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Billie Turns One

My baby girl turned one yesterday. It’s hard to believe an entire year has passed since she came into the world. It has flown by and now she is a big girl who has been strutting around for a while and starting to say a few words.

Looking back at Oscar’s 3 and half years so far, the age of one and two have definitely been my favourite years. They are so sweet, precious, funny but most of all innocent (he certainly gets up to some mischief now and he knows how to lie!).

Poppies for Grace did Billie’s party decorations in the Good Front Room (GFR). My Miranda Skoczek zebra artwork was not coming off the wall (I’m too scared to move it!) so the decorations were chosen to complement the painting and pull it all together. These girls are the best in the bizz and styled the most gorgeous hand made paper, balloon, confetti and garland pieces in jewel tones. The bay window installation was a winner and the ‘paper chandelier’ scenario over the dessert table was nothing short of spectacular. Poppies for Grace party wares are fun, super stylish and you can’t help but have a big cheesy grin on your face when you look at them- ahhhh pretty. Oh and the tableware is caaaa-yute! Check it out.

Treats for Evie supplied my watercoloured dessert concoctions. Kathleen from TFE worked with Poppies for Grace to nail the colour scheme of their installations and also my floral preference of big, colour blocked bunches of lilac and blue hydrangeas. The vanilla bean, raspberry and white chocolate cake was covered in Italian meringue and featured handmade hydrangea blooms crawling up its sides with lashes of watercoloured icing in purple, teal and green. Custom cut ‘B’ and ‘1’ cookies were also adorned in watercolour splashes of raspberry and gold leaf highlights. Best on ground though were most certainly the cupcakes- almond, blackberry and coconut with cream cheese icing. Heaven.

My hydrangeas (and current flower obsession- the only bloody flowers which don’t make me sneeze my head off!) were from the lovely Kate Hill Flowers. So many guests commented on their vibrant colour. They were seriously stunning. I currently have them scattered throughout my house. Don’t you think that having gorgeous, fresh flowers in your home is the ultimate mood lifter?

I hope you enjoy the pics and thanks to everyone who helped on the day or celebrated with us.

All images Jasmine Blom

Decorations- poppiesforgrace.com

Desserts and Cake- treatsforevie.com.au

Flowers- katehillflowers.com.au

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Madeleine Stamer

If you have been flicking through any of the Australian glossy interior mags this month, you may have stumbled across this little artistic gem- aka Madeleine Stamer.  Madeleine’s beautiful soul can be found and felt through her cleverly illustrated artworks that are largely inspired by nature, birds, folk art, a sprinkling of Australiana and good old fashioned 70′ s design.

With talents that stretch beyond the illustrative and print world though, including a host of impressive collaborations and projects with the likes of Gorman, Madeleine’s latest venture has resulted in her being selected as one of the Hayme’s style icons, celebrating both colour and creativity. We just love her fun filled home that sings of family and love and all things harking from a happy place!

We may be a tad biased, but it’s hard not to smile in the company of Madeleine’s artwork- let alone resist the temptation to line your walls with it !  For any sales inquiries for Madeleine’s latest print series, contact [email protected], or head to www.littlecircusdesign.com

Words Julia Green, Feature image Eve Wilson for Haymes Paints.

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Prudence Caroline- new art series

UPDATE: The winner is Pippa Wanganeen. Thanks for everybody’s entries. I received all of the ones from people who had trouble logging in via Lucy’s email too so sorry for the inconvenience. We are working on having this fixed.

If you heart colour the way we do, then get ready to fall head over heals with Prudence Caroline’s new print series for its bold, brave and delicious summery strokes of raspberry and gelati genius! This clever artist is not afraid to splash a hit of abstract color across a canvas at the best of times, and we love the instant transformation she makes to brightening up any interior space!

This limited edition series of prints are up for grabs in small editions of 50 and multiple sizes to suit any wall…

Priced from $770 (unframed) ..be sure to snap one up quickly! Prudence is also offering one lucky RJL reader the chance to win one. Just tell us below in the comments section which is your fave and why. Winner announced back here on Feb 4. Open to Australian residents.

For all sales inquiries, contact [email protected]au

Styling: Noel Coughlin (interior designer and stylist) @ncinteriors

Photography: Cricket Ink @cricket_studio

Words: Julia Green

Prudence Caroline @mynebyprudencecaroline

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Maurie & Eve Autumn 2015

While summer is just heating up, designers already have next season on their mind, with many releasing their Autumn/Winter 15 offerings in recent weeks.  One collection we can’t wait to add to our wardrobe is Maurie & Eve ‘Villa d’Este’ Autumn 15.  Maurie & Eve continue to compliment a woman’s silhouette with feminine, easy to wear wardrobe staples and striking statement must haves (all reasonably priced too!).  We had a chat with designers Maya Clemmensen and Kelly Davies-Green about their inspiration for the collection, as well as key trends and must have pieces.

Maya & Kelly: VILLA D’ESTE speaks of maturity, balance and a lifestyle chosen by desire. Midi lengths with balanced exposure, directional soft tailoring and knitwear worn to layer are all cementing their place in Autumn 15. February welcomes a team of Valentin Stripe, a pack of individual stand outs and as summer heads for the down hill into Autumn, the need for party and occasion dressing are still on the up. Turning heads is the Celino dress featured in Rose Quartz, Bianco and Nero, it’s the perfect balance of skin to soft draping. March introduces a new spin on the sartorial staple – the Leonardo Trench coat, a boyfriend style made to be worn, loved and loved again. A woman’s décolletage is still to be seen and recognised in off the shoulder and strapless trends. Also key is soft tailoring with a twist – the Sergio jacket dress is the epitome of chic whilst the effortless structure of the Lorenza shirt dress will be sure to make every woman feel their best.

With just over a month of summer left, we’ll revisit Autumn/Winter 15 in more detail in the coming weeks, with a full breakdown of all the trends you need to know!  But for now, enjoy perusing what could be landing in your wardrobe very soon.  Selected styles from Villa d’Este Autumn 15 will be arriving in store this week.

Written by Greer de Burgh, Contributing Fashion Editor.

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Introducing Ninnho

Oh hello Ninnho! If you want a splash of colour poolside or a touch of art for your bathroom, look no further. The new luxury towel range from Ninnho is brought to you by Angela Bellenger and artist Antoinette Ferwerda – who was the creative driving force behind last year’s hit brand Ziporah. Ninnho is the perfect marriage of design-meets-European-luxury with three stunning designs – Budgie, Wren and Song – available individually or as a set comprising a generous bath sheet, bath towel, hand towel and bath mat.

Three lucky RJL readers have the chance to win a Ninnho prize pack valued at over $350. To enter repost your fave Ninnho image on instagram with the hash tag #loveninnho and follow @loveninnho. Entries open to Australian residents only and closes on 30 January. The lucky winners​ will be contacted 1 February and announced on the @loveninnho instagram page.

www.ninnho.com.au

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler for Christmas 2014

Whistler was the last place we visited on our round the world family holiday and it was certainly the most special because we were spending two weeks over Christmas there and were also meeting the rest of our family to celebrate. There were 12 of us in Whistler and we LOVED staying at the Fairmont Chateau.

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is one of the best hotels in the region and caters really well for families. I was familiar with the Fairmont group of hotels from a previous visit to Canada with the TV show I host on Channel 9, Postcards, so I knew they were great. I really liked the ‘old world’ charm of the hotel and thought its style and family offering would be perfect for a Christmas holiday. I also loved that it had ski in, ski out facilities and a ski valet service. To be honest, what really ‘sold’ me on the Fairmont was the Christmas program it offered and the fact that we could have our own Christmas tree in our room which we could decorate. When you have young children, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree so the fact we could have our own to put our presents beneath, and to gather around on Christmas day really pleased me.

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler also has incredible service. I think Canadians in general are just sooooo nice and that Canadian ‘way’ really filters through all of its staff (who come from all over the world including heaps of Aussies too). Every day we would be treated to Christmas goodies delivered to our room from gingerbread men, to macarons, handmade chocolates, caramel popcorn, flowers and handmade soap. It was so exciting to receive these gifts and the ultimate was opening our doors on Christmas day to find Santa had left stockings full of toys, chocolates and fruit (ha!) for every guest in the hotel. Seeing those stocking lined up along the doors of the hallways and corridors was so exciting for the kids, “Santa’s been here and here and here and here and EVERYWHERE mummy!”

In terms of Christmas spirit,  I don’t know if anywhere could top the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The entire property was decked out in enormous trees, glittering with baubles. There was hot apple cider in the lobby and beautiful carollers sang out through the hotel delivering all of our favourite Christmas tunes. There were activities such as gingerbread house decorating, wreath making, cooking demonstrations, lantern making and two of the most insane kids’ playrooms you’ve ever seen!

The first was for the little kids and called ‘The Little Elves Playroom.’ Complete with jumping castle, every toy imaginable, books, art stations and healthy food, snacks and drinks, Billie and Oscar went MAD for this place. It really was the perfect playroom and was more akin to an indoor amusement park!

The other playroom for older kids featured video games, table tennis, air hockey, a self serve popcorn machine (exciting) plus more, and it was jam packed with kids burning off extra energy after a day on the slopes.

On Christmas Day we spent the morning opening presents. We then had a buffet breakfast and skied for the morning. It was so special hitting the gorgeous snow on the most magical day of the year. We then came back, had a hot spa and then headed off to our pre-booked evening at the Wildflower Restaurant for a delicious and traditional Christmas family dinner. It was really yummy and the best bit? No cleaning up!

Our entire holiday in Whistler pretty much went like this: Wake up, eat, ski, eat, ski, spa, eat, sleep, repeat.

Being a novice skier, my goal when arriving in Whistler was to leave a proper skier and I’m happy to report that goal was met. With the help of a couple of private lessons I can now confidently parallel ski difficult blue runs (more like easy blacks in Australia) and found myself looking for the trickiest way down a slope instead of the easiest way which I was doing at the start of the trip (can you imagine a mountain goat stuck on the edge of a cliff not wanting to go down? Yep that was me on day 1). By the end of our trip my sister and I were skiing bumpy runs and dropping in on jumps (small ones)- it was AMAZING. I am now so addicted and already planning our next snow trip. I’m thinking a Mt Buller trip and possibly Queenstown this southern hemisphere winter.

Oscar loved ski school. He’d never seen snow before and by the end of our trip he was skiing down the beginner runs by himself. It was so good not only for his physical development but his social development too, especially when so many of his classmates didn’t speak very good English. Oscar, being 3, doesn’t have the best English himself yet so you could imagine how challenge communicating would have been for him!

So a few of my favourite restaurants and things to do in Whistler:

Bearfoot Bistro: best dinner in Whistler

Araxi: second best dinner in  Whistler

Purebread: best coffee and cakes

Valetin Toba: if you want to progress from the old snow plough skiing technique to proper parallel skiing then our instructor, Valentin, is a gun. They’re actually ALL amazing but Valentin is really cool.

Fresh Tracks Mountain top breakfast: There is nothing more magical than heading up to the top of the mountain for breakfast and then skiing the runs FIRST. That’s right- you get the powder or the corduroy all to yourself. We did this on Christmas Eve morning and it was incredible. You need to get up really early and head up there in the gondola when it’s pitch black but once the sun rises and they ring the bell to signal “Mountain Open,” the freshest tracks are yours for making.

Tips:

– Skiing is an expensive sport. From ski gear, clothing, lift tickets and lessons, the figures really start to add up. One thing that we did to help trim the costs was to book everything in advance so we got early bird pricing which probably saved us around 30-40%. If you’re planning a snow trip and you’re staying at a hotel then ask your concierge (who are geniuses) in advance for the best deals on everything- that’s what we did. For ski school for kids, try and book them into more of a camp program (Oscar did the Adventure Camp) which runs Monday to Friday instead of paying for lessons day by day. This way you save about 30% and they learn exactly the same things but have the same teacher for the week so its more consistent.

– If you’re heading anywhere for a white Christmas then you can guarantee it will be one of the busiest times of the year. If you’re in a group you’ll need to book your restaurants in advance to avoid disappointment. Even if you’re a couple and want to go to one of the more popular places, you’ll certainly need to book early to secure a table. Through our concierge, I booked all of our restaurants way back in October and we managed to get reservations everywhere we wanted.

– Ski early. The best skiing is done in the morning when the light is good and the snow is freshest. Don’t dilly dally, get out there and get going. You can hot spa and drink mulled wine in the afternoon when the light fades (which is early!).

To book the Fairmont Chateau Whistler head to www.fairmont.com/whistler

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