Category Archives: Fab Things


My new soap range!

When I travel, I come home with a colour palette and scent for each place I visit – not just a bundle of souvenirs! I have memories of sitting cross-legged on tatami mats in Kurokawa, eating fiddlehead ferns and listening to the river, fresh from the hot springs surrounded by a mix of rice flower, rain and fire scents. Through my books I translate colour palettes and styling arrangements from my travel inspirations, but have never been able to communicate one of the most important senses, one that transports you back to your globetrotting experiences or makes you dream of future holidays: smell. With these soaps you can close your eyes and think of being surrounded by a new place, new people and things to do, in any part of the world.

I spent a day with my soap maker Rebekah at Wagner’s Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia. We smelt and compared fragrances in the upstairs museum, for the most part we were the only guests and left to our own devices. The room was large, full of glass topped scientific counters and large cabinets displaying Wagner’s wanderkummer, a very appropriate place for researching & perfecting a new creation.

Let the scents carry to you to adventures across the globe: listening to desert sounds smelling basmati rice, jasmine and coriander through the sandy lanes of Jodhpur; a blend of coffee & spice fragrances, cardamom and damask rose wafting from the souks in Damascus; roadtripping along the windy Amalfi Coast with a breeze of ocean and beach, dead sea salts and lemon; bike riding past Mexico City brightly coloured street vendors smelling tomato leaf, geranium, lime and spearmint on a sunny, summer day; and of course, Kurokawa.

All soaps are naturally coloured and pressed, cut into the shape of hearty shields and come inside a linen bag with their place of origin attached. Pick a place that brings you good memories, or the next one to explore!


Australian Book Tour Dates


USA Book Tour Dates

I’m in the States launching Bowerbird, my new book. Can’t wait to see you there!!


This Sat! Bowerbird Launch Sydney

+ The Society inc. soap
+ Hardware Range
+ New Chalkboard Palette

Come and celebrate the launch of my next book,Bowerbird at the The Society inc.!

As usual it will be an extravaganza with lots of fun & champagne to be had.
To add to the excitement we will be launching my hardware and soap range as well as a new chalkboard paint palette.
One big party for them all, don’t miss out and don’t hesitate to have a few glasses –
it’s a Saturday afternoon and summer is around the corner.
Where: The Society inc. 18 Stewart Street Paddington NSW 2021
When: Saturday 6th October 2012 3-6pm

USA Bowerbird Book Tour

I’m heading to the States on a book tour after I launch Bowerbird in Sydney!
Come & see me in LA & NY.


75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Saturday 13 October 11-1pm


1402 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Friday 19 October 12.30-2.30pm


2009 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, California 90039

Saturday 20 October 5-8pm


Workshop next week!

Next week I will be holding 2x workshops at the Floriade NightFest in Canberra!! Wed 26 & Thurs 27 from 8-9PM. Grab tickets here!

With the weather gets warmer and you start opening all your windows & spending more time outside, I thought I would discuss Styling with Nature and Found Objects.

This will be a ‘show-and-tell’ where I demonstrate styling tricks & tips with nature and found objects. I will show you that the most simple things, found and natural, can come together as a beautiful focal piece or arrangement. Our gorgeous Summer is on its way, embrace the weather by styling your home, your tablesettings and home interiors with what nature and the garden have to offer. Think about the pieces that you have at home and don’t know what to do with, your treasured collections that are boxed away and be inspired to bring them out to show off, creating a home that reflects you and brings the outside in. Imagine choosing tendrils, leafy greens, flowers, branches and anything else that might take your fancy on a visit to markets or stroll around the neighbourhood.

I find my treasures in all sorts of haunts & on jaunts and I encourage guests to bring their own! I will explain how to display and utilise your finds, and how I make decisions whilst styling a mantel, place setting or table centrepiece for example. It is the process of editing and subtracting, arranging and rearranging. Showing guests how to translate what they have and find into decorating and styling ideas will give them ideas that can be used throughout their homes. Questions, discussions & problem pieces/areas are encouraged!

These are pics from my new book, Bowerbird: creating beautiful interiors with the things you collect. Launching October!