Friday, July 30, 2010

Hamilton Apartment Before the Unveil!...Taa Daa!..New Arrivals to the Showroom...Goat Cheese Tapas...Harrys New York Bar - In Paris! Hemingway Daquiris and More!

More on the Hamilton Apartment
 Last week we had a little snippet of our latest design project in Hamilton Brisbane.  An Art Deco Apartment with gorgeous views of the Brisbane River that needed a little bit of Charcoal Magic.  We are so excited to have the final images ready to share with you.  These will be published next week.  Until then, here is a 'Before' pic of the lounge room before the painting started.  Think...smokey tones....stunning eclectic mix of Antiques and modern contemporary most amazing textures...I could go on and on....until next week!

Our Reveal...Next Friday.  You wont believe the Transformation!

We are always sourcing amazing new Furniture and Accessories in our Showroom at 18 Doggett Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
This week is no exception.  
We love...

Antique Wooden Carved Horse...Amazing Detail!

Red Painted Sideboard 19th Century

Northern China Sideboard Circa 1880's.  This beautiful piece has three drawers and two doors.  A super versatile piece to suit a multitude of applications.
....just a snippet of what is new and exciting in store at Charcoal Interiors!

We had a great response to the Bruschetta Tapas last week...and here is more of the simple, healthy Tapas menu that we promised again for this Friday.

Capsicum, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Mint Tapas Wraps

Super Tasty and Preparation Time is only 10 Minutes!  The combo of capsicum and goats cheese is simply moooooorish!



  • 1 (4-ounce) goat cheese
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 4 (8-inch) tortillas
  • 1/2 cup chopped bottled roasted capsicum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


    1. Combine cheese and mint in bowl.
    2. Wrap tortillas in paper towel. Microwave on HIGH 20 seconds.
    3. Spread each tortilla with 2 tablespoons cheese mixture. Divide capsicum evenly amongst tortillas; sprinkle with salt. Roll up tortillas; wrap each tightly in plastic wrap, twisting ends to secure. Chill 1 hour.
    4. Unwrap tortillas. Cut each wrap into 4 pieces, cutting one end of each piece diagonally and one end straight across so the piece can stand on end (see photo above).
    Delicious and the presentation is just so easy...Donna Hay would be proud :-)

    Imagine yourself sitting down for a Cocktail this week at 'Harry's New York Paris'.  
     Since 1911, Harry's New York Bar has been mixing masterpieces for Parisians and international celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, Roosevelt and the Duke of Windsor. The expatriate community is celebrated and encouraged there -- a somewhat atypical attitude in Paris -- and the bar is adoringly referred to as "Sank Roo Doe Noo," which is what the address sounds like if your French is terrible.

    One of the worlds acclaimed writers,
    Hemingway moved in 1921 to Paris, where wrote articles for the Toronto Star. "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then whenever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." (from A Moveable Feast, 1964)

    Hemingway loved the odd Daiquiri or two....if he was alive today, we could be besties, as incredibly we too love the deliciousness of the Daiquiri.
    For Hemingway himself the Hemingway Daiquiri (or Papa Doble) was served without sugar and is almost always printed that way although most people prefer the sweetness.

    Let's dig in....
    The Hemingway Daiquiri


  • 1 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1/4 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup


  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass

  •  Next week, we introduce you to a lovely gentleman...Anatoli.  Anatoli is a representative from Milton Cater Oriental Handmade Rugs and will be here on Thursday for a chat.  If you happen to be in the area and would like to know more about these beautiful rugs, he will be happy to accommodate.

    We have had the best week together in the showroom.  We welcome our new clients and look forward to a new week.  Wishing everyone a terrific weekend!
    Yours in Design and Style...In the City!
    Cathie, Colette and Jen