Friday, March 25, 2011



Well it took a few weeks to cross the 'T-s' and dot the 'I-s' so we do apologise for not being able to divulge this information a bit sooner....but finally we can reveal our new premises location and further details with you.
We are moving to a new and exciting building, where we can offer our valued customers the comfort and convenience of On Site Car Parking, and Air Conditioning.  It will be hard to leave the building that holds so many great memories for us, but after much feedback from our clients we felt it necessary to relocate to a building where car parking was easy and convenient.  
We look forward to welcoming our valued customers to:
59 Doggett Street NEWSTEAD......(just down the road!)  
This week, we couldn't wait to get our hands on the keys to the new building!
Here's Cathie and Colette opening the doors for the first time. 

We had a glass of Bollinger each and started getting stuck into plans for the new space.

Jen, Colette and Cathie celebrate with a glass of Bolly!  Cheers to exciting times to come.

 Be sure to Watch This Space, as we keep you updated weekly on our move to number 59 Doggett Street.

The end of an era this week with the passing of screen siren great Elizabeth Taylor.  In her hey-day Liz was a real style icon with her stunning eyes and natural beauty.  Her timeless beauty carried her through to the end, and although she was also famous for her many marriages, with two to Richard Burton, we would like to remember her as a woman of style and tireless campaigner for AIDS research when it was not so trendy to do so.


The girls found inspiration this week in this gorgeous home owned by Kerry Warn and Antoni Burakowski.  Originally from the Western Australia township of Mount Barker, Kerry's remarkable career has spanned more than 40 years and countless moves as Nicole Kidman's personal hair stylish including such movies as Eyes Wide Shut, The Hours and Cold Mountain.  Understandably so, before the heady lure of the film sets won out, Warn began his working life as a trainee in an downtown Perth salon.  He then moved to London in the early seventies.  Kerry now lives with Antoni in this stunning Georgian style terrace home in London and is a home of countless and carefully edited artefacts, antiques and classics from Georgian dressers to 1930's bureaux and salvaged theatre doors.  

Photograph via Australian Vogue Living Jan/Feb 2010

Such an eclectic mix of styles and textures that completely works in balance and harmony together.

Our Relocation Sale continues with huge reductions off of our showroom stock.  Charcoal Interiors has built their name and reputation around supplying only quality pieces, and we are thrilled to be able to present these sale items to you.  That much admired piece could be yours this weekend, so do not hesitate to either call into the showroom at 18 Doggett Street Fortitude Valley, or contact us via phone 07 38526002 or email via our website contact form at
Just a small example of the range of savings to be had on quality items, we present to you the European label Holili outdoor furniture range, with a special pricing for our Relocation Sale on the Quadro 2 Seater Sun Bed Plus!..the Padded Ottoman which is very versatile as you can either have the padding on top of the Ottoman or inside to create a hard surface for placing drinks it doubles as a coffee table.  Holili is of the utmost quality and style.  Think of the relaxing afternoons spent lounging on the Sun Bed.  And when the weather gets too hot...just pull over the canopy.
Pricing on this setting was already very reasonable for the calibre of product at $ brought down to just $2600!  And that's for both pieces including the canopy, cushioning..etc....

Sophisticated, Stylish and crafted using Loose Covers for easy and convenient maintenance, the 'Boas' sofa in white is super comfortable and suitable to a range of different home interior applications.  Curl up with a book and sink into this gorgeous sofa.  Reduced from $3500 down to just $1500!

Since 1985, Le Forge has created original, beautifully crafted, hand forged furniture and decorator items from our own manufacturing studio.
An authentic Le Forge product gives you a truly unique individual piece, created with close attention to design detail, quality and finish.
We are fortunate to offer this gorgeous Bakers Stand by Le Forge originally at $3800 down to $1500!  Those who appreciate true quality and superior craftsmanship will acknowledge that this is a genuine bargain to be had.

We look forward to welcoming you through our showroom doors over the coming weeks as we prepare to relocate to number 59 Doggett Street.  Stock must go.  Do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance.  


The great thing about eating fruit and vegetables that are in season is that they are fresh and high in their vitamin and mineral content, but also affordable (usually...f and v have been quite expensive here in Brisbane due to the flooding).  However, Avocados are in season, plentiful and affordable.  

Avocado has recently been described as the complete food.  Packed into that glossy green skin is a little gem of a food high in protein, great for the skin (in fact you can mash it up and put it on your skin for a great pick me up facial) assists in protecting the liver, acts as a powerful antioxidant, aids in lowering cholesterol and much more.
This week we bring to you a recipe that is jam packed full of goodness and tastes terrific too....wont cost the earth to make, or take too much time out of your busy day.


Cooking Time

15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 700g chicken breast fillets, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 1 medium avocado, halved, thinly sliced
  • 80g baby rocket leaves
  • 1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 12 basil leaves, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed


  1. Preheat a barbecue plate or chargrill on medium-high heat. Place chicken in a glass dish. Spray both sides with oil. Sprinkle with cumin and turn to coat. Season with salt. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes each side or until browned and cooked through. Remove to a plate. Cover with foil and set aside for 5 minutes to rest. Slice across the grain into 1cm-thick pieces.
  2. Place chickpeas, avocado, rocket, onion, basil and chicken in a bowl. Season with pepper.
  3. Combine lime juice and garlic in a jug. Pour over salad. Toss to combine. Divide salad between plates. Serve.


    Elizabeth Taylor had her own demons to contend with...and dont we all!  She used drinking to cocoon herself from the pressures of fame.  Her favourite cocktail was the Midnight Cowboy, a heady concoction not for the faint of heart...and how she kept her gorgeous shape after drinking these for an extended period of time we will never know!  Trust us....this is a heart starter and will curl yer cowboy boots for sure.

    Kick back with your Midnight Cowboy and pop on any old Black and White movie of your choice...some recommendations are: John Waynes - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance....The Good The Bad and the Ugly....or Maureen O'Hara and John Waynes classic 'Rio Grande'.  What about the all time favourite and cocktails namesake...Midnight Cowboy?



    2 oz bourbon whiskey
    1 oz dark rum
    1/2 oz heavy cream 
    Combine ingredients in a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass.
    Wishing you all a fabulous Friday afternoon and weekend!  To leave you with the words of the late great Elizabeth Taylor which struck a chord with us today:
    "It is very strange that the years teach us patience - that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting".
    Elizabeth Taylor