30 April, 2009
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Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this color. When overused, yellow may have a disturbing effect; it is known that babies cry more in yellow rooms.
Light yellow tends to disappear into white, so it usually needs a dark color to highlight it. Shades of yellow are visually unappealing because they loose cheerfulness and become dingy. Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy. Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy. The shade of yellow determines the meaning. Pure, bright and sunny yellow is the easiest color to see. People who are blind to other colors can usually see yellow. Yellow is full of creative and intellectual energy. Always use yellow note pads. Yellow symbolizes wisdom. Yellow means joy and happiness. People of high intellect favor yellow. Yellow daffodils are a symbol of unrequited love. Sunday's color is yellow-gold.
Yellow Energy - Like the energy of a bright sunny day, yellow brings clarity and awareness. The shade of yellow determines its effect: Yellow-green can mean deceit, and creates a disoriented feeling. Orange-yellow imparts a sense of establishment. Clean light yellow clears the mind, making it active and alert.
Put some yellow in your life when you want:
* clarity for decision-making
* relief from 'burnout', panic, nervousness, exhaustion
* sharper memory and concentration skills
* protection from lethargy and depression during dull weather
Centre - Modern ,Contemporary & Fresh
Shots of Yellow in the bedroom in varying shades can create different atmospheres.... the palest lemon & chatruese mustard teamed with metameric teal & night blue - can make it Sophisticated & Sumptuous ; or a burst of daffodil high chroma yellow as an art piece & used as an elevated bed head - set on a cool white wall can be Modern & Contempoaray; or using a sunny butter yellow with cream, ornage coral & tones and toned down apple green make for a Playful, Warm & Cosy bedroom - as shown in these rooms.
Whichever mood you wish to create - why don't you try a shade of yellow in your bedroom or guest room?
27 April, 2009
The Mullens Street boutique is set within a superb old building which for over seventy-five years operated as a hardware store. The space now takes on a significantly more feminine air, with the nails, dust and rust replaced by the prettiest of pieces for around the home. Peruse the store and you’ll discover luxurious cotton quilts, heavy feather-filled tapestry cushions and woollen hooked floor rugs covered in cabbage roses. A true treasure trove, Prue’s shop features an amazing range of finds such as a 1940’s French bed, beautiful vintage kimonos from Korea and highly comfy canvas shoes from China. You’ll even find large urns for the garden and a great range of gifts, including pearl jewellery, hand-stitched shoulder bags and cute woollen purses. If you are looking to pick up something for the kids, the store also has plenty on offer. Highly popular are handmade wooden stools in the shape of sheep, pigs, dogs and horses. You’ll also find the super-soft Flatout Bears, which Prue and her sister Sarah have sold to famous stores worldwide including Barneys of New York, Paul Smith of London and Le Bon Marche of Paris.
So thought I would share a few of my absolute faves from Prue's store & can also be found on her online store...
Images from Prue Trollope
26 April, 2009
24 April, 2009
ANZACS would have to be one of my favourite bickkies - outside of a Dodge [Australian country style cuppa cuppa cuppa biscuit i.e. ingredients 3 cups, 2 cups, 1 cup and so on - will share that with you another time!]. So why not treat yourself with a cuppa (cup of tea) & a delicious ANZAC biscuit for this weekend - perfect for when unexpected guests drop by, they smell wonderful when baking, and make reading the weekend paper that much sweeter! They're super easy to make and light on the hip pocket too! See the recipe below and Enjoy! x
The ANZACs were WWI soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The crunchy ANZAC biscuit was made by women on the home front and sent across the sea to their soldiers. Originally named "Soliders’ Biscuits" and containing just flour, sugar, milk powder and water, these simple biscuits were made to endure the journey at sea. Now the biscuits are more of a treat with the addition of butter, golden syrup and desiccated coconut.
ANZAC Day is a national holiday in Australia and New Zealand celebrated annually on April 25.
*In Australia and New Zealand cookies are called "biscuits".
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
180 (12.5 Tbsp) grams of butter, melted
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut
1 cup of rolled oats
1 Tbsp of golden syrup
1 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp of salt
Heat the oven to 350F (180C). Line a baking tray with baking paper. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over a medium heat. Add the golden syrup and baking soda to the butter and stir well. Remove from heat and set aside.
Mix together the flour, oats, sugar, desiccated coconut and salt in a mixing bowl.
Add the melted butter to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon to combine ingredients.
Roll about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough into small balls and flatten between the palms of your hands. Place dough on baking tray about 4 cm (1.5") apart to allow room for spreading.
Bake the biscuits for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the biscuits from the oven and let them sit on the baking tray for 5 minutes.
Remove the biscuits from the tray and cool on a wire rack.
Yield: 10-15 biscuits
Note: Store biscuits in an airtight container.
Image & recipe from Australian Food - About.com
Tomorrow, Saturday 25th April, here in Australia & New Zealand, we remember & honour those who have fought, who have died, and are continuing to fight for our country and our freedom as we know it.
- LEST WE FORGET -
Where have all the poppies gone?
Image from Country Living
23 April, 2009
Centre & Bottom - Print Dolls
Couldn't go past these images of 'Rolling Text - White on Black'.... Typography used as a design element and decor item can be bring a fresh, contemporary, post modern graphic approach to a room - it offers a focal and anchor point... and depending the text a great talking point for your room. I really enjoy the playfulness of them.
The top image is from Nate Berkus - whose style I really enjoy - sophisticated, cosy, grand and contemporary with nods to the past - very 'Palatial' and the centre & bottom image are from a Sydney - Northern Beaches based company called 'Print Dolls' who are inspired by vintage destination blinds originating from old buses, trams & trains. You may remember that I posted about Marika Järv of Prints Dolls and her home I found on my post 4 Feb 09 [New] Favourite Palatial Home! Enjoy. x
Images - from Nate Berkus & Print Dolls.
22 April, 2009
A recent snippet from Elle Decor on Fashion Design Dennis Basso's gorgeous poolside retreat - I thought I would share with you, notably even more fabulous in my favourite - Blue & White colour scheme.... maybe I am little biased. Beautiful all the same... wouldn't you agree?
Photo Credit: Eric Piasecki
Fashion designer Dennis Basso is the go-to guy for luxurious coats wrought from mink and sable and glorious handbags made of alligator and other exotic skins. But when the trendsetter isn’t crafting looks for the catwalk, he and Michael Cominotto—his partner and men’s style director for the Dennis Basso label—are all about good friends, hearty food, and easy entertaining under the weekend sun. After all, when you have 4,000 square feet of outdoor space tailored for convivial meals—notably a columned pool house built around a towering brick fireplace—why not enjoy it as much as possible?
“We love to be outside,” says the genial silver-haired Basso, whose escape from Manhattan is his and Cominotto’s two-acre property in the historic Long Island village of Water Mill. “We ask people of different ages and outlooks to join us, and we encourage them to bring their house guests. We especially like lunch, which is served late enough for everyone to finish playing tennis and golf before they have to arrive.”
Basso's Basics - Tips for entertaining from an A-list host
I like to use place cards for dinners, and they’re great when you have a crowd. To keep conversation lively, seat each guest between someone they know and someone they should know.
Mix and match glasses for a personal look, whether they’re by Baccarat or Williams-Sonoma. It’s the size and shape that matter, not the source.
If you’re married or partnered, work as a team. I make the table visually appealing; Michael sees to all the things I don’t think of, such as chilling wine and taking charge of the grill.
Establish a culinary theme. We run our kitchen based on our Italian backgrounds, which means serving classic dishes like antipasti, linguine alle vongole, and grilled vegetables.
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One-shoulder silk dress by Lanvin from spring 2009.
Sea Fern Lamp from Horchow
Corallo glass-mosaic panel by Marco Braga for Bisazza.
Colour Trend Alert - CORAL -