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Summer Lovin'

February 05, 2014
Summer Lovin'

When we hear the term ‘Romantic Design’, one could easily jump to the conclusion that the interior might be adorned with teddy bears, pink tulle and red satin.

Hello, love shack! Here at House of Home, we have our own version of romance.

Feminine, refined and elegant. But ultimately, we believe imagination is the key to creating a romantic space.

By drawing on a range of influences, you can create your own romantic style.
Draw on memories and let them influence your design.
Some of our most treasured experiences come from romantic getaways- bring back that holiday to Tuscany, bring home the memory of that glorious private villa in Bali.

Other precious moments come from the simple joy of building and sharing a home together.
When we use these experiences to influence our design choices, we create our own story.
Let the story transport you to your own private oasis. And while you’re at it, take it outside. Incorporate a stunning outdoor setting, a luxurious daybed and elegant Turner and Lane cushions.

To finish your own private oasis, think soft, supple textiles dressing that outdoor table. Think sophisticated florals and vintage lace. Think feminine forms and warm, ambient light- here, think the Ishka Shell Tea Light.

Here are our top picks for the perfect romantic outdoor setting:

Wicked Yak   Outdoor Setting
Wicked Yak Romantic Garden Setting

Ishka Day Bed
Ishka Day BVed

Ishka Shell Tea Light
Ishka Shell Tea Light

Turner   Turner Rose Cushion
Turner & Lane Rose Cushion

Zuku Trading   Gold Paper Bowl
Zuku Trading Hand Made Gold Paper Bowl

Melting Moments with Jam and Lemon Creme Filling.

Finally, in the wise words of Virginia Woolf, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

So, to finish on a sweet, satiated note, here’s my recipe for melting moments with jam and lemon creme filling.

Melting Moments Jam and Lemon Filling Recipe



125gm butter, softened (but not melting!) 3/4 cup plain flour 1/4 cup icing sugar 1/3 cup custard powder

For the filling:

60gms butter 2/3 cup icing sugar 2 tsp lemon rind (or more if you like a bit of bite!) 1 tbs lemon juice Your favourite jam!


1: Cream butter until pale and fluffy. I do this by hand- give it some lovin’ (also serves as an excellent workout). The key here is to make sure it’s light- otherwise the biscuit can be slightly dense.

2: Add flour, icing sugar and custard powder to the creamed butter. Fold in (lovingly) with a wooden spoon.

3: Roll (roughly) teaspoon sized dollops of the mixture into balls. Place on a tray lined with baking paper. Ensure these are well spaced so you don’t end up with one giant moment! Press each ball lightly with a fork.

4: Bake for 15 minutes. Rotate tray once to ensure the biccies are evenly cooked.

5: Remove from oven and let sit for 20-30 minutes. This is a must do! I’ve made the (impatient) mistake of icing far too early and it’s a runny (although delicious) mess.

For the filling:

Cream butter and icing sugar until pale and fluffy. Add lemon for that necessary tang. Once the biscuits have cooled sufficiently, spread evenly on the biscuits. Add a dollop of your favourite jam and you’re away!

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