Iso-Spiration – Week Six! We’ve Made It To Spring – Our Home & Garden Tips!

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We are oh-so-excited about Spring and the prospect of being outside in the warmer weather, enjoying fresh flowers and outdoor BBQs. This week we invite you to freshen up your homes and get rid of the drab stuck-at-home feeling. Here are some ideas on little things you can do to revamp your home without making drastic changes.

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden” says Ruth Stout
We start off in the garden with good friend and trusted green-thumb, Kena from Botanical Events, who is sharing some of her tips on how to get creative in your green space at home.

Whether you are in an apartment with only a sunny window ledge or are blessed with a large garden, why not use this time to start your own productive edible garden! Growing your own herbs, fruit and vegetables is fun and rewarding and allows for access to chemical-free produce. Gardening is a positive distraction while you are self-isolating and social distancing. It’s also a great activity for children; hopefully encouraging them to eat what they grow!

My best advice would be to plant a mixture of herbs (instant enjoyment), leafy greens like lettuce (easy and quick to grow) and veggies (for those who enjoy delayed gratification). That way you have a long-term project to focus on with some short term rewards along the way! Remember, most edible plants require full sun, so forget about trying to grow produce on a south facing balcony – lots of sun is a key to success! Every garden needs a lemon tree, and there are now dwarf varieties especially bred for pots, so you can enjoy your balcony G & T with the freshest lemon around! 

For those of you growing in pots, make sure you use quality potting mix. If you are growing in the ground, remove as much of the existing vegetation from the garden bed and add in some quality compost. All edibles need food to help them produce, so add some liquid feed once a month. Mulch after planting helps provide nitrogen to the soil and your plants, which keep the roots cool in summer and stop weeds from growing. Apply the mulch around your vegetable plants, but not touching them, you don’t want to smother your seedlings. 

Herbs to plant now
Parsley, basil, coriander, sage, rosemary, mint  
Leafy Greens
Lettuce, kale, silverbeet, baby spinach, rocket
Veggies
Tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, spring onions, zucchini  

Remember at the end of the day plant what you actually want to eat and have fun!

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Refreshing inside
If you have already reorganised your spice rack, closet and have thrown out all of your expired skincare products, you might need another project to occupy the mind. Maybe you’re over being at home and need to breathe fresh air into your surrounds but don’t want to spend a fortune. We’ve quizzed the team and have a few ideas that won’t break the bank and aren’t overly time or energy consuming.

New soft furnishings
If your space is feeling a little dull, consider changing the colour palette or textures of your soft furnishings, whether this be through the cushions and throws, adding in a rug, or updating the curtains.

Cushions are basically makeup for your living room - you can switch and swap them depending on your mood and the season, and the effect is nothing short of transformative. 
Rugs have a special ability to add warmth and definition to the spaces they’re in. So, if you’re looking to redefine your space, there’s no better way to do it than with a new area rug. Of course the colours and patterns of the rug you choose are important, but the placement of your rug makes an impact as well. You might like to check out some handy tips from stylists such as Julia Green.
Curtains are also a great way to change the entire mood of a room. Thick drapery offers privacy, blackout and protection against outside temperatures, while sheer curtains soften the interior space without obstructing the light. A great tip from designers is to hang sheer curtains high, so they fall from ceiling to floor, making the ceiling seem higher.

Give love to your walls
A statement wall isn’t the only way your walls can help you revive your space; your walls are brimming with refreshing possibilities.

A new coat of paint or a fun wallpaper is a surefire, and relatively easy, way to change the feel of a space. Start with a small room — an entryway, bathroom or compact bedroom. Select a gorgeous colour for a feature wall behind the bed or sofa for a stunning upgrade with minimal elbow grease. A good rule of thumb is that darker tones make a space warmer and more intimate; light tones make the room feel fresher and more spacious. If you’re worried about making a commitment you might regret or you’re in a rental, then consider that there are a ton of beautiful removable wallpaper options out there that you can take advantage of without making a permanent change. We love Pick A Wallwho offer beautiful options.

Add some floating shelves, to display all those cookbooks or fancy knick knacks. Hunt for a cool print or frame some holiday pics – in colour or glossy black and white! Why not consider a full-length mirror? Not only will you be able to see your complete look before you leave the house, but it can also open up a space, making it seem larger and can add a touch of luxe. There are mirrors out there for every style of interior, from ultra-modern to eclectic or even a little bit scandi-lous.

Update your lighting
All too often we find ourselves living with the lighting that was installed by the builders a decade ago. Good lighting will create a welcoming and more peaceful environment, so take control of the ambience of your spaces. A few easy changes or additions can create a whole new feeling.

Play with different types of light in a room — some ambient (lamps with shades that create a diffused effect) and some task (those that brighten a specific spot for reading). If most of your lighting is from ceiling lights, consider adding a large lamp in the lounge to ease you into the night or a smaller lamp on your side table, desk or cabinetry. Lamps offer a softer and warmer light and let you adjust the amount of light in the room depending on your mood and needs. 
Need a quick fix? Dimmers are your friend! Did you know you can purchase plug-in dimmers for lamps that aren’t hard-wired, which allow you to create a warm, diffused glow in a room and still have the option of a brighter light for reading.

Scent
Our senses determine how we feel about a space —if something looks beautiful but doesn’t smell that way, we won’t enjoy it. 

If you're prepared to care for indoor plants, you could consider adding some which clean the air and beautify your home. Choose a few different plants and even consider jasmine, eucalyptus, or gardenia, which release a beautiful fragrance too.

We know at the moment it can be hard to focus with competing distractions, like cooking the evening meal, cleaning and home schooling. Focus the mind or shift from work to home life with scents which signal to the brain that it’s time to change pace. You can achieve this with a beautiful candle, spritzing a room spray or turning on an oil diffuser. Treat yourself to a luxe candle that’s not the typical rose or caramel scent, that have been done to death. Our current favourite? We are loving Byredo candles and oils from Aesop.


Interior inspiration images were sourced from Fenton & Fenton.

What have we been listening to, reading and watching, to keep us busy?
Here are our top picks for this week!

Listening - Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People [Podcast]
1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. That’s the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, which is hosted by comedian Chris Gethard. Each week, Chris speaks to an anonymous caller and brings to light their unique and interesting life experiences. From shocking confessions, family secrets to phone calls from prison - these stories are sure to keep you entertained!

Reading - The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku
Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. You are in control. Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed in November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp. Over the next seven years, Eddie faced unimaginable horrors every day, first in Buchenwald, then in Auschwitz and then on a Nazi death march. He lost family, friends and his country. 
Because he survived, Eddie made the vow to smile every day. He now believes he is the 'happiest man on earth'. Published as Eddie turns 100, this is a powerful, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful memoir of how happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times.

Watching - Selling Sunset on Netflix
Our guilty pleasure! Selling Sunset is the perfect mix of luxe real estate meets major drama. Selling real estate in the Los Angeles market can be glorious, given the area's sunny location and an abundance of the rich and famous living there. It can also be cutthroat as agents fight over clients and properties. Selling Sunset showcases drama and beauty at The Oppenheim Group, where elite real estate agents sell luxurious homes to their affluent buyers, while also showcasing the whirlwind lives of agents, both inside and out of the office.
We hope to continue to inspire, entertain, and bring some happiness to you during this unprecedented time. We want to let you know that we are always available for you, by phone, email and our social channels. 

Thank you for your continued support.
Stay home and stay safe x
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Connection is the key to surviving and thriving during these challenging times, not only in the workplace but also at home with friends and family. The idea behind this week's iso–spiration is the ultimate virtual dinner party!

We’ve brought together some of our favourite event suppliers to take the fuss out of preparing a dinner party, covering food & wine, music and cocktails. To connect online, we like to use Zoom or Facebook Messenger however there are plenty of video conferencing options out there, so choose whichever you find easiest.

Order in with Clover Culinary Projects.
Dinner time! Let’s face it, we’re all using food delivery services, so why not take it up a notch and enjoy something fancy. Clover Culinary Projects are our pick and a delicious alternative to the usual meal from Uber Eats.

A few weeks ago, the team & I had our Friday night dinner delivered by the fabulous team at Clover Culinary Projects. The superchic caterers are now offering ‘Take Me Away’, ready-made meals to get you through lockdown and beyond. Their quick mid-week meals & long weekend lunches are perfect for when you just can’t be bothered cooking! Hot tip - when the tiramisu is back on the menu, hit order, you won’t regret it. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine or three whilst you’re there!

View the current menu & order here.
Contactless pickup or local Melbourne & Mornington Peninsula delivery is available.
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We've got the tunes too!
Rutherford Entertainment are our go-to party starters to get everyone in the mood!  They have curated 3 party playlists for you to share with friends and enjoy together. 

 Cocktail, Dinner or Dance.

Rutherford Entertainment’s motto is to provide ”unique entertainment experiences featuring Australia’s finest performers”. Why should that cease because of Covid-19? Like many of our favourite suppliers, Rutherford Entertainment have pivoted their event entertainment business and are now offering Encore: Virtual Entertainment, where you can have live musical acts, DJs, MCs and feature performers virtually at your next event.
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And finish it off with a cocktail!
What’s a party without cocktails?! Four Pillars Gin have shared some great cocktail recipes, using their famous Bloody Shiraz Gin, a delicious combination of Rare Dry Gin with Yarra Valley Shiraz. YUM!
Why not have your fellow partygoers join in on a group cocktail-making session. Enjoy!
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Wibble

25ml Rare Dry Gin
25ml Bloody Shiraz Gin
25ml Fresh Ruby Grapefruit Juice
10ml Fresh Lemon Juice
10ml Crème de Mure
10ml Egg Whites

To make: Shake with ice, fine strain into Coupette and garnish with ruby grapefruit.

New Black

45ml Bloody Shiraz Gin
20ml Regal Rogue Wild Rose
2.5ml Mac. By Brookies
2.5ml Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee

To make:  build all ingredients in a glass, stir with block ice, and serve . This drink can also be pre batched in bulk, to keep in your fridge or freezer for a go-to night cap. 

What have we been listening to, reading and watching, to keep us busy?
Here are our top picks for this week!

Listening - Vogue Style Revolution [Podcast]
The Vogue podcast gives you an inside ear into the well-heeled world of fashion. Hosted by Andre Leon Talley, each episode features a number of much-buzzed-about topics—from what’s in the magazine to who’s making headlines to what everyone is talking about around the office. Guests include Alessandro Michelle (Gucci), Gigi Hadid and of course, Anna Wintour.

 
Reading - The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You
by Julie Zhuo

“The Making of a Manager” is the first book by Julie Zhuo, VP of Product Design at Facebook. In “The Making of a Manager”, Julie shares her experiences and learnings with regard to her transition from being a personal contributor to becoming a manager. “This is a book about how someone with no formal training learned to become a confident manager” is the starting point for Julie’s book.

Watching - Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey on Netflix
Every day, millions tune in to Sesame Street to see one of the world’s most adored and recognizable characters — a furry red three-and-a-half year-old monster named Elmo. Yet, with all of Elmo’s fame, the man behind the icon is able to walk down the street without being recognized. Meet Kevin Clash. As a teenager growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Kevin had very different aspirations from his classmates — he wanted to be a puppeteer. More specifically, he wanted to be part of Jim Henson’s team, the creative force responsible for delivering the magic of Sesame Street on a daily basis. With a supportive family behind him, Kevin made his dreams come true.
We hope to continue to inspire, entertain, and bring some happiness to you during this unprecedented time. We want to let you know that we are always available for you, by phone, email and our social channels. 

Thank you for your continued support.
Stay home and stay safe x
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