LONG WEEKEND TREATS FOR EVERY BUNNY!

Just like bunnies, this year we’ve been hopping like crazy from one week to the next, and then one month to the next without stopping!

So, we are jumping for joy ahead of all that next week has to offer – the spicy sweet scent of freshly baked hot cross buns served with dripping golden butter, our ever-growing bounty of delectable chocolate treats, only for them to disappear faster than the White Rabbit as we while away the eggtra-long long weekend spent at home or away, with family and friends.

Join our Easter hunt as we discover some eggcellent ways to make next weekend seem even longer . . .

CHOCOL'ART

It could be easy to devour all of our chocolatey sweets before the Easter Bunny has officially finished doing his rounds, but having a basket filled with art-like treats almost makes them too beautiful to eat! And will most certainly make the weekend seem much longer if we take just one bite at a time . . .

  Quite simply, if  Ms Peacock  doesn't LOVE it, it's not on the menu.

Quite simply, if Ms Peacock doesn't LOVE it, it's not on the menu.

  A  Coco Chocolate  organic chocolate egg painted with cacao butter artwork simply melts away as the chocolate is eaten.

A Coco Chocolate organic chocolate egg painted with cacao butter artwork simply melts away as the chocolate is eaten.

Bibelot coloured gemstone Easter eggs are precious indeed!

SWEET SECRETS

HA! If only we could take just one bite at a time!

Our chocolate stash isn’t the only thing that we’ll be devouring next weekend. We’ll be putting our feet up, sinking deep in to a comfy couch and devouring all the latest interior design inspiration including the current April issue of Belle magazine featuring our beautiful Victoria Street project!

Dedicated to 'inspiring spaces decked out in luxury materials and sophisticated details' the annual 'Hot kitchens & cool bathrooms' special showcases a stunning collection of Australia's most spectacular new designs by leading interior designers and studios.

  We’ll be dreaming of cooking up an Easter feast in our  Victoria Street  honey-toned kitchen featured in the current issue of  Belle . . .

We’ll be dreaming of cooking up an Easter feast in our Victoria Street honey-toned kitchen featured in the current issue of Belle . . .

  . . . and then post-lunch when somebunny else is soaking the dishes, we’ll dream of sinking deep into the serenity of our Victoria Street guest bath. But shhhhh, it will be our  little secret.

. . . and then post-lunch when somebunny else is soaking the dishes, we’ll dream of sinking deep into the serenity of our Victoria Street guest bath. But shhhhh, it will be our little secret.

CHECKING OUT

Speaking of secrets . . . how about we get out of town and well off the beaten track? If we could hide away from it all next weekend and not have to share our chocolate haul with anyone, there’s nowhere we’d rather escape to than Casa Cook on Rhodes, Greece.

  Your poolside paradise awaits at Casa Cook Rhodes. The farther you go, the farther you’ll leave the crowds behind . . .

Your poolside paradise awaits at Casa Cook Rhodes. The farther you go, the farther you’ll leave the crowds behind . . .

CHECKING IN

But that would be terribly selfish of us . . . remember, sharing is caring!

So, perhaps we stay in town and re-live our childhood scavenger hunt days with a grown-up twist, as we adventure down the rabbit hole of Sydney’s inner suburb of Barrangaroo.

Seeing, sipping and salivating on all that the beautifully alive foreshore playground has to offer, I suggest we start at Smoke – the newest rooftop bar at at Barangaroo House.

   Smoke  has just been awarded Sydney's Best New Bar at the 2018 Time Out Bar Awards.

Smoke has just been awarded Sydney's Best New Bar at the 2018 Time Out Bar Awards.

  Make sure you dress to impress and match the stylish cocktails on offer at  Smoke .

Make sure you dress to impress and match the stylish cocktails on offer at Smoke.

Wishing every bunny a happy and safe looooong weekend.

CHOCOLATE INTERIORS = DELICIOUS DESIGN

It is no secret that I am a chocolate lover. In fact, who am I kidding? My name is Stuart, and I am a chocoholic.

With Easter fast approaching and supermarket shelves stacking up my colourfully foiled friends (or foes?) higher and higher with each passing day, I’m finding it hard to think of anything other than chocolate! So why not turn a little distraction into big inspiration . . .

The chocolate palette has been a magical ingredient in interior design schemes the world over and across many different style tastes for centuries. Evoking warmth and bringing richness to any space and many an accessory, a delicious addition of chocolate implies a true sense of luxury. From rich tanned leathers to soft possum throws, we really can have our cake and eat it too with the limitless choice of chocolate tones, finishes, fabrics, furniture, textures and accessories on offer.

Feeling inspired by my love of all things chocolate, here is my recipe for the perfect chocolate interior, making them almost good enough to eat!

  Chocolate stained timber floors throughout our  Greenknowe Avenue  project lends a moody, masculine feel to this bachelor pad.

Chocolate stained timber floors throughout our Greenknowe Avenue project lends a moody, masculine feel to this bachelor pad.

  The use of dark chocolate veneer alongside lighter white stone in our  Bourke Street  bathroom creates a classically crisp and clean finish with an added layers of richness and warmth.

The use of dark chocolate veneer alongside lighter white stone in our Bourke Street bathroom creates a classically crisp and clean finish with an added layers of richness and warmth.

  Walls adorned in chocolate tones provide warmth and serenity in our  Bourke Street  master bedroom. The addition of fresh white linen and sheer drapes completes the luxurious yet inviting space

Walls adorned in chocolate tones provide warmth and serenity in our Bourke Street master bedroom. The addition of fresh white linen and sheer drapes completes the luxurious yet inviting space

  Chocolate coloured wood makes a bold statement moving from the master bedroom to master bath in our  Bourke Street 2  project. Although very solid and heavy, the use of timber adds a naturally rich and warm texture to the spaces, softening the masculine lines.

Chocolate coloured wood makes a bold statement moving from the master bedroom to master bath in our Bourke Street 2 project. Although very solid and heavy, the use of timber adds a naturally rich and warm texture to the spaces, softening the masculine lines.

  Tan coloured leathers lends a subtle softness to the surrounding darker tones in our  Bourke Street 2  study.

Tan coloured leathers lends a subtle softness to the surrounding darker tones in our Bourke Street 2 study.

And since we’re talking about all things chocolate, it would be remiss of me not to share Architectural Digest’s Top 10 Best-Designed Chocolate Shops Around the World aka my Bucket List!

However, if chocolate is not your poison, then why not treat yourself to a luxury getaway over the Easter long weekend? The amazing Seidler House in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales will do me just fine. Now all I need is a chocolate fondue fountain with extra strawberries . . .

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

ALEX TALKS . . . ENTERTAINER'S KITCHENS

In the spirit of Summer and long balmy nights lending themselves to dining outdoors, at-home Christmas parties, and more family and social gatherings than you can poke your BBQ tongs at, Alex talks about how good design can turn a space where we simply prepare meals and drinks into a real 'Entertainer's Kitchen'. 

'I believe entertaining is intrinsically tied to the Australian dream of the way we live and dine . . . it’s a lifestyle.

Fresh produce, accessible cooking shows and the 'market-to-table' movement have captured the hearts and taste buds of our country more than ever. Coupled with our long-held belief that the heart of a home is it's kitchen, as a designer it's my role to create unique spaces that are not only beautiful to live in, but are perfectly functional and efficient in every way.' 

  We love the textured tile splash back in our  Moore Park Gardens  project. The flexible island bench-come-dining table extension creates the ideal entertainer's kitchen in an inner city pad. The timber floorboards throughout the kitchen and living spaces create a visual connection and feeling of space.

We love the textured tile splash back in our Moore Park Gardens project. The flexible island bench-come-dining table extension creates the ideal entertainer's kitchen in an inner city pad. The timber floorboards throughout the kitchen and living spaces create a visual connection and feeling of space.

'The key to a successful Entertainer's Kitchen is open plan with some areas to hide the mess, so you can enjoy the entertaining part and not have to clean up and keep the space looking perfect as you go. Coffee and tea making bars or cupboards where all the ingredients for a good brew are in one location means you don't have to cross the length of the kitchen every time you want to boil the kettle.'

  The kitchen in our  Stanley Avenue  project is perfect for entertaining with seating at the breakfast bar allowing for two-way conversation, plenty of bench space for prep and plating, stone flooring throughout the kitchen and living creates a cohesive and larger sense of space, and last but not least a good exhaust is a must!

The kitchen in our Stanley Avenue project is perfect for entertaining with seating at the breakfast bar allowing for two-way conversation, plenty of bench space for prep and plating, stone flooring throughout the kitchen and living creates a cohesive and larger sense of space, and last but not least a good exhaust is a must!

'Wine fridges or a bar area that are easily accessed from the adjoining kitchen, living or family areas ensure that gin and tonic preparation doesn't get in the way of meal preparation! Guests can happily help themselves without pulling the chef away from the job at hand.'

  In our  Marian Street  project, we installed a bar area with side-by-side  Vintec  wine fridges. The bar area can be closed off with mirrored pocket doors that creates the feeling of space in the kitchen. 

In our Marian Street project, we installed a bar area with side-by-side Vintec wine fridges. The bar area can be closed off with mirrored pocket doors that creates the feeling of space in the kitchen. 

   We designed a walk-  in pantry behind the kitchen    in our    Lord Street  project  that allowed for ample storage and additional preparation zones to hide the mess!

We designed a walk-in pantry behind the kitchen in our Lord Street project that allowed for ample storage and additional preparation zones to hide the mess!

'As you may already know, I am obsessed with lighting, and believe that flexible lighting is important in Entertainer's Kitchens to create ambience and different zones for preparation or dining. Ambient strip lighting under overhead cupboards cast light onto deep spaces and in-pantry lighting on a sensor means you can always see even those items hidden at the back!' 

  High quality appliances are important in an Entertainer's Kitchen. A 900mm wide oven will allow you to cater for large groups with ease. 

High quality appliances are important in an Entertainer's Kitchen. A 900mm wide oven will allow you to cater for large groups with ease. 

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design