Let’s Glam Things Up!
What’s not to love about this ironing room found in the Ideal Home website?
Everything in this bright and airy ironing room is made to measure.
It’s a corridor that’s been converted into an ideal spot to iron.
I love, love, love the ironing board being stored underneath the marble counter when not in use.
Always up. But out of the way.
And what about those cherry red legs for contrast?
That quaint hanging rack with dowels is perfect for hanging ironed garments.
And the stool!
How many people sit down when they iron?
I do. And love it.
I turn the CD player on and listen to whatever I’m in the mood for. While I sit at a comfortable height for me. On a swivel office chair that I can raise or lower to suit. And iron in full comfort for however long it takes me.
Your environment is everything. A glamourous place to iron changes the focus from chore to someplace you want to be.
When your ironing board is in full view. In a room as lovely as this. You need to pay attention to your ironing board cover.
It should be wrinkle free. And fit your board like a tailored suit. ~Carol❤
Photo Courtesy Of Ideal Home
Ten years ago I inherited a beautiful set of Rodd Silverplate Cutlery from my partner’s mother, Margarita.
It’s a simple Beaded design. Not so plain as to be boring. But no tizz. It’s very classy!
Margarita no longer entertained and didn’t want it to sit unused in the bottom drawer of her credenza. She and Victor’s father purchased it in the late 1970’s. And it adorned her table at the many dinner parties she hosted until she became a widow in 1998.
For those of you who don’t know, Rodd Silverplate was made in Australia between 1919 and 1985. They were the leading makers of silverplate cutlery. And silver jewellery in the Land Of Oz. The quality of their workmanship makes it a sought after vintage purchase by many people today.
Thrilled at receiving it, I knew this would never sit unused in my farmhouse. Victor and I immediately put it to everyday use. It being a much more sophisticated alternative to the stainless steel we were used to.
I’m not one for polishing the silverware. I’m not Gold Meir, cleaning her silver teapots to unwind at the end of a traumatic day as the Prime Minister of Israel.
I’m a modern day gal looking for a simpler solution.
Which I have known about for many years. Having seen it demonstrated at the many shows we exhibited at when we were first getting established.
The ratio is this.
1 Tablespoon of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1 Tablespoon of dish detergent
1 Cup of water
1 Aluminium tray. Or a sheet of aluminium foil. This is ABSOLUTELY essential. Without the foil/tray, your cleaning attempt is worthless.
Boiling water from the kettle.
Some recipes call for salt. Salt is corrosive and will destroy your silverplate over time.
I use the aluminium trays that are sold in every supermarket. Usually in the barbeque section. If you don’t have a foil tray, a sheet of Alfoil in a bowl is equally as good.
Pour the hot water into the foil tray. Or Alfoil lined bowl.
Add the detergent and the baking soda.
It will fizz.
Immediately immerse just a few pieces of cutlery at a time. Let is sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
And voila! Your silverplate looks like new.
If you’re using foil, you’ll have to throw it away and use a fresh sheet each time. The tray can be washed and reused many times.
A word of caution. If you don’t use the foil, your cutlery will turn black. Not permanently. Just repeat the process when you have a sheet of foil or a foil tray available.
With this super easy recipe for cleaning, there is no excuse to not use your superb quality silverplate cutlery on a daily basis.
Everything that adds glamour to the table. And to your life. Is so worth it! ~Carol❤
Recipe is courtesy of the internet. Everyone has this recipe. But they all include salt. Which is a no-no!
We have a guest cottage on our rural property which is called Meadow House Getaway. It’s a destination for anyone who needs to ‘Relax. Renew. Recover’. It was designed by my partner, Victor Pleshev, an architect, for his mother, Margarita.
She loved living in her home for 14 years.
We’ve left all her beautiful furniture. Her Stuart crystal. Her Wedgewood china. Her artifacts from her travels around the world. For our guests to enjoy.
The house is a glorious place to relax. It sits in a meadow of Eucalyptus Scribbly Gums on 54 hectares. Has panoramic views of the surrounding hills. And has an east facing veranda to enjoy the rising sun. And a west facing veranda to pull up a chair. Sip your favourite beverage. And watch the setting sun.
But what do guests seem to love the most?
There is something so luxurious about ironed sheets and pillowcases. Perhaps it’s because most people don’t do it for themselves.
Why? My guess is that it’s too much of a hassle for them. Because they have ironing board covers that slip and slide. Which creates havoc when moving large swathes of fabric over the board.
But Victor, who irons everything for Meadow House, finds it a breeze when ironing on a Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover!
A tip from a friend who owns a B&B. He mixes up a secret potion of Eucalyptus Oil and water. Puts it in a spray bottle. And once he puts his ironed bed linen in his linen cupboard, he mists it with a light spray of his scented water.
We don’t do that for Meadow House Getaway in case a guest is allergic to certain fragrances. But you can do that in your own linen cupboard. For that WOW! fragrance when you open the door. ~Carol❤
Photos Courtesy Of Meadow House Getaway.
We can all lead an elegant life. It’s not about money. It’s all about style. And a commitment to being a classy guy or gal.
I was born in New York City. My mother was a couture dressmaker. My father was a talented artist. The detail in his pencil sketches is stunning. Some of my dad’s work hangs today in my farmhouse in rural Australia.
My grandmother sang in the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. My maternal grandfather was a barber. Who cut the hair of the Broadway stars. My paternal grandfather was a shoemaker. Who made the shoes for the Broadway stars.
My partner is a gifted architect.
My life has been surrounded by beauty and glamour since the day I was born. And I expect that to continue.
I’m also Second Hand Rose. Everything in my rural farmhouse has been someone else’s treasure in another life. I have a good eye. And have been collecting vintage items since I was 18 years old. My eclectic collection of furniture. Clocks. Glassware. Dinnerware. Beautiful cloth napkins. Accoutrements. Which is admired by every visitor. Has, in fact, cost me nothing more than a pittance.
I discovered The Butlers Guild many years ago. And refer to it frequently as a guide to how to create a stylish home. It’s a ‘How To’ on everything from cleaning to table settings.
Only cloth napkins. In sterling silver napkin rings. Yes. I iron all my napkins. There is nothing more luxurious than a crisply ironed napkin sitting in your lap.
No bottles of branded goods are ever on my table. Condiments are served in special glass dishes. Circa 1940’s. Beautiful flora from my rural garden dresses up a tall ceramic jug that dominates my table. Vintage accessories. Serving dishes. Glass jugs. Stemware. Silver coasters for glassware. Adorn my table. And that’s just breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday. Weekends are even more extra special.
Concerned about all the washing up? There are two dishwashers in our farmhouse. One is named Carol. The other is called Victor. Is it worth the extra effort? Absolutely.
It’s a known fact that your environment affects how you feel about yourself. So if you want to give your life a splash of elegance and class, visit The Butlers Guild. It truly is an inspirational website. It doesn’t take much to create a smart and stylish home. ~Carol❤
Visit the Butlers Guild here.
St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney is a Gothic, Roman Catholic Cathedral in the heart of Sydney. On St Marys Road. Surrounded by the hub-bub of city life.
The foundation stone for the original cathedral was laid in 1821. Which was destroyed by fire in 1865.
The foundation stone for the present cathedral was laid in 1868.
The cathedral wasn’t finished in its entirety until 2000.
Although not the largest cathedral in the world, it is the longest.
Mass is held 3 times a day Monday to Friday. Twice on Saturday. Five times on Sunday.
St Mary’s Cathedral Choir is acknowledged as the oldest musical ensemble in Australia still in operation. With a history dating from 1818, the Choir specialises in singing plainchant, Renaissance polyphony by composers such as Palestrina and Victoria, and sacred music by contemporary composers.
The Choir provides music at Vespers and Mass in the Cathedral every day except Fridays during term-time, making it one of only two Cathedral choirs in the world to continue such a rhythm of worship.
What’s not generally known about churches. Cathedrals. And their choirs. Is the number of volunteers who do the laundry. And do the ironing of all the vestments. And church linen.
Especially for a cathedral that holds mass 22 times a week.
This is a full time labour of love for the volunteers. Usually women.
I know. Because they are a part of my clientele for The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover. ~Carol❤
Photo 1 of St Mary’s Cathedral Is Courtesy Of Ask Ideas
Photo 2 Of St Mary’s Cathedral Is The Northwest View. And Is Courtesy Of By M.O.X (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo 3 Of St Mary’s Cathedral Choir Is Courtesy Of Cathedral Choir Sydney Volunteer. The Choir survives on donations. You can make a donation here.
Text About The Choir Is Courtesy Of The St Mary’s Cathedral Choir
Did you know . . . that it only takes 13 seconds for someone to look you up and down? From head to toe? To make a judgement about you? Before you say a word? Based purely on how you dress? And how well groomed you are?
And just about everyone who looks at you in public for the first time, is unconsciously judging you.
If you always want to make a good first impression, be sure to be well pressed. And well dressed.
I honestly believe that dressing your best should be a daily habit. You feel better. And the public treats you differently to other people. In retail stores. In public transport. On the street. And when in need of the men and women in blue!
Your style should reflect impeccable taste. Etiquette. And Manners.
Yes. Manners! Dressing well for others is a sign of respect.
Look at these gals. Three different styles. Each one looks sensational! ~Carol❤
To me, there is nothing more luxurious than sitting at a table with crisply ironed table linen. With a crisply ironed, luxurious, pure linen napkin sitting in my lap. Surrounded by beautiful and glamourous accoutrements.
The origins of High Tea. Or Afternoon Tea. Was originally reserved purely for royalty and the aristocracy.
But times change.
Afternoon Tea is now enjoyed everyday around the world by millions, yet a setting as appropriate as Melbourne’s famous Hotel Windsor would be hard to find.
Indeed, walking into The Hotel Windsor’s tearoom for afternoon tea is much like being transported into the scene of a Jane Austen novel, featuring traditional 19th-century décor complete with chandeliers, linen table cloths, Noritake fine bone china and silverware to match.
The Hotel Windsor has been serving afternoon tea since 1883, and to this day holds a sterling reputation for what is arguably Melbourne’s best traditional afternoon tea offering.
As you can imagine, this is a rather big claim to make, but the beautiful setting, impeccable service and on-point menu epitomises an impressive attention to detail. ~Carol❤
Images Courtesy Of The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne.
Text courtesy of The High Tea Society.
How classy. And classic. Is this handmade suit jacket?!
Miles Wharton and Rami Mikhael’s travelling tailor service, The Bespoke Corner, is quietly garnering quite the following in Sydney. With a showroom in Paddington NSW, the tailor specialises in made to measure garments, which are hand made in Italy using only the finest fabrics.
It’s a true made to measure service where a unique pattern is cut for every customer based on their measurements.
How much? A wool two-piece suit: $1400 – upwards
Where is it made? Every suit is made in Tuscany Italy and comes with the government stamp of approval.
Want to glam up your wardrobe, gentlemen? This is the tailor to head for! ~Carol❤
Address: 1/55 Regent St, Paddington NSW.
Photo Courtesy of GQ Australia
Crush your ironing frustrations. Never again fight with a cover that slips and slides on your board.
You can read all about it here.