Sunday, August 30, 2009

Oh, Amy... Bestill my Beating Heart...

Just when I thought my heart had been stolen by another, Amy has triumphantly returned with what I think is possibly her greatest work to date.... well, my favourite work of hers anyway... The good news is that I think I have been able to curb my penchant for jackets and now plan to put all of my enthusiasm (and any spare funds), into rugs. Rugs, rugs, rugs, rugs, RUGS!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I heart Christina..

Dearest Referendum,

I write to you to share a new love of mine...

As you have been aware for some time now, Amy Butler has had quite a fan in me with her lush, rich and heartwarming fabrics, however my heart has been stolen by another. That of Christina Lundsteen and UNION.EIGHTEEN.

I am not sure if I have fallen more in love with Christina, or Chrissy as I will call her, or the stylist that styles her shoot. Both make me swoon and provide me with an overwhelming urge to buy an apartment where I can paint the floorboards, put the richest wallpaper up, some damp lighting and throw a morroccan feast on the floor, lit up with the most organic of candles and infused with the most delicious aromas of homemade cooking... sssiiiiigggghhhh.....

My other new love is UNION.EIGHTEEN. Now, while I thought the scene before was enough for me to live happily ever after, the scene could not be set without going in to my lounge area to grap the hooka for an after dinner treat of apple cinnamon tobacco (crossing cultures here, I know but stick with me...) and being able to step accross my UNION.EIGHTEEN rug (draped accross my painted floorboards) in my bare (but beautifully pedicured) feet.

A UNION.EIGHTEEN rug is as original as it gets. The concept behind their company is that they collect recycled pieces of carpet and stitch them together to make a rug- kind of like a patchwork quilt. Each rug is therefore original and made by hand, yet while each rug is dictated by the remanants found by it's creator and the size provided by it's owner to be, each one is put together and finished off with the same accuracy of a carefully crafted eames chair. (Note: I don't have the pleasure of having an Eames chair however I imagine they are seamless).. (Um, well I don't mean the rugs are seamless because it is the seams that make them even more attractive. I mean it is similar to an eames chair in that they are also mastercrafted. Yes, that is what I mean).. ssssiiiiggghhh again...

I'm off to consider my Moroccan feast menu..


Sunday, August 23, 2009

I'm dreaming of a white... bathroom!

I am torn between this bathroom and the one below. I think it's safe to say that the white theme is generally a winner for me.

One of Selina Lake's pics

So lovely!!

Love, love, love...

I am a definite fan of chairs hanging from the roof- love, love, love...

Dearest Referendum,

Well, when it doesn't rain, it pours. That's what 'they' say, isn't it? Well, Ref, it seems with my blogging, that very concept applies.
It also seems, Ref, that I am getting my mojo back. For a little while there I focused on myself rather than my inspiration, which was just perfect! Now that I feel like a brand new me, I am being inspired in so many ways again that I am almost bursting at the seams! It is slightly frustrating because I would really love to be drilling holes in the roof of my unit and putting in gorgeous white swings like in the picture below, however as a renter, I just don't know how appreciative my landlord would be. So, in the meantime, I am going to blog so that when the time comes, I can use this blog as my inspiration board. I have also found a few things along the way that I thought you would love to know about!

The first thing I found for you is a website called It is about a lady called Alex that shares her experience and knowledge of being a self-employed writer. She has a website, which I love, called Hygge Home. 'Hygge' is a Danish word (hu-gah) that describes "the feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things simply extraordinary. It's about owning things you only truly love or that inspire, being present in yourself and your life"- a concept that I adore.
One of the things that I love in my house is the book you got me for Christmas, 'Bazaar Style'. Well I have also come accross the writer, Selina Lake's blog, which is filled with beautiful things like those in her book, and like the gorgeous outdoor pic, which I have posted above.
I have also posted a few other pics that I have collected along the way, which are 'Hygge' to me. They are only inspiration at the moment but I plan to make them come to life one day!
That's all for now, hope you are good and Milly Vanilli is great. And boy Ref too.
Love you like I love warm, yummy, delicious smelling baths in Winter...
PS- For some reason, my paragraphs aren't showing in this post- annoying.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Dearest Refalicious,

I hope you have the most fabulous birthday, filled with cupcakes, beautifully wrapped gifts and classy cakes such as the one above. I am sad I am not there to drink champagne with you but promise that it will certainly be done soon enough!

Love you to the transformers..

SJ xxx

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Got any Greeeen???

Now, Ref, with my new amazing tip, the answer to whether or not you have any herbs can always be, "YES"!

I know I have ALWAYS got bits of different herbs laying around in the bottom of my vege draw. I just heard of a great trip though whereby you put herbs into an ice cube tray, fill the tray with water or even better, stock, and freeze! Then when you are cooking, you just throw one of the cubes into your dish- GENIUS!!

Just wanted to share that with you. I would also like to ask you to have another look at that amazing swing chair in the post below- I am absolutely in LOVE with it and certainly plan to have one, one of these days....

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Catching Up!


Lunch for two..
Ref, meet Andrew..

Sunny's cake

Ellie, Me and Sunny at Currumbin (Sunny is having a stand up nap)

Spencer Tracey
Me and the lovely Wa Wa- Wayne, on the seaplane

Johnny K and Brad from work getting ready for seaplane action

Hi Ref!!
Goodness gracious, long time no blogging for both of us! So much has happened, in fact so much that I haven't really had time to blog. But now that I am taking a few minutes to sit down, relax, have a glass of wine and write, I am excited about sharing the past few months with you. While i write, I am listening to the most awesome song from 'Habib Koite and Bamada'. Youtube it- it is so different and uplifting!
So, as you know (derrrr), I have moved. I need to post some pics of my new abode but unfortunately John has the camera so I can't take any pics! I am going to have to buy a new one methinks. He went to a party last night and wanted to take it with him and it was at this meeting that I told him about Andrew. Not a fun conversation (quite heartbreaking actually, but necessary) and one I can't really post request the camera back for. So, looks like I might be in the market for a new camera and you may have to wait a little longer to see my new digs.
I do have some pics on my computer though that will give you a brief picture update on what I have been doing. One of these things was going on a seaplane! Soooooo cool. I think I told you about it at the time- you have been on one before so you know how amazing it is so I don't need to tell you again but see pics for evidence.

I have also attached a pic of Sunny, my Korean student and her friend, Ellie, from when i took them to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. There is also a picture of the sun cake I made her for her bday. Sunny moves out on Monday and to be honest, I am looking for it. She is very time demanding and does things like interupts me on phone calls to ask me to make her dinner or hang out her washing. In the beginning I was happy enough to do these things but after she told me I didn't pay enough attention to her, I feel a bit used and abused. Note to self- check into post homestay student counselling group.

Sadly, you haven't met Andrew because you were so sick when we were in town, so I have posted a pic of him and I when we went to the Hunter Valley. We had such a magical weekend, it was just perfect. There is a picture as well of where we went for lunch at Bistro Molines- Roberts new restaurant in the Valley at Tallavera. it was absolutely spectacular and the perfect end to a perfect weekend. I can't believe sometimes how life works but I am so grateful for it all.. things do really work in the most wonderful and surprising ways.

And of course, no post could go live without a pic of Spence sleeping on the couch. Oh Ref, he is so cute when he does things like this, but sooooo naughty and cheeky too!
So that should keep you up to date for now. Now I can get back to posting things that I have seen and loved (that aren't new boys or cute dogs that I own) and tell you about all the wonderful things I am going to get when I am once again a homeowner.
I love you to the moon and back. I can't wait to see you soon. Miss you terribly and wish you were here with me, drinking port and eating dark chocolate.
Love you,
SJ xxxxx