Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fresh decorno.

Again, I know it’s been a long time between drinks. But I’m the closest I have been to signing off on my kitchen. Which for me is big news, HUGE. The cabinetmakers are locked in, and we’re just deciding on the final height of drawers and that kind of thing. It’s very exciting, but nerve racking too because these are things that you can’t easily change and any mistakes I’ll just have to live with.

So seeing as there is still no kitchen I’m still not living back in my place. On my way home tonight I just got it in my head that there would be something good waiting for me in the letterbox at home. Even though I hadn’t seen any on the racks, I just had a feeling that my new Belle magazine would be waiting for me. I was right ... fresh decorno.
Decorno is decor porn. It’s not my term, but the name of a favourite blog of mine that is now semi-closed.
At this stage I can’t find a cover pic online, but it’s the holiday issue and I hope to find a few treats to add to my Christmas list!
I’ve only a had a quick flick because I’m also watching ‘Rush’ as I write this post and look at the pretty Belle pictures. Of course the cover by-line on David Hicks’ new Melbourne home had me flipping ahead. So far I’ve only looked at the pictures, but there’s more than one Platner and Saarinen table in there.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Banana cake bliss.

Hey there, I know that it’s more than a little while in between posts. I wish I could say it was because I off having a fantastic holiday somewhere, but unfortunately it was just that life got in the way.

I want to share this delightful banana monkey cake with you that I came across on smitten kitten via goop.

I’m by no means a domestic goddess, but I obviously think that presentation is just as important as the core of the thing when you’re trying to show someone that you care. This a perfect example. I also think that a store bought cheesecake can be made more special by sprinkling broken up chocolate Flake on top (especially the Snow Flake white chocolate variety) – it shows that just because you were time poor, it doesn’t mean that you don’t care.

For example, a colleague of fine has been unwell, so I sent some d├ęcor magazines over to her, but I made sure that I put them in a cute linen wrapped box. I wrapped ribbon in a great matching colour around the box a few times and finished with a perfect bow. The box was just from IKEA, but it’s a nice sturdy one that she can use to keep details of her upcoming renovation in. Just that little bit extra is what showed that I was really think of her and wishing her well, not that I just bought her some mags while I was picking up my own newspaper.

That’s what this cake is to me. Sure if I were to bake it I’d just do my regular banana cake recipe, but by taking it just that little step further like smitten kitten has shown me, it would really make someone’s day.