Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Art and Birthdays

It is my daughter's Birthday today. As a Birthday treat we went to Sydney on Sunday and visited the NSW Art Gallery to see the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman finalist for 2014.
The winner of the Archibald prize this year was Fiona Lowry's painting of Penelope Seidler. Looking even better in real life, we were blown away by it. I could have stood and stared at her painting for hours and in my mind it was a clear winner.

The Wynne prize is awarded for best landscape painting of Australian Scenery and this year Giulia had a nephew, James Drinkwater, celebrated as a finalist.

After our visit to the Gallery we went for dinner as a family to Corner 75 Hungarian Restaurant. My kids love this restaurant. They always start with Langosh and finish with the strudel. The meals are simple but delicious.

Happy Birthday to my gorgeous daughter, who is 17 today. Watching her grow into a young adult is my greatest pleasure, I could not be more proud of this beautiful young lady.


Monday, 28 July 2014

Brown and Grey

I have a brown leather lounge and have always styled it using shades of brown and cream. However, I think I may introduce a grey element to my room. I've been looking at grey/brown combinations on Pinterest and quite like the two colours together.
The bold graphic black and white art combined with the grey and white striped rug all work well with the brown lounge.

I know there isn't a lounge in this room, however the brown sideboard sits nicely below the predominately grey artwork, so it isn't hard to imaging a brown lounge in this space.

I also like this brown and grey combination with the added pops of red.

Do you think brown and grey look good together?


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Wedding photo


I've just received my newly framed wedding photo. I did not want the photo to overtake the space. I just wanted a subtle reminder of that special day 24 years ago. I've always loved the photo but don't particularly like wedding photos displayed on walls.

I wanted the frame around the photo to be big enough to fill the space on the wall and wanted it to match the other print I have had recently framed called "Mother and Baby" originally drawn by Picasso.

To solve the problem I once again had the matt enlarged around the photo. I now have two beautifully mounted pictures,that are personally significant, displayed in my new bedroom and I'm in love with them. 

I hope you can enjoy this rainy cold weekend, I'm going to!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Homemade Gnocchi

I love teaching my daughter how to cook. Especially the recipes I was brought up on as a child growing up in an Italian family. Homemade Gnocchi was one of my favourites. Last weekend,  Livvy had one of her friends stay over and with the cold weather upon us, the scene was set for a cook off!

3/4 cup of good quality plain flour.
1 kg of Desiree potatoes
I teaspoon salt
2 egg yokes

Boil potatoes with their skin on until soft. Use a skewer to pierce the potatoes to check if they are ready.
Allow them to cool. Peel the skins off and then press the potatoes through a sieve.

In a bowl add the flour, salt and yokes and turn the potatoes through the mixture.
Onto a floured bench fold and gently knead the mixture. If the mixture feels sticky add sprinkles of flour while kneading until it feels smooth.

Cut the dough into quarters and roll the dough into long sausages about 2 cm in diameter. Cut the sausage into approximately 1-2 cm in length and place onto a floured tray. Use a fork to press lightly onto each gnocchi leaving shallow lines or alternatively lightly press small indents into each one with your finger. This allows the sauce to stick to the gnocchi. 

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and in about 3 batches gently place the gnocchi into the water to cook. As soon as the gnocchi floats to the surface it is ready. Remove the gnocchi and spoon on your favourite Italian sauce and sprinkle generous amounts of Parmesan cheese on the top.

This recipe feeds about 6.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


It's cold here, especially at night. We have a fire going but I still like to snuggle under a blanket at night while I watch TV. I also think a throw rug can make a room look cosy and inviting all year round.
This grey throw from Freedom looks good on the brown lounge. I also like the Knitted throws from Freedom as well.
I did say that when my hand is better I might try and make one of these (click here), but I can't see me ever getting around to it!

I also love the throws at Country Road this season.

Do you love a cozy throw rug?


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

An Architects Home

If I had my life over again I think I'd study Architecture. So when I saw the heading "An Architect's Dream Home " on the Skandivis Blog I had to check it out.

It feels like the Architect behind this home has let each room speak for itself, from the polished concrete floor throughout, white walls emphasising the carved wall detail, generous ceiling height and beautiful fireplaces. 
It seems that in this home, less is definitely more!


All images from here

Monday, 21 July 2014

Warehouse Conversion

You've got to love a good warehouse conversion. The beautiful oversized windows, exposed brick, timber beams and lots of white walls. The industrial feel can blend well in a minimalist scheme while staying true to the buildings original form and function.

Warehouse conversions are full of personality and that's what I think I love most about them.


All images from here
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