24 April, 2011

Easter Celebration...

Wishing you a very Happy Easter...
As per my promise this past week, here's a few snaps of my Easter Egg Celebration Tree' I wanted to share with you. I used some 'found' gum tree branches and sticks from our local park and used a mixture of painted eggs and painted stencil birds [they remind me of little robins or sparrows] in whit, blues, pinks, and lemon yellows with a dash of green and little gold! Maybe next Easter you can start your own Easter celebration tree too... or themed for the next holiday!
Hope you like it! And hope that you have a wonderful Easter Sunday shared with family & Friends,

images & styling/ tree decor by Sarah Verity - Verandah Home & Garden Living Solutions

22 April, 2011

A 1st - 1st Birthday x

 To our sweet 'baby' girl Isabelle for her 1st Birthday - Happy Birthday, little poodle! We love you so much...we're stupid crazy about you! You make it all worth while x
Like for most first time parents - we honestly don't know where the past year has flown to, and at the same time we didn't know how we'd get there and sometimes what to do!
We had a wonderful afternoon with close family and family friends - Isabelle's godparents, and their children - also our godchildren!
Needless to say I am 'pooped' after preparing all the decorations and somehow baking up a storm... the two grandmas came to the rescue with some sweet & tasty treats also - a huge help considering how time poor this week has proved to be and the beginning of the Easter celebrations today.
Will share more with you soon over this long Easter/ Anzac weekend.
Hope you had a good day,

image by Sarah Verity

21 April, 2011

Happy Easter!

Just in case I don't get a chance to wish you all a very Happy Easter on Sunday, I am being organised and thought I would send you my Easter wishes today...
This evening & tomorrow morning I am going mad into organising Isabelle's 1st Birthday party we're having a small afternoon tea for tomorrow! So between now & then I am baking cakes, making a no '1' birthday cake [thanks vintage Women's Weekly Birthday Cake Book!] hanging some super cute bunting, blowing up balloons, dishing out the party bags & setting the tables! All in shades of Pink & Green with stripes & spots for good measure!

So here's to your safe travels through the Easter & ANZAC long weekend, warm sunny [autumn] weather, delicious Easter eggs from the bunny and a Happy one too!

BTW - will post my Easter Egg tree later on... just need to download my pics!

images via bhg, house beautiful, country living, sunset, montage by Sarah Verity - Vernandah Home & Garden Living Solutions

20 April, 2011

Pretty Easter Floral Table Decor...

Think about adding some fresh flowers or flowering branches into your Easter table decor...
Here are a few ways you can also add a few delicious eggs into the mix too!
Do you have a favourite?

images via BHG & HGTV

No. 8 Rule...

Although I prefer flats for the most part of the day,
I am partial to a gorgeous set of heels...and [I always try to hold my head & standards are often held very high indeed. I think when you can do this more often than not, there isn't a need for regret.  
It would seem that this 'rule' rings truer than any sale on a pair of heels!

image via patterson maker via gypsy mandi

84 wishes x

Yes it seems like there are so many birthdays, you would be right, that they somehow just keep coming! In our family April is a HUGE birthday month we have 3 Grandmas, 1 Goddaughter [on the same day as 1 of the Grandmas] and lastly by not least our little Isabelle finishes the April celebrations off for us till May!
So without exception - I want to wish my [maternal] grandma whom I call 'Mum', also known by our cousin as 'Nana' - a very Happy 84th Birthday today!  
We love you & hope that you have a wonderful day out today!
Hugs & kisses

image via fox on the run

Birthday Wishes x

Sending Birthday kisses, hugs & wishes to our gorgeous
Goddaughter little Charlotte who turns a big 2 years old today!
Lots of love & see you soon!

image source unknown

Mid Week House Snoop...in Tumbi Umbi.

Tumbi Umbi - yes it really is a place north of Sydney, I didn't make up the name I promise!A coastal hinterland estate with 2.5acres of grounds is up for sale... here it is! Located so close to Sydney's central coast beaches Forrester's Beach & Terrigal this home in Tumbi Umbi takes it's architectural styling influence from a classic Queenslander and a Colonial homestead. With palatial size rooms and accommodation the surrounds are sublime...
Although I do think it needs an interior update - maybe a 'Verandah Home & Garden' touch! But to each their own! What really got me was the commanding presence this home has as you approach it from the drive and the pretty vista from the backyard and pool scape. Take a look...

Agent's Blurb...
Colonial Homestead on 2.5 acres; minutes to the beach
A blend of architectural influences from the classic Queenslander and the Colonial Homestead create this beautiful rambling coastal estate which enjoys an elite and enviable position at the end of a discreet rural cul-de-sac. Extremely generous in proportion and celebrating period decor, this modern home flaunts a multitude of oversized living and entertaining spaces, both formal and informal, ideal for the larger family and the most accomplished entertainer. Gracing 2.5 North facing acres, catching sea breezes, dappled with twisted gums and softened by relaxed landscaping, this unique estate flanks Forresters Beach and borders the very cosmopolitan Terrigal & Wamberal. A rare holding.

-Private North facing 2.5 acres of land
-Quintessential wrap around veranda opening off multiple living areas
-Six oversized bedrooms, all with walk-in robes, two with en-suite
-Incorporates dual accommodation, ideal for in-law or guest quarters
-Large office or seventh bedroom
-Media & snooker room spills outdoors to covered alfresco poolside area
-Stunning gourmet kitchen with granite tops, gas cooking and walk in pantry
-Grand formal lounge and dining with fireplace
-Triple garage complete with large workshop
-Polished timber flooring and 10ft ceilings throughout
-Gated estate with PABX phone system
-Easy care landscaped grounds with solar heated inground pool
-Close to shops, schools and freeway access; 5 minutes to Terrigal
Tyson Nicholson : 0418 251 312
Property ID: 2008940108

images via domain.com.au

19 April, 2011

Thinking Green for Easter...

Thinking Green for Easter... Here's a reusable and sweet way to display Easter style blooms... simply dye eggshells [with food colouring] to be pretty pastels, or using an egg-dyeing kit. Carefully cut an opening in the top of the eggshell and fill with soil and a flower in a complementing color such as African Violets, flowering succulents or Begonias. Why not use the bottom half of your egg carton to house them in a rows. Or if you have a ceramic egg crate use it as your 'vase' to grow!
If you get a chance to complete this project please send me your photos at palatialliving@gmail.com  would love to see them and post them on Palatial Living!

image via BHG

18 April, 2011

91 Birthdays x

Sending much love & many, many birthday wishes to my Grandma, Sarah, who is celebrating her 91st birthday today! One of her favourite blooms are Sweet Violets...
Love you to bits - Always,

Working on some...

Bear with me... I have been in mass planning & ideas mode!
Hope you had a great weekend.

image source - unknown light fixture

13 April, 2011

Mid Week House Snoop...Holy Mackerel on Great Mackerel!

Loving this contemporary home set on the beach side of Great Mackerel beach. a little reasonable unknown seaside spot in on Sydney's Northern Beaches & Pittwater located opposite Palm Beach. It's accessible only by boat so if you're in the mood for great way to escape the regular grind, a stunning weekender, or could work from home or commute via boat to the main  then car - then this would be the home for you!
The interior palette with it's wide use of neutral tones, natural timber stains, large glass panes with open & vaulted ceilings leather - is highly sympathetic to the natural bush & beach side location. Allowing both interior & exterior spaces to fuse fluidly. Although only 2 bedrooms - this home's Palatial quality lies with it's position & location... just supremely divine.
Take a look,

Agent's Blurb... Belle Property Australisia
37 Monash Ave Great Mackerel Beach NSW

Lifestyle - An idyllic beach-side retreat conveniently located only a short boat ride from Palm Beach. This beautifully presented home would make an ideal weekender or permanent residence and is just footsteps from the glistening water's edge and peaceful bush walks of the surrounding national park.
Accommodation - Positioned high and drenched in year round northern light, this spacious open plan home is an entertainers dream. Ground floor reception area leads to a generous living room and open plan kitchen featuring high vaulted ceilings and easy access to the private full width timber deck, covered for year round alfresco dining and perfect for BBQ's with family and friends. A walkway links two versatile bedrooms and a flexible third bedroom or home office. Stylish tiled bathroom and breezy sunroom allow air circulation and complete the upper level.

images via domain.com.au via belle property

12 April, 2011

Loving Aura...

I received the latest e-newsletter from Aura by Tracie Ellis today and I am in love with the Ikat inspired indigo duvet cover, the stippled coverlet cushions & accessories, and the rest of her range including the chevron stripes and geometric moor inspired printed shapes on linens. 
How can you not be enticed... it's even worse now for me - as our new bed & side tables finally arrived on the weekend! I just have our existing timber tallboy and blanket box to revamp - sand & paint to match the new bed frame & side tables [worn  effect with off-white colouration - 'white canvas'] and some new drawer knobs for the tallboy. Aura certainly provides the perfect 'canvas' for inspirational bedlinen.... take a look at the latest collection HERE.

Note - this post are views expressed solely by Sarah Verity. This post is not an advertisement, and by no way or means has this post been supported or paid for by Aura by Tracie Ellis.

image via aura by tracie ellis


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