Friday, October 31, 2008

peacock hues

peacocks have the most beautiful blue possible...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

paisleys and flowers

if I was designing a girl's room, this would be my wallpaper of choice, with this lamp and

with this rug.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

stripy deck chairs

they have been around for years but I have recently acquired a need for them, I am holding out for the perfect one.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

cool chairs

these are from my files, I save anything that takes my fancy for the future.

112th cheesecake

this is my 112th cheesecake this year, to keep my customers (and myself) from getting bored, I try different flavours and toppings every other week.This one is a chai cheesecake with organic nectarines poached in a cinnamon and cardamom sugar syrup. If you wanted to try this one at home, you just add freshly roasted and ground cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves to a basic cheesecake recipe along with crystallised ginger and chai latte powder. This one is very apt for Byronbay because I am almost sure that the chai drinking culture in Australia started right here. The best chai mix is made in byron as well called Byron chai.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

national water week

this is a cheeky reminder at one of the beach showers here to save water...keep it brief it says.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

more of my room as requested

the Moroccan hanging tea light holders are nice lit up.(when I get around to climbing up and lighting them! The wallpaper is my favourite one ever, I like it so much that I also have it in my cafe but in black and white. It has paisleys and peacock plumes as well.( I think they had me in mind when they made it.)

The doors open up to my own deck, great for relaxing after a hard day's cooking. The guitar is my husband's, he is an avid muso. The stool is from kartell. Thats a jade money tree on the deck to keep me cashed up for more home wares! (only kidding). More pics soon.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

my sundays

most people are religious on sundays and I am no exception, although I try all week as well. I drive to a Krishna temple 54 minutes from here for sunday mornings and I help decorate the forms of Krishna and His consort Radharani. Here are a couple of photoes from last sunday.

No.1 aussie designers

In my humble opinion Bernabei-Freeman are the top aussie designers. I think the pictures above displaying their products speak for themselves.

I lust ...........

apart from Gerald Butler, I lust for everything from Designers Guild. I am thankful that we don't have a shop here otherwise I would be very poor. I dream of one day going to England to shop in their flagship store which looks even better than Gerald Butler!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

the byron at byron resort

If somewhere here represented Byron to perfection, this place is it. I love the way it is designed and decorated. Wish you were here?

Friday, October 17, 2008

anna chandler designs

Anna Chandler from Western Australia makes very colourful home wares. Here is my cheery doormat from her. A great welcome for my guests. Check out her other stuff at

Bison ceramics

I bought these cute miniature handmade Australian stoneware a couple of months back. I use them to store spices and they look good on my kitchen bench top, combining form and function. I just noticed them in this months Australian Home Beautiful. My hubby tells me that I should get a second job as a trend spotter for a magazine as I always seem to buy things before they become trendy!

Rhubarb- before and after photoes.

I realised that I have done only one post on cooking. I have been cooking for the last 20 years, 8 of those in my own cafe called the Cardamom Pod ( named after my favourite spice). I cook pure vegetarian which means no meat, fish, eggs, onions or garlic. Last year we managed to be a finalist in the Lifestyle Food awards. (the only one in Byron bay). Here I have pictures of some of the sweets I made for this weekend. The rhubarb and strawberry tart has been a favourite for the last 8 years. And the other one is a lemon, turkish delight & vanilla cheesecake with rhubarb and raspberry sauce. I use rhubarb a lot in my desserts because of it's lovely colour and tart taste.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

dream bed

This is such a gorgeous bed and bedlinen is divine as well. Its from Designers Guild.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

my room, my way!

I used my favourite colour to decorate my room. It is a mix of new and old. The bedside tables are from a vintage shop here while the wallpaper(notice the paisleys) is from Cole & Sons in England. You may notice that its also a part of the picture behind my blog title. I know from a strictly interior designers point of view there are too many different shades of blue here but it works for me.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

quirky find

Usually cutlery hangers are boring but I found this quirky one lately.

Byron lighthouse

Arjuna ( my son) took this photo of the lighthouse which was built in 1901 and is situated on the most easterly point of the eastern seaboard. This piece of Byron enjoys the first rays of the sun. Fantastic for an early morning walk.

beautiful ByronBay

This is a shot I took at sunset today, most afternoons are magical here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

stylish lights

during a recent trip to Sydney I noticed how every other shop had amazing decor, there is emphasis on lighting and wallpaper. So I took some shots, here are some of them. The first one is my favourite.