Saturday, March 29, 2014

Luxury Dream Hotels of The World


I've been daydreaming recently about a luxury, adult only, getaway with hubby.

I don't want to trip into the nearest Mantra however, I want the sort of stuff dreams are made of - something that looks like it's out of a movie or off the pages of a book. I want decadent and outrageous. (I want, I want, I want!).

Here are three very different luxury dream hotels in seperate corners of the world I have been drooling over. Which would you choose to visit?



   Emma xxx





"The Traditional Moroccan Riad"

El Fenn - Marrakech, Morocco



Mysterious corridors leading to enchanting inner courtyards. Rich palets of jade and ruby, reminiscent of long-lost arabian jewels. Ancient views of the Marrakech landscape and the sounds of the adhan calling all to prayer.


I could totally pad through here in bare feet and flowing robes to bathe, eat figs and possibly write my first novel...



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Images via Mr & Mrs Smith.








"The Natural White-Washed Greek Hidaway"

Kapari Natural Resort - Santorini Greece



The sheltered cave-like feel of this white-washed wonder in the sapphire blue seas of the Agean is the perfect recluse's refuge.  Purity and earthiness abound and the views of volcanic remnants of rock swimming in the last light of the day would be just spectacular.


I'm thinking seafood, leather sandals and sailing boats...



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Images via Mr & Mrs Smith.







"The Modern Australian Wilderness Retreat"

Southern Ocean Lodge - Kangaroo Island, Australia



The vast panoramic views of this architecturally brilliant eco-lodge showcase the sheer scale and wildness of the Australian landscape. Floor to ceiling glass coupled with raw timbers and quality finishes allow the surroundings to enter the building and dramatise the feeling of literally being in the middle of nowhere (but in style!)


Imagining hikes through the South Australian scrub to roam white sandy beaches, followed by a glass (or two) of crisp dry riesling while watching a full sky of stars from my private deck...


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Images via Mr & Mrs Smith.




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This post was sponsored by American Express, however all opinions within are the writers own.




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How To Create a Warm Office Space


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I'm in the final year of my naturopathy degree and have started thinking seriously about starting up a business next year.

One of the most important things in my line of work is the client/practitioner relationship. I need to ensure that my clients feel comfortable and that they are in an environment that encourages trust and integrity. Therefore, the space that I work out of will have to be well thought out.

Whilst important to ensure this space is professional, I also want it to feel homely and warm. How to achieve this? I believe there are some very simple, and cost effective ways I can make this happen -





Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - How To Create a Warm Office Space  - armchair, trestle desk, storage furniture


Ok, so I'll need a desk, a chair for myself and a couple of others for clients, a bookcase, etc. But why buy ugly laminated "office furniture" when you can get furniture with personality and style at the same price? Look for plush, comfy armchairs, a desk you would use in your home and some great storage for all the bits you don't want clients to see.





Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - How To Create a Warm Office Space - soft furnishings, rug, cushion


Think rugs, cushions, curtains or blinds. Here is your opportunity to add warmth, colour and personality! These are also the things you can change from time to time to freshen up the feel of your space or to keep up with trends. Be careful not to be too overwhelming.





Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - How To Create a Warm Office Space - Art



Artwork on the walls will add to the warm, welcoming feeling. Choose something thats fits in with your personality, ties in with your colour scheme, is a decent scale to the wall on which you want to hang it,  and the cardinal rule for art -  always hang at eye level. To be effective, keep other art peices such as vases to a stylish minimum. Forget smiling pictures of the family cluttering up your desk space. You can easily keep them on your computer desktop. And besides, that was so eighties. 




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This post was sponsored by TGC Commercial Property and Real Estate Agency. All opinions within are the writers own. 


Monday, March 24, 2014

KATE & KATE Geometric Blankets and Throws


KATE & KATE is a fairly new label bought out October 2013 by sisters-in-law Kate Pascoe and Kate Pascoe Squires.

Beautiful geometrics woven into oversized soft cotton blankets and throws, they are the perfect way to add character and snuggliness to lounge or bedroom. I just love them, the only problem being, which one to choose?


   Emma xxx


Kate and Kate Geometric Throw $152



Kate and Kate Original Blanket and Jagger Blanket $110


Kate and Kate Jagger Blanket $110



Kate and Kate Original Throw $152



Kate and Kate Jagger Throw $152






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Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Chat with Marissa from The Village Markets

The Village Markets at Burleigh are one of my favourite local markets, especially for unique clothing. Budding  designers, sellers of vintage frocks and quirky homewares creators rub shoulders here and you are always bound to leave with something a little different. Its not all about the clothing on the racks, either. It's a great place to people-watch, as styling is huge with frequenters of TVM. Even the kiddies are working it with the best.

Curious as always, I got in touch with one of the founders of TVM, Marissa, to ask her a few close and personal questions about whats its like from the inside of such a popular cultural haunt -





Who came up with the idea of TVM and how did you go about starting a market?

Myself and Sarah Schoeller had kept in contact after we were made redundant from our marketing positions within a large GC based company. We both had very similar interests and loved the unique market style shopping we'd experienced interstate, but found there were no fashion, vintage and lifestyle focused markets on the Gold Coast. At the time, there was also no regular cultural event/market for locals and visitors to enjoy on the Gold Coast, not only to shop but to meet with friends, enjoy live local music and simply emerge themselves in a bit of culture. So we decided to have a go at starting our own event - and so TVM was born. It was in 2008 we developed our business plan, met with Council to discuss our plans, found a suitable location and then in October of that year the first TVM was held!







Why do you think you have had such great success?

The success of TVM has been largely due to the fact that we are very selective in the type of stalls we accept.We have a set criteria of categories we are looking for and we make sure we stick to them. People love that they can come to TVM for a quality lineup of boutique market stalls with a great positive atmosphere and support really talented local small businesses. The stalls all look great and we are strict on presentation, so the overall vibe of TVM is very professional and appealing to a wide demographic.

We also have a big focus on our online presence, so customers love to be able to connect with TVM every day of the week, not just on market day. The stallholders also really appreciate the exposure they gain, as it extends way beyond just joining the lineup on market day and is very unique to TVM. 

Sarah and I both have a marketing and events background, which has obviously been very helpful also!





Is running TVM a full time job or do you have other projects on the go?

Since expanding TVM to three times per month at two different locations, we now pretty much work on it full-time. We do everything ourselves, from planning, to marketing, admin, design, web, social media. I have two small children (2.5 and 9.5 months) and Sarah does some freelance marketing also.





Do you think that there has been a modern revival in people wanting unique, handmade designs?

Definitely and there has been for sometime. I think people prefer to shop for something unique and not so main stream. I know I like to support local small business where possible and I love finding interesting and different things at TVM for gifts also.





Can you let us in on any local designers to keep an eye on?

Oh goodness I cannot, there are far too many amazing designers at TVM and I can't single out anyone in particular. There really is something for everyone and I encourage everyone to get down to TVM and check it our for themselves – I guarantee you will be so impressed with the talent!!





Any big plans for 2014?

We are always looking forward and planning! x




For market dates and other locations check out the TVM website here

Thanks for reading!


Emma xxx


Saturday, March 15, 2014

A collection of DIY inspired home decorating ideas

I haven't put any DIY relate stuff up here for a while - life has been busy and unfortunately I haven't been able to partake in as much creative activities as I usually like to. Maybe an inspiring collection of home decorating ideas is what is required to ensure I remember to put some time aside for creative pursuits - it is all about balance after all, is it not?

P.S.  These are all pinned to my pinterest "create" board along with 150+ other awesome DIY ideas - if you like these jump on and follow me here.


Emma xxx




Printed Transfer onto Vase - via Better Homes and Gardens




Ways To Re-use Old Belts - via Architecture Art Design






DIY Scandi-Style Kids Bedding - via The Curiosity Project






DIY White Painted Tree Stump Side Table - via Remodelista






DIY Macrame Curtain - via A Beautiful Mess






DIY Wooden Branch Clothes Hanger - via The Love Assembly







DIY Linen Lamp Shades - via DIY Decor Crafts








Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Wooli Weekend Getaway

Life has been really, really busy lately.  On Thursday night we decided we needed a spontaneous weekend break and two days later headed 3 hours south to the tiny seaside hamlet of Wooli in the Yuraygir National Park, overlooking the Solitary Islands. Whilst I am reluctant to spread word of this place, I felt the need to describe what a special spot it is. I'm sitting in a little old fibro shack, looking at the ocean, surrounded by other fibro shacks that look as though they haven't been touched in fifty years. There are no gutters at the side of the road, you can't get a decent coffee and the nearest real supermarket is an hour away. If there was somewhere you wanted to run away to, to return to simplicity, where no one would find you then this is it. The only things to do here are swim, fish, read and gaze uninterruptedly - just what the doctor ordered. We will return to our busy lives tomorrow, but refreshed and rejuvenated with some happy memories and a renewed connection as family. And you just can't put a price on that.




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Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - A Wooli Weekend Getaway