Thursday, March 31, 2011


We just love bed linen from Aura. Here are a few of our favourite designs…

Inka in Smoke
Cool and quite as a Scandinavian autumn, Inka's greys and blues have the soft, bruised tones of Northern skies. Gradually changing through the tones of Silver, Smoke and Pewter, Inka's soothing style conceals a mini zigzag of Deep Pewter on the reverse of the quilt cover. Inka is available in Queen & King reversible quilt covers and Standard pillowcases, featuring a large zigzag print on the front and small zigzag on the reverse and European pillowcases with mini zigzag as quilt cover reverse. 

Maxx in Black & Ivory
Maxx, an elegant and incredibly stunning design of contemporary zig zags in black and ivory inspired by hard edged geometric motifs combined with soft organic waves. Maxx is available in Queen & King quilt covers and Standard pillowcases. 

Tyra in Cashmere Rose
Come with me to the Kasbah and there, quite likely you will find Tyra reclining seductively against thick walls of feathered gold leaf. The seductive mysteries of Marrakesh are echoed in lush, layered tones of Boysenberry, Rose, Gold, Taupe and Purple and wonderously crafted accessories create a sleeping chamber fit for a sheik. Tyra Cashmere Rose is available in Queen & King quilt covers, Standard, Tailored and European pillowcases.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Easter Recipes From Taste

Whether you're looking for hot cross buns or chocolate recipes, a fabulous Easter Sunday main or a decadent dessert, this Easter season Taste have got you covered in the kitchen. You will also find Easter menu plans and handy how to's on everything from making hot cross buns to your own homemade Easter eggs.

Here is one of our favorite recipes… Blackberry chocolate dessert cake

Ingredients (serves 8)
250g butter, chopped
250g good-quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1/3 cup milk
1 cup caster sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature, separated
1/3 cup plain flour
150g frozen blackberries
Solid chocolate Easter eggs, extra blackberries and cocoa powder, to serve

1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease and line a 23cm (base) springform pan with baking paper. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Set aside. 
2. Combine chocolate and milk in a large heatproof bowl. Place over a saucepan of simmering water (don't let base of bowl touch water). Heat, stirring with a metal spoon, until melted and smooth. Using an electric hand mixer, beat in sugar. Remove bowl from heat. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly. 3. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, to chocolate mixture, beating well after each addition. Add melted butter. Stir until combined. 
4. Sift flour over chocolate mixture. Gently fold in. Whisk eggwhites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form. Gently fold into chocolate mixture. Sprinkle over blackberries. Gently fold in until combined. 
5. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until risen. Reduce oven to 160°C. Bake for a further 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool completely in pan (don't worry if cake sinks in centre). 
6. Place cake onto a serving plate. Decorate with chocolate eggs and blackberries. Dust with cocoa. Serve slices with mascarpone or thick cream, if desired.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


We just love Anthropologie's wide range of dinnerware perfect for any style of kitchen…

Monday, March 28, 2011

Picture Frames from Husk

Give your pictures a make-over with these funky frames from Husk

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Re-usable Canvas Apple Tote From kikki.K

 This super cute re-usable Canvas Apple Tote from kikki.K makes the ideal everyday carry bag. Bring it along when you go grocery shopping, heading to the beach, or the markets.

Fill this bag with gifts and goodies for a easy and gorgeous gift wrapping idea.

$1 from the sale of this bag will be donated to Climate Positive, a not-for-profit organisation working to reduce global warming through carbon reduction measures for individuals and businesses.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spend Earth Hour With a MOR Candle

To celebrate earth hour MOR is offering 20% off all emporium candles exclusive to MOR privileges members, for 1 week only.

MOR candels are soy based with 100% cotton wick for a clean burn, that is delightfully fragrant!
Visit MOR to spend Earth Hour with a MOR candle at 8:30pm aest Saturday 26th March 2011.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Create inexpensive wall art

No matter what you put on your walls – framed prints, photos, kid’s art, postcards – it is always a reflection of your tastes and interests. Here are some decorating tips from Freedom Furniture, that can help sort out a few “hanging” dilemmas!

Simultaneously wall art and mirror, the Facet mini mirror will instantly vitalize any room. A highly effective technique to create a focal point with minimum fuss is to use multiples of an element like this. One mirror on its own might look lonely, but a set of nine small mirrors becomes a sculptural art installation.

Changing gallery  
Floating shelves provide the perfect platform for displaying frames without the hassle of putting hooks in your walls. Alternatively, a clever idea for creating your own artwork, is to select a favourite photo, enlarge it, divide into a grid and then cut into 9 separate pieces. Frame each one, and group together tightly to create a single statement – voila!

Maximum impact  
To create a strong focal point for this room, two of the same large framed print were used. Scale is important, and the 2 prints are in proportion to the sofa. The overall effect is far stronger than if a single print had been positioned in the centre of the wall. 

Two prints of equal size look great hanging in an identical manner, side by side, above a console or other piece of furniture. However, to prevent such a simple placement looking boring, add some asymmetrical elements, for example the homewares on the console placed in a more random manner.

A grouping of different images in various sized frames works better when there is some element that unifies them – complementary images, colours or even frames. Here an interesting effect is generated by the staggered placement of the frames under the staircase. 

Getting the balance right is important. Three images of approximately equal size could be simply hung in a row but for a more intimate look, the asymmetrical arrangement featured above creates a lovely balance with the desk.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Simple Low Fat Pasta

Cook up a storm in your kitchen with this great Low-fat creamy chicken & semi-dried tomato linguine recipe from Taste

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6
400g dried linguine pasta
100g snow peas, trimmed, thinly sliced lengthways
3 (about 750g) single chicken breast fillets, cut into 2cm pieces
500g small cup mushrooms, halved
10g reduced-fat dairy spread
40g (1/4 cup) plain flour
560ml (2 1/4 cups) skim milk
60ml (1/4 cup) extra light thickened cream (see tip)
35g (1/3 cup) coarsely grated Bega So Light Vintage cheddar
2 tbs shredded parmesan
100g 97 per cent fat-free semi-dried tomatoes
1 tbs toasted pine nuts
Shaved parmesan, to serve
Fresh basil leaves, to serve

1. Cook the pasta in a saucepan of salted boiling water following packet directions or until al dente. Add the snow peas in the last 1 minute of cooking. Drain. Return to the pan.
2. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a plate. Add mushroom to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until golden. Return the chicken to the pan.
3. Melt the spread in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Gradually add the milk and cream, whisking vigorously until well combined. Place over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens. Strain through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl. Stir in the cheddar and shredded parmesan.
4. Add the pasta mixture, cheddar mixture and semi-dried tomatoes to the frying pan. Stir to combine. Season with pepper. Top with pine nuts, shaved parmesan and basil to serve.

If extra light thickened cream is unavailable, omit and increase the skim milk to 625ml (2 1/2 cups).
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Monday, March 21, 2011

20 Real-Life Colorful Bedrooms

Whether you want a bright, cheery bedroom or a simple, calm escape, these real-life bedrooms from Better Homes and Gardens have it all. Get color inspiration from these spaces for your own perfect retreat. 

 Daring & Fun
Bold in color and pattern, bright wallpapered walls add glamour and playfulness to this bedroom. Brown and white accents on the bedding and drapes keep the wallpaper from overwhelming the space.

 Monochromatic Magnificence 
Create a soothing yet bold look with a monochromatic color scheme. A cream floor rug and bedding are the perfect complement for a sophisticated gray-blue wall colour. Blue hues create a sense of calm, making this bedroom a peaceful oasis to escape to at night.

Pops of Sunshine 
Jazz up a dark room with a bright yellow accent colour. The repetition of black-and-white patterned prints gets a breath of fresh air thanks to a yellow blanket and throw pillows. When you tire of the color scheme, swap the accessories with a new colour for an instant makeover.

 Art Act
Let a piece of art set the color scheme. A modern painting with different hues will set the tone for the bedroom. Make sure the piece you choose lets your personality shine through. 
Simple Stripes
A bright green-and-white striped floor rug kicks up the style in this bedroom. The stripe motif continues on the wall, where white molding separates a section of light green and dark green to create a simple yet beautiful look.
Cover Your Head(board) 
A upholstered headboard is the perfect standout statement in the bedroom. The deep yellow fabric with an abstract sunflower print adds color and personality to the simple bedroom. Light blue walls and throw pillows complete the look.

Get Inspired 
Start with a neutral palette and find ways to bring in colour through bedding and accessories. Splashes of apple green in a white room make it feel vibrant and alive. A montage of framed pictures and paintings to add a unique, personal touch to the room. 
Trendy Metallic 
Use a metallic color to dress up an ordinary bedroom. The combination of matte blue-gray walls and the metallic blue-gray bed skirt, wall art, and bedding details creates an unforgettable look. Add silver accessories to play up the metallic pieces.

Whimsical Fun
A traditional paisley wallpaper goes ultramodern when it is reproduced to a larger scale. A bright-green textured blanket adds an extra sense of dimension to the bedding and a punch of fun to the elegant bedroom.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Dress your desk this Autumn/Winter with kikki.K's New Collection 'Icons From The Swedish Landscape'.

Address Book
Adhesive Notes

Gel Pen

Note Book
Wooden Stamp Set

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Doily Coasters

We love these adorable wooden doily coasters from Etsy, they will gracefully protect your surfaces in style.

5 laser engraved birch coasters, adorably packaged and ready to enjoy for yourself or to give for a gift. We think it will be difficult to give them away, once you've got them in your hands.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St Patrick's Day

Looking for a hearty Irish recipe for St Patrick's Day? Try this delicious sausages and champ mash with eschalot gravy recipe from Taste.

Serves 4

1.5kg potatoes (such as pontiac or desiree), peeled, chopped
1/4 cup (60ml) thickened cream
2 tbs Dijon mustard
150g unsalted butter
4 spring onions (pale part only), finely chopped
1 tbs each olive oil and plain flour
12 pork chipolata sausages (or 8 regular thin pork sausages)
8 eschalots (200g total), thinly sliced
1/2 cup (125ml) red wine
1 1/2 cups (375ml) good-quality beef stock (see note)
Flat-leaf parsley leaves, to garnish

1. Cook potato in boiling salted water for 12-15 minutes until tender. Drain, then return to pan with cream, 1 tbs mustard and 120g butter. Mash until smooth. Stir in onion and season. Cover and keep warm.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Prick sausages with a skewer. Fry, turning, for 6-8 minutes until cooked through and browned. Transfer to a tray and keep warm in a 160°C oven.
3. Drain all but 1 tbs oil from pan and return to medium heat. Cook eschalot and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add flour, stir for 30 seconds, then add wine and stock. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until thick. Whisk in remaining mustard and butter until well combined. Serve sausages on mash, pour over gravy and garnish with parsley. 

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Food Fashion Friends: recipes and styling for unforgettable parties

We just love Food Fashion Friends: recipes and styling for unforgettable parties by Fleur Wood, Fashion designer and passionate home cook.

Cookbook, style guide and photographic tour de force, this is a gloriously indulgent celebration of the pleasures of frocking up, decking out and cooking up a storm.

In her debut book, food fashion friends, Fleur shows us how to create the kind of event that delights the eye and ignites the imagination, from a wild-child birthday party to a winter solstice fondue dinner and afternoon tea in the greenhouse with the girls.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Discover the Fragrances of Jo Malone

Jo Malone sets the scene for inspired entertaining. Delicious scents for the home – Candles, Living Colognes and Scent Surround Sprays – bring a touch of brilliance to any table setting.

Candles instantly change the mood of a room. They are the easiest and most evocative way to create ambiance.

Jo Malone believes the scent on your skin should also extend o your living space. Linen Spray can be used to enhance linens and soft furnishings.

Jo Malone believes that the scent that surrounds you should be as inviting as the one n your skin. Living Cologne instantly refreshes any environment.

Visit Jo Malone for more home fragrances.