Friday, February 26, 2010

Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

The Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular, held over nine days from Saturday 6 until Sunday 14 March, will see over giant hot air balloons launched from the forecourt of Old Parliament House each morning.
The Balloon Spectacular has become an institution in the Canberra events calendar, and this year it is again guaranteed to provide an awe inspiring early morning sight.  Spectators are sure to enjoy watching the balloons slowly expand to reveal their shape, before passing smoothly into the dawn sky
However, the action won’t just be in the air. With entertainment, activities and a delicious breakfast courtesy of the Belconnen Lions Club on offer, the event is a perfect outing for the whole family each morning of the Canberra Festival.
Pilots will begin laying out and inflating their balloons from 6.15am each morning. So get up early and be sure not to miss any of the action on the ground or in the air at this year’s Balloon Spectacular.

When: Saturday 6 - Sunday 14 March 2010 
Time: Every morning from 6.30am 
Venue: Lawns of Old Parliament House, Kind Edward Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the Canberra Festival Website for more information

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Belle Epoque's First Tuesday Champagne Club

The five star champagne lineup continues at Brisbane’s Belle Epoque with French Bistro’s next First Tuesday Champagne Club, hosted by the renowned Bernadette O’Shea, set to showcase Comte Audoin de Dampierre.

Each month, the First Tuesday Champagne Club at Belle Epoque sees the tasting focus on a different vintage. And for the ultimate indulgence, and quintessential culinary pairing, guests sip and slip their way through freshly shucked seasonal Oysters to accompany the champagne house.

For more than 700 years, the Dampierre family has been associated with the Champagne region in France. As early as 1300, the jurisdiction of Guy de Dampierre, who was Count of Flanders and governor of Champagne, stretched from Bruges to Reims. Today the Dampierre Champagnes have reached cult status amongst the bubbly cognoscenti; the Dampierre name being regularly associated with the world’s most exclusive restaurants, as well as French presidential, ministerial and ambassadorial residences.

“The quality of Count de Dampierre's champagnes is superb, their pure and vibrant taste the result of an expert blend of wines made only from grands crus chardonnay and pinot noir grapes,” said Bernadette. “The Count, one of the most charismatic people in all of Champagne, oversees every aspect of production and is passionate about his craft…. as well as Aston Martin cars, in fact  he usually poses in front of his house with his private collection of sports cars and a glass of champagne in his hand!” 

Champagne Dampierre is sold in 29 countries, but it is not mass produced. Count de Dampierre makes only 220,000 bottles a year, which guarantees that every one of them contains only the very finest champagne. His champagne ‘Des Ambassadeurs’ is served at 40 French Embassies throughout the world, as well as the President’s palace in Paris.

On his cuvée de prestige bottle Bernadette said the cork is hand-tied using lightly waxed hemp twine, an ancestral method called ‘ficelage”.

Champanges to be showcased at next First Tuesday Champagne Club, include:
  • Dampierre Brut Ambassadeurs  
  • Dampierre Blanc de Blancs Ambassadeurs 
  • Dampierre Family Reserve Vintage 2002  
  • Dampierre Prestige Grand Cru 1998
“The First Tuesday Champagne Club offers Champagne lovers the chance to taste premium Champagne by the glass when ordinarily it would only be sold by the bottle and against the stunning turn-of-the-century Parisian backdrop that is Belle Époque,” said Bernadette O’Shea.

O’Shea is holder of the prestigious Vin de Champagne Award. For her services to the industry she has been inducted into the L'ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and is a recipient of the very rare un Ruban vert (green ribbon) award.  She has also been invested with the Chevalier de l'ordre du Merite Agricole, a knighthood from the French Government for her work in the Champagne industry, an honour hardly ever bestowed on any woman outside France.

What: First Tuesday Champagne Club
Date: Tuesday March 2, 2010
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Price: Champagne - Based on consumption. Sold by half or full glasses.
Bookings: 07 3852 1500 or

Bush Essentials Massage Oil - Ideal for the Whole Family

This March Bush Essentials will launch the first product in their professional range, the Bush Essentials Massage Oil.This massage oil is a divine mix of base and essential oils, and natures own ingredients that will ease tension, relax and unwind. The fragrant blend stays workable and yet sinks into the skin, leaving no oily residue, just touchable, soft skin. 

Calm a busy mind and melt away tension with a Bush Essentials Massage Oil deep tissue, remedial or gentle massage. The exquisite essential oils and intoxicating fragrances will ease an aching body, awaken senses and nourish skin. The lightweight formula can be used from head to toe in massage and can even be added to a bath. This multipurpose oil can also be rubbed onto skin after a shower whilst still wet, to seal in moisture and prevent skin dryness.

The Bush Essentials Massage Oil will dissolve away stresses, soothe aches and pains or tired feet that have been on the go all day. Un-knot a tense back or even to add a little romance, with a sensual all over body massage.  All the ingredients are 100% natural and safe for pregnancy massage (after the first trimester) or baby massage to help your little angels get a good night’s sleep. So bring the delicious aromas of Australia’s natural flora into your treatment room or bedroom.

The Bush Essentials Massage Oil’s rich ingredients include delicious Macadamia oil, which moisturises, replenishes and rejuvenates sensitive, damaged or dry skin. Jojoba, which is a well-known and remarkable moisturiser that combats dry skin and Vitamin E to protect the body’s cells from free radicals and oxidation, which is believed to assist in slowing the ageing process. Patchouli from South American is used for its wonderful sensual properties and Australia’s famous Lemon Myrtle for its soothing, cooling, anti-bacterial and anti fungal action. Lastly, refreshing Lime awakens the senses and Bergamot to lift the mood, soothe and calm the mind.

The Bush Essentials Massage Oil’s unique blend is made with love and care, by hand on the beautiful Australian Sunshine Coast, with just pure 100% natural ingredients and pure essential oils. There are no additives, preservatives, colourings, parabens, chemicals, or sulphates. None of the products or the ingredients are tested on animals and are suitable for vegetarians. All Bush Essentials products are packaged in fully recyclable PET, making them kind to the environment, as well as your skin.

The Bush Essentials Massage Oil 500mL rrp is $50.00

Other products in the Bush Essentials collection include the legendary Bush Essentials Body Scrub, Bush Essentials Moisturiser, Body Wash, Body Oil and Lip Balm. There is also a baby range to cater for little ones with the Bush Essentials Baby Lotion and Bush Essentials Baby Wash.

Bush Essentials™ products are sold across Australia, New Zealand and worldwide, for more information or your nearest stockist visit: 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Chalk Board Clock

The BD team found this fabulous clock at Design For Use and it is simply stunning! It's a unique approach to the traditional clock, and one that is even more practical.

As well as its striking graphic appearance – in the form of a black vinyl (stick-on) face and stark white hands – the best thing is that you can personalise the clock face with a simple piece of chalk (…pencil/ pen!). 

With a face measuring a generous 50cm (?) you can map out your whole day! Have fun…

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Floral Ticking Bolster Cushions by London Kills Me

Not only are these cushions stunning, they are also a piece of art.  Hand printed and designed by the fabulous London Kill Me, they are created in 100% cotton ticking with an original floral design in indigo on both sides.

Floral Ticking Bolster Cushion by London Kills Me - 50cm x 28cm

Purchase online from Rockett St George

Monday, February 22, 2010

Autum 2010 Trend: New Blues @ Sheridan

With the Autumn season almost upon us, update your bedroom with manchester from Sheridan in the new season trend colour, blue… 


The rich ornamentation of an antique damask motif is reinvented with a sandblasted stipple and a backdrop of fine, variegated stripes. This gives Roswell the visual depth and interest of a handwoven ikat cloth, while it is in fact printed on 300 thread count cotton sateen for the ultimate in softness and comfort. The simple colour palette of navy and sand is crisply finished with a tailored flange in sand. Stylish and original, Roswell taps into a fashion trend for casual chic in the bedroom.

Features & Benefits

  • 300 thread count
  • 100% cotton sateen
  • finished with a tailored flange

Recommended Retail Price: $229.95 Queen quilt cover set


  • tailored quilt cover set - S, D, Q, K
  • tailored Europe pillowcase - Single


Dive off the edge into the digital age, deep into the fascinating world of pixels. Riad heralds a new wave in textile design, with a complex tessellated pattern of tiny squares of brilliant colour. Rich blues, silver and mocha shot through with pure silver tumble into a seemingly random arrangement, as modern as it is alluring. The sheen of 300 thread count cotton sateen and the dark navy border finish the look for a graphic contemporary bedroom.

Features & Benefits

  • 300 thread count
  • 100% cotton sateen

Recommended Retail Price: $259.95 Queen quilt cover set


  • Europe pillowcase - Single
  • standard quilt cover set - S, D, Q, K


The ethereal, monochromatic floral motif of Cordula reflects the latest trends in digital photographic art, as photographers find renewed inspiration in close-up and even x-ray details of plants and flowers. On a midnight blue background, transparent flowers float serenely in a sensuous and subtly modern design. The subdued colour palette and asymmetrical composition make a contemporary artistic statement, establishing a mood of cool, modern luxury for your favourite retreat.

Features & Benefits

  • 300 thread count
  • 100% cotton sateen

Recommended Retail Price: $259.95 Queen quilt cover set


  • Europe pillowcase - Single
  • standard quilt cover set - S, D, Q, K
Visit Sheridan for more in Autumn buys.

Friday, February 19, 2010

New Luxuriously Elegant Verona Cutlery by Strachan

For over six decades Strachan has been designing luxurious, elegant cutlery.

New from Strachan is Verona, which blends traditional and contemporary design elements for timeless appeal. Handles are decorated in a fine relief of sleek long columns that flair slightly to a squared off base.

Each piece is generously proportioned and knives have a hollow handle, giving that light but balanced feel that is synonymous with high quality cutlery.

Options include a 42 piece set (formal place settings for six, RRP $499), a hostess set (cake knife and server and two serving spoons, RRP $99) and matching steak knives (six piece set, RRP $99).

Beautifully presented for gift giving, the 42 piece set is housed in a finely crafted, black wooden canteen.

Strachan Verona is ideal for those who wish to enjoy the easy care convenience of quality 18/10 stainless steel without compromising on luxury.

Dishwasher safe, it carries a 50 year guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship under normal, domestic use.

Strachan Verona is available from David Jones and independent houseware stores. Stockist enquiries can be directed to McPherson’s Consumer Products, phone 1800 65 11 46. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Winter Home Essentials from David Jones

With the end of Summer drawing near, it is time to think about the coming Winter season…

Refresh your home with Winter Home Essentials from David Jones. With a great range of offers available instore now, head to David Jones to view the new catalogue online now.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Go with the Flow...

Formal dinners can be such a tightly-controlled and structured affair. Sometimes it’s not about how starched the napkins are and how precisely the table is set, but about getting together with friends and enjoying great food. It’s about going with the flow

Introducing the Flow collection from Villeroy & Boch. This unique and exciting range of dinnerware and accessories is the perfect way to bring a quirky touch of fun to your table, without sacrificing elegant good looks.

Made in Germany from fine china, every piece in the Flow range has a beautifully curved shape that is both refined and utterly elegant. Offering a unique twist on the plain white dinnerware tradition, Villeroy & Boch Flow is perfect for everything from low-key dining to opulent dinner parties.

Forget form and structure, and just let it Flow…

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Day Breakfast - Heart-In-The-Whole Eggs and Toast

Valentine's Day is the day that you spoil your loved one, and breakfast in bed is the perfect way to begin your special day together… 

This great recipe is from Kaboose and is a quick and simple meal that will be sure to delight. Simply cuttimg out a shape from a piece of bread turns a breakfast standard into a special treat.


  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 slice bread
  • 1 large egg

Cooking Instructions

  1. Using a 3-inch heart-shaped cutter, or sharp knife, cut heart out of the center of the bread.
  2. In a medium non-stick skillet over medium low heat melt butter.  Place the bread, heart stencil and cut-out heart, in the skillet. Cook about 2 minutes, or until bread is toasted on one side.
  3. Flip bread over and add egg to the center of the cut-out heart. Cover skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until white of egg is cooked.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste. Spread heart cut-out with jam, if desired.

Tips & Tricks

If your skillet is too small to fit the stencil and cut-out heart bread pieces so that they lay flat, the cut-out can be toasted in a toaster.

If sunny-side up eggs are not to your liking, then once the egg is set turn over the filled stencil and cook about 1 minute more, or until the yolk is set.

Visit Kaboose for more great recipes.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Story Bridge Hotel Events

In 1886, the Story Bridge Hotel was born. Known originally as the Kangaroo Point Hotel it underwent a name change in 1940 to The Story Bridge Hotel to coincide with the actual opening of The Story Bridge. In 1967, the Deery Family, headed by Mr. Barrie Deery, purchased the Hotel and it remains in the hands of the family, under the helm of Richard and Jane Deery, Barrie's son and daughter. 

The Story Bridge is one of the last remaining family owned and operated hotels in Brisbane. A truly iconic pub, and an important piece of Brisbane history. Visit this truly stunning venue for one of their many events:

Thursday 11th: Abby Skye live from 6pm
Saturday 13th: Bounce’ live from 8.30pm
                           QLD Reds Vs Waratahs - LIVE action on the screens
                           Valentine’s Day Party in the Shelter Bar from 7pm
Sunday14th:    Valentine’s Day - Enjoy lunch or dinner in Deery’s Restaurant with a gift for all the ladies
Wednesday17th: First of the ‘Bridge’s famous Mud Crab Lunch’s for 2010
Thursday 18th:   Abby Skye live from 6pm
Saturday 27th:    Bounce’ live from 8.30pm

Saturday 6th:     Novacain live from 8.30pm
Monday 8th:      Academy Awards Oscar Night
Saturday 13th:    Novacain live from 8.30pm
Wednesday 17th:  St Patricks Day celebrations
Saturday 20th:   Novacain from live 8.30pm
Saturday 27th:   Novacain from live 8.30pm

The Story Bridge Hotel    
200 Main Street, Kangaroo Point Queensland 4169 Australia    
Phone: (07) 3391 2266

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra Prom

Join the party! The Canberra Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 60th anniversary in style in throughout 2010 kicking the season off with a PROM concert on the lawns of Government House at 7.30pm, February 20. Gates open from 3.45pm so there’s plenty of time to settle in with your picnic and enjoy the beautiful surrounds before the concert. 

The CSO has teamed with the Embassy of the United States of America, which is celebrating 70 years of formal diplomatic relations with Australia, to present a toe-tapping, American musical tribute featuring some of the best-loved music of the 20th century from Broadway, film and the brave new world. Copland’s Fanfare for the Comman Man, Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Overture, Bernstein’s Candide Overture and West Side Story vocal selections are just a few fabulous tunes featuring in this wonderful event, which has become a much-loved Canberra tradition. 

Tickets available through CSO Direct: 02 6262 6772,

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hope, Joy, Love, Cherish...

Hope, Joy, Love, Cherish... all the sentiments that make for a happy home. Printed in fashionable purple and gold these containers can be used to accommodate votive candles or other  items such as candies, soaps, flowers or even a miniature plant. 

Visit Weddingstar

The Adelaide Festival

The Adelaide Festival is one of the world's great arts events.
Since its launch in 1960, it has created a strong tradition of innovation and inspirational performances drawing on selections of very diverse art forms from across Australia and around the world.
Held in the warm South Australian autumn in every 'even' year, this is a large-scale multi-arts event of extraordinary richness and diversity.
Each Festival program includes opera, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, cabaret, new media events, Adelaide Writers' Week (the largest literary festival in the world), outdoor entertainment, visual arts exhibitions, master classes, forums, a late night club and much more.
The 2010 Festival will be staged from 26 February - 14 March.
Flight Centre Tours and Events is the official audience travel agent for the 2010 Adelaide Festival.
Its experienced team of travel professional is dedicated to help make your experience of our 50th anniversary Festival and visit to Adelaide both memorable and enjoyable, with access to efficient and cost effective travel options.
The two packages detailed below include 'Premium Reserve' tickets to 4 headlining 2010 Adelaide Festival shows, including 4 nights Twin Share accommodation at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley Street, Adelaide (4 star rating accommodation).
Package 1
Thursday, 25 February - Monday, 1 March 2010
Includes 'Premium Reserve' tickets to the following

The Sapphires
Scott Theatre
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Le Grande Macabre
Festival Theatre (A Reserve only)
Friday, 26 February 2010
DANCEShanghai Beauty
Dunstan Playhouse
Saturday, 27 February 2010
London Sinfonietta, Pacific Currents

Adelaide Town Hall
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Total per person: $799*
Package 2
Wednesday, 3 March - Sunday, 7 March 2010
Includes 'Premium Reserve' tickets to the following

THEATREWalworth Farce
Her Majesty's Theatre
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Food Court
Dunstan Playhouse. Thursday, 4 March 2010
The Sapphires
Scott Theatre
Friday, 5 March 2010
MUSICWayne Shorter Quartet
Festival Theatre (one show only)
Saturday, 6 March 2010
Total per person: $769*
For more information or to book one of the above packages, contact Flight Centre - Tours & Events on 1300 220 293.
*Conditions apply
For more information on the Adelaide Festival visit

3d Wallpaper

This fabulous 'Off The Wall' 3D Wallpaper is by Kicki Edgren Nyborg. 

With a futuristic feel, and a practical approach to decorating your home, this wallpaper would be a unique addition to your house, particularly in the home office or living room.

Visit Mocoloco for more details.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Chargepod®

With all the gadgets we now have (think mobile phone, bluetooth headset, mp3 player, etc), that allow us to live life on the move, we don't need the restriction of having several different chargers for each device. Well, the BD Team has found the perfect charging device that will keep you powered up and on hte move… the Chargepod®.

The Chargepod® is a 6-way charging device that allows you to charge multiple cell phones, PDAs, headsets, and most other mobile electronics with a single power cord. Just pick out the manufacturer-specific adapters for your devices and throw away the dozens of power cords and wall warts that are cluttering your office and home. Chargepod® uses voltage regulator technology and interchangeable power adapters to safely charge all of your mobile devices regardless of manufacturer or model.

  • Charges up to 6 devices at the same time
  • Small, portable and lightweight
  • Eliminates the clutter from having multiple chargers
  • Compatible with thousands of mobile devices such as iPods, cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, PDAs, digital cameras, navigation units, mp3 players, digital readers and portable gaming systems
  • Chargepod is compatible with all foreign 120/240 V adapter wall plugs; no additional power supply is necessary
User Interface:
  • Blue indicator lights illuminate on each port to display charging status
  • Sleek and modern design
What's Included:
  • Base Station for Connecting Devices
  • AC Power Supply
  • Mini-USB, Micro-USB and iPhone/iPod Adapter
  • Voucher for FREE Device Adapter
  • Carrying Pouch
  • User Manual

Visit Callpod now for more details

Monday, February 8, 2010

Heart Canvas

This beautiful Heart Canvas from Simply Gifts is just gorgeous…

With its pretty colours, and delicate, illustrative style, the Heart Canvas would be a lovely Valentine's present for that special someone. Or it would be just too-cute if used for decorating a little girl's room.

Visit Simply Gifts to order yours today…

Dusk Aromatics Fine Fragrance for the Home

More than 200 years ago French scientists invented the world’s most revolutionary and effective fragrance system for the home – a lamp that only works once you’ve blown it out. 

Now it’s Australia’s turn to experience the luxury and romance with the Aromatics Fragrance System by Dusk. Aromatics brings the luxury of the old world to modern life by combining fine fragrance from leading European perfumeries with a science dating back centuries, the result is the most amazing home fragrance solution ever seen in Australia.

Instead of a flame, the elegant aromatics lamp creates scent through a unique catalytic process that allows fine fragrance to travel up the wick and through a porous stone before dispersing to fill the room so filling your home with scent that lasts has never been easier.

From gentle floral to refreshing citrus, the aromatics collection has a dozen designer fragrances to suit every style. The selection includes Elegance (bergamont & rose), Illuminating (mandarin and ylang), Amber Night (floral and lemon), Exotic Addiction (gardenia and grapefruit) and Silky Blossom (jasmine and orange flower). There are also five perfume bottles to choose from to add a stylish, decorative touch to any home.

Fragrance lamps first rose to fame in France in the mid 1800's and quickly became an interior lifestyle revolution in Parisian and international homes of taste. They were a favourite among many 20th century style and artistic icons, including Coco Chanel and Jean Cocteau.

Now it's Australia's turn to enter a new era in home fragrance with the Dusk aromatics fragrance system.

Visit Dusk for more information