Friday, 27 February 2015

New York!

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We are in the process of planning a family trip to New York for later in the year. I've never been to New York, but have high expectations. 
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My children are not children anymore (17 and 20) so the travelling part will be easy. My 17-year-old daughter is looking forward to the shopping and seeing a Broadway show, while my 20-year-old son wants to see a basketball game. I want to see all the sites that make New York famous. I'm looking for accommodation that's central and big enough for the 4 of us to live comfortably for 2 weeks.
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If you have been to New York and can offer some tips on what to see and where to stay, I'd be very grateful. Remember it will be winter so bitterly cold, but as long as they don't have a season like this year we should be ok.

Have you been to New York?
Got any tips you'd like to share?

Toni

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Homemade Ice Cream

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For some unknown reason I decided to make ice cream! I really don't know what possessed me as you can buy perfectly delicious ice cream so there is really no need to make your own but...anyway I did and it turned out ok actually better than ok, it was seriously delicious.


       Ingredients

         300ml thick cream
         300ml milk
         1 vanilla bean, split
         6 egg yolks
         175g caster sugar
         1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Place the cream and milk in a saucepan. Scrape in the vanilla seeds and add the bean, too. Bring to the boil, then turn off the heat and set aside for 10 minutes to infuse.
         2. Place the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until pale. Carefully pour the milk over, and then return to a clean saucepan.
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Cook over low heat, stirring, for about five minutes until it is slightly thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon. (This simple custard forms the basis of a classic ice-cream recipe.)
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Set aside to cool, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
         5. Place custard in a plastic container in the freezer until frozen at the edges. Remove from freezer. Beat with an electric beater. Re-freeze.

         6. Repeat this process two more times.

Be warned this ice cream is very sweet,

Toni

*This recipe was adapted from here

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Real Estate Stickybeak - Oxford

This beautiful barn conversion in Oxford UK was built originally in 1876. It's actually 2 barns joined together by a hallway, sunken living room and music room. 


The interior is styled in a neutral scheme that relies on texture and nature to add a bundle of charm and homeliness to this gorgeous property.



A soft grey has been used for the conversational chairs, blending beautifully with creams, whites, caramels and beiges used throughout the home. 



I'm not sure the cast-iron cow's head is to my liking, but it does help create that country feel you would expect to see in a barn. The double height windows are the stars of this room and the blend between old and new has been successfully achieved.



I really like the low slung chaise covered in fur and the oversized wall clock. 


The exposed wall beams add to the rustic charm of this conversion while the use of a neutral colour scheme help create a cozy, calm environment.


The antique stone trough has been converted into a basin and really brings the WOW factor to the bathroom.

I love the charm and character of this home. 

What do you think?

Toni

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Sheets

Regular blog readers will be familiar with my obsession love for white sheets, especially linen.  However, lately my eye has begun to roam and beautiful pale pink or soft greys have been taking my fancy.
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I don't know how my husband would feel about coming home to find a pink bed, but I think if I balanced the pink with grey it wouldn't feel too feminine.

I'll keep thinking about changing from white to colour, however I know I'll be sticking to 100% Linen as they are definitely the BEST sheets to sleep in all year round.

Have you tried linen sheets? 
Do you prefer coloured sheets or white?

Toni

Monday, 23 February 2015

Lovely Things

My love for online shopping continues. Here are some more lovely things I've found this week.
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Aren't these woollen ottomans the cutest things? And what about the leather straps?  


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In the right house, in the right room this fun Beam Chandelier would be a show stopper.
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Loving the way we have moved away from chrome when it comes to tapware. This tap in black really makes a statement.


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I have the perfect place to hang this gorgeous Jute macrame wall hanging, but unfortunately they are out of stock!  

Please share any lovely things you have noticed lately.

Toni

Friday, 20 February 2015

Jam Drops

When my son was at Pre School he came home crying one day because his friend's mum had made jam drops and I hadn't. My son is now 20 years old and I still tease him about the emotional blackmail he used to get me to make him biscuits.

Jam Drops

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Ingredients:

1 cup self-raising flour
1/3 cup custard powder
80g butter, softened
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 tbs milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup of strawberry jam

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line 2 baking trays with non stick paper. 

2. Sift flour and custard powder together

3. Beat butter and sugar together until pale and creamy. Add milk and vanilla and beat until combined.

4. Add flour mixture and mix together to form a soft dough. 

5. Roll heaped teaspoonful into balls and place onto trays, leaving about 5cm space between biscuits for spreading.

6. Using your thumb, make an indent in the top and fill with a little of the jam.

7. Bake for 15 minutes until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.

This recipe is still delicious all these years later. Enjoy,

Toni

Thursday, 19 February 2015

A Myriad Of Marble

This week our post for The Reed Gift Fair is all about Marble.

A MYRIAD OF MARBLE

It has been impossible not to notice the trend towards using marble in the home, especially white marble. This trend isn’t showing any signs of slowing down during 2015. The reason is clear; marble has that mix of both classical and modern while giving a look of luxury. Marble works well in every style of home and its natural pattern can be used in very high-end luxury homes or in more casual relaxed home designs.
One of the best things about marble is it can be teamed with other big home trends at the moment, for example copper, timber pastels and monochrome.
Once reserved for the decadent or those with a huge budget marble or marble alternatives are now more accessible for all budgets. Today technology can accurately reproduce the look of marble without the high costs and high maintenance issues.
As a result this marble trend has made its way from the bathroom and kitchen to other parts of the home.
Lighting:
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Tableware
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We can now even pimp up our laptops with this fantastic marble look–a-like skin.SG_Reed_Gift_Fairs_marble_Blog_post (7)Source
I think we can safely say that we will be seeing a lot more marble both in and around the home this year.
Cheers,
Toni and Giulia,
Something Gorgeous
 Who Are We? Our names are Toni and Giulia. We are both passionate about interiors and write about this passion or obsession, on our Blog Something Gorgeous. We both love to shop, drink coffee (or wine) and natter about our lives. We get excited about gorgeous interiors, delicious food, inspiring photography and beautiful books or magazines. Between us we have 7 children so we know what it’s like to juggle work and play!To find out more about us visit our blog Something Gorgeous or follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram
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