene out of 'Mad Max'...

This is modern industrial in its extreme.

For more information on Adam Sypychala's visual effects architecture then click here.


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Work in progress

Well finally, after a long wait, our crim mesh screen door has arrived as well as the railings for our stairs leading to our front entrance.

As you can see, I went for a plain, black door and tied it in with a black balustrade  down the stairs. I remembered the old saying that less is more, so I decided on a simple scroll along the top and combined it with square, vertical posts.

Next year, we will tackle the pathway that will lead to the street, the letterbox and pave the stairs and front verandah.
Its all slow work in progress but its fun!

Have a lovely day.
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