a nod to times past + a touch of shine

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Upon looking into a restaurant in the bustling city center of Perth, I came across the details for this beautiful home on Hardiman Street, Melbourne, developed by ODR artichects for LifeSpaceJourney.

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With open spaced rooms abundant with natural light, the sparsely decorated white walls are the perfect backdrop for sculptures and art installations.

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Classic filament lighting with Edison era globes give a stern nod to the cottage’s Victorian heritage.

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Black painted door knobs recycled into a coat rack are perfectly juxtaposed with the grand front door, and I must say, that sure is a striking golden entrance.

Hope you’re having a sweet day.

-T.

Images via freshome

* Original article featured in Monument magazine: The Past is Present

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Sweet Tooth

…after a long day of teaching little fingers how to move correctly, running important errands that could no longer be put off and as always, the sound of piano constantly in my ears, these deliciously looking doughnuts, captured by Chris Court, are a nice distraction as I seek a slight change of pace, even if it is only for a short while.

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And after a well needed slumber, it is back to work tomorrow as musicians, young and old, grace my humble studio with their books, pencils and manuscript in hand.

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All images with the permission of Chris Court, featured in Donna Hay (issue 56, 2011)

Gary Pepper Vintage

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Is this ensemble not simply sublime? I sincerely have been the biggest fan of Gary Pepper Vintage’s Nicole Warne since…forever! I remember when she was starting out with her store on ebay and sharing her finds whilst thrifting. And to see where she is today, from being a part of an exclusive tea hosted by Robert Cavalli at the Milan Fashion Week, to being the “Official Insider for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia” where she was not only attending but also hosting and presenting live coverage of the shows, the words to express my admiration do not exist. It is easy to see that her dedication and hard work have definitely paid off.

Hats off to Nicole Warne!

-T.

Image via Gary Pepper

Pomegranate, Apple and Lime Fizz

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Serves 8

Ingredients:

3 limes | 1 small Granny smith apple | 1L of pomegranate juice (chilled) | half cup small mint leaves | ice cubes (to serve) | 1.25L lemonade (chilled)

Juice 2 limes. Pour juice into a large jug.

Cut apple into quarters and remove core. Thinly slice and add to lime juice mixture.

Add pomegranate juice and mint, and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Add a few ice cubes to each serving glass. Pour pomegranate mixture among glasses. Top up with lemonade. Serve.

Recipe courtesy of Australia Vogue Living – April 2013

Dinner Party

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As the cold weather sets in, a cosy dinner party amongst the closest of friends seems in order. Perhaps I shall serve this delicious pomegranate , apple and lime fizz

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And draw much inspiration from these beautiful arrangements…
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Don’t forget the dessert!
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This article in the April issue of Australia’s Vogue Living is rather excellent, offering wise advice and recipes from Sean Cook, owner of Sydney florist Mr Cook.
Do you have any suggestions on what makes the best dinner party? I would really love to hear your ideas.
-T.
Photographs by Brett Stephens. Article featured in Australia Vogue Living – April 2013.

Anzac Long Weekend

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With the long weekend looming ahead, J and I will be heading to Margaret River for a quiet escape away from the bustling city. Perhaps another idea for an short holiday would be to visit the beautiful White House in Daylesford, Australia. With it’s large open spaces and inviting rooms, it would be absolutely perfect for lazy breakfasts outdoors or intimate gatherings in the library.

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-T.

Images by the Style Files via This Is Glamorous