A few collections, finds and projects from our busy month past…
There’s something magical about the southwest of WA that’s undefinable. The slower pace and array of landscapes where ocean meets the forest is an invitation to get lost and rejuvenate. For D it’s a trip home and for me, well I still have that same sense of anticipation whenever I visit. Like so many other West Aussies, our family has visited the region every year for the Easter weekend and I’ve never grown out of the childlike excitement once we leave the city in our rear view mirrors.
This past weekend we made the trip for a magazine photo shoot I’m doing (tough work, I know!) and we made the most of what is really a familiar home away from home for both of us. I won’t spoil the project I’m working on, but I can tell you it’s going to appear in an upcoming issue of Hearth Magazine!
On our journey home we literally lost ourselves (well I did, D knows the roads like he learnt to drive through them) and stumbled upon a true treasure in the Old Goldfields Cidery. Originally from London, the owner and producer brought with him an eclectic sense of styling and taste which can be seen right through his branding and interior styling of the place. We could have spent all day wandering through his orchards and tasting their range of ciders and fallen plums…
Each year at this time I ask myself how I could possibly consider a more favourite season than Autumn. With an Indian Summer lingering, there have been signs of Autumn creeping into the landscape with fallen drying leaves, silver skies and the very welcome fog and coolness to early mornings.
This past long weekend offered the chance to catch up, connect, and spend time with dear school friends. Holidaying was spent beach fishing, chatting, playing golf, day trips to the river and plenty of time enjoying the late Summer sun. As it was mentioned over the three day break, our friendships with one another having spanned school and now into adult life are well cherished. Rather than a brief party or gathering where evenings and afternoons of fun end so quickly, it gave us the chance to relax and in that, spend the hours reconnecting with each other and our own journeys.
I have some really exciting projects in the pipeline for this year where I get the opportunity to share my images and stories of our landscape and creative scene. Today I’m really thrilled to be featured on the new and lovely Hearth Magazine, a place for stories and beautiful imagery from all over the globe, celebrating life and our everyday moments. Stay tuned for more as I contribute over the year, both online and – in print!
Last Friday we embarked on a visit to the city to check out the hawkers markets and the many quirky and wonderful happenings of this years’ Fringe Festival. At every turn we seemed to taste a new culture and stumble upon laneways overflowing with life and conversation; family and friends relishing in our season’s balmy nights and newness that our city has to offer. Rooftops acted as platforms for big top tents, strung party lights and city gardens filled with partygoers galore. A wonderland that brought all types of people out, to change our minds about what this city can be. It was so evident that there is a new excitement in the air, where one isn’t asking ‘What can we do or where can we go’? rather ‘Where to next?’.
Only recently have my eyes been opened to the possibilities and beauty of using black and white in interiors. When used in subtle ways incorporating sharp and fun graphics, the results really can be beautiful, clean, sophisticated and my favourite – Scandinavian in essence. A few of my favourite instagram users and blogs such as A Merry Mishap, Seventy Tree and Madebylon are superb examples of how to use black and white in the most striking and stylish of ways.
I have found my tastes change and develop quite similarly to my parents as I get older. Peaches have never been my favourite fruit (my Dad’s ultimate fave) but this season I find myself looking for ways to use them in baking, breakfasts and snacks. Here is a simple breakfast smoothie recipe that was surprisingly filling and really tasty.
half a peach, chopped
a handful of frozen blueberries
a small handful of rolled traditional oats
a bunch of spinach
about a cup of low-fat milk or almond milk
a sprinkle of LSA (Linseed, sunflower and almond mix)
a squirt of natural honey (optional as I find the peaches give it enough sweetness already)
Waz with a hand blender and enjoy!
I have long held a fascination with all things from the sea. From the wide and stunning array of ocean blues to all varieties of sea life (and their remnants) from the shallows to the depths, my love of anything maritime also encompasses the romance of days gone by. Floating vessels and their various rigging and nautical supplies used by seamen, soliders and merchants. Not to mention the many myths of the sea with beautiful imagery of glistening scaled mer-people, under water lost cities and well traveled floating mail in bottles.
When given the chance to step into the salt water for any occasion I do so with a sense of anticipation and adventure. This Australia day weekend saw us travel south in search of a family favorite – the blue manna crab. Our estuary walking rewarded us with an abundance of the sweet-meat treats to enjoy. The iridescent blue of the crustaceans spotted amongst the murky water is always just as much an enjoyment as the taste for me!
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For the next two weeks over at Natalie Long’s Bowerhouse blog I’ll be sharing some of my tips to creating story telling vignettes (a fancy name for a group of objects and curios!) in the corners and empty shelves in your home. Of course these ideas are just the beginning – do you have any other clever tips when it comes to decorating with objects you love?