I’m so proud of my super talented friends @gillianbellcake and @annabellehickson.. I’ve spent countless hours over the weekend listening to their new podcast @dispatchtoafriend ..Such lovely women who talk from the heart and who’ve inspired me to make a four tier birthday cake and get my vegetable garden roaring again.
Here are both of them in action. Photos taken by @annabellehickson of @gillianbellcake cooking away in my kitchen for last years design retreat with @kathrynmireland. Go girls 😘 #kmidesignretreat #thedesignretreat

Leaving London for the Cotswolds today for another design retreat with the always amazing @kathrynmireland #littlebitexcited #thedesignretreat

Listening, learning, laughing and sharing #thedesignretreat with @kathrynmireland 📷annabellehickson @burlongary

YUM 🙌🏽 roasted fig + goat cheese board by @gillianbellcake @mummascountrykitchen #thedesignretreat hosted by @lisaburdus via @annabellehickson... #foodiefix #freshfigs

Everything is beautiful at Lydie du Bray's antique centre in the Southern Highlands, including this enticing verandah. Note the pretty architectural detail under the window. Image @annabellehickson for our recent #thedesignretreat 🌿 @antiqueslydiedubray 🌿

What a pair of cuties.............. Dream team of @melissa_penfold @isabellawalkersmith #thedesignretreat

A long-weekend retreat with Kathryn Ireland //
On my blog this afternoon, I have a wrap-up of the amazing experience I had with Kathryn and 12 other very talented designers at a design retreat in Bowral.
Click the link in my bio- photo is by @annabellehickson #thedesignretreat

Speaking of fabulous, the beautiful den/library in the home of lovely Lisa Burdus, last week. The spines of the National Geographic issues, sing - and make a wonderful decorative feature. 🎶 #LisaBurdus #interiordesign #library #interiordecorating #den #bookshelves #louischair #florallinen #architecturaldetail #thedesignretreat @lisaburdus 📷@annabellehickson 🌟

Looking down.....this fab image was taken by @annabellehickson at the recent Design Retreat hosted by @lisaburdus - yes, that's right you spotted it, those napkins are the Dash & Albert Cameroon pattern! PineConeHill table linen to match your Dash & Albert rug it's a dream made in heaven..... #dashandalbert #pineconehill #blueandwhite #homedecor #interiordesign #style #thedesignretreat #wintonhouse

Last year I picked up an old Limoge dinner set with @kathrynmireland in the back streets of Toulouse, I carefully wrapped it and lugged it home in a suitcase certain that one day I would get to use it. At the time I thought I was nuts but last week @gillianbellcake and @mummascountrykitchen served up a storm on my fancy French plates and a bunch of new friends and I enjoyed them.. small stuff in the scheme of life but worth the effort nonetheless #limoge #thedesignretreat @wintonhouseaustralia 📷 @annabellehickson

We had the pleasure of #thedesignretreat designers visit @dirtyjanesbowral last Friday for high tea and a spot of shopping! It was a pleasure to meet you all & we hope you enjoyed your time in the Highlands! Thank you for sharing this photo @lyndakerry @kathrynmireland @annaspiro @adelaidebragg @lisaburdus @lbinteriors @nicolalawrence.textilespapers @melissa_penfold @brett_mickan_interior_design @marylou_sobel_interior_design @cooteandco #dirtyjanes #dirtyjanesbowral #designerslife #hightea #instadaily #bowral #mustvisit

This is the beautiful Lisa Burdus with her friend Kathryn Ireland who Lisa enticed to Australia to spend time with interior designers, and me, last week. If you have a chance to look at Lisa's website or the current @houseandgarden, do. She is a very talented designer - and a gracious and generous host. Image @annabellehickson #thedesignretreat xx

A very special thanks to @lisaburdus for helping to make #TheDesignRetreat a great success! My France and Los Angeles #KMIDesignRetreat dates coming soon. Stay tuned!

A lovely candid photo by @annabellehickson of me with beautiful @annaspiro and Cameron Kimber at Cameron's gorgeous Southern Highland's home yesterday. I loved spending time with these two 💙💙 and so enjoy working with Anna and @sam_spiro in offering their @anna_spiro_textiles collection on the Nicola Lawrence website. #AnnaSpiro #AnnaSpiroTextiles #CameronKimber #NicolaLawrence #nicolalawrencetextilesandpapers #thedesignretreat

Baker, cake-maker, cook, adventurer, dream-believer. Thank you for all your beautiful comments and messages. So grateful for your company on my journey. X #haswhiskwilltravel 📷@AnnabelleHickson #thedesignretreat

A stunning image taken during the lunch hosted by @melissa_penfold at her country home - Melissa's entrance features the gorgeous Marco Oak Jute rug by @bunnywilliamshome for @annieselke - the rug looks amazing & equally as beautiful is the oversized foliage arrangement which we're drooling over! #dashandalbert #thedesignretreat #designer #wintonhouse

How clever is photographer @annabellehickson .. love the light and mood of these portraits she took of us all #thedesignretreat #portraitphotography

You know when you've cooked for lots of people - a big dinner party - and you've kind of dealt with the dishes but not really and you think boy that was hard work I might have a cup of tea now. Well just imagine cooking for 20 people for five days, breakfast lunch and dinner. That is exactly what @gillianbellcake and Helen, aka @mummascountrykitchen did for all of us at #thedesignretreat hosted by @lisaburdus . And they created the most lovely, tasty food, day in day out, with such good chat to match. This roasted fig and goats cheese board was as delicious to eat as pretty to look at. Thank you ladies, you make such a dream team.

Good evening all, @annabellehickson checking in: After a rather eventful trip home thanks to flooding rivers cutting the roads, I am finally in my dressing gown with my feet up on the couch. And my head is spinning after an incredible few days down in the NSW Southern Highlands where interior designer @lisaburdus brought together 12 leading Aussie designers along with superstar LA-based designer @kathrynmireland to spend five days in her Exeter home, bouncing ideas off each other, talking shop and eating delicious food (cooked by @gillianbellcake and @mummascountrykitchen ) . From the outside looking in through my lens, it seemed like the most incredible few days for this bunch of very talented people. Lisa, congratulations on making such a wonderful, ambitious and stylish event happen. And it was made even sweeter for me to have the one and only @the.flo.show filming by my side.
Pic taken by me for Lisa's #thedesignretreat on an excursion to the lovely house of @melissa_penfold

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