Friday, 28 November 2014

Black and White

It's certainly not for everyone but these home's exteriors have taken the 'safe' out of the good old black and white colour scheme! 


In fact, it's taken it to a whole new level.   And you know what? I think I like it! 
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

A Healthy Start.

Thank God for daughters! Mine keeps me on the straight and narrow when it comes to eating healthily. Recently, she prepared us the most amazing breakfast which kept me going for hours.

Firstly,cut and freeze ripe banana the night before, one per person is enough.

 In a container sprinkle about a flat teaspoon of cinnamon and add a dash of water or a dash of coconut water as we did, to the banana.

 Blend into a smooth paste.

  Georgia had already prepared before hand her own organic, coconut granola mix. 

Organic Granola Mixture
 Sprinkle thinly sliced coconut and almonds onto a shallow baking tray and toss in coconut oil. Then add cinnamon, chia seeds, goji berries cacao nibs and mix through. Toast in the oven for 8 minutes. We have enough of this to last a week which we have stored in an air tight jar. Sprinkle the toasted mixture over the banana.

Finally, lightly sprinkle the lot with more cinnamon and enjoy. I honestly thought I was eating some gorgeous gourmet dessert rather than cereal for breakfast. It was amazing and full of rich antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that kept me going until well after lunch.

Georgia has now been assigned breakfast duty in our house while ever she is living under our roof!!  

Giulia x

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Reed Gift Fair Blog

Last week we contributed an article to the Reed Gift Fair Blog. We thought we would share the article with you in case you missed it. 



Our love affair with Copper is continuing. There is something about the rose gold colour that can bring so much warmth to a space.
If you haven’t jumped onto this trend you can start off small by adding a copper vase to a shelf or why not try a Uashmama Bag. What’s that? We hear you ask. Uashmama (wash-mama) Bags look like paper bags but feel a bit like leather. They can be washed and flattened out for storage.
If you are in the market for a kitchen upgrade and your budget will allow it, why not give your kitchen something really unexpected and add a copper sink?
The Spectra by Oliveri is stunning to say the least and will certainly add the WOW factor.
If it’s a statement piece you are after, look no further than this amazing copper drink dispenser.  Wouldn’t it look perfect on the table at your next party?   We both do a lot of entertaining over the Christmas period and we could certainly use one of these to keep drinks icy cold.
Something a little more understated is a copper lamp for the bedside or the study. This one still has that traditional, timeless shape, but in the copper colour that’s right on trend.
Last but not least, while flipping through a magazine recently, we noticed an advertisement for kitchen appliances in copper! This we’ve got to look into as they would look fantastic on the kitchen bench.



Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Father Daughter Home

There's nothing I enjoy more than having a sticky beak inside other peoples homes. 
This home belonging to film producer Richard Dale and his six year old daughter India is in London and what I love most about it is that it manages to find that balance between stylish and effortless. It actually looks like people live here and not like a home that has been styled for a magazine shoot!

Photographed by Karel Bales for Milk Magazine


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Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas Gifts For the Home Lover Part 1

This beautiful candle from Ralph Lauren Home is bound to send any home lover weak at the knees. Encased in gold coloured glass this candle is made from premium soy wax blend, has three lead free wicks and burns for approximately 100 hours. Available from David Jones, it's pretty pricey at $150 but there are less expensive candle options if you are trying to stick to a budget.
This cute cushion comes from Linnea-Swedish Design. It's priced at $46.95 and they offer free worldwide shipping. The cushion is hand screen-printed using water based ink onto a lightweight cotton fabric and is sized at 45cm x 45cm. 


Chik Design stock these gorgeous Australian made plates. The design has been water- jet cut into the ceramic plate. They would look beautiful on the wall in a set of 3 or 4. Priced at $79 each, there are 3 other designs to choose from, it could be the beginning of a collection!
I adore these Cast Iron Monogram Hooks from Anthropologie. They are only $12.95 each so a great idea would be to buy the initial for each family member. I did this with my family so each person knows where to hang their beach towel.
Now these jute baskets are gorgeous. They have been crocheted by hand using thick bulky jute and finished with handcrafted leather handles. Available in large or extra large from Crayon Chick they are both functional and decorative at the same time.

Happy Shopping,

Friday, 21 November 2014

Escape to the Country

I've always been an "Escape to the Country" fan. I'm always inspired by the grandeur, yet cosy lived in feel of the English manor house. 

While reading House to Home U.K. , I came across 10 of my favourite English living rooms that I thought you would enjoy a gaze at.

I love a built in library.

I love the generous space here and what about those cornices!


At the moment I'm feeling like an escape to anywhere. Bring on the holidays I say!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Current obsessions

My obsessions at the moment are a little random, but obviously they are where I'm at when it comes to goals and dreams. I've ranted and raved about each and every one of them in posts gone by... but I can't let go!!

Outdoor balustrades and entrances to homes...
I've finally chosen my design for a railing!

Bedrooms with a view...need a holiday!

Round coffee tables...just can't make a decision!!

Screen doors and potted blooms... my screen door is arriving in a week, which means sweet smelling fresh air!

Planning our U.K. trip for March...long awaited... has to be perfect!!

I just keep hopein and dreamin...

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