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Passionate About Design in Waterloo

April 18th, 2012

I recently produced an Easter photo shoot which required some props. I sent a call out to some close friends and a designer friend of mine suggested I visit a new furniture and design store called PAD in Waterloo.

Off to Waterloo I went to see what this store was all about. I parked the car across the road and looked into the window displays. I immediately knew this place was ME. I couldn’t get inside fast enough to discover the world of rich and rare opulence.

PAD = Passionate About Design. That they most certainly are.

This place is a wonderland of gorgeous pieces, new and refurbished. Intricate patterns, fabrics, designs and collections which all team together beautifully to create the most special of spaces in your home. The photos really speak for themselves.

I’m totally in love with this place. Even just a walk around the store with no intention to purchase puts you into a special space in your mind and emotionally. It is so cleverly laid out, the natural light pouring in from the old warehouse roof, the burning candle scent wafting around the space and the attention to every detail is perfect for waking the senses.

The team at PAD are passionate about providing a complete service for their customers. They are more than happy to discuss the room you are decorating, taking into consideration the colour scheme, soft furnishings and existing furniture pieces to pull your look together. Bring some photos and take advantage of their Interior Decorators’ free advisory service.

If you are looking for a particular piece, or an elusive accessory, they are able to source both vintage and new pieces from their vast network of suppliers. From lamps and armchairs, to mirrors and tables, and everything in between – they will have you covered.

I suggest you get to the store as soon as possible, so you can see, feel and smell the experience for yourself.

Click HERE to see the Easter shoot which I produced for Romel Model Management and Sydney Fashion Blogger.

www.pad.com.au

287 Young St, Waterloo NSW 2017 || Tel: (02) 9698 8150

Opening Hours: Mon~Sat: 10am ~ 5pm || Sun: 11am ~ 4pm

CARTOON MAGIC HOTTIE – Olivia Newtown-John

June 6th, 2011

CARTOON MAGIC HOTTIE

Everyone’s favourite English born Australian raised ARIA award winning superstar singer in pop, country & adult contemporary styles, 4 time Grammy Award winner with multiple gold and platinum selling albums and singles including “Let me Be There”, “Twist of Fate” and the controversial music video pioneering hit “Physical”, loved actress starring in the cult classic film and inspiration for Broadway hit musical “Xanadu” and famously alongside John Travolta in “Grease” one of the most successful films and movie soundtracks in history, popular guest star on TV music phenomenon GLEE, UK representative in the 1974 Eurovision song contest placing 4th (with that year’s winner the supergroup ABBA singing “Waterloo”), entreprenuer with successful 80′s Aussie import store “Koala Blue” in Los Angeles and the “Gaia” Retreat and Spa in Australia, a tireless long time environmental and animal rights activist and beloved high profile cancer survivor… OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN!

FUN FACTS: Join Olivia’s mission to help raise funds to provide the best in cancer care and research via the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne by supporting sales of the re-release of her dancefloor classic from the soundtrack of “Xanadu” mastered by CARTOON HOTTIE super DJ DAN MURPHY and Peachy in collaboration with WACCI Melbourne… “MAGIC”!
Please buy MAGIC on iTunes and support the OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN CANCER AND WELLNESS CENTRE
http://itunes.com.au/OliviaMagic

A Video Of The Cosmic Dust Storm With Whereis.com

July 21st, 2010

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Recently I went to an  absolutely crazy party, which consisted of hundreds of excited drunk people throwing holipowder at eachother in an array of colours! Read the article of the event here – http://adrianerdedi.com/tag/taboo/

Well there’s a video now that Whereis.com have released of the event for you to get right down and dirty with the party goers.

Check out this video – it’s unbelievable!

Whereis The Party? One CRAZY Night In Holi-Powder Heaven!

June 28th, 2010

Last week, I was invited to a very unique party by Whereis.com.au. I didn’t know where I was going and I didn’t know what was going to happen at the party. What I did know was the time, date and what I had to wear – black clothes I didn’t mind ruining.

Very intrigued by all of this, naturally I accepted the invited and waiting till the day to find out the location.

The day came and I got the SMS of the location a few hours before it began, a furniture warehouse in the back streets of Waterloo.

When I arrived, I got myself a Red Bull (as I was driving), a box of pizza from Pizza Hut, a pair of Bollé ski goggles, a dust mask and a plastic bag for my belongings (that I didn’t want ruined).

I waited around for 30mins or so, chatting to the 400 or so other people who were invited, all of them very intoxicated. Then up went the garage door to the warehouse. A huge room completely covered in black protective plastic. Mirror balls, a stand for DJ Minx, a bar and a First Aid door is all thats visible – with music blaring.

We all walked into this room, with anticipation of what was about to unfold! After another 30 mins or so, the music stopped. The lights went on, the fun was about to begin. A quick safety message was announced and I bolted to the media section which was protected from the havoc which was about to begin.

Plastic plates with holi-powder in an array of vibrant colours were distributed into the crowd and the craziness began! People throwing these plates of holi-powder all over the place, it was quite a sight, like nothing I’d ever seen before. The craziness could almost be compared to that of what I experienced when I did La Tomatina in Spain (the tomato throwing festival in Buñol).

Pink, yellow, red… powder all over the place, much like the severe red dust storm we had in 2009 in Sydney. People everywhere, rubbing it through their friend’s hair, ripping eachothers clothes off, men and women wearing barely anything. This was a madhouse – and I loved it! Well spectating anyway.

The guests, the floors, the walls, all covered in colour like nothing I’d seen before! Before long, I was completely covered in pink powder… My clothes, face, hair – everything covered in pink!

Just when I thought it was all over, it continued, the crowd revved up again and attacked eachother again.

After an hour or so, the powder stopped, but the dancing and drinking continued, along with the crazy colours and the sound of people having a ball! It was then I decided to backdoor it and head home.

One thing I didn’t think about was protecting my poor car – which now has a pink interior.

www.Whereis.com

www.whereistheparty.com.au

This Weeks Featured Fresh Flowers – November Lily

May 17th, 2010

Fragrant, fresh and strikingly attractive, the November Lily is this weeks featured flower.

It’s big beautiful flowers and green leaves look amazing in any home. They are so fragrant as well. I have them in my home and everyone comments on the amazing smell when you walk in. It’s such a welcming and homely smell.

Some tips to look after your November Lilys: Shave off the leaves so that there are none in water because bacteria breeds on the leaves. They can be thirsty flowers, so just make sure you check every couple of days that there is enough water. Remove the stamens once the flower has opened (the orange pollen thing, there are 6 of them in each flower) as it will last longer and also not stain anything.

The flowers will last 7 – 9 days if looked after properly.

www.FlowersByMercedes.com.au

This Weeks Featured Fresh Flowers – Kale

May 11th, 2010

This is one of the most unique flowers I’ve ever seen. Looking more like a decorative vegetable, this miniature cabbage looking flower called Kale adds a different dimension to your floral display.

I have it displayed in my house on it’s own, because I personally love one kind of flower rather then a range of different one in a bouquet.

Kale is a member of the cabbage family, and is quite similar to the broccoli. It withstands temperatures below freezing, so it’s going to be readily available through out winter. It’s available in two colours, the green as pictured and also in a beetroot colour, which looks spectacular!

They will last for up to 6 weeks if you look after them following a few simple steps. Make sure you cut a small amount off the bottom of the stem every 2 days on an angle and remove any yellow leaves. Make sure the vase is shallow in water too.

Add something a little different to your home!

www.flowersbymercedes.com.au

This Weeks Featured Fresh Flowers – Pink Ice Protea

April 28th, 2010

This weeks featured fresh flowers in my home are the Pink Ice Protea.

Originally a South African native, they eventually came over to Australia and made itself at home over here.

Available now, make sure you keep them in a well lit room as they don’t like the dark – they will develop black leaves. Don’t apply tap water to the leaves as it will cause black spotting and never use flower food on natives.

The Pink Ice Protea has a woody stem which means it’s thirsty all the time and drinks ALOT! Top up the water every day.

A beautiful flower, which has a subtle refreshing bush smell, will add rustic charm to any room.

www.flowersbymercedes.com.au

The Tale of Jimmy Possum, Adrian Erdedi and the Cow Hide Bag

March 15th, 2010

Once upon a time there was a beautiful store on Bourke St, Waterloo called Jimmy Possum.

The store stocked lots of stunning hand made furniture and decorator items for the home, but one thing that caught Adrian’s eye was the Brown and White Cow Hide Bag. It was love at first sight.

Retailing for $395, it was begging to be bought.

The bag was purchased, and they lived happily ever after.

The end.

965 Bourke St, Waterloo NSW 2017 – (02) 9318 2233 – www.jimmypossum.com.au

Also available - Matching dining table and chairs with same Cow Hide.

Squid Ink Fettuccine by Fellini Pasta

March 15th, 2010

Squid Ink Fettuccine is by far my most favourite pasta. It’s delicious, it’s versatile and most of all, it looks great!

Like most pastas, you cook it for around 10 minutes or until al dente. It doesn’t require any special treatment.

As I live alone and don’t have the cooking skills that my Mother has, using this fettuccine makes my meals look extra special when I entertain guests. One of my favourite ways to use Squid Ink Fettuccine is in a dish I created myself.

Squid Ink Fettuccine, Broccolini and Chicken Breast (Serves 4 people)

4 Chicken Breasts

2 bunches of Broccolini

1 box of Fellini Squid Ink Fettuccine

4 cloves of Garlic

Salt & Pepper

Olive Oil

Soy Sauce

Fresh Rosemary

Cheese – Pecorino, Romano or Parmesan

1. Bring a pot of water to the boil for the Squid Ink Fettuccine. Prepare a steamer (stove pots, microwave or electric).

2. Pre-heat fan forced over at 22o°. Prepare the chicken. Put the 4 chicken breasts on an oiled tray. Get 2 large cloves of garlic and cut into thin slices, placing them under the chicken breasts. Lightly pour Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Soy Sauce over the breasts, to coat them, then crack pepper and salt over them with the sprigs of Rosemary. Place into the oven and cook for around 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

3. By now, the water should be boiling. Place the fettuccine in the water and cook for around 6-10 minutes, or until al dente.

4. Place the broccolini into the steamer and steam for around 5-6 minutes. They should be slightly crisp, in the middle. It adds a great texture to the dish.

5. With the remaining garlic cloves, slice them like earlier, heat a pan with about 6 tablespoons Olive Oil, once hot, add the sliced garlic and cook until brown for about 3 minutes.

6. Everything should be ready at around the same time.

7. Once fettuccine is cooked, strain the water and run cold water over it quickly. It will remain hot.

8. Place 1/4 of the fettuccine onto each plate in the middle, on top of the fettuccine, place 1/4 of the broccolini neatly in a bunch along the pasta, then on top of that, add the chicken breast, running the opposite direction of the broccolini. Pour the garlic infused Olive Oil over the whole dish and then garnish with freshly shaved Pecorino, Parmesan or Romano.

Bon appetit!

You can purchase Fellini Squid Ink Fettuccine from Fratelli Fresh on Danks St, Waterloo – (02) 9699 3161