Monday, August 30, 2010

Recycled Railway Sleepers at GlobeWest

Recycled railway sleepers on a polished stainless steel frame present eco chic at its finest. These beautiful pieces have an earthy yet modern feel with the juxtaposition of metal and wood.

Each railway sleeper has a natural finish and colour to maintain its unique, rustic appeal. Available in coffee table, console table, dining table, entertainment unit.

Available at Globe West

Friday, August 27, 2010

Villeroy & Boch Samarkand

Inspired by one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world, the Villeroy & Boch Samarkand range exudes finesse and evokes an exotic bygone era.

The tableware’s intricate bordering conveys elegance and mysticism, with each piece featuring a different combination of stepped and chequered patterning. Colours include white, ivory and sand hues with accents of gold, strikingly contrast against a soft beige. Additionally, four boldly coloured buffet plates can be incorporated to bring further vivacity.

Perfect for home entertaining or as a unique gift, Samarkand encompasses bread, salad and dinner plates as well as serving dishes, platters, bowls, mugs, a teapot and cups. Samarkand can be mixed and matched with Villeroy & Boch’s white collections, particularly harmonising with the complementary shapes of Anmut, and its elegant, long-stemmed Arden Lane glassware and Ella Gold cutlery provide the final flourish.

Villeroy & Boch’s Samarkand range is available from selected department stores and The House of Villeroy & Boch, Chatswood (NSW) and Glenside (SA). It can also be purchased online from Villeroy & Boch’s e-Shop:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pupcakes: For Your Pooch Only

Sydney’s favorite Cupcakery ‘Sparkle’, conveniently located on Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, right in the heart of doggie land, has once again stepped out of the square to offer a special treat, ‘Pupcakes’. With an ever growing trend of puppy pampering you would feel bad not to give your pooch the special treatment. 

Treat your pooch to a delicious cupcake made entirely from dog friendly ingredients including whole meal flour, grated apple, apple juice and honey, topped with ground meaty doggy treats and a carob dollop in the shape of paw prints or dog bones. 

Take-home ‘Pupcakes’ are offered in Sparkle packaging with a sticker sealing the bag or box "For Your Pooch Only". The mini size ‘Pupcakes’ are $3 each for 'eat now' or $6 for two take away in a luxury Sparkle bag, making this a perfect gift for any pooch.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kate Spade Larabee Road Platinum Dinnerware

Bringing elegance and a touch of wit to all occasions, the exuberant Kate Spade New York home collection expands its bone china, crystal and silver giftware ranges with three delightful new collections; Gardner Street (Dinnerware, Crystal & Giftware), Larabee Road Platinum, And Baby Makes Three. In true  Kate Spade style, the new collections draw inspiration from the nostalgic lifestyle of the 1960’s and cleverly mingles brilliant platinum embellishment with delicately inlaid designs on clean, modern shapes which both delight and surprise.

Peppered with platinum polka dots, kate spade’s new Larabee Road Platinum Dinnerware will breathe new life into your entertaining style, giving your table its own sparkling personality. Classically designed with shiny platinum rims and crafted from fine white-bodied bone china, this chic dinnerware range offers lasting style that beautifully complements today's modern tabletop. The 5-Piece Place Setting (rrp$349) includes a dinner plate, entrée plate, bread & butter plate, teacup and saucer. The Tidbit Plate Set includes four 15cm plates, each with a unique patterned rim (rrp$199). 

Visit  Kate Spade

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Oh Joy! for Hygge & West

One of our favourite stationery designers, Oh Joy! has just released a wall paper collection in collaboration with Hygge & West...

Joy Deangdeelert Cho is a graphic designer, beloved blogger, food adventurer, and published author. Even with so much on her creative plate, she loves life - finding her greatest joys in moments of laughter with her husband, discovering quirky combinations that make her see or think in a new way and eyeing something that sparkles.

When Joy isn’t working in her studio in the hills of Silver Lake, you can probably find her exploring Los Angeles for vintage treasures, culinary delights and new sources of inspiration.

Visit Hygge & West

Monday, August 23, 2010

Outdoor Living with Space Furniture

As the days begin to warm you may be spending more and more of your weekends and evenings outdoors... Why not make the experience a stylish one, with sleek and modern furniture - your weekends will feel like a getaway at an uber-cool resort! 

We love the Canasta B&B Italia by Patricia Urquiola, available at Space Furniture. Modern, sleek and totally gorgeous, these pieces will transform any outdoor living area!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Essential Kitchen Cookware

Quality cookware can be enjoyed every day and should last for years – if not a lifetime. Vera Klein for Notebook rounds up the best kitchen essentials to help you invest wisely.

Some things are worth waiting for, which can be said for many things in life. Not that everything in the kitchen need be top-notch and terribly expensive, as some items are worth splurging on while others can easily be saved on.

Good cookware is definitely worth investing in as in many cases it will last a lifetime and work out to be more economical than spending money on cheap, inferior pieces that constantly need replacing.

Basic kit

Many cookware and kitchenware choices will be personal, but there are some basic items every good kitchen should have:
  • Three frying pans: small – roughly 20cm; medium – roughly 24cm; large – roughly 30cm.
  • Metal roasting pan.
  • Three saucepans: small – one-litre capacity; medium – two-litre capacity; large – four-litre capacity.
  • Stockpot.
  • Casserole dish with lid.
  • Metal colander.
  • Stainless-steel mesh sieve.
  • Two chopping boards: one for bread and vegetables, another for meat and pungent vegetables, such as onions and garlic.
  • Ceramic gratin dish.
  • Metric measuring cups and spoons.
  • Three mixing bowls.
  • Grater.
Before you buy

Cookware can be made of many different materials so you’ll need to consider how you cook, and buy accordingly. Consider products made from the following:

• Copper
• Non-Stick
• Stainless steel
• Anodised Aluminium
• Enamelled cast iron

Luxury appliances
Appliances may not be absolutely necessary but they can certainly make life easier. Unless an appliance you use regularly breaks down, always wait for the sales when it comes to buying quality appliances.

Look for appliances that offer a long warranty and can be serviced locally should they need future maintenance: two good signs that the pieces were made to last rather than be added to landfill in the very near future. For example, the top-end Magimix food processors come with a 12-year guarantee on the motor.

Ask yourself some questions when deciding what works for you. For instance, if you have a food processor, do you really require a blender, too? Would a coffee machine pay for itself if you gave up buying a morning take-away coffee? Keep an eye out for: 

• Stand mixer.
• Coffee grinder, used exclusively for spices.
• Food processor.
• Stick blender, good for soups.
• Toaster.
• Electronic scales.


“Nothing is a more personal choice than the brand of knives. Ask any chef and they will tell you they remain loyal to one brand,” says Meagan McNeil of Sheldon and Hammond, a distributor of cookware.

Give knife-block sets a miss when purchasing as professionals agree we don’t need that many knives. Instead, aim for one chef’s or cook’s knife that starts at around 18cm in length, a paring knife for vegetables and garlic and a serrated knife for bread. “Treat each purchase separately,” advises Michael. “You may find you go for three brands.”

Consider these your three basic knives and add others as necessary, as only you know how you like to cook.

Baking extras 

Once the basics are covered, start collecting kitchenware suited to your needs, which in many cases will involve baking:

• Three cake pans, ranging from small to medium.
• Loaf pan.
• Muffin pans.
• Cake cooling rack.
• Wooden rolling pin.
• Tart tin with removable base.
• Ceramic gratin dish.
• Baking trays.
• Pastry weights.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Introducing Gordon Ramsay Maze by Royal Doulton

Expanding his highly successful partnership with Royal Doulton, multi-Michelin starred restaurateur and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, introduces a new comprehensive kitchen-to-table collection that draws inspiration from the skilful blend of cool, contemporary design seen in his acclaimed Maze Restaurants in London and Melbourne.

Renowned for his hot temper as much as for his culinary prowess, Chef Gordon Ramsay has always been passionate about cooking and his no-nonsense approach in the kitchen is legendary. The award-winning chef knows creating amazing food demands the very best culinary tools and when teamed with British icon Royal Doulton, the result is Maze – a complete tableware, glassware and cookware collection bringing restaurant-style excellence to home cooking and dining.

Royal Doulton's designers, headed by Dik Delaney, worked closely with Gordon Ramsay and his team to research the finer details of presentation and practicality. Keeping true to its restaurant origins, the brief was to design a range that was highly desirable and of the highest professional calibre, with versatility and durability remaining top of mind.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Alcove Sofa by Freedom

Want to inject some colour into your home? We love the Alcove Sofa by Freedom - perfect to add a touch of Spring to your living area! The Alcove Sofa comes in 4 great colours: Teal, Ketchup, Mulberry and Licorice. The clean, classically styled lines of the Alcove Sofa allows the colours to come to the forefront, without being overwhelming.  

 Shown here is the Alcove 2.5 seater, also availble is a 3 seater sofa, a 1.5 seat armchair and an ottoman.

Visit Freedom

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Father's Day at Typo

Chalkboard Piggy Bank $39.95

Searching high and low for the perfect Father's Day gift? Try the quirky offerings at Typo... From Chalkboard Piggy Banks ready for your personal message to retro styled alarm clocks, Typo has a wide range of unique gift ideas that will show your day how much you care! Be sure to check the fun greeting cards!

Write On Desk Pad $7.95

Flip Clock Wood Grain $19.95

Father's Day Card $2.95 ea

Visit Typo

Friday, August 13, 2010

House-made Burger with Pimento Cheese

For a delicious alternative to take-away, try this House-made Burger with Pimento Cheese  by Better Homes and Gardens. For an extra treat, grilling expert Elizabeth Karmel stuffs each of her steak burgers with a spoonful of cold pimiento cheese before grilling.

• 1 lb. ground sirloin
• 1 lb. ground chuck
• 1-1/2 tsp. kosher salt
• 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
• 6 hamburger buns
• Pimiento Cheese
• 1 shallot, grated
• 1 8-oz. block sharp cheddar cheese, grated
• 1/2 cup or more to taste of mayonnaise (not light)
• 1/2 of a 4-oz. jar pimientos
• Freshly ground pepper


1. Build charcoal fire or preheat gas grill for direct cooking. Mix ground sirloin and chuck together gently with salt and pepper. Form into 6 patties. Press indentation in center of each patty (see "shaping the burgers," below). Brush with olive oil. Place directly over medium heat (about 400 degrees F); grill 10 to 12 minutes, turning once halfway through. Remove from grill. Top with a tablespoonful of Pimiento Cheese. Serve on buns.

Hanger Steak Burger: Cut about 2 lbs. cold hanger steak in 1-inch pieces. put through a meat grinder or place 1/4 at a time in food processor; pulse until finely ground. Season, shape into patties, and grill as above. Makes 6 servings.

Pimiento Cheese: Grate shallot on a box grater or process in a food processor. Mix shallot and cheese. Add mayo and stir with a large fork just until mixture holds together. Stir in pimientos and some of their liquid. Season with pepper. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. Store, refrigerated, up to a week.

Shaping the burgers: Both Elizabeth and Jamie press an indentation in the patties so that they don't puff up in the center as they cook. Gently form patties, then press down slightly in the center to form an indentation about an inch wide.

Direct Grilling: For this method, the food is placed on the grill rack directly over the heat source. Direct grilling is best for searing and cooking small, tender cuts that cook in 30 minutes or less, such as steaks, burgers, or boneless chicken.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Mystique Range

The Mystique collection combine elements of days gone by, with a modern contemporary feel. Recycled railway sleepers framed in polished stainless steel, set back with hand-crafted seating featuring woven patchworked fabrics and leathers. Olde worlde embellishments and modern materials come together in a mystical, magical charm.

The Mystique collection is available at Globe West

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The White Ribbon Foundation White Tie Dinner

 The White Ribbon Foundation is hosting its 5th White Tie Gala Dinner.

Join The White Ribbon Foundation at the Dinner and help raise funds for their work to end violence against women. The Dinner promises to be yet another unforgettable night with celebrity guests, dazzling entertainment and fabulous opportunities in both our silent auction and raffle.

This year's raffle will offer a new car for one lucky guest. The car was donated by the Automotive Holdings Group.

The White Ribbon Foundation

The White Ribbon Foundation of Australia aims to eliminate violence against women by promoting culture-change around the issue. The major strategies to achieve this are a national media campaign as well as education & male leadership programmes aimed at men and boys around Australia. All funds received by the White Ribbon Foundation will support the implementation of these strategies.

White Ribbon Day was created by a handful of Canadian men in 1991 on the second anniversary of one man's massacre of fourteen women in Montreal. They began the White Ribbon Campaign to urge men to speak out against violence against women.

In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and the White Ribbon has become the symbol for the day.

The campaign continues to go from strength to strength and now boasts more than 230 white ribbon Ambassadors Australia wide, as well as more events across the country and more organisations and individuals participating year upon year.

Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: Sydney Town Hall, George Street, Sydney
Dress: White Tie and Cocktail Dress
Tickets: Individual $300, Sponsored tables of 10 from $5000, Table of 10 tickets $3,000
RSVP: September 1, 2010

To order tickets online visit
For all event enquiries, please contact DKC on 02 8218 2911.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Art & About Sydney: Oh Alfred! Reflections of Prince Alfred Park workshops

In the lead up to the re-opening of Prince Alfred Park, Oh Alfred! is a large outdoor gallery taking shape for Art & About Sydney 2010.

Join the fun for weekly creative workshops during August & September, to transform the park into a Surry Hills extravaganza!

When: 7 August - 18 September
Where: Weekly events at Shannon Reserve, The Clock Hotel, Surry Hills Library and Community Centre and Prince Alfred Park

Find out more and follow the progress at

Friday, August 6, 2010

RSPCA Cupcake Day is Here Again!

Grab your favourite recipe, dust off your chef’s hat and get your mixer ready for the sweetest event of the year, Cupcake Day for the RSPCA.

On Monday 16 August, registered RSPCA Cupcake Cooks across Australia will descend on their schools, workplaces and social groups with batches of scrumptious homemade cupcakes to be exchanged for donations to the RSPCA.

To get involved…
  1. Register in your State/Territory. It’s FREE! We will automatically setup a fundraising page on your behalf
  2. Send your fundraising page to all your friends and family
  3. Download resources
  4. Plan your Cupcake Party and bake up a storm
  5. Add donations through your fundraising page
  6. Upload a photo to win fantastic prizes
Last year, you helped us raise $1.1 million to assist in the care and protection of Australia’s animals. This year we want to top that total with hundreds and thousands, and reach our target of
$2.5 million! The cherry on top of the cupcake is that for every $100 raised online, you’ll receive one additional entry into the draw to win 2 Kymco scooters – perfect for those last minute bakery deliveries!

Whether you register as a Cupcake Cook or go into training as a Cupcake Eater – you’ll be supporting the 155,000 animals that the RSPCA cares for every year.

Please note: If you are selling your cupcakes, and donating the proceeds to the RSPCA, the money raised is not considered a tax deductible donation by the ATO. If you’re holding a cupcake party, giving your cupcakes away for free and collecting donations, which you upload or send in to the RSPCA in your state, this does qualify as a tax deduction.

Visit RSPCA Cupcake Day for more information