Friday, April 29, 2011

Onkaparinga Bath Towel Range

Step from the bedroom to the bathroom in Onkaparinga luxury on your wedding day! Onkaparinga, Australia’s iconic and renowned brand of fine quality bedding, has extended its portfolio into the bathroom category with new bath towel collections.
While Onkaparinga built its heritage with superior fine quality bedding, it is now developing a reputation for consistent, premium quality collections across the soft home category; which includes the bathroom category, explains the company’s Managing Director, Greg Roberts.

“The Onkaparinga bath towel collection is woven from the finest cottons, delivering an ultra smooth finish and softness you will enjoy getting out of the shower for, even in winter. The collection includes two ranges, the Egyptian Cotton range and Luxury Cotton sets, which are both available in a variety of colours and styles. All towels feature a gorgeous detailed ribbed border available in a palette of elegant colours that will bring a touch of luxury to your bathroom.” says Roberts.

The extensive colour selection in the Egyptian Cotton range includes a lovely white, oatmeal, mushroom, chinablue, eggplant and aquamarine – perfect for mixing and matching to suit any bathroom décor. The Luxury Cotton set is available in stunning white, oatmeal, sesame or soft grey, all with a coloured ribbedborder detailing. 

The Onkaparinga bath towel range is currently available exclusively at David Jones, with prices starting from $9.95 for face washers through to $64.95 for large bath sheets. Wrap yourself up in the luxury that only the Onkaparinga can deliver!

Visit Sleep Master for more information or call 03 9875 1200 locate nearest stockists.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easy & Fun Blank Wall Solutions

Sick of staring at a cold, stark, empty wall? Infuse it with warmth and style by adding creative art, follow these great ideas by Better Homes & Gardens.

Use framed prints to fill up blank space on the wall behind a bed, an arrangement that doubles as a headboard. To create this gridlike look, use square black frames and hang them close together, leaving about 2-3 inches between the frame edges.

A single piece of art can be the solution for an entire blank wall - if it's a dramatic size, like this floor-to-ceiling printed canvas, stretched around a frame. To make your own over-sized art, stretch fabric around a canvas frame, available at art or crafts stores.

Jump on the typography trend and use letters to create an artful arrangement. Use a variety of sizes, colors, and materials. Try combining prints with three-dimensional letters arranged in shadow boxes. For an extra dose of style, include one striking large letter to balance the smaller pieces.

An expansive floating shelf adds character to a blank wall. Layer framed prints or pictures and favorite accessories along the shelf. If you have a larger wall, hang several shelves and stagger their heights.

Dress up your walls with variations on a theme. Pick a subject or motif you love and repeat it in a collection of paintings, prints, plates and more. If you crave a little continuity, frame all your pieces in the same style of frame.

Love a particular pattern or motif? Give it prominence in your wall art, but add a little zip with variation. Here, lattice prints in four different pattern variations and background colors were combined to create one arrangement. Matching frames unite the prints for a casual yet sophisticated look.

Visit Better Homes & Gardens to see more ideas.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cushions Everywhere!

Beautifully hand crafted, Aura cushions feature detailed embroidery, stitching, beading and sequin work. Just perfect for changing the look and feel of the bedroom or lougne.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lord Wedgwood Tour 2011

Lord Wedgwood is coming to Australia for a series of exclusive events. Save the date to find out more about the heritage and craftsmanship behind Wedgwood prestige pieces and teaware.

Myer Mural Hall Melbourne -Mothers Day morning tea with Lord Wedgwood
Monday 2nd May 10am-12pm
p. 0396611471
New South Wales
Belle 30 days of living event The Century Trader
Sunday 1st May 2pm-4pm
To register please visit 30 days of home food and wine

Myer Toowoomba
Saturday 7th May 12pm-2pm
p. 07 4690 3122

Western Australia
David Jones Hay Street Mall
Wednesday 4th May 2pm-4pm
p. 08 9210 4357

A Sheer Delight
Wednesday 4th May 6pm-8:30pm
p. 08 9274 4377

Myer Perth
Thursday 5th May 12pm-2pm
p. 08 9265 5647

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Royal Excuse for High Tea

With less than 10 days to go, A Vintage Affair are so excited about the approaching nuptials of Wills and Kate on 29th April. We all love a Royal wedding and can't think of a more fabulous excuse to host a gorgeous High Tea with help from A Vintage Affair. Just imagine watching the pomp and ceremony of the wedding of the Century with your best girlfriends, over an elegant cup of tea served in glamorous vintage china.

Royal High Tea Package $110
To make hosting a gorgeous High Tea at home simple A Vintage Affair have a special Royal Wedding hire package available:
- 8 trios (tea cup, saucer, cake plate)
- 1 tiered cake stand
- 1 silver tea service (tea & coffee pot, creamer, sugar bowl & tongs)
- Madame Flavour White Tea with Rose in decorative tin
Some extra sparkle…
For those that want to add a little sparkle to your soiree A Vintage Affair have an Apothecary Glass Beverage Dispenser available which is stunning filled with Pink Champagne or a gorgeous cocktail.
Visit A Vintage Affair

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Decorating with White

Embrace white year-round to get a simple, classy, and functional look for any space. Take inspiration from these rooms where white is done right…

The white walls and cabinets in this kitchen provide a neutral backdrop for a rotation of color accents: a red rug, a wooden table, and, most importantly, an array of seasonal food in a variety of colors. The open shelving makes the kitchen feel spacious, and the all-white dishware adds a chic touch to the blank-canvas feel of the kitchen decor.

In a colorful room with white walls, it's important to make the walls cohesive with the room's decor. Form a strong, eye-pleasing connection between furnishings and accessories by hanging artwork that matches the color scheme. Large letters in yellow, green, blue, and black liven up the walls in this home office and tie all the elements together.

White wall art on a white wall makes an interesting and effective statement in this casual living room. The word positioned between two windows, stands out against the white wall to create an eye-catching piece of art.

White is the perfect backdrop to showcase dark furniture. A rich wood floor and dark-tone furnishings in the dining room warm up the bright white walls. 

Even the most basic storage offers visual inspiration when you sprinkle a few favorite items into the mix. This chic, mostly white living room gets pops of color from personal items. These books, vases, and random accessories bring the shelves into focus.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Linen House 2011 Winter Collection

We just love the new 2011 Winter Collection from Linen House

Inspired by the gorgeous tribal embroideries of Uzbekistan. Altay will take you on your own nomadic journey with a quilt cover and cushions brightly embroidered on black cotton sateen.

The little black dress of the bedroom! Inspired by current catwalk trends, this design is all about black lace. Featuring lace-inspired jacquard, cotton lace, braid,z ruched tulle and cotton sateen borders. Piped and luxuriously accessorised with embroidered and lace 43x43cm and 30x60cm cushions.

Drift off in a romantic cloud of soft cotton voile, ruched and gathered into rows of ruffles and finished with pretty ties. The European piloowcases cascade with ruffles, the 40x40cm features a pretty heart - shaped applique of gathered raw-edge cotton and the 35x45cm cushion is quilted and padded velvet.

A patchwork of pretty blue and teal fashion florals pieced together, over-stitched and pleated with contrast printed piping and a printed reverse.

Fresh, serene and modern, this lovely design features borders of softly ruched cotton sateen alternating with a pretty botanical print. Contrast piping trim and printed reverse.

Rich and luxurious, this woven jacquard subtly coloured and features decorative historical design details. Opulent velvet borders and embroidered accessories create a bed of serene winter glamour.

A mosaic of ornamentally rich, dimensional pattern, woven in two tone colours for a contempory interior. Embroidered cotton sateen European pillowcases. Printed reverse, flat cotton sateen trim.

A beautiful jacquard inspired by the elegant designs of ancient Persia and woven in the subtle colours and soft sheen of patinated metals. Piped trim and printed reverse. Shown with matching European pillowcases, 30x60cm and embrodered 45x45cm and 35x45cm cushions.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Chocolate Easter-egg cupcakes

Try something a little different this Easter with your chocolate Easter eggs. This great recipe from Taste will get chocolate lovers mouths watering…

Preparation Time 20 minutes
Cooking Time 25 minutes
Makes 24

Cupcake Ingredients
200g milk chocolate, chopped
200g butter, softened
1 cup (200g) caster sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
Little chocolate Easter eggs, to decorate
Chocolate Icing Ingredients
100g butter, softened
1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
3 cups icing sugar mixture, sifted
1/4 cup (60ml) milk

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line 24 1/3 cup (80ml) capacity muffin pans with paper cases.
2. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon for 5 minutes or until melted. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
3. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and creamy.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Add chocolate and beat until well combined.
6. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and stir until combined.
7. Add buttermilk and stir to combine. Spoon the mixture evenly among the prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the icing: 
1. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter until very pale.
2. Gradually add the cocoa powder, icing sugar and milk in batches, beating well between each batch until well combined. Spread icing over the top of each cupcake.
3. Decorate iced cupcakes with Easter eggs.

You can make these cupcakes any time of year, and alter the flavours slightly. Instead of milk chocolate, use melted dark chocolate and add a teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in a little boiling water (more for the adults). For a hint of mint, add peppermint essence and top the cupcake with a mint Easter egg.

Only fill your cupcake paper up to the two thirds mark - you will have a nice level cake that doesn't overflow onto the baking pan. It looks neater and is easier to ice.

Visit Taste

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Essential Kitchen

Check out HomeLife's guide cookware and the best options for creating your perfect kitchen…

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

Quality cookware | can be enjoyed every day and should last for years – if not a lifetime. Cookware can be made of many different materials so you’ll need to consider how you cook, and buy accordingly.

Knives | 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. 

Luxury appliances | Look for appliances that offer a long warranty and can be serviced locally should they need future maintenance. Keep an eye out for:
  • Stand mixer
  • Coffee grinder, used exclusively for spices
  • Food processor
  • Stick blender, good for soups
  • Toaster
  • Electronic scales 

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
Visit HomeLife

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

T2 Vintage

These special sets are authentic treasures of antiquity, precious pieces of the T2 vintage collection that have been lovingly hand-chosen from all corners of the Earth. They represent a fragment of our history – a tender snapshot of past stolen moments spent reflecting over a cup of tea. And now, soon to be in the hands of a T2 connoisseur, with a freshly brewed tea, this beloved archive of memories past will be brought to life once more. 

Royal Vale Roses
Royal Vale Bone China, made in England. This is an authentic treasure of antiquity, a precious piece of the T2 vintage collection that has been lovingly hand-chosen from all corners of the Earth. It represents a fragment of our history - a tender snapshot of past stolen moments spent reflecting over a cup of tea.

Embassy Ware
This sweet and simple set includes a cute matching egg cup! This is an authentic treasure of antiquity, a precious piece of the T2 vintage collection that has been lovingly hand-chosen from all corners of the Earth. It represents a fragment of our history - a tender snapshot of past stolen moments spent reflecting over a cup of tea.

Broadway Blue
A traditional Coalport bone china set. Made in England. This is an authentic treasure of antiquity, a precious piece of the T2 vintage collection that has been lovingly hand-chosen from all corners of the Earth. It represents a fragment of our history - a tender snapshot of past stolen moments spent reflecting over a cup of tea.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

With the colder nights approaching try this spicy pumpkin soup from Taste, it will warm the soul for winter!

Ingredients (serves 4)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 (300g) golden delight potatoes, peeled, chopped
1kg butternut pumpkin, peeled, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 litre salt-reduced chicken stock
1/2 cup pure cream
Pure cream, chopped fresh chives and toast, to serve

1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion has softened. Add potato and pumpkin. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until potato starts to brown. Add chilli and coriander. Cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
2. Add stock. Cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until potato and pumpkin are tender. Set aside for 2 minutes to cool slightly.
3. Blend in batches until smooth. Return to pan over low heat. Stir in cream. Cook for 1 minute or until heated through. Season with pepper. Divide between bowls. Top with cream and chives. Serve with toast.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

AURA Inka Table Linen has arrived.

Inspired by the bold geometry of the steps of the Machu Picchu Trail…

Inka boasts South American's stronfg saturated colours. Lovingly hand-made with raditional craft skills and screen painting techniques, every piece has its own unique story to tell.

Visit AURA

Friday, April 8, 2011

QUAY Food Inspired by Nature

QUAY Food Inspired by Nature by Peter Gilmore, photography by Anson Smart, designed by Reuben Crossman.

"I am inspired by nature and have coined the term nature-based cuisine to describe my food. Nature offers us so much diversity - a natural elegance and beauty - and it is the organic nature of food, its textures and flavours that is at the heart of my cooking." – Peter Gilmore

From the culinary genius Peter Gilmore, one of the top 50 chefs in the world, comes this eagerly-anticipated, ground-breaking book. Quay’s stunning design and photography perfectly echoes Peter’s nature-based philosophy and the organic presentation that is synonymous with the fine dining experience at Quay. Peter’s recipes, including the irresistible eight-textured chocolate cake and his signature iridescent sea pearls, will take you on an inspirational adventure, exploring flavour, texture and technique. Start with a single component, build to a show-stopping dish, or simply enjoy the visual and culinary journey.

A signed copy of the book is available at the restaurant for $95 or the book can be purchased at any good book store.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Old Meets New…

This beautiful flea-market home from Better Homes & Gardens proves that old things can coexist with a new space. When a self-proclaimed antiques addict moved to a new home, she faced the challenge of incorporating her favorite vintage finds in the new space. Determined to make it work, she scoured flea markets, barn sales, antique shops, and auctions to find furnishings, vintage hardware, textiles, wall hangings, and one-of-a-kind pieces that imbue the home with warmth and character. By experimenting with different ways to add drama in the design, the new home became a creative abode that complements both the new and old in her life.