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Like to Hate

via Everything I have loved for a long time, I have slowly started to .... not like quite so much, and it's all thanks to social media. I seem to have a problem whereby if I see something too many times, with too many other people liking it/ owning it/ lusting after it, I get very turned off of it. If something becomes a mass trend, then it...

Being a self described Style Expert

If you ever want to cause a little social anxiety amongst your friends, I've found a great way to do it is to put up an Instagram post of a table setting, with little other detail on it. The text messages and comments will then roll in enquiring exactly who is coming to dinner, and why aren't they? This table setting above was for a photo shoot...

The Cult of D.Porthault

I was recently reading a column by Bernard Salt, Australian demographer and pop culture column writer, about some surprising results from the most recent Australian Census last year. In in, he noted that the number of bedrooms in Australia now exceeds the number of people in the country, and that the show bedroom, as he thought of it, was on the rise,...

Size Matters - design in the kitchen

It's been a long time between kitchen posts on this blog. Having finished my own kitchen back during the renovations a couple of years ago, I haven't felt the need to blog about them again. But something has been very much on my mind of late, and that is kitchen size.  via Ivory Lane blog - double island benches, and a separate butler's pantry...

Autumn: Doing, Wearing, Reading, Cooking

side garden As it's now officially Winter (with the temperatures suddenly switched to match - we've had night time temperatures of 2C which is very cold for Adelaide this week), I thought I was overdue to do a wrap up of Autumn.  Back garden Other side garden This year Autumn was particularly spectacular in Adelaide. I think because...

The simple life

Summer dressing can be tricky. You want to be cool, so this means nothing clingy, but equally you don't always want to look like you're about to go poolside - you want to dress appropriately for city life as well... so what to wear?  via Camilla Well, judging by the runaway sales of Camilla worldwide, one of her floaty, silk, multi-patterned...

Garage & Studio - progress and design notes

Blowing the cobwebs off the blog to finally post about the new garage that is currently under construction in the back garden, the final part of our house renovation. In some ways I've dragged my feet about posting on this, as I wasn't sure it would make a particularly interesting post, but there are some quirky details to this, and I thought discussing...

Summer: Doing, Wearing, Cooking, Reading

Gratuitous garden photos Technically, it's now Autumn. But we have had several weeks of 30C plus days, and warm nights, and I always think the silliness that is deciding on a season based on a calendar date is particularly true of March in Adelaide, which I always think of as our hottest and driest month. At any rate, while the retailers have the...

Oversize

I was idly clicking through the "Just In" section of Matches Fashion, when I noticed a peculiar trend was starting to emerge. via I think we can blame it on Iris Apfel. Iris loves an oversized accessory, jacket or anything else really, and her influence in fashion in the past 10 years cannot be overstated. She is the 90 plus year old darling...

Cheers!

Peas and Carrots hand embroidered cocktail napkins After all the pre Christmas, post Christmas and general celebrate-we're-on-Summer-holiday drinks I've been knocking back over the past month and a half, I've decided to give my liver a break and not drink alcohol for the next month, at least. The irony that I've decided that now is the perfect...

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