Archives for the month of: September, 2012

Plants make a room come alive. I love what they add and find myself constantly drawn to them in images. I definitely think they are key to any good bohemian living room and they will definitely be part of mine.

Click on the photos to see them big (trying out a new layout don’t know if it will stick)

1.www.sfgirlbybay.com

2. etsy shop

3. www.styleessentials.tumblr.com/post/29331298889

4.onethru8.tumblr.com

5. Justina Blakeney

6.  Justina Blakeney

7. cocokelley.blogspot.com

8. from moon to moon

Don’t you just love it when your city surprises you. Perth gets a lot of slack but recently I’ve been thinking that the city (Nth of the train line) is looking a lot cooler and there is a lot of good stuff going on that I’m missing out on. Being a Fremantle girl, it is easy to get in the mindset that you should never have to leave Freo, but post thesis I am going to check out more often what the city has to offer (away from the disgusting Friday and Saturday night guests).

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I love the colour combination of pink and orange. When I was about 12 I painted hearts on my wall in this colour combo and the infatuation has never really waned. My mum always told me that it was something I would grow out of but I’m not so sure…..Here are some examples of how pink and orange work together in a grown up setting (no hearts included).

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1. http-//amberinteriordesign.blogspot.com.au

2. http-//brabournefarm.blogspot.com.au/

3.natalieedgar.tumblr.com

4.tumblr.com

5.http-//thedesignfiles.net/2012/07/sydney-home-andrea-millar-and-family/

6.houzz.com

7.http-//blog.justinablakeney.com

8.Romany Soup flickr.com

 

I am a ball of stress at the moment. It’s sad but true. I think thats why my birthday was especially nice. I took the day off from thesis work and everyone pulled together to make it special, I got spoilt rotten and spent the day with people I love. I was ridiculously happy, calm and serene (not an easy feat when your thesis is due in less than a month).

I got a head start on my birthday by celebrating with Tom the night before. I arrived at his houses and got this gorgeous bouquet of flowers (I am totally happy if this becomes a birthday tradition) and then I got to open my presents!!! he gave me a gorgeous delicate link bracelet with purple stones (which he deemed a special occasian bracelet; not pictured). Then I ALSO got a hair clip that is engraved bone it is just gorgeous! and…a tigers eye bracelet (thats the one he said was for everyday use ha: pictured). Like I said utterly spoilt. It was unexpected and thoughtful. Then we went for a seafood dinner at a new place called ‘The Lobster’ (hideous name! but good food) on Sth terrace, Fremantle. Such a good evening and I still had my birthday to come tomorrow.

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I then woke up on my birthday and started it off with a refreshing swim at South Fremantle beach and then onto family breakfast at the ‘Crowded House’, Douro rd, South Fremantle. It was great, kid friendly, good food and fun service, I’d been wanting to try it for a while and would definitely recommend it.ImageImage

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Then there was still more, I had a lunch with some of my girlfriends in my back yard at Langham. Everyone helped out so much to put it together, brought food, set up the tables, I hardly had to lift a finger, it was definitely the most relaxing birthday I have every had. We sat in the afternoon sun and ate and drank ourselves silly for hours. I am so thankful to the people that made me feel so loved and adored on Saturday  🙂

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(Caitlin and Jess (official Langham ladies) and longtime friends Sophie and Sonia the coolest twins out, an hour before guest were invited and we had everything done so just got a head start and chilled in the sun, hows that for cruisey!)

 

(photos by me and Liesbeth Goedhart)

I love pad thai but after getting delicious pad thai for the equivalent of an Australian $1 in the north of Thailand it just feels wrong to pay $15-$20 for it. The solution make it at home. I had my reservations was I really going to be able to make in taste as delicious but I was pleasantly surprised it was so quick and easy to make and got the tick of approval from Tom.

I think the more stressed I get with my thesis the more often we will be busting out this quick dinner. Here is the recipe from the west magazine so you can try it too.

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Pad Thai (serves 6 or 4 large plates)

400g of rice noodles

vegetable oil

20 prawns

4 eggs

1 and half tbs crushed garlic

1 red chilli

1 stalk of lemon grass finely chopped (the white part)

1/2 cup roasted peanuts

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 TBSP fish sauce

1 TBSP brown sugar

juice of one lime (or two if your feeling zesty)

to serve;

bean sprouts, coriander leaves, lime wedges

Pour boiling water over the rice noodles and cover for 10 minutes till soft. drain only when ready to add to pan otherwise it will get all sticky. dry roast the nuts in a hot pan, no oil, for about 30 seconds. Keep an eye on them and keep them moving the whole time so they don’t burn. Then remove them from the pan and replace with oil. in a bowl wisk the eggs to combine, then pour into the pan and let it cook out flat like an omelette. Once cooked remove from the pan fold it up and cut into small pieces. Next put the prawns in the pan and cook until pink then remove. leave all these elements to the side ready to add later. Ok now make sure you have all the other ingredients prepped and near you cause its all quick from here on. Add more oil and heat, then add the garlic until brown, add the chilli and lemongrass and cook for about a minute. Then add the drained noodles, swirl it around. Next add the prawns, egg, lime juice, coriander, sprouts and nuts. Mix and serve with a sprinkling of coriander on top and lime wedges.

YUM

When looking at peoples homes I drawn to the details that make the room cosy, lived in, verging on cluttered. I love seeing the collections on their shelves, inside plants and patterned throw. Recently I keep on being drawn to antler details??? I love the rustic look they give a room but can I go there. I am very against hunting and a vegetarian. When I was visiting my boyfriends parents home in the state that backs onto woods I cringed inside every time I heard a hunters gun go off. I think I can attribute this directly the the first seen in Bambi where the hunter kills Bambi’s mum.

So is having faux antlers or even an illustration perpetuating hunting….or just good design?

Jury’s still out you for me decide.

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1. songofstyle.blogspot.com

2. Justina Blakeney’s kitchen http-//blog.justinablakeney.com/

3. Trendey.com

4. retromodernprojects.blogspot.com

1. Etsy – //www.etsy.com/listing/105157095/decorative-painted-deer-antler-naturally?

2. Emma form a beautifulmess’s house http-//www.everydayemma.com/page/2/

3. http-//www.theglow.com/christiane-lemieux/?i#5

4. littlebluedeer.com

5. hunterdear Etsy store  http-//www.etsy.com/listing/101909661/deer-antlers-with-flowers-feathers-wall

Man sun gets me excited! This is surprising considering how white my skin in is and how easily it burns, but despite meaning copious amounts of sunscreen application I cant help but get excited for summer and on my walk to uni today I saw definite signs that it was on the way in. sign in the the form of cute little weeds flowers poking up all over the place. Prettiest darn weeds + flowers I ever saw. All this sun has got me thinking of laying out at south beach and sangria nights in the park 🙂 oh thesis why wont you end I’m ready for summer!

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I was walking through Fremantle a few nights ago and doing was a wee bit of window shopping when I  saw these beauties.

These gorgeous necklaces were in the window of Love in Tokyo.

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I love the chain-mail bunting in the background of that last one, actually I love everything in that last one.

Oh and this! I have loved this painting for a while it reminds me of the painting Nina Proudman had in her bedroom as an awesome headboard in Offspring. I’m Afraid big paintings a generally not in my student budget so it wont be in my bedroom any time soon. 

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Pretty ehhhhh?

xx