Entryway Reveal

Building, Styling

As I step foot inside the door, I immediately feel calm. I feel safe. I feel joy. Within these walls we laugh, we dance and we slide down the hallway in our socks. We are 100% ourselves and I would never ever want it any other way.

Our entryway is made up of a few spaces, each of them with their own purpose and each of them I love equally because they work together to welcome us home.

I love bright, white and fresh interiors, so knew that the interior of our home would be predominantly white. White walls and white ceilings with a few pops of interest here and there. During the planning stages of our home, I informed (read: warned) Dave that we would be having timber mould panelling EVERYWHERE. I am sure he thought I was either joking, or that I would grow out of the idea. I can tell you that neither will ever happen. I take my moulding very seriously and it’s possibly one of my favourite design features that help to bring texture and character to a space. Believe it or not, we’ve actually added more to our home since we moved in! Being such a white space, I was looking for ways to bring warmth and interest to our entryway. I chose to install Shiplap on the ceiling (also known as VJ panelling). I love the way it draws your eye upwards. We’re planning to install some gorgeous feature lighting in the hallway, but i just haven’t found EXACTLY what I am looking for in Australia yet. Another little project to look forward to creating later on down the track.

Our hallway leads down to the part of our house that we call the ‘entryway’ – even though technically it all is. This space has changed in the 4 months we have been in our home….and probably the space that has changed the most dramatically! I never, in a million years thought that I would be painting any wall in our home black…..but it happened. And I LOVE it! It has added real depth, mood and a touch of luxe. Another thing I love is the gorgeous stone bench. Originally we were going to have a piece of stone floating between the two walls, but I am delighted that we went with the downwards return (also, the stone floating was ridiculously heavy and we would have needed brackets, really taking away from the look we were trying to achieve). The gorgeous stone legs add another view of our stunning EssaStone Calacutta, and I couldn’t be more obsessed with it. I love that it can be styled as either a welcoming space, or that it can also be used as a quiet little study nook and a place of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home. We popped some power there too to charge laptops and power lamps if we want to change it to a study nook. The versatility of this space is going to be great down the track. But for now, it’s just a peaceful and welcoming space as we enter the home.

…and can we all stop for a moment to appreciate that exterior pendant? It’s a little (big) showstopper, and I adore it. As soon as I saw this style, it was love at first sight. I have another of this pendant featured somewhere else in our home…can you guess where?

As you would have expected, we have used the same floors throughout all of the home. And we used them all through the last build. Yep – we are obsessed. The quality is BEYOND and their durability will rival any other flooring. Not to mention that colour. *smitten*.

Throughout our designing, planning and building stages, I asked you, my beautiful Insta Fam, what colour door you thought we would go with, and a majority of you said pink…UNDERSTANDABLY! And to tell you the truth, I really did have my heart set on it. But I asked Dave how he would feel about being the guy who lived in the house with the pink door. He thought about it for a bit and said he was ok with it….but I could tell he wasn’t 100% keen. Completely fair. We decided to choose another colour together and used a lot of inspiration from our last trip to Paris. We had light blues and forest greens picked out and didn’t totally love them. Black was the one colour that we really loved – and I am so glad we went with it – it really makes the brass finished POP!

Speaking of the door and the brass finishes (excuse me while I wipe away my drool), do you remember the struggles I had trying to find a brass door handle?! I searched high and I searched low. I trawled the internet and looked in all the hardware shops both local and in Sydney. And none of them were quite right….you know how fussy I am about these kinds of things. They were either too orange in their brass, or not the right style. But when I found these, they were meant to be. So happy that we could make them work on the exterior and in the interior of the door. The other brass accents including the bell, dummy door knocker and kick plate just work together to finish it off.

And then there is the actual door itself….it’s a beauty! It’s gorgeous and is from Corinthian Doors. We knew we wanted something traditional to really support the exterior architectural moulding and painted brick finish, and this was the only door from the beginning. In previous houses we had chosen pivot doors which were a LOAD more expensive, just for the way that they close. Having had one house previously with a pivot door, and one without, we really couldn’t justify the expense of them and decided to invest the money somewhere else. And it’s not a decision we’ve ever regretted. If you’re looking for great quality and beautifully solid doors, I can 100% recommend Corinthian Doors.

I hope you have enjoyed this little welcome to our home. If you have any questions about anything, you are always welcome to leave a comment below or send me a quick email through the Contact Us page. Be sure to sign up to become an email subscriber here…my subscriber recieve all the goods before anyone else…and more!

Thanks for joining me – I cant wait to bring you the next room reveal!

Front Door – Corinthian Doors

Tiles – Beaumont Tiles

Fiddle Leaf Fig – Pillow Talk

Doormat – Pillow Talk

Architectural Moulding – Mould It

Light – Beacon Lighting

Stone – EssaStone

Flooring – Quick Step

Mug – Cristina Re

Brass Pendant – Canalside Interiors

Healthy Porridge

food

It’s no secret, I am a HUGE fan of breakfast. So much so, that I sometimes over indulge a little….which is why I find it important to have healthy options at breakfast. (When I say over indulge, I honestly mean that. When I was a kid, I used to eat 6 WheetBix every morning for breakfast. NO JOKE! Ask my Mum. And that was during the week when we would be rushing out the door for school. On the weekend when I had more time and could REALLY sit and enjoy my breakfast, I used to polish of 10 or 12! I still can’t believe it myself. I haven’t tried it again as an adult to see how many I can eat….might add that the the list of things to accomplish now that I am a grown up and obviously make really mature decisions…..)

When it comes to healthy breakfasts, it doesn’t get any better than my Healthy Porridge! Quick and easy….and it is SO good for you!

I’ll pop the recipe below, scroll down and check it out. Make sure you let me know what you think of it when you try it – i’d love to hear your thoughts!

1/4 cup rolled oats (i use quick oats)

1/2 green pear (cut into small pieces)

60g raspberries

2/3 cup almond milk (or skim milk etc)

1 teaspoon maple syrup

2 drops vanilla essence

pinch ground cinnamon

  1. Pour milk and rolled oats into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
  2. Add in chopped pear and raspberries.
  3. Allow to simmer until they have reached your desired consistency. (I like mine quite thick and chunky. If you prefer runny porridge, you may have to add more almond milk).
  4. Remove fro the heat. Add cinnamon and vanilla. Stir.
  5. Scoop into a bowl and add a drizzle of maple syrup.
  6. As an extra you can add dates or walnuts for a little somethin’ somethin’.
  7. Enjoy!

Hope you love!

Remember to tag me in your Insta Stories when you make it!

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Chocolate Eclairs

Lifestyle

If you had told me a few months ago that I would be baking bread and chocolate eclair’s from scratch, I would have literally laughed out loud. I was barely able to make a packet cake. But I persisted because I saw the joy it brought to my little girl and the pride she showed when ringing Nanny to tell her what she had made that day. I also cherish the precious time that we spent together, learning new things, which has definitely spurred me on to keep going and try different recipes.

So here we are, a few short months later, and we are whipping up CHOCOLATE ECLAIR’S!

Blow me down with a feather!

But can I say, that from our very first TuesBAKE, where we made simple (but delicious) packet cupcakes, we’ve gained confidence with each new recipe…and tried out so many different techniques. It’s been so fun!

So this week, I bring you a delicious and SIMPLE Chocolate Eclair recipe that was shared with us by one of Dave’s sisters in Ireland. Irish women would have to be some of the best home cooks in the world, with their hearty and delicious home cooked meals, deserts and afternoon tea’s, so I knew this recipe would be worth having a crack at.

My one piece of advice would be to find some ‘strong’ flour. I’ve come to realise that we have such a thing as ‘bakers flour’ in Australia and I am looking forward to baking this again with the right flour. Apparently it gives a stronger and firmer ‘rise’ to your pastries. I am sure that you’d be able to find this in a reliable supermarket or produce store.

As always, I’d love to see you trying out the recipe’s I share, so remember to tag me in your Instagram posts or stories! I’ll come along and cheer you on! Happy TuesBAKE, lovers!

P.S. before dinner we had 6 eclairs. We now have……NONE!…..whoops…!

Eclair Dough:

65g white bakers flour

150ml water

50g cooking margarine

Pinch of salt

2 eggs (beaten)

To Decorate:

Whipped cream

50g chocolate melted with

25g margarine

  1. Preheat oven to 200*C and grease a flat baking tray.
  2. Place water and margarine in a saucepan over a low heat until margarine melts.
  3. Bring to a brisk boil.
  4. Reduce heat and add sieved flour and salt.
  5. Stir briskly until mixture forms a soft dough and leaves the sides of the saucepan.
  6. Add the eggs gradually and beat until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  7. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a 1.5cm plain nozzle.
  8. Pipe 10cm lengths of mixture well spaced onto the prepared tray. If piping bag is not available, just spoon mixture onto tray.
  9. bake for approx 20mins until well risen and golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and sit along one side. Cool on wire tray.
  11. When cold, fill with whipped cream and spread with chocolate on top.

Hope you love!

Remember to tag me in your Insta Stories when you make it!

Choc Chip Muffins

Lifestyle

Hands down, this is the most delicious muffin recipe I’ve ever cooked with! (you know I do a lot of packet mixes, so I don’t have a whole lot to compare to….but if this is what happens when you cook from scratch, then i am converted!) I might not be a world renowned chef, but this is beyond delicious and you’ve asked for the recipe…so here it it! Make sure you let me know what you think of it when you try it – i’d love to hear your thoughts!

3 cups (375g) plain flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 large eggs (room temperature)

1/3 (80g) cup sour cream (room temperature)

1 cup (200g) sugar

1 cup (240ml) milk

1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil

1/3 cup (80g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cool

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 and 1/2 cups (270g) chocolate chips (mixture of white and milk)

sugar for sprinkling

  1. Preheat oven to 220*C. Generously grease a jumbo 6-muffin pan with butter or non-stick spray or line with muffin liners. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the eggs, sour cream and sugar together until combined. Then whisk the milk, oil, melted butter and vanilla extract. Mixture will be pale yellow. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix together gently. Avoid over mixing (should take approximately 20 folds). The batter will be thick and somewhat lumpy. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Divide the batter among prepared muffin pan, filling all the way to the top. Sprinkle with sugar (this will make them extra crunchy). Bake at 220* for 5 minutes, then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 175*C and continue to bake for 25 minutes until the tops are light golden brown and centers are set.
  5. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in pan before removing and serving.
  6. Cover leftover muffins and store at room temperature for 5 days or in the fridge for 1 week. Muffins freeze well for up to 3 months. Than in the fridge on on your bench.

This recipe was derived from Sally’s Baking Addiction. The original version can be found here

Hope you love!

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On Tuesdays We Bake…

food, Lifestyle

Tuesdays are one of my favourite days. Why, you might ask? Aoife and I spend the day together cooking sweet treats. We shop for the ingredients, cook and clean up together. We decorate, and in the afternoon when Dave is home, we pop the kettle on, sit down and have afternoon tea together. It’s really special for me to be able to share this time together with my family.

The past few weeks we have been cooking and decorating cupcakes. I DEFINITELY am no ‘Masterchef’, so its been deliciously easy Betty Crocker cupcakes for the win! When i have found the recipe that i used to cook with my little Irish family i nannied for, i will be giving that a whirl!

You can find everything you need here:

Betty Crocker Cupcake mix here

Pink KitchenAid here

Ladelle Gold Measuring Cups here

Wiltshire 12 muffin pan here

Wiltshire Wooden Handle Spatula here

Maxwell Williams Gold Cutlery Sets here

Target Gold Rimmed Bowl here

Maxwell Williams Round Gold Rimmed Platter here

Sprinkles and decorations – assorted supermarkets

I hope you have as much fun cooking with your little loves as we do each week! Everytime that we cook, the more confident I am getting to try new recipes and ideas in the kitchen. I have an amazing cookbook that i can’t wait to sink my teeth into…maybe my fave cookbooks should be my next blog post…

Happy cooking!