Chocolate Pavlova

We have had lots of interest in the chocolate pavlova that was cooked for Sabine’s birthday yesterday. So here is the recipe, it’s easy, looks great and is a crowd pleaser.

  For The Pav

  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 flakes

For the Topping

  • 500 g cream
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 flakes


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. Beat the egg whites until satiny peaks form, and then beat in the sugar a spoonful at a time until the meringue is stiff and shiny. Sprinkle over the cocoa and vinegar, and the chopped chocolate. Then gently fold everything until the cocoa is thoroughly mixed in. Mound on to a baking sheet in a fat circle approximately 23cm / 9 inches in diameter, smoothing the sides and top. Place in the oven, then immediately turn the temperature down to 150°C and cook for about one to one and a quarter hours. When it’s ready it should look crisp around the edges and on the sides and be dry on top, but when you prod the centre you should feel the promise of squidginess beneath your fingers. Turn off the oven and open the door slightly, and let the chocolate meringue disc cool completely, I leave it in the oven overnight.
  3. When you’re ready to serve, invert on to a big, flat-bottomed plate. Whisk the cream till thick but still soft and pile it on top of the meringue, then scatter over the raspberries. break the flakes so that you get lovely chunks,  sprinkle over the top, letting some fall, as it will, on the plate’s rim.

You may not see it, But you are BEAUTIFUL.

We get hundreds of beautiful women that walk through our doors each week. These women, myself included will often go on about what they perceive as their flaws. When really they are what make you, you.

It’s not often, actually I would say never that you see a beauty products advertising campaign and think, maybe I am great! This Campaign by Dove is truly amazing. Watch for yourself and see how it makes you feel after. Shot 2013-04-16 at 7.28.23 PM

New Windows at Olive Home


Introducing Olive Woman


In July, Olive Home packed up her finest things – her designer clothes and precious accessories, her Italian home wares, and her most prized trinkets, and travelled two stores up Given Terrace. She dived in to paint samples and set about creating Olive Woman, a fresh new space for the stylish woman to come and visit, and shop to her heart’s content.


Taking pride of place next to Montrachet, Olive Woman is now the new Home for our favourite Australian designers (and some extra special international friends also!) We’re talking about the beautiful Ginger & Smart and Collette By Collette Dinnigan taking pride of place on one wall, mirrored by Fleur Wood and Suboo on the other. Splashes of vibrancy welcome you as your enter, courtesy of the newest creations available from these stunning designers.

The American powerhouses of colour, Tolani and DL1969 (yes, those jeans that everybody is talking about) compliment these innovative Australian designers perfectly, and create a flow of spectral vibrancy through the middle of the store.


DL1969 Jeans nestled amongst Coco Ribbon

Olive Woman is the long time dream of Paul Alcock, one of the directors of Olive Home. His desire to create a store that changes with the seasons, to go that extra mile in bringing the best in fashion design to Paddington, has been realised and the boys could not be happier!

A beautiful store for a beautiful locale – come and visit us soon!

We are pleased to bring you Cire Trudon – quite possibly the most luxuriously scented candles in the world.

Olive Woman is open 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday. Phone (07) 3367 3743

Do your jewels need a new home?

A stunning house for all your precious pieces -

The Samantha Wills Jewellery Chest is now back in stock!

This beautiful chest has 16 compartments for rings, drawers for necklaces and earrings as well as compartments for cuffs and bangle sets. It’s velvety lining is a luxurious addition to the antique mirrored exterior. Decadence at it’s most stylish!

It’s the perfect centrepiece for any woman’s boudoir!


Images courtesy of Samantha Wills.


F!NK Designs the Four Seasons

New in at Ollie & Lloyd – the Four Seasons Vases by F!NK Design.

In a world where so much is mass-produced, it is refreshing to find Australian companies such as F!NK are keeping their approach to design in-house and in their own hands. We as a company share this passion with F!NK, along with other Australian designers such as Dinosaur Designs and Polli.

We’ve been carrying the iconic F!NK Water Jugs for over a year now and are excited by these stunning new additions to our collection.

The vases, each in three sizes, come in four colours that harness the beauty of the seasons:

Charcoal for Winter; Copper for Autumn; Gold for Summer and Green for Spring.

The Four Seasons by F!INK Design

Perfect as a Vase, of course, but they also make a striking sculptural piece in the home.

Only available at Ollie & Lloyd. Come in and see these truly gorgeous Vases for yourself!


We have some very exciting new Pantone products which have just arrived!

Style up your iPhone and iPad with these fantastic covers – available in a select range of colours!

iPhone Hardcover Case – $45

iPad Clip Case – $55

And the very, very handy iPad Book Case which opens out so your iPad has a place to rest while you work (or play!) – $79.95


 We love Pantone – these new pieces join the extensive array of Mugs, Mini Mugs and Expresso cups, and also a selection of Cufflinks at Ollie & Lloyd. You will also find the iPhone and iPad cases at Olive Home, for a limited time only! What a great Christmas gift!!

don’t forget the boys!!

How could we? I know the shops sometime seem a little bit too girly – but we do have brilliant gifts for men to!

Check this beauties out!

Available at Olive Home Paddington or Ollie & Lloyd, from 18th November until sold out.



our favourite Xmas ideas for her…

Straight, simple and to the point!

We don’t mess around at Christmas time, we love giving you access to the best, most unique gifts around. And we’re happy to gift wrap them for you to!

So here we are – a snapshot of our most fantastic gif ideas for your lady. Or your mum. Or your sis. I could go on… !!


Available at Olive Home Paddington or Ollie & Lloyd, from 18th November 2011 until sold out.

Design Spotlight on PO:

Welcoming back to Ollie & Lloyd we have PO: – an innovative form of design that fits beautifully into ours (and your) world!

Line-Up Vase - $79

This visionary design house works solidly with vibrant colours that epitomise the classic European feel that we love to showcase in store.

With a market that spans worldwide the team of designer at PO: definitely utilise a very particular vision – one that works tirelessly to make the ordinary, into extraordinary.

We’ve focussed primarily this season on the Mondri Series that PO: are famous for – designs inspired by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872 – 1944).

Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red by Piet Mondrian (1937 - 1942).

Frank Kerdil is the brains behind the Mondrian inspired series and a vital component of the PO: Design house. From the Mondri Vase that is able to be used three different ways, to the Ring Mug which boasts a two-walled structure to retain heat, and a silicone ring around the mug to assist in holding it tightly.


Mondri Vase - $99


Ring Mug (Mondri) - $19

Other pieces we’ve introduced belong to the Bird Series by Carol Jacobs: The Birdrizzlers – a pair of porcelain love birds for oil and vinegar that will easily romanticise any dining table setting.

Birdrizzlers - $39


Also the Bird Salt & Pepper Shakers have proven to be extremely popular alongside the Birdrizzlers – the bird looking skyward carries the salt, whereas the bird pecking the ground is for pepper. Too cute!

Bird Salt & Pepper Shakers - $19

PO: Design – now in store at Ollie & Lloyd.