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I absolutely love a night with friends, dining over wine, and talking and laughing for hours. It is good for the soul. It is nice to go out, but there is something more intimate, cosy and inviting about cooking at home and having your close ones over. This month I put on an intimate dinner at my home with a handful of friends. I have received a lot of questions regarding the details, so here they are:

I decorated the table with flowers, homewares and an abundance of candles, my husband and I cooked for 7 girls, and for drinks, we served the new 2012 Champagne Penfolds made in collaboration with Thiènot which was a delightful treat.

On the menu:

FOOD –

We started with Nonna’s special polenta recipe, set over night, baked and served as chunky fries garnished with Parmigiano Reggiani cheese, a variation on a Caprese salad with a mix of varied fresh tomatoes, Italian burrata and fresh basil. We also served this with a selection of roasted root vegetables.

For mains, we served crispy skin barramundi with a burnt butter sauce served on a bed of mashed peas, a side of sea salt air fried chips and a green salad with avocado and roasted pine nuts.

I am lucky my Mother-in-law makes our favourite desert when we have people over. Her homemade meringues (which are unbeatable in our eyes!), are chewy in the middle and crunchy on the outside. She makes her own berry compote and serves them with fresh berries and creme.

DRINKS –

2012 Champagne Thiènot x Penfolds Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Cuvèe
(Penfolds newly launched Champagne made in partnership with Thiènot to celebrate 175 years of winemaking innovation).

Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay

Penfolds Reserve Bin17a Chardonnay

Penfolds Magill Estate

In the room:

We ate in my dining room which consists of a vintage rosewood dining table from Vampt, Vestervig Eriksen dining chairs, a Bruno Mathsson chair, Eileen Grey lamp, a Dunlin Home light, MCM House mirror, Five Fables bar cart and Cadry’s antique rug. I decorated the table with natural linen, brass candle holders from Fourth Street Home and Mitchell Road Antiques, french glassware from One French Summer (Mosman store) and a bunch of lemons from my local grocer.

and,

On the playlist:

I am an old soul when it comes to music, so my playlist consisted of tracks from the 50’s and up. A few of my favourites are Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, The Supremes, Arethna Franklin, Fleetwood Mac, Ray Charles, Bill Withers…the list goes on.

Wearing – Paris Georgia Basics dress and Celine heels.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask below.

Shot by Jacopo Lancioni
Shot in collaboration with Penfolds

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I am very proud to be Australian, both personally and professionally! I have been in the fashion industry for nearly a decade (time flies!), and in that time it has been really rewarding to see our local designers grow and become internationally recognised.

I have always loved supporting emerging designers, so I am thrilled to be able to be involved with the BT Runway Competition and event in partnership with David Jones to help raise awareness and financial donations for Dress to Success.

Dress to Success is a charity I very much admire. They help disadvantaged women find employment through providing professional work attire, coaching and mentoring services. 

On the 11th of April, in partnership with DJ’s and our leading designers, Bianca Spender, Camilla and Marc, Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee, Ginger & Smart, Manning Cartell and Rachel Gilbert, the BT Runway event will announce the winner of the BT Emerging Design Award. 

On a Tuesday morning, after our morning caffeine hit, we shot in Little Bay on film. Shooting a mixture of our leading designers and the finalists of the award, A.CBH, Blair Archibald and Aaizel.

Shop the looks via David Jones here. 

Over and out. 

Photographed on film by Daphne Nguyen. 

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Wearing denim back with classic ribbed basics in black, white and a pop of colour. 

‘When you like a certain piece, buy it in more colours.’ I love that motto and have now realised I abide by it quite often! Here I photographed three ways I wear ribbed tops. Wear them as a classic, play with colour and layer them for a little fun. 

Wearing –
Nobody straight leg denim and Nobody black ribbed top
Nobody black denim skirt, Nobody black knit and Nobody red ribbed turtleneck
Nobody black skinny leg denim, Nobody saffron ribbed top and Nobody white ribbed top Photographed by Ana Suntay-Tanedo in collaboration with Nobody Denim

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Knit on knit combo, back with straight two tone khaki knee high boots. 

Wearing –
Viktoria & Woods knit top, Viktoria & Woods knit skirt and Aska boots.

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A billowy sleeve and stark white denim paired back with white heels, a statement necklace and cognac coloured satchel.

Wearing –
Mahsa top, Anine Bing denim, Celine heels, Rylan Bag and Rylan necklace.

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Featuring gloss embossed and smooth Italian leather, Rylan is a curated collection of handbags inspired by the past, hand finished for the woman of today. 

Now available from Moda Operandi, Totokaelo, Macondo, Autumn Sonata, Human & Beings and For Artists Only

Photographed by Daphne Nguyen

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Thursday. A cream & navy skirt, white shirt and a lemon necklace. 

Wearing –
Tory Burch top, skirt, bag and necklace

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The one thing I love about social media, is stumbling across stores and inspiring people from around globe. I have followed Tigmi Trading, a rug and homewares store for sometime now. If you don’t, get on board! Featuring a curated selection of rugs, homewares and objects, their aesthetic is always very beautiful and inspiring. Whilst I sit here typing this post, I just came across their ceramics section. Dreams.

When putting together a room, I am always drawn to a neutral palette of creamy warm tones. Here I styled some of my favourite pieces from Tigmi Trading within my home. 

Featured:
Living room featuring the Ivy Oushak rug and the Kangaroo chair
Home office featuring the Lucia Beni M’Rirt rug.
Living room featuring the Aarti Beni M’Rirt Handira rug.
Reading nook featuring the Saltwater Oushak.

Styled by Brooke Testoni
Photographed by Caroline McCreadie

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A tonal silk outfit with extra bright accessories. 

Wearing –
Equipment silk top, Equipment silk pants, Tory Burch silk scarf, Tory Burch silver clutch and Prada heels (similar here).

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Now that Franco has come into our lives, I work a lot more from home. Over the past few months I have collected pieces to transform a home office for myself. A space which encourages and motivates me to work. During day naps and after Franco’s 7pm bedtime, it’s go go go.

I mixed a creamy palette back with a contrast of deep rosewood. I wanted to create a space which was light, airy, yet warm and elegant. This creamy textured Beni M’Rirt woollen rug from Tigmi Trading, gives a brighter feel to the room and helps separate the dark wood of the floor and furniture. The softness of the wool helps to add warmth to a federation home with very high ceilings, plus serves to compliment the window feature rather than being too visually dominant.

This desk, I sourced at the start of 2018. It is a small danish desk which is petite in size and can nicely stand in the middle of a room without feeling too chunky and oversized. The chair I paired back with the desk is actually a spare dining room chair of ours. She is a Vestervig Eriksen rosewood dining chair with ivory leather.

The two Jonathan Adler armchairs in the room are of a midcentury design and are made up of cream sheep skin, linen, brass and dark walnut. I feel like they serve to link the room, between the hard woods and soft, creamy textures.

On top of the desk sit homewares I have collected plus a little flora. The small bowl, onyx jar and stone candle holder are from Fourth Street Home. The lamp is an older one from West Elm and the ceramic vase and flannel flowers are from my good friends at My Flower Man.

Wearing – Elissa McGowan dress, Rylan Link Statement Earrings.

Home office by Brooke Testoni
Photographed by Caroline McCreadie

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