Thursday, December 27, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS, BROWSERS, CLIENTS, FRIENDS, FAMILY, SUPPLIERS AND MORE!
2012 HAS BEEN A YEAR TO REMEMBER AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO GIVING YOU MORE OF OUR VERY BEST IN THE NEW YEAR TO COME!
SAFE TRAVELS, FILL YOU HEARTS WITH LOVE AND ENJOY SPECIAL TIMES WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS OVER THE SEASON....
COLETTE, CATHIE AND JEN....THE CHARCOAL TEAM.
Ever wondered what was in our basement? Well, now is your chance to find out.
We have heavily discounted prices on Storage Item Treasures.
This Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of December.
Pop in, grab a super sale bargain and bring your trailer!
59 Doggett Street
Friday, December 14, 2012
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE RECEIVER...NEW ARRIVALS...INSPIRATION! INSPIRATION! INSPIRATION! SANTAS LITTLE HELPERS...AND A BIG ONE TOO!...PROUDLY INTRODUCING JACKSON THOMAS ARTWORKS NOW SHOWING....'HIC!
Before we start this week, just let me say this...whilst compiling the blog today our good mates the McGowns from McGown Creative popped by, Champagne in hand for a Christmas visit...needless to say, after what was originally going to be one glass of bubbles....ended up being 2 and a half.
This is going to be interesting......
CHRISTMAS HAS ARRIVED AT CHARCOAL INTERIORS!
We are well and truly in the swing of Christmas here this week with not only an abundance of all things sparkly, shiny and 'baubly' for your decorating, but new stock arrivals hand selected by the girls with gift giving in mind.
We have a selection of absolutely gorgeous gift options. Be a 'thoughtful gift giver this year and pop into the showroom at 59 Doggett Street. Newstead. Brisbane.
We are open every day but Sunday!
Here's a taste of what's on offer
Framed Tribal Shell Necklace by The Designer Boys Collection
Our Quan Yin Goddess Hand Carved Bust with Designer Boys Framed Original Art
More of the stunning range from Designer Boys, this time its cowhide framed art with one of our new glazed urns...the perfect gift for the 'sophis-ti-cat'.
Our pink solid aluminium 'Donatella' chairs are fit for a diva. We love them!
Charcoal Interiors Antique Wooden Horse with our latest find....Huge Feature Clock.
Glazed urns, Glass Vases filled with gold pine cones and acorns plus our latest 'wheel' range in iron.
Framed Shell Tribal Necklace by the Designer Boys Collection...must be seen.
Our little bit of Christmas at Charcoal with huge cathedral candles, silver branch accessories, art, silver glass tealights, gold acorns and more....not forgetting our range of silver Christmas Trees which make terrific decorations for your Christmas Dining Table.
Gold Acorns.....Squirrel Heaven....
Stunning Filligree Hand Crafted Lanterns....we fell in love with these.
Our beautiful glass tealight range with gold acorns, old fashioned christmas baubles in glass..reminiscent of when we were kids...and hows the beautiful Tribal Necklace range in the background?
Industrial Stools...adjustable...so handy!
Tribal Necklace by Designer Boys Collection....these are stunning pieces.
Gorgeous Glazed pots in lovely earthy tonings.
Loving this set of 3 glazed pots...make great vases that look terrific grouped.
Relive your childhood with these gorgeous glass baubles in Antique gold and silver.
Hand Carved Wooden Lotus Wheel.
Wood Carved Boots - crafted from Mango timber, with another of our Industrial iron 'wheel' collection.
Looking for something different in a Christmas Tree this year? Throw out the notion of all things pine and green for the season and take home one of our white contemporary trees....these also look great displayed in multiples.
Industrial look lantern. Great for the deck and the lantern is nice and deep, so no more extinguished candles!
We love these hand beaten silver candle holders. Perfect for gifts!
Our ceramic pots and tray are to die for! These make perfect gifts for the finnicky receiver.
Pop into the showroom for these items and so much more!
59 DOGGETT STREET
PH 07 38526002
SANTAS LITTLE HELPERS
We're all family here at Charcoal Interiors...and fortunately we all get on like a house on fire!
Today we had the pleasure of a visit from the neice and nephew.
We put them to work....they had fun!
Sophia helping to trim the tree....Contemporary style.
A job well done!
Sean helping to open the many boxes we had to unpack today.
Step aside kids!.....you cant have all the fun! Aunty Cath gets in on the tree trimming too!
INTRODUCING JACKSON THOMAS
We are proud to introduce Jackson Thomas artworks into the showroom this week.
This original artworks using the resin medium create an impact with their vibrancy of colour and bold, emotive visual.
We invite you into the showroom any day (closed Sundays) for the Jackson Thomas art experience.
Available for purchase now.
Friday, December 7, 2012
'ALMOST 101 CHRISTMAS TABLE DECORATING IDEAS....WE LOVE! OUR NEW ERMENEK URN ARRIVALS AND MORE!...OUR WEEK IN PICTURES...THE FINAL MOBROS OF 85 TALLY AND THE SHAVE OFF....OUT AND ABOUT AT THE BELVEDERE DEAR BOY....THE EASIEST CHRISTMAS FINGER FOOD RECIPE EVER!...OUR CHRISTMAS SNOWBALL COCKTAIL RECIPE....AND WHAT BUDDHA SAID....ENJOY!
ALMOST 101 CHRISTMAS TABLE DECORATING IDEAS
credit djpalmer via flickr
Is it just me freaking out about Christmas once again this year? Every single year I tell myself somewhere around September to get the Christmas act together early so I am super organised and ready to not only dazzle but be the secret envy of my friends with the amazing decorations, gifts and food that I have loving prepared in my kitchen (with apron)...etc...etc....etc.....
It all works so well in my mind, but unfortunately has not translated into reality as yet.
Well, there is always next year......
Cath taking a final look over last years Christmas setting before the hoards arrived.
Out on the new back deck for Christmas dinner...we joined two tables together to make room for everyone.
For now, heres a collection of our best Christmas Table decorating ideas, that are achievable and easy to do.
1. Candles! Candles set the mood, bring a sense of occasion to the table and look sensational. Whether it be huge pillar candles or little glowing tealights in an assortment of colourful turkish tea glasses, candles are a fave of ours.
2. Fresh flowers. Keep the rest of the table reasonably simple in white, with sparkling clean crockery and tinkling glassware, then grab a large glass vase and a bunch of tiger lillies for the centrepiece...its a no brainer this one and looks beautiful.
3. Bon Bons! If youre very handy you can make your own, or if youre like me...buy them from the shops at the last minute. I like to buy the middle of the range ones and then poke my own little treats in the ends. Make name tags out of recycled card and tie them to the ends...everyone will think youre just so clever and Martha Stewart-ish!
credit Julietteculver via flickr
4. Candlesticks!...or Candleabra as some call them. Make it big and bold for dramatic effect. (see ours above on the family table setting)
5. Theme the table in Black and Silver on a white tablecloth....stunning!
6. Start at the beginning and give your table the VaVaVoom factor with a beautifully textured fabric piece as the tablecloth....dont have one big enough, but perhaps enough to make a statement...no problem, just layer it over the top of a plain colour.
7. A rustic plank of wood looks spectacular as a table runner and creates a foundation for all kinds of additions. The rustic textures against beautiful crockery and glassware adds another dimension to your table setting.
8. Grab your best clear vase and fill it with beautiful Christmas decorations....we love the combo of Antique Silver, Gold and Black.
9. A sprig of green rosemary on each plate....simple, yet classic and a nice way to remember those who didnt get to the table this year.
10. Olive branches (the spindly peripheral ones) with the leaves attached are great to use for napkin rings. They are super flexible, so just snip the shoots from your tree, wrap around the napkin and just twist and intertwine into itself so theres no need for tying....snip off the protruding ends...add a little card made from recycled product either with your guests name, or a special message to personalise..just tuck under the ring.
.............enjoy your table decorating! We would love to see your table setting photos, so be sure to share.
Oh...and did I say 101....???...must have been a typo! Oh give me a break....I can barely organise Christmas drinks this year!
Our new urns have arrived this week. From Large Turkish Ermeneks to smaller vinegar jars crafted traditionally...all authentic and completely divine. Available for sale now and a great Christmas gift idea.
OUR WEEK IN PICTURES
MOBROS OF 85
Well, its finally the end of Movember and no more Freddie Mercurys..Tom Sellecks or Salvador Dalis walking the streets for another year, although I do know of some guys keeping their moustaches much to the disdain of their wives/partners!
The final total raised thanks to you was $1548. Not bad for 4 guys who are mostly used to raising a glass...not funds!
Bye bye Mo.....
Trish does the honours.....
We had our shave off last Saturday at The Grove Bar Ashgrove. Pete the Greek was the only one game enough to shave in front of a crowd...here's the pics!
Congratulations to the team and we look forward to garnering more funds next year.
OUT AND ABOUT
THE BELVEDERE HOTEL
I love a Sunday drive and after our stint at The Grove which went on into the night, I particularly like a drive that is going to end in a meal cooked by others and a quality hair of the dog.
So, we took off in the convertible to somewhere cool with water views...and ended up at Woody Point. I had seen the signs for the Belvedere Hotel enroute and at the time had no idea we would end up there for lunch. The billboard beckoned with sunsets and cool looking people gazing into the distance at the water...it looked too unattainable, but before you knew it there we were driving right past the place. I said...STOP!...so we did.
Its not often that all boxes are ticked for me, but I found the Belvedere to be a great place to stop for lunch. First off we were greeted by the nicest lady with a Santa hat and tinsel earrings who just made us feel so welcome...and it was packed on this day too, but she took the time to explain the menu, where to order..even where the loos were! She gets 10/10 for being so bloody marvellous and the hotel should be very proud to have staff such as her....anyway....
I ordered the fish and chips because my hangover was screaming for that...and Pete had the steak, smoked style (yes, there are two types of steak..normal or their house smoked style...how awesome) with the seafood accompaniment. We both had a glass of red, sat back and watched the world go by. Our food was excellent, with beautiful presentation, fresh and clean...wine list is small but serves the purpose and you get some suggestions for meal pairing that are easy to follow.
So, thats service, ambience, food and wine boxes all ticked....I really liked it here and will be back..even if its just to say hi to the jolly waitress who really made the experience.
Rest In Peace Daniel Morcombe
Finally laid to rest today
MORE CHRISTMAS FINGER FOOD TO DAZZLE YOUR GUESTS AND GIVE YOU TIME TO REST........
Family crisis this week, with my darling cousin Lanie sending out a Facebook S.O.S to friends and relatives for finger food suggestions. It had to be fast...and it had to be easy.
Fortunately for Lanie I had the perfect recipe already under my little Santa belt.
This would have to be THE simplest recipe ever...in fact its not even a recipe...its just a four step process.
What you need....
Enough ready made pikelets (Coles bread aisle) for your guests.
Same with the smoked salmon...a little goes a long way.
What to do...
On each little pikelet spread some cream cheese, top with a slice of smoked salmon and twirl it slightly as above so it looks pretty.
Top with a sprig of dill
Serve on a pretty platter...stand back and watch them get devoured!
YOU are a star entertainer...right there!
THE CHRISTMAS 'SNOWBALL' COCKTAIL
Well, if youre going to make cocktails at Christmas time you may as well create something really dazzling...and if the presentation criteria includes a candy cane, then this cocktail is the one for you.
You really do need to don the Santas Little Helper outfit though when serving these up...theyre just soooo much fun.
via chuckumentary at flickr
WHAT YOU NEED...
1 shot vodka
1 shot Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1/2 shot candy cane infused vodka
1/2 shot cream
Peppermint Syrup to taste
Dollop of ice cream
WHAT TO DO...
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice.
Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a candy cane for a true Christmas Cocktail.
Important Note: Too many of these at the Christmas Party may result in you never being able to show your face back at the office....
OUR BUDDHA THIS WEEK
Until next week have a brilliant weekend...dont get too flustered at the shops. See you next week and be sure to pop into the showroom for a quiet retreat from the insanity, plus some beautiful gift ideas to boot....
Love, Light and Laughter....
The Charcoal Team