"I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life". Elsie de Wolfe

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Grow Your Own Herbs

There is no doubt that growing your own produce is rewarding. It's other benefits are numerous - it's more economical, and it's good for the environment.

Even if you have a tiny space like a courtyard or balcony, you have no excuse! Grow some herbs in a rustic French style pot & taste the difference. Plus, it'll make you feel good.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Classic Style

While it's fun to play with trends, you really can't beat classic style...

Love this look (and the home!)


Image: Laura Ashley

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Simple Table Centrepiece

This is an old Martha Stewart image, so apologies if you've seen it before, but how gorgeous is it? Fresh, pretty, seasonal flowers in vintage tins. Such a simple idea executed beautifully. Take inspiration from this for your next 'at home' event.


Inspired Exteriors Furniture

My very clever husband, Charlie Albone, of Inspired Exteriors (and for any Lifestyle Channel fans, presenter on Selling Houses Australia & The Party Garden) has created this beautiful outdoor furniture. Right at home in most outdoor settings, he makes each piece by hand using natural materials including rustic recycled timber sleepers as well as Sydney sandstone.

If anyone is interested in the furniture, email me for further details, and check out Charlie's website http://www.inspiredexteriors.com.au/


Stunning Sunset

We recently spent a lovely weekend away on the South Coast with friends who own this divine little boat shed on the water. Can you think of anything more pleasant than sipping wine on the deck as the sun goes down?


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Smirnoff 'Expertly Entertain' Parties

I was recently appointed an Ambassador for Smirnoff Vodka & Cranberry, and Smirnoff Blood Orange. As part of this role, I chose competition winners for their 'expertly entertain' promotion, and assisted the winners to style their events.

Here are some pics from one of the winner's events at a light & airy Doubly Bay apartment.

My favourite element was the gorgeous candy buffet. To recreate this look at your next event, source some glass vessels in various shapes & sizes (old fashioned & vintage mixed in with more modern pieces work well for this), plus some sweets (again old fashioned work best - think boiled lollies & caramels etc.). Then tie some pretty ribbon around the top of each jar with a hand written tag. We used the same tags as the place cards on the table to tie it all together. These were from Kikki K.

The girls at Splendid Communications were brilliant & made the event a huge success. Their help was invaluable and I loved working with them.


Images courtesy of: Splendid Communications / Smirnoff

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pretty Awnings

Australin Country Style Mag

I am having something of a love affair with awnings at the moment. There is something very chic & striking about them. One of my next projects is going to be to create a beautiful courtyard that is shaded by a pretty awning over french doors.
Stripes & canary yellow are personal favourites, but you can't go wrong with a caramel tone for a more sophisticated look either.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Celebrity Wardrobes

Doesn't it seem that celebrities always have the best walk in wardrobes? Take inspiration from these images and create the space of your dreams to house your clothes & accessories.

If you don't have space for a walk in robe right now, pin these images to a vision board and get manifesting!

I recently transformed a wall cavity into a shoe wardrobe by installing angled shelves from the floor to the ceiling & adding a pretty door to conceal the shoes.


Images: Instyle

Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Friday!

I just found these images from an old mood board I did for an event.

Don't they just make you want to run away to the country for the weekend?


(Apologies to the owners of these images, I don't have the original sources).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Loving the emergence of some high quality e-mags. Now you don't even have to leave your desk to view gorgeous pages full of beautiful images & interesting stories...




and the Aussie http://www.ivyandpiper.com/

Image: High Gloss