Design inspiration: Concrete Blonde

August 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Concrete Blonde is a new restaurant in Sydney. I’m LOVING the combination of the opposing elements…

wood vs. steel

organic vs. forged

warm vs. cold

Here are some pieces I found so you can re-create the look in your space for a fraction of the price.


  1. Cellar Wine Rack (3 shown)- $39.95 at CB2
  2. Felix Walnut Side Chair– $89.95 at Crate & Barrel
  3. Wood Slice Coasters– $11.99 on Amazon
  4. Cru Wine Rack– $157.50 from Umbra
  5. Pulley Pendant Lamp– $199 on CB2
  6. TORSBY Dining Table– $139 at Ikea

Chalkboard Chargers

August 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

A cheap, simple way to add a little versatility to your tablescape.

Plates from Goodwill- $2 each, Chalkboard paint- $6

Great alternative to place cards

… or write a special message! Customize for holidays, weddings, whatever. My plates were plastic which was not the ideal surface for the chalkboard paint- I’d suggest using glass chargers.

Maple Bacon Cake Pops

August 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you have ever been to Portland, know someone in Portland, or follow any food blog updated in the past year, then you’ve heard of Voodoo Doughnuts and their to-die-for Maple Bacon Bar, which is essentially a super-tasty maple bar with a couple of crispy slices of bacon on top.

Photo from Food in Mouth

So I made Maple Bacon Cake Pops- I tried a few different combinations….

Maple in the cake, maple in the coating, peanut butter coating…

Luckily I have roommates to help out in my “test kitchen”…

… and the winner is maple and bacon on the inside, vanilla candy melts on the outside. Now you can enjoy all the flavors of breakfast in one bite! Recipe below.

Maple Bacon Cake Pops


  • 1 box yellow butter cake, prepared and cooled
  • 3/4 can vanilla frosting
  • 1 package bacon, prepared and coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbs maple extract
  • 1 package white candy melts

Put it together

  1. Grind up cake into a large bowl, mix with frosting, bacon (reserving 2 tbs for garnish) and maple extract.
  2. Roll cake into quarter-sized balls and place onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper
  3. Place sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes to set
  4. Heat candy melts in a small, deep glass bowl in the microwave- stirring at 30 second intervals until melted, one to two minutes
  5. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the candy melts and stick into cake balls
  6. Dip cake balls into candy and dry by sticking vertically into florist’s foam, garnish with reserved bacon bits

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