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Check out my brand new website!!

Time for a change and a new look!
I have updated this website with a brand new and shiny one plus a new image by the fabulous Jen & Ben Design (thanks so much guys!) to present a whole new platform to share what I'm doing, what I'm about and how to get in touch with me.

My email address is now and the website is

I will gradually reduce this site, so for all the latest goings on, you're best to head to the new site to keep up to speed with us!

Click on and have a look!!!


Escaping winter... hello sun! 

I worked super hard this last six months. It's the busiest I've ever been too, but it was so worth it when I checked my Xero account and I'd achieved a financial goal that I'd set five years ago. Super proud! In the wash up I realised the importance of worklife balance. I needed a mini break! So I jumped on a plane, threw on my thongs and headed for sun.

We stayed at the Padma Resort in Leggian, Bali. I've been there a couple of times now, and it always gets my vote for its beautiful gardens, spaces and of course - poolside cocktails.

One of our favourite vay cay activities was simply soaking up the sunset rays on the beach from 5pm every evening, with a Bintang for $2 and perching on a plastic chair smack bang on the sand. Heaven.

I am always amazed at how changing your environment can have such a positive impact on your health and stress levels. Returning from the trip last week, I have never felt so rejevated, refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of 2014.* It's a reminder for me to ensure I take some time - no matter how small - at least once a year. Easier said than done for most business owners, but absolutely vital as I have just discovered.

*The two pedicures and 2-hour pamp session may have contributed. Brilliant! 


Busy in Melbourne - Ms Collins & 2014 Dulux Colour Awards

A massive congratulations to McBride Charles Ryan who seriously scoooped the design pool at the 2014 Dulux Colour Awards on March 27. Debbie Ryan was called up to the stage three times to accept awards, including the most coveted Grand Prix prize, largely for the practice's colourful work on The Quays project. I was lucky to meet Debbie last year, in her crazy home/office space, which she was in the process of renovating, and wrote about her for Indesignlive

We also checked out the media launch of Ms Collins, which is the rebranded Silkroad. I spotted a few Melbourne personalities, including Lillian Frank and Jacques Reymond (BTW, the food was sensational) with the venue a huge improvement on the old Silkroad (they got rid of that huge chandelier for starters).

My favourite aspect of the design, however, is this new neon sign. Awesome. Almost as good as my favourite Ghostbusters neon at Touche Hombre. Check it out when you're there and make sure you grab a picture. The design fit out is by Blackmilk, who were inspired by one of Louis Vuitton's campaigns. Plenty of street art and tuffness against a translucent bar. 

There's a lotta pink here. Complete with waitresses in hot pink wigs and black-rimmed secretary glasses, in black and white shirts, the look is Parisienne ultra elegance with a dash of wildness. The project is the brainchild of Roar Projects, who are also responsible for Alumbra in the Docklands. The space also features grafitti art by Juan Mcarb, whose work is also seen at Gingerboy as well as numerous other venues.

Grab a cocktail, hang out in one of the seven bars and enjoy!



'Homes Gardens Lifestyle' book

 I was thrilled to see another book collaboration of mine published today. Invited by Bayside builders, Atkinson Pontfiex to create a coffee table book of their work, I set about creating some great content to complement their high end projects. The team have amassed quite a collection of award-winning residential projects, and have worked with the who's who of the design world, including Peter Maddison, the host of Grand Designs Australia, as well as celebrated landscape designer, Paul Bangay


The book will be launched at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, where the Atkinson Pontifex guys have built two show gardens. This is on top of their contribution to the RHS Flower Show in London, where last year, they were part of the Australian team that won the highest accolade in the world- the Best in Show - awarded by the Queen.


With about 200 pages of beautiful photography by the talented guys at DPI, the book is a fantastic testament to their work, craftmanship and quality of service. It's a pleasure working with them!


How green is my garden

This summer, my DH (darling husband) and I decided to get green and build a veggie garden. Armed with everything from gloves and seedlings to books and PH testers, we built two garden beds in the front yard, bought a cubic metre of soil and headed straight for the nursery. 

It was a tough to finalise the list, but these guys made the cut:

-       Climbing beans

-       Grosse Lisse tomatoes

-       Lebanese cucumbers

-       Sweet basil

-       Cos lettuce

-       Green chillies; and

-       Dutch carrots

 One bed was planted from seed and the other from small seedlings. We also used Ross’ fabulous wifi watering system, to guarantee regular watering every morning at 6am. As the weeks passed, the beautiful veggies began to sprout. But our produce began to take on its own personality. The tomatoes gradually took over garden bed #1 and hogged all the sun. Not only did they overshadow (bully) the chillies and basil, but busted over and popped through the fence line. 

Over in garden bed #2, the beans were shy slow takers. But the adjacent cucumbers shot up, and grew with little tendrils that delightfully curl around whatever was in their path – including the beans, as well as our pet plastic flamingo. In the end, they all became lovers.  

As the season grew to a close, these are my observations on our first crop:

-       The coriander attracted lots of fungus

-       Stroking the plants doesn’t mean they will grow 

-       The bigger cucumber leaves are crinkly

-       Eating a crisp tomato you've grown yourself is very, very satisfying

Yes, the carrots need a little work.