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.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Concrete In The Home

We wrote this post for the Reed Gift fair Blog. If you missed it, here it is again.


The Industrial look is popular in home design. To achieve this look the home needs to include certain elements. These elements are either, exposed ducts or plumbing, wood, exposed bricks, an open plan design and concrete.
Concrete flooring can be highly polished or left as a soft matte finish. This look might sound cold, but it doesn’t need to be, colour in the concrete itself can add warmth or under floor heating could be included.
The key to using concrete is to balance it with softer materials, for example, a rug on the concrete floor can add warmth and texture to the space.
If you were thinking about updating your kitchen then this concrete bench top would look fantastic. The wood, concrete combination teamed with the white is very on trend.
However, if you would like to jump on board this trend and redoing your floors or kitchen is not an option, then we’ve found some easy and affordable ways to incorporate concrete into your home
concrete collage

So go on, be daring and add a bit of concrete to your home, we have!
Toni and Giulia,
Something Gorgeous

Monday, 15 December 2014

A Scandinavian Christmas

I know I live in Australia not some European country and I know that there won't be a beautiful snowy white Christmas scene for me to enjoy on Christmas morning but I still love the Scandinavian way of styling especially at Christmas time. I found this beautiful Norwegian home that has been decorated for Christmas and I had to share.

This beautiful home is in Oslo Fjord in the small town of Drobak, Norway. It is owned and designed by Francisca Vegara. 

Merry Christmas,


* All images from here
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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Advent Calendar

Do you have an Advent Calendar at your place to help count down the days until Christmas Day? I found some cute examples on Pinterest that might be easy to try


*All images from Pinterest

Friday, 12 December 2014

Boiled Fruit Cake

I make this Fruit cake every Christmas and today it was time to make it again. 

It's easy and delicious. 


1kg mixed dried fruit
250g butter, chopped coarsely
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup sherry or 50ml bottle of Queen Brandy Essence combined with 200ml water
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
4 eggs, beaten lightly
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup self-raising flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
1/2 cup pecans
3/4 cup macadamias


1. Line deep 22cm- round cake pan with 3 thicknesses of baking paper, extending paper 5cm above side.

2. Combine fruit, butter, sugar, 3/4 sherry or brandy essence mixture and water in a large saucepan; stir over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar dissolved. Bring to the boil.

 3. Remove from heat; transfer to a large bowl; cool

4. Preheat oven to 150 C (130 C fan-forced)

5. Stir in orange rind.

6. Stir in beaten eggs
7. Then add sifted dry ingredients.

8.  Spread the mixture into the pan.
9.  Decorate the top with nuts.

10.  Bake for 3 hours. Brush hot cake with remaining sherry; cover with foil; cool in pan overnight.


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