Friday, February 10, 2012

NEW ARRIVALS!!...LINDA VARIO ART.....INTRODUCING OUR MATE SCOTT...LUSTFUL FRIDAY RECIPE....GUAVA MOCKTAILS & SUFFERING SOCRATES!!...HAPPY FRIDAY TO ALL! xx

NEW ARRIVALS!

Seasoned visitors to our store will know that every time they step inside theres something new and interesting to see...the only downside is that the new pieces dont last for long!
So, heres a sneak peek for you.
We only select interesting, earthy pieces that you wont necessarily be able to find elsewhere.

And of course if theres anything that you see and feel you simply 'must have' we are only a phone call away for more information, or come visit us at 59 Doggett St. Newstead. Ph. 07 38526002

 How's this for a cutie...and even better in the flesh...this rustic  Provincial 2 door side cabinet is just divine and wont last!



 What about these side tables/stools...made from old wooden cart wheels...and thats what you'll be doing over these....cartwheels!...they are just gorgeous and so handy to have as a large stool or side table.  Perfect in a raw finish.


 Stop the clocks!...this amazing wooden bench seat/long coffee table ticks all the boxes and more.  Lovers of rustic will be going completely over the top at this amazing piece.  We only have the one of these but also have similar in an altar table style....ask us for more info.

www.charcoalinteriors.com.au



 This rustic red chinese low cabinet is perfect for those who need something with a bit of soul to put the flat screen on, or as a versatile piece for the lounge/bedroom or living areas.  Still in its original hand painted condition.



 This handpainted side cabinet will not last.  We have a pair of them available.  Stunning!
This rice collection bucket is available now.  In its original handpainted condition in soft grey/blue tonings.
Would look fantastic as a centrepiece as its quite large - 500 x 500 

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IN THE HOUSE WITH ARTIST LINDA VARIO

Good Interior Design is quite multi-faceted.  To define ourselves as being able to provide a service that encompasses all areas of design for interiors we take pride in giving our clients the option to also purchase original art pieces from our extensive collection via Michael Graham - Gallery 2120
www.charcoalinteriors.com.au

Our featured artist for this blog is the talented and creative Linda Vario.  We have the fortune of having some of Lindas work in our showroom at the moment.  Her pieces are drawing quite a reaction from clientele, in particular her mesmerizing 'Money' series.

Linda Vario was born and educated in Adelaide, South Australia.
For the past 16 years Linda and her family have lived on the Sunshine Coast, drawn by the unique beauty and unequalled colour of this idyllic location.
Influences from the vast richness of art and culture in South Australia to the natural beauty of coastal Queensland are reflected in her art. This journey allowed her creative space to learn, explore and experiment in all aspects of painting, culminating in an ability to apply a broad spectrum of techniques to her work.
I had the privilege of being able to ask Linda about her art: 
 Linda, what was the inspiration for your 'money' series?

I created this series to depict the changing social conscience of Asia and in particular China.  Their new found capitalistic freedom has given rise to a “Starry Eyed” view of wealth and the rewards that consumerism can provide.  Financial success has become the juggernaut to which nothing can withstand.  Trailing in the wake of destruction is China’s rich and vibrant culture, it struggles to catch its breath and patch together some remnant of its once proud and regal traditions.

. Which piece is your favourite and why?
Each new piece I create becomes my all time, most favourite, can never part with it piece of art in the whole world – until I create the next one and then I can let the last one go.  Painting is such an intensely personal pastime; you pour your whole self into each and every creation.

 What is the most memorable response you have had to your work?

In one of the Galleries where my work was being exhibited a woman was standing in front of one of my artworks crying (sobbing) , the gallery owner thought she must have been upset about something and asked if she was OK and if she would like a glass of water.  She replied that the painting had moved her so much and touched a part of her soul – she bought the painting and to this day remains one of my collectors.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is to; “Paint even when you don’t feel like it, do not wait until you feel inspired because when Inspiration comes He will find you working!”

 When you're not painting, what is your favourite way to relax and recharge?
I love reading – I run a book club where we all read the same book and then get together at the end of the month at a different restaurant each time to discuss the book – It is a great girls night out and explores the other two great loves of my life apart from art – food and reading.



Modern Artist Linda Vario creates intricate, visually stimulating works of resonating emotion and extravagant colour. She has mastered a rhythmical balance of harmonious and spontaneous expression, resulting in works of provocative form and emotive energy. Orchestrating a combination of mediums, layered to create high relief, tactile finishes with three dimensional impact, Linda’s work is unique and highly sought after. We invite you to visit some of Lindas work on exhibit now in our Showroom.
Some of Vario's work currently on show at Charcoal Interiors:

'Red Dragonfly'
'Saffron Green'
A sample of her 'Money' series...We just love it!
To discover more about Linda Vario Art please click on the link below:
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VISITORS BEARING FABRICS...OOH LA LA
Introducing Scott, one of our wonderful fabric reps.

Scott pops in from time to time with new and exciting fabric samples.  He always...yes..always has a smile and is such a genuine guy.
Scotty lists his interests as the beach, spending time staying up late with friends.  Favourite band - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Favourite Food - Steak and Favourite Cocktail...well Mocktail is Guava Nectar with Sugar Free Lemonade....ooh yum!
We have decided to dedicate this weeks 'Mocktail'/Cocktail Friday to Scott...see below.....
Neutral...or Colour?...Scotty says Colour.
Heres the man himself.  Scotty today is wearing Saba and Sportscraft. :-)
Colette, Scott and Cath
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FRIDAY RECIPE!
Photo via sxc.hu
IN DEDICATION TO NEXT WEEKS VALENTINES DAY....OR ALTERNATIVELY 'SINGLES AWARENESS DAY' WE HAVE COME UP WITH SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT FOR THIS WEEKS RECIPE THEME...

PIZZA WITH LUST!
Ingredients:
12-14" pizza base
4 Tsp of Matchett's Lust
100g grated Mozzarella cheese
100g goat's curd
100g roasted red capsicum cut into strips
1/2 bunch of basil leaves
Method:
Preheat oven to 190degrees C
Spread the 'Lust' evenly across the pizza base
Sprinkle the Mozzarella over the top.
Bake on a low shelf in the oven for approx 10 - 15 mins.  Check the underside fo the pizza to make sure its evenly golden.
Cut pizza into 8 portions
Top each slice with a spoonful of goat's curd, capsicum and finally basil leaves and serve immediately.

Note: Mathchett's 'Lust' Paste (Chipotle' Pepper Chutney) is now available at Charcoal Gourmet Provisions.
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IT'S COCKTAIL FRIDAY!....AND WE'RE ON THE WAGON!
We figure that after the pummeling we have given our livers over the past couple of festive months, that its time to let it breathe...and so here is our version of a Guava Style Mocktail....The Beachcomber!

Beachcomber

10 parts guava nectar
2 parts raspberry syrup
4 parts fresh lime juice

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a tall glass to serve.
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The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. -Socrates
....And so until next week.  Thanks for stopping by the blog.  Take some time to smell the roses...hopefully the boxed red long stemmed ones that your love has bought you for Valentines Day!  

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