DIY Gold-tipped Vases

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You will need:

A selection of glass vases

White spray paint

Gold spray paint

Newspaper

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What to do:

In a well-ventilated area (I’ve chosen outside on a sheet of newspaper), spray paint the vases white. You may need three coats. Allow the paint to dry between coats.

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Once the vases are dry, start at the base of each and spray paint gold moving the nozzle ever so slightly up towards the top to create a faded effect with the gold.

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Once dry, arrange your vases in a cluster on the mantel or bookshelf.

 

 

Scandinavian Style Tips

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One of my favourite interior styles is Scandinavian. From Danish Delux to Ikea, the Nordic nook of the world has produced some amazing designs, which have been embraced by many homes in all corners of the globe. The look is a minimal and natural palette as your backdrop – lots of bare or whitewashed woods – punctuated with distinct soft furnishings in geometric and bold patterns. And don’t forget the sleek contoured furniture, which is both stunning and functional. It’s no wonder Nordic design has stood the test of time and remains one of the most copied styles to this day.

 

White’s Alright

White is huge in Scandi decorating. Whitewashed floors and natural woods as well as white walls to offset your cool Scandi homewares are a great starting point to achieving this look. Try Dulux White on White for a clean and bright canvas.

 

Geometric Gladness

Ever noticed how fabulous the fabric section in Ikea is? Scandi textiles and prints tend to be bright and playful with a simple, geometric naivete. Or they’re cool and abstract. Against bare white walls Scandi fabrics really pop. Try whipping up some simple cushions in scandi vintage tea towels or other bright fabrics for a true Nordic touch.

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Furniture Fanatic

Yes I am! I’m such a sucker for the clean lines and rounded contours of Danish furniture. Not only is it stunning, but it’s comfortable and compact and suitable for very small homes (like mine). Modular couches are a popular Nordic design and look great with a smaller, feature chair with a beautiful shape and groovy fabric.

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Quirky Cool

Swedes and Danes are renowned for their quirky humour and quirky style. Look for unique glassware, prints, and even a little taxidermy to inject some Scandi style into your home. For more inspiration and ideas click on my Pinterest icon and check out my collection of gorgeous pics of Scandi Home Style.

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Image 1 – Jennifer Hagler

Image 2 – skinnylaminx.com

Image 3 – amsterdammodern.com

Image 4 – thepursuitaesthetic.tumblr.com

 

Baked Figs

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I ate these baked figs at Porgy and Mr Jones in Hawthorn one afternoon and now I make this dish all the time when figs are in season. I’ve added a balsamic dressing to mine to give it a bit more kick. It’s really fast, easy and super delicious. The salty with the sweet and the tartness of the balsamic is a great combo. You can make heaps of these as an appetiser or entree for a party or intimate dinner. Yum.

You will need:

Figs (go for it – they’re in season now!)

Olive Oil (to drizzle)

Goats Cheese

Some strips of prosciutto

finely diced fresh tomato

Rocket or spinach leaves

balsamic vinegar mixed with olive oil

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Chop the stems off your figs and score at the top. Wrap the figs in a strip of prosciutto (wrap around the fig and secure with a toothpick if you like) and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in the oven for about 5 mins then remove and blob a dollop of goats cheese at the top of each fig. Bake for another 5 – 10 mins till the prosciutto looks oily but not burnt. Remove from the oven and plate them up with the rocket, chopped toms and a drizzle of the balsamic and olive oil.