Friday, 31 January 2014

[beautiful "east meets west" design]

Happy Chinese New Year!
This calls for a little stickybeak at some beautiful "east meets west" style interiors.
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Tranquil, balanced, effortless.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

[i heart peppermint]

I don't know about you, but I'm so hooked on mint!
Here's a few lovelies, paired with tan for the ultimate colour marriage.
Happy hump day!
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Friday, 24 January 2014

[australia day styling]

With Australia Day just around the corner, I thought I’d share a few last minute styling tips.  Australia day typically is a relaxed affair with good friends, food and music. This however doesn’t mean that you can’t add a little flair to your lunch table.

Here are a few of my tips for a casual, chic Australia Day celebration:
  • Set the scene on your veranda, patio, by the pool or under the shade of a tree – it’s all about the best “room” in the house.
  • Choose your scheme: Try to stick with only one dominant colour and tone back the other i.e. if you were wanting a “green and gold” theme, consider yellow with a hint of softer mint green.
  • As for fresh blooms, stick to Australian natives and keep it simple! A full vase of gum leaves may be all you need to bring the table to life.
  • When choosing serving ware and table decorations, introduce a touch of nostalgia with things like blue rimmed enamelware, recycled tins and crates or a billy can for a vase.

Here’s some of my favourite pics to get you inspired…
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Happy Australia Day everyone!

Oh and P.S... 
I'm thrilled to announce I've been asked to be a contributor for Show and Tell!  I'll definitely continue posting here but pop over and check out this truly refreshing site for divine recipes, brilliant "on the couch" interviews and, of course, a bit of home love.

Post also featured on Show and Tell.

[dailylike hits australia]

Introducing Dailylike! Originating in Korea, Dailylike is the go to site for gorgeous craft products such as fabric tapes, pretty papers and the most delicate "glass tape" range, just to name a few.

To kick start the wonderful year they have ahead of them, Dailylike hosted a number of New Beginnings DIY workshops around the country, creating beautiful personalised diaries, calendars and notebooks.  I was fortunate enough to attend the Brisbane workshop held last week.
It was a lovely morning, meeting creative folk and discovering delightful new products! Their range is completely overwhelming - I'll admit half my time at the workshop was devoted to rummaging through the pretty patterns and general indecisiveness!
(that's me in pink, concentrating on the task at hand!)
This was my little creation.

The last of their New Beginnings workshops is in Melbourne tomorrow! But don't despair if you can't make it. There are plans for more amazing workshops throughout the year so be sure to follow their blog and on Instagram @dailylikeau to keep up to date!

Happy crafting!

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Thursday, 9 January 2014

[hazelnut dukkah]

Last weekend, Dan and I caught up with a number of our friends for a BBQ to celebrate the close of summer holidays.
For dessert, I put together a fresh fruit platter served with natural yogurt and my very own Sweet Hazelnut Dukkah.
It's a delicious way to spruce up a fruit salad or platter and is divine sprinkled over soaked oats for breakfast!

Sweet Hazelnut Dukkah

1 cup roasted almonds
1/3 cup hazelnuts
1/3 sesame seeds
1/4 cup black chia seeds*
2 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp Loving Earth organic vanilla powder**
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cardamom
1 tbsp organic maple syrup

Toast the hazelnuts and sesame seeds in a frypan
Cool slightly and place in food processor
Add the rest of the ingredients and process until chopped and combined

Voilà, sweet, fragrant and rustically delicious dukkah.

*if chia seeds aren't your thing, substitute for poppy seeds or omit
** can substitute powder for vanilla essence.

If you decide to try my dukkah recipe, I'd love to hear from you!
Tag me on instagram @ajaneday and #ajaneday
And be sure to let me know of any suggested improvements to the recipe - I'd love your feedback!

Happy summer!

[happy and healthy new year everyone]

Happy new year everyone! It's been so long!
After returning from our wonderful holiday to Central America (which I'll be sure to share a few of my favourite snaps with you) I was straight back into my studies - the last trimester.
Unfortunately, assignments began to rule my life and once again, this little blog was pushed to the side.
Well, with one week to go I can see the light.

Here's to another fabulous, happy and exciting year ahead!
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