Dreaming of Provence

Jun 29, 2012


Its Friday, Its French
Today's inspiration...dreaming of delicious long lunches, quaint little French Villages, sipping on red wine, olive oil, salt & pepper, fresh lemons, and rustic tables. Only a few months to go until this little taste of France will become a reality. It has been way too long since I have seen you Provence ....hurry up September! 

I would like to thank the lovely Line T. Klein for allowing me to share her simply stunning images of Provence with my fellow eat read loversStay tuned to facebook and twitter for daily updates

All of these images via Line T. Klein 

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Featured Artist: Line T Klein #1

Jun 25, 2012


 via Line T. Klein 

When I stumbled upon the works of Line T Klein, I knew instantly that I had found this month's featured artist. 

This month we are celebrating 'Scandi Style' on the blog. What better place to start than with Line T. Klein, an adoring foodie and lover of all things delicate both feasts and faces! Copenhagen based, Klein is an acclaimed editorial photographer specialising in food, lifestyle and portraiture, seen in many bestselling books and popular magazines. Beautifully combining texture and light and absolutely reaffirming my love affair with Danish interiors. This is Scandinavian uber cool!

Simple clean lines, white on white, and a pop of black + natural. The simplicity and starkness of the black and white is softened with the earthy brown and natural tones from the wooden bowls, brushes and stools. I absolutely love Danish style and the interior aesthetic that can be created with such a simple colour palette. 

I would like to thank the lovely Line T. Klein for allowing me to share her simply stunning images with my fellow eat read lovers. More to come. Stay tuned to facebook and twitter for daily updates on Scandi Style. 

All of these images via Line T. Klein 

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Featured Artist: Line T. Klein #2

More beautiful Danish style from photographer Line T Klein. Just loving the black painted door, the low hanging lights over the dining area and the dining chairs. Simple clean black on white. So much warmth with such a simple and calming colour palette.

I would like to thank the lovely Line T. Klein for allowing me to share her simply stunning images with fellow eat read lovers. More to come. Stay tuned to facebook and twitter for daily updates on Scandi Style. 

All of these images via Line T. Klein 

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Winter Warm Up

Jun 24, 2012


Images courtesy of Jacqueline Fink. Photos: Sharyn Cairns Styling: Glen Proebstel

Beautiful one of a kind knitted textiles carefully created by hand, from the heart, with deep affection, to imbibe comfort in ones home...

On these cold winter days and nights, what better way to snuggle up with loved ones than under a deliciously toasty woollen blanket. Little Dandelion, courtesy of Jacqueline Fink, makes the most stunning hand knitted textiles from wool and sublime linen. The textiles are knitted in one piece using extra large knitting needles. To ensure the fabric remains the centrepiece of the creation, Jacqueline choses a variety of classic knitting stitches, and each piece celebrates the raw texture of the beautiful materials. The use of natural greys, creamy creams, earthy browns and neutrals tones, with just a pop of fuchsia and mauve stitching, would look perfect with any colour scheme. Check out the Little Dandelion blog for inspiration. 

 "Its meant to have bumps, lumps and squishy bits, it is after all an extension of its creator" Jacqueline Fink 

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Everingham and Watson

Jun 23, 2012

Images via Everingham & Watson

Australian map blackboards, pineapple cushions, tea towels, enamel cups and Waratah hurricane lanterns - brand new online store Everingham and Watson launches with a fantastic range of Australiana inspired homewares, perfectly suited to our relaxed Aussie lifestyle. 

To launch, Everingham & Watson had lots of fun with a four day Pop Up Shop in the gentrified Logan Road precinct at The Gabba, Brisbane's funky new hangout - cool cafes, boutiques and loads of eat, read, love inspiration apparently (note to add 'The Gabba' to my weekend away list!And such a nice story behind the E&W brand too. Susie Everingham & Liz Watson are school friends who introduced their brand to Brisbane in late 2011. Thrilled with the success of the pop up, the online store was an obvious next step. 

Establishing their own line of E&W original items all available online, Susie and Liz have scoured both Australia and further afield to ensure they have a range of unique and individual product offerings, with a deliberate Australiana theme. For the home you can find pineapple print cushions, waratah red and navy blue hurricane lanterns and very cute KA for E&W ceramic large red stumpy vase and milk jugs. The Falcon enamelware takes me back to childhood hot chocolates on weekend camping trips. For the body is plenty of Aussie luxe with beautifully packaged Leif products made with Australian native essential oils like lemon myrtle, sandlewood and eucalyptus. 

The duo share a common passion for creative projects. Susie has studied law, business and interior design, and Liz has worked in arts and design in Australia and abroad after studying visual arts, graphic design and arts management. Her creative energies are channelled through graphic design, event styling, product design and her own original artworks. I love what they have created together and will most definitely be bookmarking the E&W website for fabulous, quirky and unique interior inspiration. 

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Food for the soul - Panama House {Bondi Rd}

Jun 21, 2012


Images sourced via Panama House

Panamanian fever hits Bondi Rd. Where else in Sydney can you enjoy relaxed dining with such a delightful culmination of handpicked dishes, inspired from travels to South America, Mexico, Central America and trickling over into good old Southern America. Food for the soul indeed.

Panama House has very recently launched on Bondi Rd, brought to you by the same team behind Italian eatery 'the corner house' and local haunt 'the shop' also on Bondi Rd, the new joint adds to the 'food revolution' apparently taking place on the strip. Panama House is fun, friendly and down to earth and worlds away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Bondi Beach. 

The interiors consist of simple yet beautiful industrial fixtures including walls stripped back to reveal exposed brick. I love that you can see the original building features and original archways in this warehouse style space. A narrow dining area, yet plenty of warmth with elegant pendant drop lighting hanging from exposed timber beams, concrete and white tiles blending perfectly with the contemporary sunken bar and stools to create an intimate and relaxed dining experience. Clearly designed with love!  

Inspired by their extensive travels, Anthony Kaplan and Brent Mills have created an eatery offering a delicious mix of Central and South America with traditional favourites thrown in. Where else can start your day with a 7am breakfast of Huevos Rancheros (corn tortilla, spiced black beans, smashed avo, egg, salsa and chipotle hollandaise) and end the day with a Hanger steak burger, Cajun blackened beetroot salad and sip on Panama Mary's until the wee hours.  A soulful place to sit back and relax, enjoy the fiery flavours and watch the buzzing Bondi Rd set enjoying well deserved post-work champagne and oysters at the bar. Great to see tables overflowing with a happy crowd enjoying soul food and conversation with loved ones. No siestas here - you'll have no trouble getting food at Panama House day and night, a great place to stop outside of the normal cafe schedule.  

Having spent a lot of time in South America, mostly in Peru and Chile, I never quite made it as far North as Central America, a part of the world that seems so intriguing and exciting to me. Panama House has no shortage of unique and rich Panamanian cuisine with plenty of  traditional corn based dishes as well as tortilla soupceviche and peppered beef carpaccio. Classic staples like southern fried chicken and New York cheesecake have also been thrown in to the mix.  

A glass of Rose to read the menu, and the fun begins with the delivery of four little jars of home made salsas and chutneys to the table. Admittedly a tad shy when it comes to big spicy hits, I opted for the fresh tomato salsa and pineapple relish to go with starters of house tacos - fresh grilled corn tortilla, apple cider pork and popcorn shrimp. The Panama Burger was a big hit with my husband - last on the menu but a very popular main - Hanger steak patty, grilled Swiss cheese, house pickles on a sweet soft bun with hand cut chips and artfully presented on a thick wooden board. I opted for Grilled Hanger steak with battered buttermilk onion rings, a side of Mexi char grilled sweet corn topped off with a lovely glass of Patagonian Postales Malbec Syrah blend. {I now know that Hanger steak, prized for its flavour, was sometimes called "butcher's steak" because they would often keep it for themselves instead of selling it. Used often in traditional Mexican cuisine, particularly in the north, called arrachera, and marinated, grilled and served with a squeeze of lime juice, guacamole, salsa and tortillas to roll tacos}. 

Now on to dessert! It was only a week earlier that I started my love affair with Banoffee - an English pastry-based dessert made from bananas, cream, toffee from boiled condensed milk.  The Panama Banoffee Brulee with hard crispy toffee top was a brilliant twist, and I even managed to steal a little taste of my husbands choc fondant with smashed strawberry Eton mess. Eton mess you ask? Another traditional English dessert of strawberries, smashed meringue and cream (traditionally served at Eton College's annual student cricket game). So to save the best news until last, the dessert menu runs all day! The only downfall of the evening was that I was so full I didn't have any room for cocktails. I will return just to taste the Elderflower clerico (a mix of St Germain, Pinot Grigio/fruit, lemon and soda) and the smugglers punch. 

Panama House perfectly mixes the spicy flavours of Central & South America, hearty Southern American soul food and a touch of the traditional so there is something for everyone. It seems a food revolution is happening on the Bondi Rd strip, buzzing with vibrant bars and 'foodies finds' including the House of Chocolate right next door. Corners House, sister restaurant is just around the corner as the name suggests, and I for one can't wait to return for my next Bondi Rd session of cosy cocktails and Italian food in the many dining and drinking nooks.

You can find out more on the Panama House facebook page

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Winter & Wine

wintery naked trees line the sweeping driveway
Historic All Saints Estate
Rustic finds along the way
love these timber shed doors
 I would LOVE this cellar door at home!
vintage chandeliers in private dining rm
Indigo Cheese co
bike love
rustic tables and wine barrels
cool old curved tree
winter is here...bare naked trees
Photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

Winter is here, and what better time to escape to the country. 

Earlier this week I photographed these beautiful bare naked trees at the grand entrance to the historic All Saints Estate in Wahgunyah, near Rutherglen in Victoria. Wandering through the grounds in the late afternoon, happy to be away from the city in the fresh air, and stumbling upon rustic old doors, vintage chandelier's, and beautiful old curved trees along the way.

Established in 1864, All Saints Estate is one of Australia's original wineries steeped in tradition and history. The original old Chinese Dormitory staff quarters remains for all to see and the Great Hall is lined with 100yr old Oak casks filled with rare Tokay's and Muscats.  No time for wine and cheese tasting on this trip (sigh) but I will most definitely return to enjoy more of the fabulous food and wine that All Saints and the many surrounding vineyards have to offer. 

EAT: Tuileries restaurant in the quaint, historic town of Rutherglen is my pick. The wine buffet allows you to try a selection of local wines from Rutherglen's famous winemakers and the food is divine. After many visits here, I now know that a trip to Rutherglen is not complete without a Parker's Pie and lemon tart. All Saints Estate also has a lovely restaurant on site and a huge function room, a stunning wedding venue. The former bottling hall and cellar now houses the Indigo Cheese Co. a place you can dine among the historic vineyards and take in the beautiful scenery. 

STAY: Tuileries also has lovely accommodation on site so you can easily stumble back to your luxury villa after your meal. Choose from a Romance, Moroccan or Contemporary style villa, each individually designed and overlooking the grape vines. Its a great central location to base yourself to visit the many surrounding wineries including Morris Wines, Campbells, Cofields, Chambers, St Leonards & Stanton and Killeen. 

LOVE: A visit to this area wouldn't be complete without a wander through the beautiful old town of Rutherglen. Gorgeous original old building fronts and lovely old bookshops, cafes and vintage stores to peruse. 
For more information on this lovely area visit

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French Farmhouse via Dreamy Whites

Jun 15, 2012

All photo credits Dreamy Whites

It's Friday, It's French - this weeks French inspiration comes from the gorgeous Dreamy Whites a beautiful blog I found today, celebrating french farmhouse style. I am such a fan of rustic, French, whimsical white curtains, an eclectic mix of old and new. Adore this french style bedhead made out of old barn doors, dreamy chandeliers, old wooden crates used to display beautiful fresh cut flowers and fresh white French linens. My favourite is this old wooden staircase/ladder used to display homely treasures. Simply gorgeous inside and out. Have a lovely Friday.


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