Monday, January 31, 2011

Adoring Adore Home...

The new 'British Edition' of Adore magazine has hit the virtual stands! I nearly squealed with delight when I flipped over to find the 'High Tea Fit For a Queen' special! So beautifully styled and complete with a macaron recipe based on one used by the legendary Pierre Hermes - joy! Can't wait to try it out.

I absolutely love British interiors and am convinced I lived in an English country house in a past life. Oh to have an oven like this one....

Abbey x

Picture from here

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Australia Day!!

A Gild & Grace take on some Aussie fav's! Gorgeous pink lamingtons and a lovely passionfruit and strawberry sponge cake.

Photos by Gild & Grace

And though it's an oldie now, I adored the sets on the film 'Australia'. Catherine Martin did as amazing job and has really become an Australian design icon.

From here

And from here

Enjoy your Australia Day

Abbey x

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lazy Summer Days

We had fantastic summer weather in Melbourne over the weekend and my good friend M decided a pool party was in order. She was housesitting a house we affectionately refer to as 'the mansion' as it's 10 times the size of the apartments and little houses any of us live in. Lagoon style pool, spa, tennis court, outdoor kitchen. Gold! I decided some Lime & Coconut cupcakes would be just the right answer hanging by the pool!

Add a dash of pink lemonade..

And some pretty David Austin roses I picked from my garden..

Perfect summer day!

Abbey x

Photos by Gild & Grace

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Lovely Surprise....

I have long been a huge fan of Designers Guild founder Tricia Guild. She has an amazing ability to mix colour and pattern, vintage and modern and can effortlessly decorate an empty space so that you don't notice the lack of structural elements. Thus you can appreciate my delight when I arrived home from work last week to find this little gem waiting for me! Her latest book, 'A Certain Style'. Whilst I've been back at the day job for a couple of weeks, husband is still flitting around on holidays. Mostly I'm just jealous but this particular day it worked in my favour!  He was browsing a local bookstore and saw it and said, quote "I know you like this chick and I opened it up and thought it looked just up your alley".  How right you were husband! Nice work :)

And who would have thought fluro orange pages could look so cool?!

And just a little sneak peek....

The interiors are to die for but the photoshoot locations are equally divine. Oh to have a cup of tea and a scone in here!!

Really recommend this one. If you're anything like me, you'll spend hours pouring over each and every lovely page.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Beginnings.....

This is the very first post on the Gild & Grace blog. I have been following many stylish blogs for some time now and my New Year's resolution this year was to get amongst it and start one myself! I also thought it would be a great way to collect all my favourite images and post some pics of the cupcakes I love to slave over. I love styling them nearly as much as I love eating them! These ones above are classic vanilla bean topped with gorgeous sweet peas.

It's going to be interesting...I don't do computers well...My friends will be surprised...oh well, here's to new beginnings in 2011.

Abbey x

Photos by Gild & Grace