Saturday, June 30, 2012

Heidi Middleton from Sass & Bide's Home

Check out Heidi Middleton from Sass & Bide's amazing home in Sydney's Palm Beach...even the toilet has a million dollar view!

Built in the 1940s and at one point occupied by a flamboyant gay fashion designer and a celebrated Australian painter, the house resembles an Italian terraced villa. The entire front of the house facing the bay is open, basking in sunlight throughout the day and displaying breathtaking sunsets at dusk.

There is plenty of design inspiration in this tastefully styled abode!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cocktail of the Day: Bahama Mama

15mls rum
15mls Malibu
15mls grenadine syrup
30mls orange juice
30mls pineapple juice
1 cup crushed ice

Combine rum, Malibu, grenadine, orange juice, pineapple juice and crushed ice in an electric blender. Blend until the drink's consistency is slushy. 

Now...Sit back, relax and let your mind wonder to beautiful tropical islands where the water is crystal clear, palm trees luscious and green, and the sand is as white as snow! x

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

HOLIDAY @ HOME: Fairy light Headboard

I love this gorgeous, romantic fairy light headboard… It is so simple to make!

Build a simple timber frame from 2x4s and add crossbeams. Drill small holes to put cords through in the bottom of each opening. Paint your frame and screw to the wall. Fill each space with lights and connect all cords. Cut translucent panels from polycarbonate sheet and fix to the frame with screws.

Enjoy your new even more romantic nest!

Monday, June 25, 2012


Now that I have your full attention let me introduce to you the latest additions to the Escape to Paradise range!  The ever popular Oasis Cushion now comes in Aqua, Green and Grey Chevron fabric.

These beautiful 45cm x 45cm beach style cushions will instantly turn your home into a luxurious tropical haven.  Available online now! x

Sunday, June 24, 2012

5 Bathroom Essentials

I love the feeling of being on holidays (who doesn't!) so I have compiled a list of essentials to keep that holiday vibe alive!  Let them take you to your very own tropical paradise...somewhere where you are surrounded by stunning palm fringed white sandy beaches and crystal clear azure waters, a place where the pace of life is unhurried and the beauty of this tropical island escape takes your breath away.

A nice fluffy bath robe to lounge around in
Luxurious soaps that smell devine
Coconut oil to give your skin a healthy holiday glow
Walk on clouds with soft spa slippers
A beautiful tropical fragrance to top it all off!

What products give you that amazing 'holiday feeling? x

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh, Malaysia

An escape for the senses. A sanctuary from the outside world. A place of rest, renewal & rejuvenation. Introducing the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.

Nestled amid lush tropical jungle, and embraced by magnificent cliffs on every side, The Banjaran is luxury, and nature, bound in perfect harmony. It is a wellness retreat, hidden away from the frenetic pace of civilization, a sanctuary for the weary and those who seek tranquility. Designed for short term stays with the primary focus on health enhancement and balance, the environment is geared towards fitness, healthy eating, relaxation and renewal. It immerses you in healthy living.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Seaside Creative Interiors

Check out this gorgeous home styled by Jodie from Seaside Creative Interiors that features in this month's Home Beautiful Magazine!

Seaside Creative Interiors is a boutique Interior Design and Styling Service based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Jodie started up her business three years ago, after spending 18 months as the Manager of Beachwood, a well known Avalon furniture and homewares store. During this time she developed a passion for interiors and styling.  Together with her formal qualifications in design and over 20 years experience in advertising Jodie has an exquisite flair for selection of colours, textures and coordination of elements.

Seaside Creative Interiors can help with all aspects of achieving the right look for your project. From creating the overall masterplan for your home, styling your property for sale, or restyling your existing home to freshen it up, they are there to help you ensure you’re living your dream.

Visit Jodie at or call 1300 858 174 to discuss your Interior Design and Styling requirements. You won't be disappointed! 

Escape to Paradise Sanctuary Cushions are featured in this shoot - available online now

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Escape to Paradise Catalogue

Be inspired to decorate with ideas from our latest catalogue to help you to
turn your home into a tropical paradise!

Please email me ( if you would like this catalogue in
a better quality PDF format! x

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mango Salsa with Prawns and Rocket

8 large green prawns, peeled, deveined, chopped
1 tbs peanut oil
4 large green prawns, peeled, deveined, heads and tails intact
2 limes, halved

30ml olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 cup coarsely chopped coriander
1/2 long red chilli, chopped

30ml olive oil
30ml white wine vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 clove garlic, crushed
1cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp caster sugar

1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp lemon
75g wild rocket leaves

Mango salsa
2 mangoes, cut into 1cm dice
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 long red chilli, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped coriander

1. To make marinade, stir all ingredients in a bowl. Season. Add the chopped prawns.

2. To make dressing, whisk all ingredients in a large bowl until honey and sugar dissolve. Season.

3. Heat an oiled barbecue grill plate. Cook limes, cut-side down, until browned.

4. To prepare the salad, whisk together oil and juice. Season. Add rocket. Toss to combine.

5. Heat a barbecue flat plate on high heat. Add chopped prawns and marinade. Cook for 1-2 minutes until just opaque. Cool. Add to dressing. Add mango salsa ingredients. Toss to combine. Season.

6. Season whole prawns. Cook on an oiled barbecue flat plate on high heat, for about 1 minute on each side or until just cooked.7. To assemble, arrange rocket leaves on serving plates. Using a 7cm round presentation ring, spoon mango and prawn salsa on top of rocket. Top with a whole prawn. Serve with a grilled lime half.

- To turn this dish into a main course, increase the amount of prawns and serve with some vermicelli noodles, tossed in a little extra dressing.

- Make sure your mango is ripe but firm, to prevent you ending up with a mushy salsa.

- To cook this for a dinner party, make dressing and chop and prepare all other ingredients beforehand. All you need to do to serve is cook the prawns and assemble the dish on the night.

Source: My Kitchen Rules

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dried Pineapple Flowers

I absolutely L.O.V.E these gorgeous tropical dried pineapple flowers that look amazing on little cupcakes!  What is your favourite way to decorate cupcakes?