5 December 2013


Just in time for a long hot summer Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has just undergone a multi-million dollar make over with the jewel in the crown the new three level Beach Club.

Paying homage to a mid century Miami vibe and doused in the most amazing shade of mint green The Beach club is styled to seaside perfection with boldly striped awnings, Basil Bangs umbrellas and the must have accessory of the season - the pineapple and coconut combo.

My heart is a flutter!!

4 December 2013


The December/January issue of Adore Home magazine is out this week and packed full of holiday gift ideas, summer party inspiration and general interiors eye candy.

On page 14 you'll find my Indigo & Shibori Trend Alert including the amazing Sibella Court/McTavish/Shibori Textiles collaboration I am still very much in lust with!!

Some of my other favourites from this jam packed issue are the amazingly crazy/brilliant Rachel Castle, a shop tour of Brisbane's Verandah House and Carly Willoughby-Ralls of Smashing Events styling ideas for the perfect summer soiree.

The perfect read for this first week of summer! Enjoy!! xx

2 December 2013


The whole reason for my European adventure in the first place was to visit my mum and dad in their new home in the south west of France. Selling up in Sydney and moving to the other side of the world is no small feat, so I needed to see for myself what it was that had made them fall in love with this part of the world and the new lifestyle that comes with it.

A quick flight from Paris to Bordeaux, followed by a short drive and I arrive in Port Sainte Foy et Ponchapt a small village on the Dordogne River in the wine country of Aquitaine. Mum and dad's house is a beautiful sandstone property built in the mid 1800's complete with cute traditional timber french shutters and a wine cellar. While the house had been partially renovated a few years earlier they have been busy furnishing, painting, replacing light fittings and installing a new kitchen. It's going to look fabulous when it's all done.

On our first morning I stepped straight into village life with a trip to the Ste Foy la Grande markets just a short walk across the river, followed by a traditional four course lunch at a local restaurant. Too full to do anything too strenuous for the afternoon I spent the rest of day relaxing on the couch watching British cable TV (a welcome relief from the limited french TV in Paris).  The days following were spent with day trips exploring the picture perfect St Emilion, historical Bergerac and mum and dad's closest city - Bordeaux.

While the lifestyle might be a little slow paced for some (myself included) I can see how the appeal of brocante markets, delicious food, local rugby and an endless number of wine producing chateau has mum and dad won over. I just hope they can survive their first European winter (it's already hit -4 degrees)!


1 December 2013


Free-spirited fashion goddess Mara Hoffman has stepped away from the bold and eclectic colours of her usual bohemian designs to dive head first into the world of bridal with the Devotional Collection.

Inspired by the idea of the spontaneous bride running off to be married by the sea, barefoot in the desert, or under a canopy in the woods, the collection is intended to be worn by the free spirited devotees of love.

While this first collection is only small - 5 gorgeous dresses, an amazing embroidered veil and two swimsuits (of course) each piece is bohemian perfection, not to mention these etherial look book images shot in Death Valley by photographer Olivia Malone.

See each piece here and try and pick a favourite - I can't make a decision between the high sheer neckline of the Lakshmi, the lattice back of the Gaia or the rose gold detail on the Hera. But with the amazingly affordable designer price tags you could afford to choose more than one!

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