One day…

the book that we loved when we were in Europe. I read it in London, Paris and on the train to Amsterdam. You read it in Berlin and Como. Such an amazing book. I’m looking forward to the movie (but hoping Anne Hathaway’s Harry Potter rims aren’t too distracting!)


City pillows – an unoriginal post

I know, I know, if someone in the future discovers this blog and does a teensy bit of digging they’d find that cup of schmo posted on these city pillows recently (first actually). But they’re good, kitsch and I think they’d look cool on our couch, so I wanted to share them anyway.

Let’s not forget all the fun we had in Seattle – sculpture park, pike place market, boat trip to puget sound, sailing past the passage to alaska, dreaming of getting our able seaman license, belltown, pho in fremont, drinks in capitol hill – with a Seattle cushion!

I’d also like a tangible reminder of the beautiful drive up to San Francisco where we spent a night at the Lamplighter Inn in the quaint and moneyed up town of Carmel-by-the-sea – please.  The breathtaking drive through Big Sur (yep, I’m not dwelling on those winding roads), the awesome Frank Lloyd Wright house on the water, pebble beach golf course… yep, we would definitely need a Carmel-by-the-sea pillow too, oh, wait, they’ve got one!

And to complete the trio we’d have to include the city that inspired the painting. San Francisco. The sunken bed at The Touchstone on Geary, the boozy night at the Redwood Room,  Roman’s Sonoma winery tour, visiting the Frieda Kahlo’s at SFMOMA, mission dolores and walking walking walking. hmmm, definitely pillow time!

So many wonderful memories over there. it’d be so cool to surround ourselves with daily reminders! xx

Go forth…

That’s all… xx

Gertrude St. Projection Festival

Saturday night, Saturday night… what to do?

Given that we live in Melbourne, one of the coolest cities ever, we  share a couple of curries at Curry Cafe, a self-dubbed retro curry restaurant in Westgarth St. before buttoning up our coats and wandering along an illuminated Gertrude St. as part of the Gertrude St. Projection Festival.

“This project reveals the transformative powers of light and image, and how art and design can move us to celebrate our community.”

Over the last couple of weeks Melbourne has been in a State of Design, a local design festival that celebrates design in all its glory throughout the city. This morning I was listening to the radio and heard all about The Repair Workshop, a great initiative taking place at the historic Donkey Wheel House encouraging us to revisit the concept of repairing our goods before disposing them in favour of buying something new. It seems so simple but it’s funny how far we’ve moved away from the idea of fixing and mending.

Anyhoo, the projection show along Gertrude St. was really cool, everyday buildings and shops were transformed by veils of colour and pattern, a crazy crisscross network of lights projecting from diagonal shops, over the street and distant windows – it was fun to explore…

August to December 2011

Ah, reconnecting with the blog feels great. It’s funny, the last post I wrote was while I was at work at Penelope Francis and Co., and this one is while I’m at work at CFA… Time well spent I say.

So. the next little while… Well, according to the ‘budget’, this part of the year is going to be focused, lean and productive. We’ve got a plan and we’re going to stick to it! Yes!

It’s going to be lots of this:

a bit of this:

and a whole lot of this:


Soon we’ll be able to buy this:

and do some op shopping in country towns:

and save up for one of these:

Cheers to the next little while, I’m motivated and keen and can’t wait to see what we can achieve!

Our very own Boston Tea Part-eee!

So, I think both being lovers of education, well in the very least spending as long at uni as we possible could we should go to Cambridge and visit Harvard and M.I.T


M.I.T – I can just see good ol Will Hunting walking in to mop the floors and finish equations in the building above…

Frank Gehry has also had a little dabble at M.I.T – wouldn’t be worth it without including some architecture reference…

And I think we have to have a drink at a Harvard Bar…’I thought there would be equations and shit on the wall….’

We love a good stroll, even if the weather will be around zero….The Freedom Trail is 2.5 miles and takes in 16 significant monuments and places of Boston’s history – including Paul Revere’s home – the guy who warned of the British Invasion…

The North End of Boston is pretty much Italy. Food. Let’s ‘reconnect’ with our Euro heritage 😉 with a delicious meal and some chianti…

Newbury St is from what I can gather is the coolio street in Boston kind of like a cross between Chaps and Robbo. You know me, cool.

Couple of museums and galleries for good measure

Museum of Fine Arts

And the new and freakin amazing looking Institute of Contemporary Arts or ICA…

Landsdowne St is where the Boston nightlife goes doof doof..

The Old South Meeting House – the site of the Boston Tea Party…need to do a bit of reading…very historic, very historic button

Trinity Church, I am sure you have seen your fair share of churches – this has some very interesting history and started Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, plus we are trying to reconnect in 2010 remember

Cool old school photo, hey.

I know that you love a good library, well here you go…

Boston Public Library


Isabella Stewart Gardner thought that America was a young country and what a young country needs is art. She built up an amazing collection of over 2,500 pieces and now her spectacular mansion/estate is a museum. God bless her.

The oldest and most famous baseball stadium in the US – Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox. There is a 50 min tour every hour on the hour.

So luckily after a few crazy days in NYC seems like it will be a bit quieter in Boston……hmmmm.

Day One, Seattle

As instructed 😉

01. Pike Place Market

Pike Place is the centre of downtown and apparently is the market of all markets. Worth wondering around and getting a coffee and some food to prep us for our usual walking adventures.

02.  Space Needle

To overcome my fear of heights and your strange fascination with World Fairs we can visit the Space Needle and lookout over Seattle. The Space Needle was the location for the opening of the 1962 Worlds Fair.

03. Experience Music Project

Funded by Paul Allen from Microsoft and designed by Frank Gehry.

04.  Pioneer Square

Is where it all began for Seattle. Some amazing history, apparently a little sordid. My kind of history.

05. Bill Spiegel Tour

The best way to see Pioneer Square is with an underground tour. I am not sure why it is underground.

06. Fremont

The cool area. Let’s walk and take it in and maybe have a lil snack. We should also meet the troll for luck.

07. Capitol Hill

And let’s finish off our walking adventure by checking out Capitol Hill and having a drink at Chapel Bar. Then zzzzzz.