Friday, October 5, 2012

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE RECYCLER...OUR BEAUTIFUL SUSTAINABLE FURNITURE OPTIONS....WALLPAPER LAMPSHADES....PINK GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITAS AND WARM BABY BEETROOT SALAD...PERFECT BBQ FOOD!...CHEERS...THE CHARCOAL TEAM XXX

...BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE RECYCLER...

Some materials come and go in the popularity stakes, but the one consistent is timber.  We delight in the arrival of an old door, and get excited over the discovery of treasures such as old wharf or jetty timbers.

There is something very soulful about using recycled or reclaimed timbers in furniture design.  We have, over the years crafted many custom pieces for clients in tables, coffee tables and bench seats etc..from old timbers, a lot of which have history that of course adds to the charm and attraction of these pieces.


This beautiful table was crafted from an old Antique Gate and used as a shop counter in an upmarket boutique.


We are able to offer our customers something different when it comes to coffee tables.  Over the years it has become apparent just how difficult it can be for clients to find the right coffee table and here at Charcoal Interiors we offer quite the range of options.  This particular table is made from reclaimed timbers and given a soapstone finish.


This table is very special to us.  Crafted from old wharf timbers sourced from China.  This was purchased by clients for their new home as a kitchen bench...stunning.


This old Spanish Door has been crafted into a console bench.  This is a very unique 'one-off' piece which we currently have available for sale at Charcoal Interiors.  Contact us for all the details
07 38526002


Here we have another of our tables crafted from an old wooden gate.


Our recycled Blackbutt dining table is huge and perfect for a large family or those gatherings where the old 6 to 8 seater just wont grant the space.  We think this would look amazing in a winery cellar door, beach house or grand dining room where the space calls for something majestic.  This table can also be crafted in any dimension....but when we do things...we like to do them big!  So this is a great example of the 'lengths' we will go to when a grand gesture is called for.


These timber bench seats are crafted from old Elm Timbers.  They are character personified with their deep grains and earthy presence.  Perfect for a hallway, deck area or garden.  Elm is one of the hardiest of timbers and has been used traditionally in wharfs as it is resistant to rotting when wet permanently.


We now have in stock these gorgeous 3 legged stools made from old Cart Wheels.  They make fabulous side tables, small coffee tables or stools.


This coffee table was made using an old Japanese Slatted Door.  It is unique and very sophisticated, and its made by us!

Charcoal Interiors
Come and visit us on the website for more sustainable and recycled timber furniture options.  Or, you can pop into the showroom Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm.
59 Doggett Street.  Newstead.  Queensland.  

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AND SPEAKING OF FLEXIBILITY IN DESIGN.........



How's this for a great idea.  We loved the Precious Paisley wallpaper design by Hooked on Walls, and it looked great as a wall covering, but how about using it with a lamp shade?
Yet another option when it comes to finding the perfect lampshade colour or style.  We do aim to please!

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THIS WEEK...



Referred to as the 'Charlies Angels' of Doggett Street by some, here we are in the latest Style Mag.
It was a pleasure to feature in their Doggett Street Spring Promotion.  
Charcoal Interiors - 59 Doggett Street. Newstead.
We are the ones with the huge Bronze Lions out the front!


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PINK GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITAS......WE DO LOVE SPRING!
One of my earliest childhood memories is of my Mother eating Grapefruit.  Back in the 60's Grapefruit diets were the 'big' thing.  Mum would have grapefruit for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it always looked so inviting.  I remember asking her for a taste one day and recall thinking that my tastebuds would never be the same again.  I thought it was just so disgusting!....but back then I also hated blue cheese, chilli and prawns...now they are all my faves.  After a bad experience with the grapefruit I found myself revisiting the flavours on a recent night out.  I am a magnet to the Margarita, so when I saw the Pink Grapefruit Margarita on the Cocktail list there was no way I was going to give it a miss.
This is super easy to make and it looks really pretty...great for weddings, or girly times.


WHAT YOU NEED....
1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice (approximately 4 limes)
1 cup Triple Sec Orange Liqueur
3 Cups ice
1 cup silver Tequila
1 lime cut in wedges, optional kosher salt

WHAT DO DO...
Directions: Rim the glass with a lime wedge and dip in salt.  Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, Triple Sec and ice in a blender.  Pour in the tequila, stir and serve.
Feet up...relax.....its Friday!

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Super healthy and with a taste to match...this salad really is an explosion of goodness!
We recommend served with Barbecued Lamb Cutlets.
WARM BABY BEETROOT SALAD

What you need.....
200grams chickpeas, soaked overnight in cold water
Bouquet garni (parsley stems, thyme, bay leaf and peppercorns in a muslin bundle)
2/3 cup (160ml) extra virgin olive oil
3 bunches mixed baby beetroot soaked in water for 30 mins with leaves and stems
1/2 tbsp chopped thyme leaves
Juice and finely chopped zest of 1 lemon
1/3 bunch parsley, leaves roughly picked
160g garlic and pepper goats cheese such as Woodside Tapas chevre
1. place drained chickpeas in a medium size saucepan and cover by about 6cm with cold water.  Add bouquet garni and simmer over medium heat for about 1 hour or until tender. Drain discarding bouquet garni then add 40 ml olive oil, season with salt and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, drain beetroot and trim stems, leaving about 1 cms attached to beetroot (this helps retain flavour and colour).  Scrub lightly to remove any dirt.  Strip leaves and cut stems into 6cms lengths; set aside.
3. Preheat oven to 270 degrees celcius (250 with fan forced). Place beetroot in a saucepan with plenty of cold water and bring to a simmer; cook for 15 mins or until just soft.  Drain.
4. Place parboiled beetroot on a roasting tray.  Drizzle with 60ml oil, scatter thyme over and season with salt and pepper.  Toss to coat, then roast 15 - 20 mins or until skins are wrinkly and well coloured.  Remove from oven and fold lemon zest through.
5. Heat a heavy-based frypan over medium heat.  When hot, add remaining oil and saute beetroot stems...when blistered add leaves and toss.  Add lemon juice, season aiwth salt and set aside.
6. Fold parsley through chickpeas then place on platter.  Pile beetroot on top.  follow with leaves and stems and crumbled goats cheese....serves 6.
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UNTIL NEXT WEEK......
Love, Light and Laughter....The Charcoal Team 
xxx