Showing posts with label Media. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Media. Show all posts

Friday, June 17, 2011



Welcome to the Blog for this week.  Here at Style in The City we like to keep you abreast of our weekly movements, and also hopefully inspiration.  We do like to pass on whatever inspires us, and this week, we fell in love with the home of actress Meg Ryan.  Hollywoods on/off darling has exquisite taste in colour and design and we really love the clean lines and balance of materials used in her home...lets face it, theres nothing worse than seeing too 'much' of one material, for example wood (it takes on a 'Little House on The Prairie' look and can get a bit overpowering).

Tell us what you think of these beautiful rooms in Megs home...


For those of you who arent up on the story of Brian, he is our resident pooch here at Charcoal Interiors.  
Brian was a Pet Rescue Dog, who had been found roaming the streets of Logan forlorn and emaciated.  As fate would have it, Cath saw a picture of him on the Pet Rescue website and fell in love with his beautiful face.  She met him at the Gatton UQ where he was being rehabilitated and the rest as they say, is history.  It feels good to give a beautiful animal another chance in life...fact is that if Cath hadn't adopted him, he had a very real chance of being euthenaised (we always cover his ears when we mention that bit).
We welcome you to read this great article on Brian and his new life with owner Cath.  Be sure to come and visit him in the showroom one day soon...and prepare yourself to be welcomed with open paws.


Looking for that perfect piece for your home, but dont want to skimp on quality??  Sick of flat-pack furniture same-same styles and reproductions with no soul??  
Then look no further than Charcoal Interiors and our BIG sale!  On Now!


We seem to have a bit of a fixation with Fireplaces at the moment...probably because its just so darned cold! But this is a room where you immediately feel a sense of comfort, without forgoing style.


Give in to charming choc concoctions with this week's food fight winner -- chocolate lava cakes! They are super quick and super easy.  Masterchef eat your heart are going to impress all the home judges with this one!




  • 180g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 250g butter, chopped
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup plain flour, sifted
  • Double cream and cocoa powder, to serve


  1. Place chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium-high (75%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring with a metal spoon every 30 seconds, or until melted and combined. Cool completely.
  2. Grease eight 175ml-capacity ceramic ovenproof dishes. Sprinkle with flour. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar for 8 to 10 minutes or until thick and creamy. Fold in chocolate mixture, then flour. Spoon mixture into prepared dishes. Freeze for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Place dishes on a baking tray. Bake for 16 minutes or until just set (cakes will wobble when touched).
  4. Stand dishes for 1 minute. Turn onto plates. Top with cream. Dust with cocoa powder. Serve.


    For all of us here in Brisbane down...its been a cold, cold week.  We bought more scarves, heaters and I double layered with my socks under the yeah...its cold!  And ok, ok...if you live in Canberra, Victoria, South Australia or win.  It's just that we Brisbanites are used to it being reasonably warmish this time of year...and we have had a lot to deal with of late in respect to mother nature, so we get to have a whinge...its our turn...oh, and lets not mention the footy game on Wednesday really...lets not mention it!
    So, with a week of sporting losses and the cold to contend with,  I couldnt exactly see myself sitting down to a Daiquiri.  It would have to be something warming and soothing.  What better concoction than the ever reliable Mulled Wine!  I know on my visits down to SA, one of my favourite things to do is curl up in one of the old leather chairs at the local pub in front of the fireplace with a glass of mulled wine.

    Spice things up on a chilly night with this European-style drink. 


    Ingredients (serves 4)

    • 10 cloves
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 1/4 cup caster sugar
    • 1 roughly grated nutmeg
    • 2 cups water
    • roughly grated rind of 1 orange
    • 1 roughly chopped apple (skin on)
    • 750ml light, fruity red wine (such as a merlot)


    1. Heat cloves, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, water, orange rind and apple in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
    2. Add red wine and simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Strain and divide among serving glasses. Serve immediately.


      Wishing everyone a very happy weekend.  Theres some great movies out at the moment.  Cath saw Oranges and Sunshine the other night...very moving true story, and Australian...she says its worth a look.  Be sure to come and say hi on Saturday if youre in the area....dont forget we are now closed on Sundays.  With love....The Charcoal Girls...Colette, Cathie and Jen xxx

       Until next week...

 The Charcoal Team...Cathie, Colette and Jen

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sprucing up for Spring, Our Home Cover Story, Colettes Spring Tips for Freshing up a Room, Art in your Home...Its so Easy!..Dominique Portet, The Cherry Vixen....Plus! Savoury Pancakes with Super Salsa!...

Spring has well and truly sprung, and from what I can glean from the comments lately from our Interstate followers on Facebook, the pleasant warm change is not only just isolated to us Brisbanians!

We have had so many people coming into the showroom this week, who want to refresh an old tired looking room for Spring.  Our Senior Designer and co-director of Charcoal...Colette Venardos has been busy putting together some fabulous design ideas for her clients.  

One client has a room that just needs that little bit of something extra to really give it a bit of colour...Colette has found a gorgeous imported French Fabric to use for an upholstery project in this will add a nuance of interest and colour without being too overwhelming.  

Colette suggests the use of  a hint of colour and patterning in a room.  She says "You dont overwhelm with too much is brought in with subtleties rather than overpowering...I honestly feel that too many patterns congest a room.  Keeping things subtle guarantees a room its classic, timelessness".

On the weekend, Charcoal Interiors featured heavily in the Courier Mail Home section. In fact, we were the Cover Story, with a couple of our design projects showcased, and not to mention the cover of Home Magazine Liftout...not quite the Rolling Stones, but we were pretty chuffed.  You dont get chosen for these things unless the belief is there and we were thrilled and honoured to be chosen by the Courier Mail.

  In the article, Cathie was interviewed and asked for her expert opinion on Artworks and how they are able to add style and tone to a home.  The good news when it comes to collecting art for your home, is that there are no rules to be broken.   Cathie says " Home decorators are now digressing from the "this goes with that, goes with this" packaged look of design and thinking more of the idea of putting a traditional armchair with a modern clean-line sofa...and Cathie goes further "Its OK to infuse all of that with artwork and pieces that crate an eclectic fusion of styles.  It brings together that whole timeless feel and gives a home its soul".
 Charcoal Interiors Exclusive Project Featuring Dean Reilly Artwork
We have some amazing artworks in our showroom by Archibald Prize and Moran Prize finalist Dean sure to pop into the Valley this weekend for the Valley Fiesta, and come visit us too!
Our Sale is almost over...Do Not Miss Out on significant discounts available now.

Valley Fiesta...Fortitude Valley comes alive this weekend with amazing live performances, art, fashion, food and so much more.  For more information click on the link below and be sure to visit us while in the Valley Precinct...we are the heart and soul of art, fashion and style.

Part of the excitement of working in this gorgeous showroom space every day, is that you just dont know who is going to walk in through the doors.  

This week we were delighted to welcome Dominique Portet, Owner of Dominique Portet Winery in Victoria.  Such a delightful man, and we have promised to visit him next time we are in the Yarra Valley.  Being a bit of a wine buff, I am particularly looking forward to sampling his wine, that has been lauded by the likes of James Halliday. 

Anybody who walks into the showroom between the hours of 1pm and 3pm will find us at some point stuffing ourselves with the weeks new recipe.  We decided to try a Healthy Savoury Pancake Recipe with fresh Salsa Topping.  I made the Pancakes the night before, let them cool, wrapped them in alfoil and then refrigerated overnight.  I did the same with the salsa....preprepared it, except for the Avocado, which I cut up fresh and then served up immediately to keep that lovely colour to the avocado.  I also added a bit of fresh coriander as a garnish to keep the colour up and vibrancy and freshness to the dish.  It was a fantastic, easy recipe and perfect for Spring lunches, dinners or it would be great to bring along to a picnic.
Spinach and Feta Pancakes


  • 1 quantity Basic pancakes (see easy peasy Pancake recipe below)
  • 1/2 bunch English spinach, trimmed, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 100g Greek-style feta, crumbled 
Basic Pancake Recipe...makes 10
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Whisk all pancake ingredients together in a bowl until all the lumps are out and its nice and smooth.
  2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Brush pan with butter. Using 1/4 cup mixture per pancake, cook 2 pancakes for 3 to 4 minutes or until bubbles appear on surface. Turn and cook for 3 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining mixture, brushing pan with butter between batches. Serve with the salsa dressing (see below) on top and add the Avocado last to keep it fresh, and a vibrant colour to the dish....enjoy!
Serve with: Diced Tomato, parsley, coriander, avocado and red onion salsa (just mix all these ingredients together in a bowl, adding a drizzle of lemon juice and balsamic..and a tiny sprinkle of raw sugar)
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons extra milk if batter is too thick, or has thickened on standing.
To 'freshen-up' day-old pancakes, microwave, covered with paper towel, on medium-high (70%) for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until heated through.

Welcome one and all to Friday Cocktail, we bring to you the very sexy and delicious...
CHERRY VIXEN....sigh...Oh, we do love Cocktail Friday so....For this one, you are going to need to set the mood with some Barry White and Candlelight.....Oohhhh Babeeeee....

Cherry Vixen

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients: 2 ounces Frangelico
1/2 ounce grenadine
1/2 ounce Kahlua
1 cherry or Hershey kiss

Directions: Combine Frangelico and grenadine in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until foamy. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with Kahlua. Garnish with a cherry or kiss!...Mwaah!

As we pull down those big shopfront rollerdoors on yet another Friday, we say kick off your shoes, put your feet up and ponder another week in the battlezone of life survived.  Here's to family, friends and Friday!
Have a great weekend!