Tuesday, May 31, 2011



So I am a bit of a Jamie Oliver when it comes to cooking. I don't mean that in a boasting way! I am not as good as Jamie, what I mean is I tend to throw things together and make it up as I go. The other day I had a stir-fry mix of vegies in the fridge and decided use them to make homemade Okonomiyaki.

As I said I tend to throw things together with what I have. These 3 ingredients where the condiments to my made up version of Japanese pancakes. ABC sweet soy sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and hot fried onion and shrimp mix.  I don't actually know the correct name for it. The picture is below. My husband and I tend to grab random ingredients when ever we go to the Asian grocer. I think normally you would use dried seaweed and spring onions.

Images Via Coco Pearl

For those of you who actually like to follow a recipe I have included this one from this great blog.


(makes 1 4 serving pancake)

1 cup flour (I used whole wheat flour)
3/4 cup dashi (or water)
1 egg
1/4 of a cabbage, about 2-3 cups packed (shredded)
1 carrot, about 1/2 cup (grated)
1 small zucchini, about 1 cup (grated)
1 green onion (chopped)
3 slices bacon
okonomiyaki sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)
green onion (chopped)

1. Mix the flour, dashi, egg, cabbage, carrot, zucchini and green onion in a large bowl.
2. Heat some oil in pan.
3. Pour in mixture and top with the bacon slices.
4. Cook on medium heat until golden brown on both sides, about 5-15 minutes per side.
5. Top with okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise and green onion and slice.

Monday, May 30, 2011

What a Magnificent weekend..

Ok I am being a little cheeky with my blog title but I did actually have a good weekend. As much as I hate winter it is nice cozying up on the sofa under a blanket reading some magazines. This month I bought a heap of magazines, the covers seemed to catch my attention. My favorite was the cover of Australian House and Garden. The writing is actually gold but it didn't turn out that way in this pic. I thought it was a perfect cover for approaching winter. Warm fire place with luxurious candles and a comfy sofa. What more could you ask for. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as I did.

Image Via Coco Pearl

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Slowly my living room is coming together..

I have been meaning to take some pics of my living room for a while now. Slowly slowly I have been collecting bits and pieces to bring it all together. We recently got a new tan sofa which was inspired by this post seen here. Once we got the sofa we had to re-arrange the whole living room to make it fit. I featured my living room a while ago here , but I always looked back at the photos and hated them. I definitely needed a change! I added some extra seating and bought new cushions from Country Road to complete the whole look. We are still on the hunt for a new coffee table and maybe some sheepskin rugs for my new chairs from Sokol. I have found some sheepskin rugs from Ikea that I might get, but I am still deciding if I will get them. Normally I have some coral sitting on the books seen below. But my nieces came over recently and broke it (my hubby is kindly gluing it back together as we speak. Hope you enjoy my work in progress.

Images Via Coco Pearl

Saturday, May 21, 2011

My New Chairs.

Today I bought 2 new Bertoia diamond chairs for my living room. We needed some extra seating but I didn't want to spend a fortune. At $145 a pop I thought they were an ok price for 2 extra lounge chairs. I am planning on taking some pictures for the blog once I get everything looking how I want it (or close to it anyway). Before then, here are some fabulous pics of how this style of chair has been used.

My chairs are exactly like the ones in the room above. But mine are silver.

Monday, May 16, 2011

10 Blissfull bedrooms and a little re-decorating...

I recently bought a new fabric bed and with every new purchase comes a little re-decorating. I have been trying to find a picture that makes me stop in my tracks, but I have had trouble finding one picture that encompasses all the elements that I want in a room. So instead I have compiled a collection on rooms that I am drawn to. I love soft warm bedrooms and I wish I could swap the dark gray carpet in bedroom for some lovely lush white/beige carpet. But unfortunately I am going to have to work with what I have got. My only options are a coat of paint, new lamps, pictures and maybe curtains down the track. I am hoping to make the room look nice and refreshing with as little $ as possible. After all I am extremely indecisive when it comes to decorating and I need to avoid splurging on something I will want to change in 6 months. One thing you will notice in all of these rooms is the comfy bedding. There is nothing better than lots of comfortable throws and cushions and layers. Ahh I think I am dreaming already. The pillow recipe that I tend to stick to is 2 big euro pillows and 4 normal pillows, you will notice that a similar combo is used in some of these rooms. I also love a little silver, glass or something glam. I consider all the little accessories like the jewlery to your outfit (in my opinion it makes the outfit). Then I want to include some natural aspects or something that adds warmth to the room. Usually this is done by adding timber pieces or artwork. Finally, incorporating texture is important, whether it be a floor rug or cushion or throw. Now I have to take my own advice and put something together. Consider this my inspiration diary. I will keep you posted on how it all goes.

Images Via Decor Pad

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fashion Friday

I hope you all had a lovely week. I have enjoyed getting back into blogging again. It is so nice to let your inner inspiration out and share it. Today's inspiration is black and white. Lovely simple clean and crisp. Have a great weekend xx.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

10 Stunning living rooms by Coco Republic

 It is rare I know, but you those portfolio's where you just love everything and you cant decide which rooms you like best. Well this was one of them. Coco Republic have designed numerous homes that are to die for. I find their spaces to be very livable. The rooms look as thought they were designed from scratch with everything bought brand new, yet they don't look like they are straight out of a catalog.
Rather, they look polished and are spaces that you could add your own personal touches to over time. 

Images via here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My favorite pics from June 2011 House & Home

 Beautiful Lucite armed chairs. A perfect mix of traditional yet modern glamor.
 I love this living room. Its a little formal but still inviting. The orange cushions are to die for.

 I can imagine spending my weekends in this homely cottage.

 This pic shows what you can do with a small space. The bed has a suspension system so that you can lift the bed up easily and it tucks into the wall. Such a great idea.

 What a skillfully styled book case.

Images Via House & Home
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