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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.


Top Tips for Bidding on Auction Day

25.08.20

Bidding can be exciting but stressful. To help you through it, here are our top bidding tips:

  1. Come to the auction with a positive attitude. Even if you would have preferred not to compete at auction, look on the bright side. Unlike private treaty negotiations, you will know exactly what price your competitors are offering and once the hammer falls, the sale is final
  2. Bring some photo ID. This is required for you to register to bid. Your ID must be issued by a government or financial institution and show your name and address. Examples include a driver’s licence or a council rates notice
  3. Bring your cheque book – you have to sign the contract and pay the deposit immediately after the auction
  4. If you are among several registered bidders, be glad. Take comfort that other people also think this is a great property! If you are the sole registered buyer, don’t assume you’re the only interested buyer. Other buyers might not be able to compete on the day due to delays with finance or their own homes not selling. Their circumstances could change within days!
  5. Arrive with plenty of time to spare. Being rushed will make you more stressed. Go to the registration desk as soon as you arrive to register and receive your bidder’s card. If you like, you can pre-register with us before auction day
  6. The auctioneer is entitled to make one bid on behalf of the seller. This is called a ‘vendor bid’. It is often used to start an auction if no one bids, or to raise the bidding to a level that is closer to the reserve price set by the seller
  7. Show confidence. Bid in a loud, clear voice and be mindful of your body language and raise your bidder’s card high!
  8. If you are going to make the first bid, be realistic. The auctioneer has the right to refuse any bid that is not in the vendors’ interests
  9. If the property is going to pass in, make sure you are the highest or last bidder. The highest bidder is offered the first right to negotiate immediately after the auction. If no one bids, five other people could approach us immediately afterwards and you will end up in a quasi auction anyway!

For a list of our upcoming auctions click here

Breakfast Salad Bowl

19.08.20

Breakfast salad bowl

This is such a great ‘food start’ to the day. Its super quick and you could make up a batch of the rice mixture for a couple of days and just put an egg with it each morning. Feel free to interchange the veg as well, but I do like this little combination…..and I think it’s a must with some chilli sauce!

150g sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved

2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup (150g/5 oz) frozen corn kernels

200g (7 oz) mixed mushrooms, trimmed and halved (we used swiss brown & shiitake)

450g packet pre cooked brown rice

1 cup flat leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped

½ bunch chives, sliced

4 eggs

40g (1 ½ oz) baby spinach leaves

Micro herbs and chilli sauce, to serve 

Blanch the sugar snaps in a saucepan of boiling water over high heat for 1 minute or until tender. Drain and refresh under cold water.

Heat half the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat and cook the corn and mushrooms for 6 minutes or until the corn starts to char. Add the rice to the pan and cook for a further 3 minutes or until rice is just toasted. Season with salt and pepper and stir through the parsley and chives off the heat. Divide between serving bowls and keep warm.

Add the remaining oil to the frying pan over medium heat and fry the eggs for 3-4 minutes or until the whites are set. 

Divide the sugar snaps and spinach between the rice bowls and top with a fried egg and micro herbs. Serve with chilli sauce if using.

Serves 4.

Gluten Free Recipe

Image and Styling: Kirsten Jenkins

Looking for a Road Trip Getaway?

30.07.20

With some travel restrictions in place, Sydneysiders are looking for places to visit just a little closer to home. We recently took a road trip to Orange (3.5 hours drive) to see the sights and surrounding area and thought I would share my experience.

To my surprise it was a bigger regional town that expected, with a population of over 40,000. There was plenty to do….although the common assumption was we were there to visit the wineries, but as a non-wine drinker I am here to say there is many alternatives so thank you Orange! Thankfully we discovered a local gin distillery with delicious flavour –  ‘Parrot’ Gin.

Image: Federal Falls Walk

We visited Mount Canobolas – a State Conservation Area that offers birdwatching, walking, scenic views, pretty picnic areas and a great campground. The Federal Falls Walk was stunning and the picnic area serene and peaceful. The walk around Borenore Caves was equally as enjoyable, stopping on the way at Hillside Harvest to purchase lots of local produce (apples, honey, eggs, cider, cheeses and baked goods).

Image: Federal Falls

We ate great meals at Mr Lims, Charred, Canobolas Pub, the Local Store and stayed at one of the best boutique hotels ever – The Byng Street Boutique Hotel! Everything was on point here – accommodation, comfortable and beautifully decorated room, friendly staff, the recommendations, the super tasty breakfast and the location – very handy to everything.

Image: The Byng Street Boutique Hotel

We also visited the quaint towns of Carcoar (‘Tomolly’ homeware store not to be missed) and Millthorpe (highlight was ‘Tonic restaurant’) and generally enjoyed the picturesque countryside and smiley faces of the locals.

Image : Byng Street Boutique Hotel

I am sure we will return again very soon and would definitely recommend it as a great weekend adventure! ENJOY!

Click here for a full list of fun activities when planning your trip.

Pork hock, cannellini bean and sauerkraut soup

28.07.20

Pork hock, cannellini bean and sauerkraut soup 

This is the perfect soup to share with family while snuggling up on the couch in this chilly weather! 

1⁄4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil 

40g unsalted butter

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 brown onion, thinly sliced

2 stalks celery, finely chopped 

1 carrot, trimmed and finely chopped

1⁄4 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

1 tbsp each finely chopped rosemary & sage

2 bay leaves

1 (1.2kg) smoked ham hock 

400g tin cherry tomatoes

1 parmesan rind

200g sauerkraut, drained 

400g can cannellini beans, drained 

Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, celery, carrot and herbs and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes or until vegetables have softened. Add the ham hock, tomato, parmesan rind, sauerkraut and enough water to cover the hock and bring to the simmer. Reduce the heat to low-medium, cover partially with a lid and simmer for 2 ½ hours. Add the beans and cook for a further 30 minutes or until meat falls easily from the ham hock. Remove the ham hock, taking care of the heat and pick into small chunks. Discard skin and bones. Return the meat to the soup, season with pepper and stir to combine.

Serves 8.

Image and Styling: Kirsten Jenkins