to do.

EXPLORE all the trends – from styling to sell, the importance of art, the latest design trends, the iconic feature wall and many other ideas including what’s the latest out there…. This section will help you dress your home, throw new ideas at you and inspire you to experiment with “tried and tested” guidelines that I’m sure will arm you with the best advice to sell your property and enjoy life.


Mixed Tomato Panzanella Salad

21.10.20

This is an oldie but such a goodie. Panzanella is an Italian bread salad, where really ripe sweet tomatoes create some of the dressing that the crisp golden bread absorbs. Just don’t leave it too long before serving otherwise you’ll end up with really soggy bread. 

½ (300g/10 ½ oz) sourdough loaf, crusts removed, torn into big pieces

6 sprigs marjoram or oregano, leaves removed

¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil, extra to drizzle 

250g (8 ½ oz) truss cherry tomatoes

¼ cup (60ml) red wine vinegar

½ tsp caster sugar

½ garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped

1 tbsp baby capers

200g (7 oz) mixed cherry tomatoes, halved

4 (600g/1 lb 3 oz) tomatoes, cut into wedges

½ cup basil leaves

micro red vein sorrel, to serve (optional)

Preheat the oven to 200C (400F/Gas 6) fan forced. Place the bread and marjoram leaves on a baking tray, drizzle with 2 tbsps of oil and season with salt. Roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes, add the truss cherry tomatoes to the tray and roast for a further 10-12 minutes or until the bread is golden and the tomatoes have split. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Place the remaining oil in a large bowl, add the vinegar, sugar, garlic, capers and season with salt and pepper. Add the remaining tomatoes and set aside for 20 minutes or until the tomatoes have released some of their liquid.

Add the bread and marjoram to the bowl and toss to soak up some of the dressing. 

Place on a serving platter with the roasted tomatoes and the basil and sorrel (if using). Drizzle with extra oil and serve immediately.

Serves 6.

Dairy Free Recipe

Vegan and Vegetarian Recipe

You can order the full e-book at the following link : Kirsten Jenkins “One Leaf at a Time” 

Image and Styling: Kirsten Jenkins

My Favourite Australian Artists

21.10.20

Thinking about how to decorate the walls in your home but not sure where to start? Or maybe you just need some freshening up on one or two walls and want something up and coming!

There’s no shortage of incredible talent when it comes to artists in Australia. Here’s a few of my favourites!

ZOE YOUNG

Fascinated by the simple beauty of the everyday, Zoe Young works between still life, portraiture and abstraction to capture her delight in life’s fleeting moments, turning them into something intimate, revelatory and long-lasting. The distillation of experiences and sensations is at the heart of Young’s practice. Originally trained in sculpture, her boldly feminine works are underpinned by a solid foundation of modernist theory and considered technical approaches to colour, composition and mark making.

To view more of her work click here

JANE GUTHLEBEN

Painter Jane Guthleben grew up on a Victorian sheep farm and now lives in Sydney close to the bush. Through her intimate paintings of domestic interiors, flora and kitsch, Guthleben brings the landscape in, emphasising its untamabilty, coarseness and defiant character that are at odds with the order and comfort of home. Prickly foliage, bulbous nuts and Australiana contrast with drapery and domesticity in unlikely combinations that are as familiar as they are strange

She recently launched a fantastic exhibition with MContemporary which we loved. To view more of her work click here

PETER HICKEY

Peter Hickey is a contemporary Australian artist who’s work reflects a love of nature in all its forms. Integral to Peter Hickey’s art is drawing – whether it be in a landscape etching, a still life monotype or a painting of an animal. The underlying drawing gives his work its sincerity and reflects Peter’s love of nature in all its forms. His work is included in the following collections: Gold Coast Regional Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, State Gallery of Tasmania, Art Gallery of NSW, Qantas Collection
Microsoft (Australia), Armidale Regional Gallery, Australia, ANZ Bank, Australia, Britiish, Printmakers Council, London, U.K, Kala Institute, Berkeley, California U.S.A, & Museums and Collections Worldwide.

Click here to view his works

DAN KYLE

The lyrical splendour of the Australian bush is captured in Dan Kyle’s painterly mark. Hovering somewhere between figuration and abstraction, his landscapes play with surface and texture to recreate the majesty and intrigue of the dense scrub that surrounds his Blue Mountains studio.

To view more of his work click here

I am also always on the lookout for up-and-coming young Australian artists. From abstract landscapes to detailed portraits, here is a great article on a few artists to start collecting right now!

And if you are looking to get out and about and check out some of the best public art in Sydney, take a look at this list.

Maple Bacon & Celery Caesar Salad

08.10.20

This is honestly one of my favourite salads from Kirsten Jenkins’ book ‘One Leaf at a Time”. For the non-anchovy lovers out there, you can emit them from the dressing or you could just tell yourself it’s just a salty dressing???

2 eggs

8-12 long streaky bacon rashers

1 tbsp maple syrup 

3 (170g/6 oz) thick slices sourdough bread, crusts removed, cut into 4cm squares

2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil 

6 stalks (360g/12 ½ oz) celery, thinly sliced and tender leaves

¼ cup shaved parmesan 

Anchovy dressing 

2 tbsps whole egg mayonnaise 

2 tsps Dijon mustard
2 tbsps white wine vinegar
3 anchovy fillets, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 200C fan forced. To make the anchovy dressing, place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk well until combined. To loosen the dressing, add 1-2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.

Cook the eggs in a saucepan of boiling water over high heat for 15 minutes. Run under cold water, peel and discard the shell. Roughly chop the eggs.

Lattice plat the bacon (optional) on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and brush with the maple syrup. Lay another piece of baking paper on top of the bacon and place a tray on top to weigh down. Cook in the oven for 5 minutes. Combine the sourdough in a bowl with the oil and toss to coat. Add to the top tray in the oven and cook the bacon and croutons for a further 10-12 minutes or until the croutons are golden and the bacon is sticky and browned. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Arrange the celery, bacon, croutons and egg on a serving platter. Top with the parmesan and dressing.

Serves 4-6.

Dairy Free Recipe

You can order the full e-book at the following link : Kirsten Jenkins “One Leaf at a Time” 

Image and Styling: Kirsten Jenkins

Wardrobe refresh…

26.08.20

This is your official reminder that it’s time to spring clean!

The month of September is my favorite time to hit reset and give my closet a nice big spring cleaning for the warmer months on the horizon. When friends and family come over, they are always surprised to see how little I keep in my closet. I find that the less I have to choose from, the easier my selection is for my day-to-day choices of getting dressed. But how do you know what to keep and what to toss? Here are a few of my top rules when it comes to cleaning out my closet.

Organize Everything

By grouping together t-shirts, sweaters, dresses and then arranging them by color, you can really get a sense for things you might have too much of. For example you might have 20 white t-shirts but only wear the same 4. Your wardrobe should always be organized by categories. Keep all of your pants together, your tops together, etc… so that you can treat your wardrobe like a shop.

Purge While You Clean

Toss on some sweet tunes and get to tossing anything you haven’t worn in a year. Yes, toss what you haven’t worn in the past year. Why are you holding on to it? If it is something super sentimental that you are holding on for your future offspring then store it away in an attic. Otherwise, make 2 piles {donate or sell} and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit within this criteria: Do I like it? Have I worn it in the past month and why not? Does it need to be repaired? Why am I keeping this? If I am truly on the fence about something I will leave it out on a pull out hanger, or in my bathroom and give myself exactly 1 week to find a way to wear the piece. If I cannot figure it out, then it gets tossed.

Re-Style To Style

Bring in a new floor pillow or stool to your wardrobe or just outside the door, and style the area in which you get dressed to inspire you to create new outfits. I like printing out inspiration and taping it to my closet so that I can try new outfit ideas with pre-existing pieces.

Rid The Anxiety

If cleaning out your closet and getting rid of a ton of wardrobe pieces gives you a lot of anxiety, give it a test run instead. You don’t have to literally throw out everything that you haven’t worn in a year… just hide it under your bed and give yourself a test run with the new closet clean and see how wonderful it feels. I bet you won’t miss the pieces as much as you think you will.

Shop Before You Shop

Having the right boxes, hangers and storage is essential to keeping a clean and tidy wardrobe. Instead of buying a new dress for spring, your next purchase should be containers. Hit up Spotlight or Ikea for over-the-door hooks, shoe organizers, boxes, etc… Basically whatever it takes to get your wardrobe organised. Invest in strong hangers that will give you positive vibes. Four years ago, I finally bit the bullet and purchased all wooden hangers and I still love and use them today. It was the best wardrobe investment ever! If you take pride in every inch of your closet you will want to keep it clean.

For tips on how to store your clothes, have a skim through Vogue’s expert tips