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KatyJane Designs’ colourful range of stationery is perfect for the young and young-at-heart. Pictured: ‘party bunting’ invitation pad & stickers (pack of 20), $21.95. Click here to shop.
Katy Metcalfe-Gibson and Jane Chambers create modern stationery with a vintage twist. Pictured: ‘air mail’ letter pad & stickers (pack of 20), $21.95. Click here to shop.
Bringing back the art of letter writing to the digital generation. Pictured: ‘vintage bluebird’ letter pad and stickers (pack of 20), $21.95. Click here to shop.
Rainbow letter pack
We love these bold, eye-catching designs. Pictured: ‘rainbow’ letter pad & stickers (pack of 20), $21.95. Click here to shop.

Beautiful kids’ stationery from KatyJane Designs

Remember the days before email, Skype and SMS? When birthdays meant cards instead of Facebook messages? Remember the excitement of receiving a handwritten letter from a penpal on the other side of the globe? Katy Metcalfe-Gibson and Jane Chambers of KatyJane Designs remember. With Jane’s graphic design experience and Katy’s background in business and marketing, this Fremantle duo is bringing back the art of letter writing with their nostalgic range of designer stationery, cards and party invitations for the young and the young-at-heart.

How did KatyJane Designs begin?
We met at a mothers’ playgroup after both relocating to Perth, Katy from the UK and Jane from the east coast of Australia. We both had very young children at the time, and were both pregnant with our second child, due six weeks apart!  The idea of starting up our own business seemed like a great idea – I think we went on the women’s intuition that we would work well together.

Tell us about your products.
We bring unique stationery, paper goods and accessories to life through stylish, fun, bold and colourful designs. Our products have a modern style with a vintage twist, which we’ve found appeals not just to kids, but also parents and grandparents, which is lovely. And we’ve developed a range of small and affordable gifts as well.

Where do you get ideas for your designs?
Often our children and their friends have been the basis of our inspiration for new products or designs.  They introduce new ideas to us (often without even knowing it) and take us back to our own childhood. Visually we’re drawn to simple, beautiful designs, coupled with patterned elements and bright bold colours.

Which is your favourite product?
Jane: We love our new letter pads! It’s so nice to create a product and watch children get so much enjoyment and value out of it. One of my proudest moments at KatyJane Designs was receiving a hand written thank you note on one of our letters from my 7-year-old nephew, Ollie. It was such a thrill to receive it in the post and I’m a grown up!

What are your top tips for throwing a great kids’ party?
Have fun with it! Be a bit out there and really allow yourself to get into a theme, kids love it and you will never have a better excuse to take a theme as far as you want. Give yourself enough time to get prepared with decorations, food and activities, so you know exactly what you are planning to do and you don’t get stressed out on the day.  And of course, a colourful, fun invitation sets the scene!

What’s the best thing about written letters?
As children, we loved receiving and sending post and we don’t think this has changed. We thought it was important to re-introduce letter writing to children, particularly at a time when our kids where learning to write. We wanted to provide something that is beautifully designed and appeals to girls and boys, to encourage them to write. There is still a place for the written word and we wanted to pass this onto children who are part of a digital generation.

 Shop the entire KatyJane Designs collection here.

Jane's daughter Adelynn
Jane’s 8-year-old daughter, Adelynn, loves to keep in touch with her friends by writing letters (on KatyJane letter pads, of course!).


By Caroline Roessler

Escape to Provence

Homes: Décor de Provence
This interior design and lifestyle blog is dedicated to all things French (with a little Gustavian and Belgian thrown in). The blog’s author, Desireé Ashworth, loves “beautiful, functional settings” and it shows with the collection of inspiring interiors she sources from all around the web. As a bonus, she shares the substantial list of blogs and websites she follows.


Chocolate and Zucchini
Chocolate & zucchini cake. It must be healthy because it has vegetables in it, right?

Food: Chocolate and Zucchini
Probably the best known of the French food blogs, the charming Chocolate and Zucchini was launched by Clotilde Dusoulier in 2003. Why the name? “It is a good metaphor for my cooking style: the zucchini illustrates my focus on healthy and natural eating… And the chocolate represents my decidedly marked taste for baking in general, and chocolate in particular,” she says. Does she have a recipe for a chocolate and zucchini cake? Of course. You can find it here.


Paris in Four Months
Take a virtual tour of the city of light at travel blog Paris in Four Months

Travel: Paris in Four Months
This award-winning blog is a daily love letter to the French capital by Carin Olsson. From fashion to food, home and everyday life, Paris in Four Months is like taking a virtual trip to the city every day. Carin also recently visited Corsica and her photographs from the island are just stunning.


French Voguettes shoes

French Voguettes shoes
Shoe obsessed? Moi?

Fashion: French Voguettes
Find some French fashion inspiration at the über-cool Tumblr blog French Voguettes. A gorgeous assortment of street style, fashion trends, accessories, beauty and shoes (lots of shoes!). It’s way too easy to get lost here.


Carla Coulson
See Paris through the eyes of an Aussie photographer at blog Carla Loves Photography

Inspiration: Carla Loves Photography
Carla Coulson is an Australian photographer who is married to an Italian and who is living and working in Paris. She’s the author of Italian Joy, Paris Tango and Chasing a Dream, and this blog is dedicated to her love of photography, featuring the images that inspire her. Make sure you visit this post in particular: Why We Love Paris.


wise words
A beautiful sentiment via Republic of You


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Noosa's gorgeous main beach, always photogenic
Noosa’s gorgeous main beach, always photogenic
Eri and Trudi with the lovely Martin Boetz of Longrain
Eri and Trudi with the lovely Martin Boetz of Longrain

Eri & Trudi do Noosa!

We’ve just come back from a strategy weekend (okay, a girls’ weekend!) at the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, which this year was celebrating its 10th anniversary ( This mega feat of organisation (by festival director Jim Berardo) brings together world-class chefs, winemakers and foodies from all over the globe – somehow they are all more than happy to fly in for a few days in sunny Noosa! The choice of events was overwhelming, but we opted for the perennially popular Asian Food Trail, which featured the stellar line-up of chefs Martin Boetz (Longrain), Christine Manfield (Universal), David Thompson (Nahm, Thailand) and Poh Ling Yeow (Poh’s Kitchen). We also did a spot of shopping and eating along Hastings St (Berardo’s on the Beach is our favourite for breakfast) and of course no visit would be complete without a stop at Massimo’s Gelateria! We’ll be booking our tickets for next year’s festival as soon as they go on sale!

Garnisha Spice Farm, the gorgeous setting for the Asian Food Trail
Chris Manfield’s delicious crab and lychee salad
Chris Manfield's delicious crab and lychee salad
Garnisha Spice Farm, the beautiful setting for the Asian Food Trail
Chris Manfield and David Thompson dish up David’s (super spicy!) pork curry
Inviting gifts and homewares shop Hearts & Minds on Hastings St
Inviting gifts and homewares shop Hearts & Minds on Hastings St
Mmm, Massimo Gelateria ice-cream! The pink grapefruit sorbet was to die for...
Mmm, Massimo Gelateria ice cream! The pink grapefruit sorbet was to die for…
The cute Belmondos outdoor store, with Noosa lime cordial (great for cocktails!)
The cute Belmondos outdoor store, with Noosa lime cordial (great for cocktails!)
View from the Noosa National Park, a must-do walk after all that eating!
View from the Noosa National Park, a must-do walk after all that eating!

Get the Noosa look:

Get the Noosa look
1. ‘Rouge petal’ scarf, $250; 2. beach umbrella, $239; 3. over-sized organic cotton tote bag, $45; 4. Breo ‘flow’ sunglasses, $44.99; 5. ‘Noosa’ beach towel, $40; 6. Sunshine Coast pocket guide, $9.95; 7. ‘batwing’ kaftan, $89; 8. ‘Noosa’ necklace in ‘earth’, $49.95. Shop the collection here.


An artist’s workshop: Richard McAdam of Puddin’head shows us the workings of his studio. Photography: Sam McAdam
Embroided lapin
Richard uses vibrant colours on Belgian linen to create his amazing embroideries. Photography: Sam McAdam
Richard McAdam of Puddin’head. Photography: Sam McAdam

The proof of the Puddin’head

One of the best things about working at hardtofind. is discovering all the fantastically creative people across the country doing their own, unique thing. One such clever person is Richard McAdam of Puddin’head. Richard designs and screen-prints beautiful linen tea towels and cushions, and hand embroiders stunning linen artworks at his Newtown terrace in Sydney’s Inner West. At first glance his designs look like they’re from another era, but on closer inspection, you’ll find a humourous twist. They’re so pretty, in fact, that we reckon his tea towels are more suited to being framed and hung on the wall than for washing up dishes. Richard spoke to us about his design process and the perils of being a perfectionist.

How did Puddin’head start?
I come from an artistic family, so I was encouraged to pursue a creative path in life. I studied drawing and printmaking at the National Art School in Sydney, and became interested in symbology  in artworks. After many years of making illustrations for commercial clients and private commissions, I noticed a shift in the way that people were embracing well-crafted, handmade homewares and saw a new opportunity for my graphic designs.

Tell us a little about your products.
It all starts with the concept, which can spring from having seen an object, a person, or hearing a piece of music. It’s so random – who can say where ideas spring from? Usually, I will research historical references, draw, paint, scan, and spend a long time in Adobe Illustrator replicating etching cross-hatches or the textures of a woodblock print. A successful design would take me an average of 55- 65 hours to complete, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist – many of my initial designs don’t even make it to print! My first products were 100% linen tea towels, but I also print onto Belgian linen which I hand embroider, then stretch over a frame for wall hanging.

What is your favourite part of the job?
Receiving a positive response is always nice! Having my work embraced by customers and other contemporary artists has been so gratifying, and it’s nice to think that something I’ve made is enhancing someone’s home.

What is your favourite product?
At the moment my embroidered products are my favourites, ‘Lapin’ and ‘Antlers’. Every rosette has a slight variation, so each piece has its own personality.

Who does the washing up in your house?
I do (I am the perfect house husband). Since my flatmate works long, late hours (and she’s a perfect housemate), I try to do the housework and pull my weight.

Shop Richard’s beautifully quirky collection here.

‘Antlers’ screen ready for printing. Photography: Sam McAdam
sketch book
Richard’s detailed sketchbook shows the planning involved in the process. Photography: Sam McAdam
Richard printing
The screen-printing process captured beautifully by Richard’s photographer sister, Sam McAdam. What a creative family!
Hanging out to dry
‘Antlers’ tea towels hung out to dry. Photography: Sam McAdam
Some of the artworks available now
Shop the full range of Puddin’head products available here.

By Caroline Roessler

Scandinavian style kitchen
White, wood and accents of black make up this Scandinavian-style kitchen.

Homes: Emmas DesignBlogg
Scandinavian style is one of the most enduring design movements of the 20th century and it’s easy to see why – the use of natural fabrics, clean lines and the neutral colour palette define a very simple and modern approach to living. A classic example is this heavenly apartment that we found at Emmas Designblogg, Scandinavia’s oldest and most-read interiors blog. The apartment’s for sale and there are even more photos of it here.


milk chocolate brownies
Mmmmm, brownies.

Food: Cook Republic
A simple and delicious recipe for Milk Chocolate Brownies from Sydney designer, food photographer and stylist Sneh of Cook Republic, recently voted Best Food Blog in the Australian Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2013.


52 Suburbs - Rome
When in Rome…

Travel: 52 Suburbs
Not your everyday travel blog, 52 Suburbs is the incredible journey of Sydney photographer Louise Hawson who spent 12 months shooting the “unfamous neighbourhoods of some of the world’s most photographed and celebrated cities”. In the past year, Louise and her eight-year-old daughter Coco have travelled to cities including Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Berlin, New York and London. The result is a visual extravaganza.


Garance Dore
Spring coats and great fashion on the the popular Garance Doré fashion blog.

Fashion: Garance Dore
It seems every fashionista’s crush of the moment is Garance Doré: illustrator, photographer and writer with a hugely successful fashion blog (and her partner is famed NY blogger Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist). Originally from Corsica, she’s lived and worked in Paris and is now based in New York. If you love fashion, you’ll love this site – the videos, Pardon My French, are a personal favourite.


Love French Bulldogs
French bulldogs? Mais, oui!

Inspiration: Love French Bulldogs
Love French Bulldogs is a Tumblr blog dedicated to photography, interiors, decorations, lifestyle and, yes, the occasional French bulldog. Get lost in the prettiness.



Julia Childs
Wise words from Julia Childs. Does that mean most of our office meetings are really parties?


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Get the Scandi look
The Scandinavian look is all about whites, woods and textures. 1. Brita Sweden ‘gerda’ rug, $570; 2. kids’ cashmere egg chair, $399; 3. ABCT casserole dishes, from $66 each. Shop here.
Monkeys, shelves and gorgeous bed linen
1. Rosendahl teak monkey, $280; 2. circle shelf, $420; 3. Marie Claire ‘delfina’ quilt cover set, from $189.95. Shop here.

Get the Scandi look

For years, Scandinavians have been seen by many as leaders in style. They’re known for simple, beautiful forms and exceptional functionality and quality. In fashion, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and furniture you’ll find a Scandinavian designer leading their field, from well-known names such as Georg Jensen, Marimekko and Arne Jacobsen to lesser-known designers such as Filippa Knutsson (of fashion brand Filippa K) and ceramicist Anne Black.

Scandinavian homes are known for their light, bright spaces and an elegant, understated look. White on white with ‘blond’ or whitewashed woods are combined with lots of texture from soft furnishings. Decorate with simple ceramics, wooden objects or silverware to achieve this look.

Get the look:

  • Texture is the key here. Look for soft furnishings such as cushions in white or soft grey with thick weaves, or throw an animal skin over a chair to create texture and comfort.
  • Group white ceramics of different shapes and sizes together on a shelf or mantle. Even inexpensive pieces can look fantastic and really draw the eye when arranged in an interesting display. Shop our collection here for ideas.
  • Painting furniture white or soft grey can be a cost-effective way to achieve this look without having to buy new pieces.
  • Clear out clutter and pack away possessions – in Scandi style, less is more.
  • Keep ornaments to a minimum. Using a classic piece, such as a candelabra in the centre of a table, is all that is needed. Don’t be tempted to overstyle!
  • To keep it affordable, try mixing cheaper IKEA pieces with designer homewares – you’ll be surprised how well they all work together.
  • Scandinavian style is timeless. It’s worth spending more on a couple of quality pieces that will form the centrepiece of your room – they won’t date and you will treasure them forever.


Consol, chair and t-shirt
1. Deer head women’s t-shirt, $55; 2. Roxanne Chair in European Oak and Danish Cord, $1,414; 3. rattan storage baskets (set of 3), $369. Shop here.
fashion and dining
1. ‘Ollie’ classic white shirt, $85; 2. Anne Black ‘Ruth M’ handmade porcelain cups, $127. 3. ‘Clara’ mohair throw rug; $189. Shop here.

My Paris finds

Sydney interiors stylist, photographer and now author Pia Jane Bijkerk is known for her flair for turning the everyday into something extraordinary. And where better to find inspiration than the city of light? Pia moved to Paris in 2007 where she established  herself as a freestyle photographer and editorial producer. Now back in Sydney, Pia reveals her favourite Parisian haunts…

Pia with her book (Paris: Made by hand) displayed in a bookshop window.
French Touche
French Touche: This is where I go to find the latest creations from French artists and artisans, including clothing, homewares, stationery, and jewellery. Tucked away in the 17th arr, which is well off the tourist trails, this fabulous boutique is full of affordable treasures.
The Collection
The Collection: This is an awesome space. There are handmade wallpapers, light features, children’s toys and kitchenware, all beautifully crafted and designed in Europe. Owner Allison Grant has a fabulous eye, making the boutique an always inspiring place to peruse.
Rue du Pot-de-Fer and L’Atmosphere
ABOVE Rue du Pot-de-Fer: This is one of the most picturesque restaurant avenues of Paris that is always bustling with locals. It’s where we meet friends for a casual meal of pot au feu, or to enjoy an aperol at one of the bars. BELOW L’Atmosphere: Right across the road from canal Saint Martin in the 10th arr, is one of my favourite cafes. I especially love the cafe gourmand dessert plate.
Café Louis Philippe
Café Louis Philippe: Straight out of the early 19th century, this ‘resto-bar’ is one of our favourite lunch spots when in the 4th arr. It serves traditional French dishes like oeuf durs mayonnaise (eggs with mayonnaise), endives au bleu et aux noix (endives, blue cheese and walnut salad) and boeuf bourguignon, all at reasonable prices.
Philippe le Libraire
Philippe le Libraire: Just around the corner from L’Atmosphere is our go-to place for the latest French comics, many of which are limited edition and hand-printed works of art. In France, comics are very popular, and this tiny shop is filled with the best collection.
Ultramod: This treasure chest of new and old ribbons, silks, felt and buttons is the most amazing ancient boutique (it’s been selling haberdashery since 1890!). What can I say, I just adore this place.
Square Gabriel Pierné
Square Gabriel Pierné: Named after the early 20th century composer Gabriel Pierné, this pocket-sized park is truly one of the sweetest little corners of Paris. The benches are in the shape of open books and are nestled under the shade of stunning cherry blossoms whose petals float around your feet in spring.


Sophia's pet rabbit, Twenty-Six, loves the leafy green yard
Sophia Young’s pet rabbit, Twenty-Six, loves the leafy green yard of this North Shore home in Sydney. Photography: Andy Lewis
Sophia Young with pet rabbit, Twenty-Six
Sophia Young is the food concept director for The Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbooks. She has also worked at Notebook, Vogue Entertaining + Travel and MasterChef Magazine. She lives with her husband, Richard, and pet rabbits, Twenty-Six (pictured) and Joseph. Photography: Andy Lewis
The dining room.
Sophia made the artworks in the dining room from old bus destination rolls. The silver bucket was a wedding gift. Photography: Andy Lewis
The dining room opens out to the backyard.
The bright dining room opens out onto the backyard. Photography: Andy Lewis
The well-used kitchen
Sophia’s kitchen houses her mortar and pestle collection as well as ceramic pieces from friends Malcolm Greenwood and Brian Tunks of Bison. Photography: Andy Lewis
Kitchen shelves
On the kitchen shelves, gingerbread cutters found at a garage sale, postcards from friends and a White Rabbit beer bottle cap. Photography: Andy Lewis

Found objects and vintage pieces

Set in the leafy suburb of Chatswood in Sydney, Sophia Young’s home is an eclectic mix of collected items that reflect her love of nature, art and food. “The house is simply an evolution of our lives – very unconsidered and unconscious. I like furniture and objects that have a story behind them, even if the story is in finding them.” Found objects such as birds’ nests and feathers and vintage furniture, as well as antiquities from her grandparents, mix with more modern pieces and her own artwork. The result is a beautifully styled home filled with feminine touches.

The lounge room
Wooden die from Mark Tuckey, cow hide from NSW Leather Co., Jardan sofa and artwork by Joanna Logue. Photography: Andy Lewis
The living room display
This display in the living room includes birds’ nests and feathers Sophia has collected. The boat belonged to Sophia’s grandfather while the writing box was a gift from her brother. The jug and vase are by Malcolm Greenwood. Photography: Andy Lewis
The stairwell
Don’t forget to decorate the stairwell. The thoroughfares of this house is just as important as the key living zones. Photography: Andy Lewis
The master bedroom
The bed, bedside table, lamp and clock were all bought in New York when Sophia and her husband, Richard, were living there. Richard made the cushions on the bed with fabric from IKEA. Photography: Andy Lewis

What does autumn mean to you? The crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet? Rediscovering your favourite jacket or boots? The new crop of delicious fruits and vegetables? We’re excited to see pears coming back into season, and what better way to enjoy them than poached in a vanilla syrup and drizzled with a rich chocolate sauce. Love!

Poached pears with chocolate sauce
Poached pears with chocolate sauce. Photography and recipes: Snap & Stir

Poached pears with chocolate sauce

Makes: 4

250g caster sugar
1 vanilla pod, split, seeds scraped
4 pears, peeled, cored (stalks intact)
Ice cream, to serve

Chocolate sauce
150g dark chocolate
½ tsp vanilla extract


  1. Place the sugar, vanilla pod and seeds and 2 cups (500ml) water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Cut a small slice from the bottom of each pear to give it a flat base, then place in the syrup. Cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes or until tender when pierced with a skewer. Remove the pan from the heat, then allow the pears to cool in the syrup.
  3. For the chocolate sauce, place the chocolate, vanilla extract and 2 tbs hot water in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water) and stir until melted and smooth. Cool slightly.
  4. Remove the pears from the syrup and place on serving plates. Drizzle over the chocolate sauce and serve with a scoop of ice cream.
Anne Black portrait
Danish ceramist Anne Black
Anne Black's studio reflects her simple, yet beautiful style
1. ‘Seam’ small dot vase, $49.95; 2. ‘Knots’ silver hoop earrings, $70; 3. ‘Black is blue’ tray, $105.95; 4. ‘Light my fire’ tealight holder, $46.95. All available on hardtofind. Click the picture to shop.

Meet Anne Black

We love beautiful objects at hardtofind. Every Monday morning, we compare notes on the little curiosities we discovered over the weekend that have now found a new home on our bookshelves and side tables. But when beauty meets functionality, that’s when we get really excited. So it’s no surprise that we are huge fans of the works of Danish ceramicist Anne Black. Anne creates gorgeous homewares and jewellery that seamlessly combine her clean Scandi style with interesting, yet practical, forms. Here, she lets us in on how she got started and what inspires her.

How did Anne Black ceramics start?
I have always found great joy and peace working a craft. The quality and sustainability of a product is also a very high priority for me. In ceramics I found a meaningful combination of the two, creating beautiful products to be used every day. I trained as a ceramicist, but like so many others, 
I had a hard time making money. The turning point came in 2002 when I met economist Jesper Moseholm who later became my husband. Together we set out to create a business. Today we have 10 employees in Copenhagen and 60 in Vietnam who all work with craftsmanship, creativity and artistic expression.

Why do you love ceramics?
I always enjoyed the possibilities of clay, but I fell in love with porcelain at first sight. I love its duality of crisp fragility and strength. I’m inspired by the material every day.

What are your favourite parts of the job?
I really love to forget myself and my surroundings. To become so absorbed in the design process so that nothing 
else exists.
What is your favourite product? The ‘black is blue’ collection: regular shapes with a classic blue pattern painted on the inside to show that beauty comes from within.

Love Anne Black’s style? Shop the collection here.

Anne Black in her Danish studio
1. Ruth M ‘blue landscape’ tile serving plate, $43; 2. ‘Knots’ necklace, $55; 3. Ruth M ‘landscape sugar’ bowl, $43; 4. ‘Black is blue’ large pitcher. All available on hardtofind. Click the picture to shop.
Restaurant dining room
The Oyster Inn on Waiheke Island, New Zealand, offers a beach house feel in luxury surroundings, from its bright airy rooms to its restaurant serving stellar seafood.
The Oyster Inn on scenic Waikeke Island, NZ. Landscape photography: Kieran Scott

Luxury accommodation and great seafood at The Oyster Inn, Waiheke Island

Andrew Glenn and Jonathan Rutherfurd Best swapped busy London lifestyles for beachside bliss as part of their new venture, The Oyster Inn on Waiheke Island, an interpretation of the traditional Kiwi ‘bach’ or beach house. Andrew and native New Zealander Jonathan, previously with The Ivy and Le Caprice restaurants in London, have collaborated with renowned interior designer Katie Lockhart to create the laid-back luxury of the three guestrooms, restaurant, bar and beach shop. “We loved the pared-back simplicity of Katie’s style. We wanted a design where less was more,” says Andrew. The beach-chic aesthetic extends from the inn’s retro yellow kombi, which transports guests from the ferry, to the yellow-striped awnings, white timber and furnishings with black, navy and teal accents. Cristian Hossack runs the restaurant, serving up simple coastal fare using Waiheke produce and an extensive list of Kiwi oysters. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and a breath of fresh island air.


bar dining
The restaurant offers relaxed dining in timeless style.
Fish & chippery
Chef Cristian Hossack also offers a more relaxed dining option.

The food
The focus is on local seasonal produce from the surrounding waters and the island itself, caught by local fisherman or grown especially for the inn by local farmers. Stand-outs are the island’s Te Matuku oysters, along with spaghetti alle vongole made with Cloudy Bay clams and ‘fish ‘inn’ chips’ made with line-caught fish and triple-cooked chips.

The guest room
The Oyster Inn’s three guest rooms feature a pared-back style.
Sitting room
Contemporary New Zealand art hangs on the walls. This watercolour by Ella Spicer is of the Patea River in Taranaki.

The stay

The minimalist interiors of the three guest rooms reflect the inn’s pared-back style. “We told Katie to think about long lazy days by the sea. We didn’t want anything too kitsch or too much like a crab shack,“ says Andrew. “We wanted the bedrooms to be dreamy and ensconce guests in relaxed luxury.”

The bathroom and shop
The white-on-white bathrooms feature Aesop products and the shop is filled with colourful holiday items.
The shop 
Sarah Calvert, one of Andrew’s oldest friends, and Jonathan’s cousin, Mary Wallace Wooley, collaborated with the pair on stocking the shop with gorgeous products. “Sarah has a great eye for fashion. She helped me custom-create The Waihetian collection of kaftans,” says Andrew. Guests can pick up beach essentials including espadrilles, swim shorts, t-shirts, cotton dresses, hats, beach towels and even sunscreen.
the beach
Boating at nearby Onetangi Beach. Photography Kieran Scott
Brighten up a white hallway with a pop of colour
A mix of old and new and a monochrome palette with pops of yellow 
define the Sydney home of stylist Amber Keller. Photography: Andy Lewis
Use natural light to your advantage
Amber says you don’t need to buy expensive flowers to decorate your home. Pick bunches of flowers or branches of green leaves from your garden. Photography: Andy Lewis
Amber Keller and family
Sydney stylist Amber Keller with her husband Matthew and daughters Amelie, 4, and Alessandra, 1. Photography: Andy Lewis

A stylist’s gorgeous home

Amber Keller is one of Australia’s leading food and interior stylist, so it’s no surprise that her beautiful home on Sydney’s lower North Shore shows off her strong sense of impeccable style. We just love her monochrome palette with bold splashes of yellows and blues! Amber invited us into her home and let us in on what inspires her.

Amber, can you tell us a little about your family and where you live?
I live in Greenwich, Sydney, with my husband Matthew and daughters Amelie, 4, and Alessandra, 1. The house we live in was built in the early 1940s. We liked it because it was unrenovated with a fabulous bay window in a quiet, leafy street. We were also drawn to the large block with its established garden and the garage had great appeal to me, providing me with somewhere to store all my props!

What changes have you made?
Since moving in four years ago, we have made only cosmetic changes to the 1970s renovation. Firstly we gave the house a coat of white paint and sanded and stained the floorboards. We then renovated the bathroom and kitchen. Our main goal was to retain hints of the forties style. We would also like to extend the kitchen and build
a second storey. It’s an ongoing project!

What is your decorating style?
My home is a mix of modern and vintage furniture. Family antiques and worldly boho-chic accessories are mingled with inexpensive things I have found at local markets, artwork collected on my travels and even my four-year-old’s drawings. I absolutely love using strong patterned prints on wallpaper throughout the house to create a bold statement. I also love to mix and match differentstyles and periods of furniture. I use white walls as a blank canvas adding colour and pattern through accessories, artwork and fabrics. I am currently mad about the colour yellow and have added splashes of it throughout the house. From lampshades to cushions, and even my front door. All of this can be easily changed with a coat of paint or replacing the covers or shades. An inexpensive and fun way to decorate your home without it being forever!


Inside Amber's home
These chairs were found on the street and re-covered with Florence Broadhurst fabric in ‘Aubrey’. Photography: Andy Lewis


Amber's bookshelf
Amber likes to arrange her books by colour for an interesting visual effect. Photography: Andy Lewis


Furniture pieces inside Amber's home
A 1930s French desk, a yellow chair and a vintage ceramic board add warm touches to her home. Photography: Andy Lewis
Amber's kitchen
Black bentwood chairs in the kitchen add a touch of French bistro. Photography: Andy Lewis
Florence Broadhurst wallpaper features in the master bedroom. Photography: Andy Lewis
Amber's bathroom
Amber’s daughter Amelie enjoys the Murobond ‘chalkboard’ paint in the kitchen.


Amber’s styling tips

  • I love using wallpaper but it is very expensive to decorate a whole room with it. Instead, choose one wall as a feature and just wallpaper that.
  • Try displaying a collection of ceramics using just a single colour palette.
  • You don’t need to buy expensive flowers to decorate your home. Pick bunches of flowers or branches of green leaves from your garden.
  • Create a wall of memories by hanging a collection of photos together. Use different sized frames randomly spaced.
Acland St Cantina Room
Acclaimed Melbourne chef Paul Wilson’s latest venture is Mexican restaurant Acland St Cantina in St Kilda. Photography Mark Roper
Acland St Cantina wall mural
This skull wall mural, lit below by a small alter of candles, pays homage to the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead. Photography Mark Roper
Chia-crusted fish with heirloom tomato salad and tomatillo verde
Paul Wilson shows the lighter side to Mexican food, offering regional dishes such as chia-crusted fish with heirloom tomato salad and tomatillo verde. Photography Mark Roper

St Kilda spices things up with new Mexican restaurant Acland St Cantina

Melbourne’s love affair with all things Mexican shows no signs of slowing down, with the latest addition, the fresh and casual Acland St Cantina, taking the city by storm. “Mexican food has a great synergy with Melbourne’s bar culture,” says Acland St chef Paul Wilson. “We like eating and drinking in one event and share-style food. This style of cuisine is perfect for that.”

As chef director of the Melbourne Pub Group, Paul has turned establishments such as the Albert Park Hotel and Newmarket Hotel into foodie destinations. Since acquiring St Kilda’s Prince of Wales last year, Paul and his team have been busy creating a new food identity for the iconic hotel, from a more approachable take on the flagship restaurant, Circa, to the transformation of the old Mink nightclub into Acland St Cantina, a restaurant/takeaway/cafe/specialist food shop all in one.

After the success of the Mex-influenced Newmarket Hotel, Paul wanted to offer a more authentic experience. He travelled to Mexico last July and discovered a diverse and regional cuisine. “It’s so much more than tacos and burritos,” says Paul. “When I landed in Wahaca, the taxi driver said, ‘Welcome to the state of seven moles [a traditional Mexican sauce].’ They use about 50 ingredients in a good mole – it blows your mind!” The result of this trip is a menu that takes you from the street food of Mexico City to the Mediterranean-style seafood dishes of the Baha Coast, without leaving the Melbourne seaside.

Acland St Cantina room
Exposed brick, bentwood chairs and decorative rugs gives the dining room a Mex-meets-den feel. Photography Mark Roper
Salted caramel ice cream tacos
For a wicked finish, tacos can even be a dessert. One of Acland St Cantina’s most popular dishes is the salted caramel ice cream taco. Photography Mark Roper

What’s your bedroom style?

The kids might take over the living room, there may be chaos in the kitchen, but your bedroom should always be your own personal sanctuary. Here are our tips to creating the perfect bedroom harmony to suit any taste.

The country bedroom

Get the look: country bedroom
‘Harper’ quilt cover set, from $160.97

Our tip: Use natural materials in muted colours and soft tones to create a country style. French provincial furniture and accessories add a classic touch, while a well-placed bunch of wildflowers will complete the look.

Get the country look:

Get the look: country bedroom
1. ‘Log’ rattan basket, $132 for set of two. 2. ‘Casablanca’ table lamp, $419.95. 3. ‘Royal bee’ hand towel in black, $13.95. 4. Felted wool slippers in brown grey, $115. 5. ‘Pompei domino’ cushion, $120. 6. ‘Elwood’ mohair throw rug, $189. 7. ‘Hamblin’ bedside table, $299.95. 8. ‘Stubborn goat’ bookend, $69. 9. ‘Maison ruffle’ pillowcase, $49.95.


The rustic bedroom

The rustic bedroom
Organic cotton king sheet set, $188

Our tip: Look to your favourite weathered environs for inspiration: the country barn, a jetty walk or Nanna’s balcony. Introduce materials reminiscent of these places throughout the room and juxtapose them with smooth, crisp bedding.

Get the rustic look:

Get the look: rustic
1. ‘Bloom’ small pendant lamp, $340. 2. ‘X’ v-neck men’s pyjama top, $45. 3. ‘Hay’ cardboard stool, $59. 4. ‘Chevron charcoal’ throw, $179. 5. Large ‘deer’ floor cushion, $199. 6. ‘Patsy’ cosmetic makeup bag in tartan, $20. 7. Tan Moroccan ottoman, $189.99. 8. ‘Serpiente’ cowhide, $1595. 9. LEFF Amsterdam ‘brick flip’ stainless steel and white clock, $499.95. 10. ‘Indigo deer’ cushion, $79.


The feminine bedroom

The feminine bedroom
‘Penderlea’ quilt cover set, from $199.95

Our tip: Embrace a light neutral colour scheme and keep your choices simple. Appreciate pieces for what they are and avoid over dressing. Look for fine, shapely lines in furniture; an angled floor lamp will shine next to a cushy white bed.

Get the feminine look:

Get the look: feminine
1. ‘El tapar’ side table with solid lid, $690. 2. ‘Marie Claire delfina’ cushion, $59.95. 3. Anne Black ‘seam’ ceramic pendant light, $110.95. 4. ‘Barely there’ pillowcase, $40. 5. ‘Mist at dawn’ pillowcase, $40. 6. Ceramic cockatoo lamp, $480. 7. LEFF ‘Amsterdam tone’ clock in white, $179.95. 8. Marimekko ‘lumimarja’ fabric wall art, $350. 9. ‘Warm heart’ screen-printed linen cushion, $75.


The floral bedroom

Peony Grape Quilt Cover
‘Peony grape’ quilt cover, from $299.95

Our tip: Don’t be afraid to mix different floral prints. Balance heavy patterns with solid colour pillows in a matching shade.

Get the floral look:

Get the look: floral
1. ‘Ask me again’ cotton pillowcase with ties, $40. 2. ‘Velvet sky’ European pillowcase in fig, $50. 3. ‘Tank you’ porcelain vase in flower, $64.50. 4. ‘Rose garden’ red throw, $139.30. 5. ‘Botanical’ silk and cotton kimono robe, $199. 6. ‘Aztec purple’ mini heat pillow, $29.95. 7. ‘Tuffet’ hand-printed cotton bean bag, $154. 8. ‘Peony grape’ quilt cover, from $299.95.


Are you hoping to receive flowers for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? If you’re lucky enough to get a bunch from your loved one (or even just a friend) we have some great ideas on how to show them off. In the new htf. magazine, style director Vanessa Colyer Tay (right) offers seven gorgeous ways to style seasonal blooms. Read on for her expert tips…

Flowers are a fantastic way to add freshness and vibrancy to your home or party. Floral arrangement need not be stuffy and boring – try these styling ideas for an extra special touch.

1. Tie decorations onto a cut tree branch using string. Consider using cut flowers from the garden or florist, paper flowers and a tassel or two. We made our tassels using a tutorial from the red thread blog. Click HERE to read. For a longer lasting display, attach vials of water to the tips of your cut flowers.

Photography: Sam McAdam Styling: Vanessa Colyer Tay

2. Transform a plain glass vase into something special by covering it with a decorative window film. Smooth the adhesive film out with a ruler as you stick it on the vase.

Photography: Sam McAdam Styling: Vanessa Colyer Tay

3. Wrap miniature bottles (we’ve used Italian juice bottles from the supermarket) with sheets of vintage book pages (we sourced ours from the Salvation Army store). Place flowers in each bottle and line them up on the table. Look for pages with varied typography, mixing chapter openers with heavy text pages. Here’s a video of me styling this look:

Photography: Sam McAdam Styling: Vanessa Colyer Tay

4. Take a close-up photo of your favourite blooms in high resolution, then take the image to a printing services outlet such as Officeworks. Print it out to A3 size and have it laminated. Use your large laminated photographs as easy-to-clean placemats. For close-up photos try turning on your camera’s macro setting.

Photography: Sam McAdam Styling: Vanessa Colyer Tay

5. Consider arranging your flowers in a 50/50 display. Use two main flower types with each type bunched together. Unify the two bunches as one display with a little foliage mixed throughout. A large arrangement like this works well if placed somewhere it will command attention.

Photography: Sam McAdam Styling: Vanessa Colyer Tay

6. Look for vessels that will offer an easy approach to creative display. This circular piece can be dressed with mixed flowers and left as is, or you can place a round vase of flowers or candles in the centre for a layered, formal look. Tactile or fluffy flowers will sit best in a piece like this.

Photography: Sam McAdam Styling: Vanessa Colyer Tay

7. Collect a mix of vintage bottles, enough for one for each guest. Tie hand-written name tags around their necks and place a few flowers in each. Consider offering the bottle and its contents as a take-home gift for your guests.

Photography: Sam McAdam Styling: Vanessa Colyer Tay

And as an extra treat, check out the behind-the-scenes video of this photo shoot here:




Margaret Fulton’s granddaughter, Kate Gibbs, shares two easy recipes for this juicy summer stone fruit.

Kate Gibbs' delicious stone fruit recipes
Photography: Steve Brown Styling: Kristen Wilson Hair & Make-up: Fern Madden
Peach & saffron chutney
Peach & saffron chutney. Photography: Steve Brown Styling: Kristen Wilson

Peach & saffron chutney

Makes: 2 jars Preparation: 10 mins Cooking: 30 mins

5 firm but ripe peaches 
A pinch of saffron threads 60ml white wine
2 tbs caster sugar
60ml white wine vinegar
1 small red chilli
1 star anise
2 cinnamon quills
1 tbs currants


  1. Place peaches in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Stand for 3 minutes, then drain and plunge into a bowl of iced water. Peel cooled peaches and cut into 1cm pieces.
  2. Combine saffron, wine, sugar, vinegar, chilli and spices in a small pan Bring to the boil over medium-low heat., then cook for 5 minutes. Add currants and peach, and cook, stirring, for 20 minutes or until soft.
  3. Spoon mixture into 2 sterilised 1 cup (250ml) jars. Tap jars on the benchtop so bubbles rise to the surface. Clean rims with a damp cloth and seal lids. Once chutneys are cool, store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Grilled peaches with champagne sabayon & amaretti crumble
Grilled peaches with champagne sabayon & amaretti crumble. Photography: Steve Brown Styling: Kristen Wilson

Grilled peaches with champagne sabayon & amaretti crumble

Serves: 6 Preparation: 15 mins (plus 30 mins chilling time) Cooking: 20 mins

6 small peaches, halved
40g unsalted butter, melted
1-2 tbsp brown sugar Icing sugar, to serve
6-8 amaretti biscuits, crumbled 2 tbs flaked almonds, toasted champagne

5 egg yolks
75g caster sugar 
80ml Champagne or sparkling wine 
1 cup (250ml) thickened cream, chilled


  1. Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice. For the sabayon, whisk egg yolks, caster sugar and wine in a large heatproof bowl. Set bowl over a large pan of gently simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water), and whisk for 10 minutes or until doubled in volume. Transfer bowl to ice bath and leave to cool completely.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into the cooled egg mixture until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a chargrill pan over medium heat. Brush peach halves with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar. Grill, cut-side down, for 5 minutes or until peaches are golden and sugar is caramelised. Turn and grill for 3-4 minutes, until tender.
  4. To serve, divide sabayon among plates and top with grilled peaches. Dust with icing sugar, then sprinkle with amaretti and almonds. kate’s tip You can make the sabayon up to 1 day ahead.
Watch Kate make this recipe:
Photography Graham Atkins-Hughes




Photography Graham Atkins-Hughes

We love beautiful interiors as much as you do, so were so excited to hear that style-spotter extraordinaire Abigail Ahern has made her way to our shores. She’s been named ‘one of the world’s most exciting decorators’ by W magazine and her London store, Atelier Abigail Ahern, was voted one of the hottest places to shop in the UK by Elle Decoration. Her eclectic, exuberant style, sense of whimsy and unique interiors have made her famous across the globe. 

Today she launched her new book, Decorating with Style, at Decoration + Design in Sydney. Lucky you if you were there to receive a signed copy!

We’re so excited to offer a first look at her book in the new issue of htf. magazineYou can read the full extract HERE, but for now, here’s a little taste of the stunning interiors that have made Abigail famous. Enjoy!

Photography Graham Atkins-Hughes


Photography Graham Atkins-Hughes


Photography Graham Atkins-Hughes


Photography Graham Atkins-Hughes

Abigail will be signing copies of her book this Friday 8th February from 11.30-12.30pm at the Sydney Exhibition Centre in Hall 3. For full details head to Decoration + Design.

Check out the new issue of htf. magazine HERE

Happy 2013! Welcome back lovely blog readers. We hope you all had a great festive period. We’re very happy to be starting the year with guest blogger Neale Whitaker, Editor-in-chief of Belle magazine and judge on Channel Nine’s The Block. Over to you Neale…


In the current issue of Belle we focus on the idea of home. What is it that makes a house a home? In my editor’s letter I confess that for me, ‘home’ means layers of memory and experience. My partner and I don’t share a house crammed full of the latest designer furniture. To be honest, I don’t think we own one piece that’s ever been shown in Milan! Instead, we have a home rich with things that are significant to us. Our home is  a resume of the lives we’ve led and are living now. Here are a few favourite things …


Robert Doble artwork

Robert’s a British-born artist who lives in Melbourne. I’ve been familiar with his work for years but I finally acquired one of his simple, graphic line drawings a couple of years ago. Of course I couldn’t stop at one.


 Yastik by Rifat Ozbek cushions

Back in the 80s I worked in the fashion biz in the UK and Turkish-born Rifat Ozbek was a favourite designer. He now designs beautiful cushions in traditional fabrics and we stumbled upon them recently when we were on holiday in Istanbul.  We carried them all the way back from Istanbul but they’re available in Australia at Hermon & Hermon!


 Moroccan carpet

Our great friend Jason Mowen brings these beautiful vintage Moroccan carpets into Australia. They’re all different and are made by the Beni Ourain tribe. They’ve become very popular over the past couple of years and I see them in lots of interiors. This one dates from the 1970s.


Raga chairs by Norman + Quaine

These are designed and made in Australia. I love them because they’re a modern take on the traditional rattan-backed planter’s chair, one of my favourite designs.



Couldn’t live without books. They are literally everywhere in our house and so many of them are still waiting to be read! Someone once said that ‘a room without books is like a face without eyes’ and I totally agree. David and I have had some of these books for decades and they tell the story of our lives.


Mao figurines

I visited Hong Kong for the first time last year to celebrate a ‘significant birthday’ (yes, I know I look mature for 21!) and brought these back from Cat Street market. They cost me next-to-nothing but bargaining was all part of the fun. A little bit of kitsch never did any harm.


Paintings from Vietnam

My partner David and I made our first trip overseas together to Vietnam in 2003. We found these watercolours of Sapa tribeswomen in a gallery in Hoi An and fell for them. They still make us smile and have so many memories attached to them.


Gallery wall

At the last count we had 48 artworks on the wall in our kitchen! It’s an ever-changing gallery of paintings, photos, carvings and ceramics, each of them significant to us. The vintage photo you can see beneath the Fornasetti plate is of my late mum. She was such a beauty in her youth and I’m very proud of this photo!


 ‘The Four of Us’

I was so excited when Sydney artists Gillie and Marc Schattner contacted me early last year to ask if they could paint us with our two Weimaraners, Otis and Ollie. They love the breed and often incorporate Weimaraners in their work, so it was a perfect fit for them. ‘The Four of Us’ is the result and it’s now hanging in the kitchen!


 Tolomeo lamps

Admittedly they’re an investment, but we’ve never looked back since buying these Artemide Tolomeo lamps for our bedroom. I love the clean, classic shape and the angle-poise function. To me they work within almost any interior design scheme. They make great desk lamps too.


Vintage lamp

You may have realised I’m a lighting nut. People often refer to our place as the ‘house of lamps’ and they’re not wrong. But I believe lighting dictates the mood of a home more than anything else. This lamp is a favourite and is from Drawing Room Theory in Alexandria, Sydney.


 Plantation shutters

It’s that colonial vibe again. I love plantation shutters from a practical point of view (they diffuse light beautifully) but also for their aesthetic appeal. They’re my favourite window treatment and we have them throughout our house.


George Nelson Bubble lamp

Another investment piece, but it will never date! American George Nelson designed his famous Bubble lamps in the late 1940s, and they’re considered a mid-century classic.  This ‘saucer’ shape is my favourite and it hangs in our bedroom.


Balinese boy

I’ve been to Bali several times but I actually found this bust in an antique market in Sydney’s Blue Mountains! I love its serene features and I swear it’s one of the first things I’d grab if the house was burning – after David, Otis and Ollie of course.

From Eri & Trudi: Thanks for sharing such personal items from your lovely home with us Neale. We can certainly see your ‘lamp love’ coming out! We’d also love to hear what makes your house a home, readers, so please leave a comment using the box below. The February/March issue of Belle is on sale now.


The cover of htf. magazine’s launch issue featured the colourful home of Danish interior designer Marianne Thuesen. Hot pink, lime green and acid yellow pieces give her house serious colour credentials. We love her eclectic style and the expansive use of colour in her Scandinavian family home.

Photography: Charlotte Schmidt Olsen/House of Pictures/Picture Media

The home office includes an antique desk, IKEA bookshelves and Marianne’s own painting.

Photography: Charlotte Schmidt Olsen/House of Pictures/Picture Media

The ceiling has been opened up and fitted with skylights to provide plenty of natural light.

Photography: Charlotte Schmidt Olsen/House of Pictures/Picture Media

Many of the bright artworks in the house, including this one below, are by Marianne’s daughter, Emma.

The lounge room walls are dark grey for a simple backdrop and cosy feel. Neon paper stars add a colourful Christmas touch.

Photography: Charlotte Schmidt Olsen/House of Pictures/Picture Media

Marianne and her family also make their own paper Christmas decorations and use coloured and patterned tapes to wrap their presents.

Photography: Charlotte Schmidt Olsen/House of Pictures/Picture Media

Get Marianne’s colourful look with funky artworks, bright furnishings and neon accessories from – see our Pinterest board HERE . You can read the full story in the htf. magazine launch issue HERE.

Bridge view
Little Fish Bar at Flying Fish Restaurant makes the most of its stunning location at Jones Bay Wharf on Sydney Harbour. Photography: Katie Quinn Davies
Bar at Little Fish
Hinky Dinks cocktails, great food and an amazing view, make this bar a must-visit when in Sydney. Photography: Katie Quinn Davies
Prawns and cocktails
Barbecue king prawns with lime & mustard butter. Photography: Katie Quinn Davies
Passionfruit & raspberry bramble
Passionfruit & raspberry bramble

Little Fish Bar shakes things up with Hinky Dinks cocktails

Perennial Sydney favourite Flying Fish has teamed up with oh-so-hot Darlinghurst small bar Hinky Dinks to create a killer cocktail/bar food combination for Flying Fish’s baby brother, Little Fish Bar. Executive chef Stephen Seckold shares some of the bar snacks – ideal for easy entertaining – plus reveals the secrets to those great summer cocktails.

Barbecue king prawns with lime & mustard butter

Serves 8–10 people

30 medium green king prawns, peeled with tails intact
¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
2 eschalots, finely chopped
100ml lime juice
250g unsalted butter, chopped
13 cup (95g) seeded mustard
¼ cup finely chopped parsley


  1. Cut each prawn down the back to the tail (do not cut all the way through). Remove vein and open the prawns flat on a tray. Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until needed.
  2. To make the lime and mustard butter, place eschalots and lime juice in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to low. Add butter, one piece at a time, whisking constantly after each addition until butter is melted. Continue whisking until all butter is combined and the sauce is thick. Remove from the heat and fold in the mustard and parsley. Season.
  3. Preheat barbecue to high. Barbecue the prawns for 1-2 minutes each side, or until just cooked through.
  4. To serve, arrange the barbecued prawns on a plate and spoon over the lime and mustard butter.

Spiced mixed nuts with curry leaves

Serves 8-10 people

200g unsalted macadamias, halved
200g unsalted cashews
200g unsalted peanuts
100ml vegetable oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp dried garlic flakes*
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tbs sea salt flakes
1 small bunch (¼ cup) curry leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 160C. Place nuts and 1 tbs oil in a bowl and toss to coat. Spread nuts in a single layer on an oven tray. Roast for 12 minutes, turning halfway, or until they are golden and fragrant.
  2. Meanwhile, place cumin, chilli powder, garlic, sugar and salt into a mortar and pestle and pound until a fine powder. Set aside.
  3. Heat 80ml (13 cup) oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Remove curry leaves from stems and add to the oil. Fry for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
  4. When the nuts are golden and still hot, toss through the spice mix and curry leaves. Serve warm.

* Garlic flakes are available from the spice aisle of supermarkets.


Passionfruit & raspberry bramble

Makes 1

45ml 42 Below passionfruit vodka
15ml Chambord
30ml fresh lemon juice (hand-squeezed)
20ml sugar syrup*
2-3 drops peach bitters
Raspberries, to garnish


  1. Pour vodka, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a large lowball glass and stir.
  2. Fill glass with crushed ice and slowly drizzle Chambord and bitters over ice.
  3. Garnish with raspberries on a short skewer.

* To make sugar syrup, combine 1 cup (220g) caster sugar and 1 cup (250ml) boiling water in a bowl, then stir until sugar
is dissolved. Sugar syrup will keep, refrigerated, for up to one week.

For the launch issue of htf. magazine, we took a peek at the London home of Glamour fashion stylist Charlotte Anne Fidler. Eri and Trudi love Charlotte’s feminine style which reflects the pinky pastels and creams of her traditional English garden.

The elegant sitting room features antique mirrors and chandeliers and is painted in a soft cream colour. White sheepskin rugs on white painted floorboards add softness and texture to the single colour palette.

Photography: Debi Treloar/Living Inside

Cream shaker-style units and a Belfast sink provide a modern country look in the kitchen.

Photography: Debi Treloar/Living Inside

While French doors open out to the lush garden and fresh flowers adorn the table.

Photography: Debi Treloar/Living Inside

The bedroom is furnished with cream painted antique furniture with Swedish bedding and delicate floral coverlets on the bed.

Photography: Debi Treloar/Living Inside

Get Charlotte’s luxurious white-on-white look with lush furnishings, opulent pieces and floral touches from – see our Pinterest board HERE . You can read the full story in the htf. magazine launch issue HERE.

 This week we welcome interiors, lifestyle and props stylist, Murobond paint creator and soon-to-be-author Mr Jason GrantHis work has been featured in Australian and international magazines including Inside Out, Real Living, Australian Country Style, Gourmet Traveller, House and Garden, Myer Emporium Magazine, Elle Decoration UK and Living etc.  Here he gives us a taste of life as a stylist through a week in pictures….