Friday, 30 July 2010

Jim Denevan

My lovely and talented friend Kris from Townmouse thought I would like to see the work of artist Jim Denevan and she was absolutely right . Jim Denevan is the founder and organizer of a worldwide movable feast called Outstanding in the Field. The images are gorgeous.

Not only are Jim's movable feasts amazing but he is renowned for his art in the sand.

Thanks Kris - I love it.

Flowers For Friday

Enjoy the weekend lovelies!

Monday, 26 July 2010

How Fun Is This?

Picture found here.

Great Image

Pic -  Tom Sachs

Peeping In - Nina & Helmut

I love Nina's home because she exemplifies my design philosophy of surrounding yourself in the things you love.  She even has a wonderful portrait (in the mirror) that I am coveting to match mine.

Nina - ‘Our home is full of stuff: new stuff, collected stuff, stuff with surprising uses. My partner Helmut agrees it’s a different kind of recycling! My sister worries I’ll end up trapped by my belongings The past inspires me. I love vintage crockery, decorations, wallpaper and textiles. I like to enjoy what I collect. I don’t like to live in a museum.'

Pics from here

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Peeping In - Trullo

This wonderful home is a trullo – a conical stone house traditional to south-east Italy.  It belonged to the owner's grandparents and was their summer house.  The owner remembers visiting on holidays but now lives here full time with her family.

pics from here

Saturday, 24 July 2010

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

The cover is hideous - but the book is AMAZING.  I can not recommend it enough so if you like young adult fiction, or even if you don't, give it a go.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before--and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Room Envy

cup of jo

Friday, 23 July 2010

I Want Wallpaper

Now I just have to decide where I want wallpaper. 

cup of jo

Lonny Magazine
Photo by Wai Lyn Tse

This book wallpaper is, of course, my favourite.

Made These Today....

Jam Doughnut Muffins
• 300g (2 cups) self-raising flour
• 2/3 cup caster sugar, plus 1/2 cup extra to coat
• 80ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil
• 1 large egg
• 175ml buttermilk
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 3 tsp good-quality strawberry jam
• 100g unsalted butter
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a 6-hole muffin pan.

Sift the flour into a medium bowl, then add a pinch of salt and the caster sugar. In a jug, combine the vegetable oil, egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add to the dry mixture and stir to only just combine. Place a spoonful of the mixture in each muffin hole and make an indent in the centre. Fill each indent with a generous 1/2 teaspoon of strawberry jam. Cover the jam with the remaining muffin mixture and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, melt the butter. Combine the extra sugar and the cinnamon in a large bowl. When the muffins are cool enough to handle, brush each muffin with the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar. Serve while still a little warm.

They were such a winner - the kids loved them.  Now they think I'm super Mum. 
Recipe from here

Peeping In - Walton

This farmhouse in Walton, New York is picture perfect.  I can't quite decide what my favourite feature is - the teal on the walls, the all white weatherboards, or is it that amazingly tempting bed nook?  I think it has to be the bed!

Photos - Tom Cenicola

Flowers For Friday

                                  Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

A Slice Of Heaven

This picture is fantastic on so many levels - the colours are amazing, the background is my favourite teal, the fact that the cake has so much frosting goodness, the sheer height of the cake - I can only gape and wonder how mouthwateringly good it must taste.

Bower birding

One of the advantages of waiting for my kids at their gymnastics club is the sneaky visits I pay to the building next door.  St Vincents du Paul is my guilty pleasure on a Tuesday afternoon and on more than one occasion I have come out the owner of some new treasure. 
My latest purchase was a couple of weeks ago when I found these cane side tables hiding up the back.  At $8 each they were definitely coming home with me.

I decided not to play it safe and paint them my usual shade of white, instead I stood at the paint bar at Bunnings and chose the colour that appealed to me the most regardless of whether it matched anything at all...
I came out with a gorgeous shade called Lagoon Teal and after hesitating for a while I bit the bullet and started painting.  I figured I could always go back to white if hideousness reined.

Here's how the first one has turned out and I must say I am rather pleased with the result.  I am trying to be more adventurous with colour and this small pop of teal is working for me.
Now the big question is should I paint the other one the same colour or something different - what about bright yellow??

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Wednesday Wedding - Cape Cod

Holly and Billy got married at Cape Cod.  These lovely photos were taken by Max Wanger.


I love the small details people put in to their wedding and these button name tags are particularly sweet.