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Look Out Paris Here She Comes!

Sep 30, 2011

Gotta love a French Door! via the Paris Apartment

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and you know I cannot go past a beautiful book display via the Paris Apartment

Elke Dantes home via French by Design how beautiful is this room!


Two Paris icons - seen on frenchbydesign:  Jacques Henri Lartigue : The Eiffel Tower for Louis Vuitton, 1978


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Parisian balcony dreaming via citified


 nothing quite like stumbling across a rustic sidewalk cafe via all things paint & plaster

and some French Chairs via the Paris Apartment

What's not to eat, read & love in Paris! BFF is off to Paris tomorrow (without me boo hoo) but its got me reminiscing about my favourite french things. Rustic & colourful French doors, wandering and stumbling across sidewalk cafes, freshly baked and warm choc filled croissants, strong coffee, starting the day late, lavish French chairs and the most beautiful interior style, Parisian balconies and macarons. A little armchair travel for me, and something to get you excited Kate! xxx


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Saturdays Treats & Treasures

Sep 25, 2011

A beautiful day spent eating, reading & loving the divine little 'treats & treasures' found on the leafy streets of Woollahra.

 
 


 


 




 
 
all images via Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

Images 1-11 taken in Donna Hay Store. 12. Jones the Grocer lovely book selection. 13 - 16 taken at Summers Floral. 17. Fabulous rustic bedhead seen in Orson and Blake


eat: First stop was the gorgeous flagship Donna Hay general store tucked away in leafy Holdsworth st just off Queen Street. The shelves are filled with the deluxe new Royal Doulton collection and everything a home chef would ever need to make and display beautiful cooking and baking. I am totally in love with my new purchase - pink milk glass cake stands and dome, perfect for displaying the lovely macaroons and cupcakes that you can find in the store. Its well worth a visit. 

read: next stop around the corner to Jones the Grocer, the perfect place to peruse the gourmet food & cook books selection, and sit and read with a lovely coffee and pastry. 

love:  Summer's Floral Woollahra on the corner has the most beautiful selection of flowers and pots. I am a big fan of avoiding the big malls and heading to the smaller village style shops - a much more relaxed way to shop and so many little hidden nooks and treasures to find and sample as you wander...

happy eating, reading and loving this weekend

Natalie
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feeling (neutral &) blue

Sep 23, 2011

Some new photos I have taken recently, celebrating a favourite colour combination - neutral tones with a splash of blue, navy blue, pale blue, any blue will do...
I really like 'pears on display'....they always look lovely solo or in a group don't you think...?

these navy blue pots would look perfect in any white or neutral room, and some delicious blue & neutral luxe items for your bathroom

 
 
 
2 cute cats and the latest Frankie mag (Frankie has a fabulous blog by the way) ...on the most gorgeous Ruby Star table!



This sweet poster brings back happy memories of my childhood bedroom...


All photographs taken by Natalie Hayllar {via eat read love} in the lovely Char Bella.

love: A neutral room is always very calming and versatile, and adding a touch of colour can help you move between the seasons. With Spring well and truly underway, adding some beautiful 'beach inspired' blue additions like cushions, pots, and artwork can really get you in the mood, and keep you calm and relaxed.

read: a very special friend recently gave me this divine book 'Sense of STYLE colour + space by Shannon Fricke, as a housewarming gift (she knows me very well!) The book is full of great advice on adding colour, texture and style to your home + gorgeous photography.

my fabulous new BOOK - STYLE by Shannon Fricke

a bit about blue: azure, aqua, cornflower, cobalt, sea or navy blue. According to Shannon Fricke 'because of the relaxing qualities of blue, a room can cope with being awash with even the most intense shades of blue. Adding a touch of blue can add a sense of calm and evoke the feelings of the ocean". Shannon adds, "Blue coupled with the simplicity of white for a seaside feel, and with the textural tones of oatmeal and natural linen for a more sophisticated twist". I couldn't agree more!


"gather: the things we surround ourselves with, the details that fill every nook and cranny of our lives, paint the clearest picture of who we are and how we prefer to exist" Shannon Fricke

If you are looking for some beautiful things to gather and fill the special nooks in your life, all of these pieces photographed can be found in Char Bella. Donna has a fabulous eye for design and has a stylish range of beautiful eclectic and contemporary pieces for your home, as well as stocking some special Ruby Star pieces and a deluxe range of children's clothing and gifts. And a little birdy told me that we will be seeing a lot more of Donna's lovely homewares very soon.
 
Natalie
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Ham it Up

Sep 15, 2011


 

 




All images via Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

I love my Thursday or Friday morning special at ham cafe - a delicious coffee and freshly baked Raspberry & Pear Bread with my two little boys. The local favourite barristas Harry & Mario, the fabulous duo behind ham, certainly know how to grind a good bean, and always know how to make their customers feel very welcome! Bathe in the sun and read the paper on one of the outdoor tables and watch the passing parade, or cosy up inside. Choose from the simple and delicious menu; try a breakfast pastry, freshly made salad and rustic deli fare for lunch, or check out the providore style cheese cabinet for a little gourmet something to take home.

My favourite little trifecta on the corner...ham cafe, in Bud florist and Char Bella - a great place to stop for a bite, some fresh blooms, and a gift. The coffee is certainly the best you will find in my home town of Cronulla and worth going back for every week...or everyday for that matter!




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Tastes from the Vineyard Kitchen

Sep 10, 2011



 
 

 

All images via Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

Escape to the Country

As we continue with our celebration of the South Coast, I couldn't wait to share one of my favourite places with you fabulous eat read lovers. I stumbled across Cupitt's Winery a few years ago on one of our regular trips, and it has now become a weekend staple whenever we go to Mollymook.


You might think you are in Provence when you roll down the driveway. Anyone who knows me will know of my obsession with all things French, and walking into Cupitt’s Winery you could easily be in the South of France. With it's rustic charm, rolling green hills, vineyards and overflowing lavender gardens, you feel miles away, but only a 5 minute drive from nearby Milton and the beautiful beaches of Mollymook and Narawallee.

You can enjoy a delicious range of locally made boutique wines, partnered with seasonal flavours fresh from the vineyard kitchen. Cupitt's specialises in provincial dining using the freshest local produce. Rosie, the lovely owner and manager, is part of the slow food movement (and even does culinary tours of France). After lunch you can taste and buy wine from the cellar door, located in the old stone creamery, a beautiful building that would not look out of place in Arles or Avignon. Relaxed country dining at its best.


Not only can you enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner, but you can also stay at the charming little cottage on-site, with a lovely balcony overlooking the Budawang Ranges and Burrill Lakes, set up with a cosy open fire, breakfast essentials and a vineyard in the front yard!


Cupitt’s Winery & Restaurant was recently awarded winner of the South Coast Tourism Restaurant of the Year, second year running and it also features in the 2011 Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide – Top 10 NSW Regional Restaurants. www.bondimarkets.com.au/farmers/

If you cannot make it to Milton anytime soon, then Cupitt’s will be selling wine, condiments and delicious cheesecake monthly at the Bondi Farmers Market. Starting today, and every 2nd Saturday of the month.


eat: If you feel like escaping to the country for the weekend to sample some delicious South Coast produce and local wines, then Chef's at Artfest on Sunday 8th October will be perfect excuse. As part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival in the tradition of Cupitt’s long table lunches, Jane and Jeremy Strode of Bistrode in Surry Hills and Bistrode CBD are presenting a 4 course menu devised in collaboration with Cupitt’s chef, Russell Chin.

stay: in the cosy little country cottage on-site so you can stroll home after a long lunch and afternoon of wine tasting. You can head into Milton when you wake up for some great village shopping at Basque Country, Home at Last and a coffee at Pilgrams.

love: I have many excuses to keep coming back to Cupitt’s for lunch, dinner, coffee and also for the fabulous wedding celebrations to come. A very special friend was married here 2 years ago, and my Sister in Law is getting married here next year, so love is definitely in the air at Cupitt's! It is a perfect wedding venue if you are looking for a destination country wedding that is intimate, relaxed and beautiful.
Eat Stay & Love at this fabulous foodies find and country escape on the South Coast.
Cupitt’s Winery and Restaurant, 58 Washburton Rd Ulladulla, NSW 2539 (just behind Milton)




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