Monday, 1 September 2014

Spring Photos Around My Place

Today is the first day of Spring here in Australia and after a couple of very wet and cool weeks it's lovely to look forward to some sunshine.









Although Winter is my favourite Season, I do look forward to a change. Hope you are enjoying some sunshine at your place today.

Do you have a favourite season or time of the year?

xToni

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Void lighting

I've had a feature light waiting to be fitted in my stairwell since January but with my husband out of action with a broken ankle and having lots of bits and pieces to finish off after the renovation, its kind of been put on the back burner, until now. 




Installing a light in a void thats over 4 metres high is kind of a challenge when you don't have the equipment you need to reach it. So in the end, we had to pay an electrician to install it. 
Not the tradesmen I was expecting!! Very cute!
Choosing a light for this space was tricky as I did not want it taking over from the view of my giant maple tree that you can see in the background, so a glass fitting was an obvious choice.







Back in January, I decided on this Hampton style light from Beacon Lighting, but I'm a little worried that I'm still going to like it, having purchased it so long ago!


One very brave electrician!


 If you ever need an electrician, I can highly recommend Glenn Wilton and his gorgeous apprentice, Ella Heppewhite! They were both professional, polite and did a great job. I also had two power points installed and having a women in the team meant my walls and floors were left spotless! Loved that!



 The light looks spectacular at night and I found myself gazing at it from all angles. What on earth will I do when the bulbs blow out?  


Have a great weekend!
Giulia.x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Bath Caddy


I've been waiting to pick up a bath caddy at a sale price, as most I've come across are over one hundred dollars. The one above is my favourite but at $175.00, I just couldn't justify the purchase. 


I came across this one at a bargain price of $35.00 at Early Settler Recollections.



 There are quite a few designs available now and if you are keen you can even DIY and design one to suit your own personal needs.

 

The timber designs are lovely but I think I would be worried about them scratching the surface of my bath, however, I do like the idea of it housing my Pinot Grigio!


Love the book stand on this one! For me though, I like to relax and pamper myself when I have a bath. I find reading a nuisance as my glasses always fog up and the pages of my book usually get damp and floppy! 
 I prefer to read after my bath, when I'm feeling clean and relaxed. 


There's no way I would work in the bath. Bathing should be a therapeutic past time. The one above appears simple and practical with its flat surface but not for me!


No, I'm very happy with my simple, slim line $35.00 bargain!

Stool from Matt Blatt  

And when it comes to drinking in my bath on a Friday night, I have my trusty little stool beside me, keeping me company! Happy days!

G.x

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Shelf Art



I have a nook in my family room where I would love to install some shelving.


The trouble is... I don't want just any shelf. 


It has to be a work of art in itself. A feature to be admired.


 The shelf will be a place I can display a few special books, precious nik naks and some sentimental items.


Images from here.
Any ideas?
G.x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Cushions

One of my favourite things to change in my home are the cushions. My husband thinks it's some kind of sickness, but I love buying new cushions for my lounge or bed to change the space and make it look a little different.


Pastels are big at the moment and adding some little Pom Poms for detail look particularly cute.
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Linen cushions in muted tones are also a popular trend.

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Probably my personal favourite look! I've never been one for a lot of colour.

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At this time of the year you see a lot of chunky knit cushions and I love the idea of using cushions to make a room look cozy.

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Varying the size and shape of the cushions can also be visually interesting in a room.

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The use of geometric patterns and chevron is still big this year.
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Ethnic prints and colours are being used a lot. I do like this trend as the tones are earthy and muted.
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So when adding or changing cushions, I prefer to look for cushions that are of varying shapes and textures while keeping the colours muted. 

What do you look for?
Do you like to change the cushions in your rooms?
Do you prefer muted tones or lots of bright colour?

xToni

Monday, 25 August 2014

Strawberry Swirl Cupcakes

My son was visiting from Sydney on the weekend and he really loves Strawberries. So when I saw them on sale at Woolies I bought a few punnets for him to take back. 
However in the excitement of saying goodbye and working out when we will get together again, I forgot to give him his strawberries!

I decided to put some of the strawberries to good use and make Strawberry Swirl Cupcakes. I used a recipe I found on Taste.com.au and they turned out to be so delicious I had to share.



Ingredients:

  • 250g small strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100g butter, melted, cooled

Frosting:
125g butter, softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tablespoon milk

Method:

1. Preheat oven 200/180 degree Celsius fan-forced. Line muffin tin with 12 paper cases (I used red to keep the strawberry theme going)
2. Reserve 6 strawberries. Place remaining ones in a small food processor and process until smooth.
3. Place flour and sugar in a bowl, stir to combine. Make a well in the centre.
4. Whisk milk, eggs and vanilla together. Add butter and milk mixture to well.
5. Fold through strawberry puree.
6. Divide between the 12 patty cases.
7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cooked. Stand in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
8. Meanwhile, make the Frosting. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter until light and fluffy.
9. Gradually add the icing sugar and milk, beating constantly until well combined.
10. Dice reserved strawberries. Spread cupcakes with icing and top with strawberries.


 They are delicious.

xToni

* Recipe adapted from here

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

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