I wish

Growing up in Brisbane, you were either a Gold Coast person or a Sunshine Coast person. For me, it was the Gold Coast. I know it has many faults but I love it, warts and all. I love the never ending beaches where you can walk for miles and miles. I love how the highrise buildings twinkle in the night and I love the city life on the beach.

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I lived there for three years back in the early ’90’s and my husband and I bought a unit there in the early noughties. We had dreams of retiring to this particular unit and it was bought with that in mind. However, settling in Sydney on our return from overseas we realised that it would be a long time before we get to move into our unit and we could use the funds for our home in Sydney.

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But around this time of year I get a hankering to own a little piece of paradise. Somewhere to move to for the summer break. Main Beach is my favourite spot as it has a good beach, great shops and cafes and is not as hectic as it’s neighbour, Surfers Paradise. We would HAVE to have a three bedroom unit so family can come and stay and it HAS to have ocean views. The beauty of a unit for a holiday retreat is that you can lock it up and walk away leaving the Manager to take care of the maintenance, security and shared facilities.

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So I’ve been doing a little real estate trawling and come up with this little gem.

We could sit in our out and pass the time

We could sit in or out and pass the time

If it gets hot we can cool off in our own lap pool

If it gets hot, we can cool off in our own lap pool

What a great place to write my blog

What a great place to write my blog

And the perfect place to retire for the evening

And the perfect place to retire for the evening

Dream on!

Tea and Sympathy

I have long been a fan of Clarice Cliff pottery. Alas, I don’t have a piece in my collection. I do, however, have a lovely book called Tea and Sympathy – Fabulous cakes on art deco plates that was published in 1985. This book combines wonderful afternoon tea recipes from Australia’s best known foodies with accompanying photographs of the food on Clarice Cliff crockery.

Clarice Cliff

Clarice Cliff

Clarice Cliff was born in 1899 in Tunstall, Staffordshire, UK and became one of the most outrageous and celebrated designers of mainstream twentieth century art. At an early age, Clarice took to the walls of her bedroom painting them orange and yellow, the ceiling a metallic gold and the furnishings orange with black relieve. She described the effect as bizarre, a word that would later attach itself to her early work. She studied at various art schools before becoming a lithographer. This field was too limited for her talent and design ambition and she experimented with hand-painted designs on warehouse stock pottery. Her work was launched on an unsuspecting Britain on the eve of the Great Depression. Her first test-run of 60 dozen pieces sold out in days.

Hundreds of Clarice Cliff Tea Cups ready for auction in 2008

Hundreds of Clarice Cliff Tea Cups ready for auction in 2008

Her crazy designs called for unusually shaped pottery and I think the shape, colours and geometric patterns are what draws me to her work. She was a firm believer that the pieces were to be used not just put in the china cabinet to be admired. I’m glad many people didn’t use their pieces too much so we have many still being bought, sold and displayed today. A selection of Clarice Cliff ceramics is on display on Level 3 of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney until December 2009.

Bizarre Jug by Clarice Cliff

Bizarre Jug by Clarice Cliff

You may be lucky to find a piece of her work at your local Antique shop or your could try Deco Downunder.

Bling

I have a confession to make, I heart Bling.

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The term originated in the late 90’s by Rap artists B.G and Cash Money Millionaires and over the last decade we have seen bling in every possible application.

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It gives a Luxe or Glamorous bent on all manner of items. With the onslaught of the GFC, I was sure the shiny, glossy look would disappear.

Ammon Side Talbe from Cafe Lighting

So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted these new shoes for summer beach fun today.

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There’s just something about a bit of bling that lifts your spirits and makes you happy. So I can continue to put chandeliers in homes and use metallic paint on walls.

Charlize Pendant Cafe Lighting

Not everywhere, mind you, just here and there as needed.

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Dining rooms and Master (or teenage girl’s) Bedrooms look great with a bit of bling.

Pictures from Open Salon, Bandhini, Cafe Lighting, Holster, Cafe Lighting, Bandhini.

Dog Day Afternoon

Ming and Coco - they're mine

Ming and Coco - they're mine

I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for a dog. I love going to visit my clients and especially those with a dog. I take bones for them and always give them lots of pats and I remember all their names.

Spanky relaxing

Spanky relaxing

When I revisit to take my “after” shots I love having the dog in the photo. I think it adds character to the photographs. It makes the home look like someone really does live there.

Gresham - Front Gate

So I was very sad to hear that one of my friends passed away last week. Zoe, the very friendly labrador in these shots.

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Zoe

Thanks for being my friend Zoe. I’ll miss ya.

Welcoming Committee - Zoe

Welcoming Committee - Zoe

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