Five Recipes : Salted Caramel

I've only made choux pastry a few times but each time it's gone spectacularly right so every time I see a recipe that calls for choux pastry, I know it's for me. 
Particularly if said recipe involves salted caramel.

It's most definitely a favourite flavour of mine & one that no menu or patisserie worth its salt appears to be without these days, decadent & delicious, it's rarely disappointing.

For this week's Five Recipes series, I've chosen some of my favourites from my "salted caramel" pinterest board. Yes, I do indeed love it enough to have a dedicated pinterest board ;)

jars of salted caramel, perfect for foodies - this recipe is in French but just use Google translate :)

all recipes link to the original bakers & creators via their websites

House Renovations : The Bathroom.

Our bathroom was second on our list of "major works" in our home, 
but for various reasons 
(the main one being that I couldn't bear living with our current bathroom for one more day), 
it has been bumped up to the top spot....
and work on it has started today.

It is the smallest of the major projects - if that makes sense - and therefore should be the quickest to theory!

The bathroom in our house right now is on the ground floor, located next to the kitchen - which quite honestly doesn't work for any of us.

The whole room has seen better days, the shower is temperamental & is also over the
bath, the room is very brown & outdated, it houses our washing machine & it is lacking in storage.

Quite honestly, I hate using it & do so as quickly as possible.

So, our new bathroom will move up a floor to the room directly above, currently a bedroom....
the new room is a perfect square, is lighter & brighter & will work so much better.

I have never designed a room before but have tried to keep my wish-list as simple as possible & focus on just some of the things I want in a bathroom.... 

* the room is to be : light, bright, calm, warm, spa-like, clean & uncluttered

* colours : pale, ivories, creams, whites, greys

* storage : functional, simple, classic

I have chosen a traditional claw-foot freestanding bath & a walk-in shower.

Grouting in the shower will be mid-dark grey & I am using subway/metro tiles - very excited about these!

I am ordering almost all the bathroom furniture, fixtures, fittings & accessories online &, given the amount of options available, have tried to keep my choices simple 
ie, I have gone with my first or second choice & not looked at everything out there.
Too much choice is not always a good thing! 
I had a brief moment of second-guessing myself this morning as I ran through everything with the builder, but I feel pretty happy with it all.

The fact that we are starting with an empty white room is a good thing, within reason I can plan the room any way that I want. Everything will be fresh & new, it feels extremely exciting!!

The builders have just finished their first day's work & the whole project is estimated to take three weeks. 
I can't wait to share before & after photos.

all images via Pinterest, to see more from my Pinterest boards see here....

Inspiration : 5 Pins & 5 Links

....isn't this a great & very original way to display your instagram or polaroid photos, very cute! true, be it family, friends or simply those you admire from afar

i am all about a good soup. and a woolly jumper. 
going to be making this rustic nordic pea soup tomorrow. this sign from Market Lane Coffee, Melbourne coffee shop.
 a little life advice on one wall....
it's okay to be good at just one thing....
just make sure you're really good at it & that you love it. 
be passionate. love what you do. that's good enough.
The Met Museum of Art, NYC....such an inspiring space.
i really need some museum time, going to plan that for next week. promise.

+ 5 links that I've enjoyed this week

a stunning Chelsea, NYC townhouse, so much inspiration here

this greek yogurt olive oil cake with orange blossom glaze

this extraordinarily moving piece "a wedding in the shadow of cancer "

i so want to take a trip....
these gorgeous photos of a Viennese honeymoon make this look like a good place to start!

House & Home : My Old Sofas + Throws, Blankets and All Things Snuggly.

images via Pinterest

It's fairly unusual these days, and actually we were possibly the odd ones out amongst our friends back then, but my husband & I didn't live together before we got married.

He had travelled a bit & lived at home with his parents & I had been renting for a few years after after our wedding, we needed to buy everything, we had lots of "stuff" but little or no furniture.

Our first flat had an enormous living room & consequently our first major purchase was not one but two matching cream three-seater sofas....super-comfy & squashy.
We were pre-children clearly, practicality didn't enter our heads in those days!

But in fact those sofas have lasted very well thanks to loose covers and we still use them today. 
One is just about to come out of our storage unit to join us & the other one sits in the heart of our home, large enough to accommodate my rapidly growing children and to fit all four of us on movie nights.
It has withstood endless jumping, all manner of food & drink, been used as a both a sick bed & a spare bed many times & remains the very definition of comfort & family life. 

Thanks to the washable covers, cream has actually worked very well in all the homes we have lived in since we got married, fitting in with a variety of colours & styles.

Our current home is neutral & light, comfortable Scandi-chic in style, lots of creams, whites & greys.

As the arms have become slightly worn, I have started to use throws & blankets on the sofas, partly because they are so easy to use & partly because I think they add to the comfort & appeal of the room.

I have a couple of vintage quilts, one of which is so large that it covers almost all of one sofa & I've draped soft & snuggly blankets on the arms. 
If it sounds "student-y", it really isn't....all the coverings tuck in snugly and fit well!
I also keep a pile of blankets & throws handy for those cold winter evenings.

I have spotted a gorgeous emerald green couch in Ikea which I am currently coveting but I feel quite sentimental about my cream sofas, they hold a lot of memories, stories and happy times.
I did consider giving them away when we moved & starting again with something new but I couldn't quite bring myself to do so.

Each sofa has plenty of cushions & I am in the process of swapping the cream cushions for a variety of greys & some different textures...and I am always on the hunt for gorgeous throws & blankets, I've become fairly obsessed with them in fact & these are some of my current favourites....

grey herringbone merino & cashmere throw

charcoal 100% pure wool Winston throw

chunky knit lambswool throw in grey marl

grey stars fleecy blanket

recycled 100% wool throws

charcoal cushions 

mongolian cushions

Heal's / NotOnTheHighStreet / Mitre Linen

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