Let’s chat with Elk master Marnie

Elk has been in the Olive Home family for a few years now and is a much loved brand of our marnie elk head shotstaff and customers. The products have gone from strength to strength and continue to impress us each season.

The new season has just arrive, and It’s like Christmas for a 5 year old. We have had a quick chat to Marnie who is the master behind the Elk brand. She as talked about the inspiration for the new season and given us QLD’s some inside knowledge about the wonderful Melbourne.

Where did your inspiration come from for the SS13/14 collection? I took a photo along the Victorian coast of a sunset earlier in the year. The colours that reflected across the sky were brilliant, clear and so pretty. This photo was printed onto a silk scarf and formed the basis for our palette. You will see hints of these colours right throughout the range from the dusty blues and greens to the bright oranges and acid yellows.

Was it always a dream to become a fashion designer? Or was it something that you fell into? If you are a creative person you innately need to work in a creative environment – or have an outlet. For me the process was quite organic but the path felt natural. I am still driven and inspired by the people around me.

You work in such a fast paced creative industry, how do you motivate your self on a day to day basis? I am lucky to love what I do – that is the greatest motivation. Our growing team at Elk HQ has introduced many people with years of experience behind them at different brands. All comment on how unique Elk is. Much of this is down to the loyal clients we have – most of whom feel like they are a part of our family. This loyalty and closeness with our fans is another great source of inspiration.

Favourite thing to cook? I am going through a bit of Quinoa phase and love to make warm salads with it as the base.

Any chance we could have the recipe? Or is it top secret? Recipe – no such luck. Whatever you have in the fridge topped with creamy goats curd and lovely white balsamic is about as complex as it gets.

Next time we are in Melbourne we need to eat at, drink at and visit? Oh where to start! Let’s pretend you have 24 hours in Melbourne, as a North side girl here is what I would suggest:

Breakfast: South of Johnston for delicious eggs http://southofjohnston.com.au

Post Breakfast Shop: meander along Gertrude Street for independent designers, book shops and galleries

Lunch: Gorski and Jones in Smith Street for a big bowl of warm homemade pasta http://www.gorskiandjones.com

After lunch: a bit more shopping either along Smith Street, Johnston or Brunswick Street (all within waking distance of each other)

Pre Dinner Cocktail: Head into the city and pop into Siglo above The European for a lovely atmosphere and a special view of Spring Street (best in warmer weather)http://www.theeuropean.com.au/functions.html

Dinner: queue up at Mamasita for incredible Mexican (sit at the bar if you can) http://www.mamasita.com.au

Ice Cream: if you have any room left wander over the Spring Street Grocer http://www.springstgrocery.com.au for homemade salted caramel and chilli ice cream

The best holiday destination in Australia? Tasmania – without doubt. Anyone who has been there will know why – anyone who hasn’t been needs to go to find out…its so lovely.

Who inspires you? And why? Our suppliers mostly. We travel frequently to meet with them and its fascinating to see how and where they work. Most of them live in fairly poor countries and most have to deal with adversity, government corruption and logistical nightmares just to run a business. We are so lucky here and are blessed to be able to work with people like this – they keep us grounded.

What is your favourite city in the world? Melbourne!

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.

Lace, Leather, Patterns and Colour


Hello Autumn,

You’re looking mighty fine. We maybe a little late but we are now ready for you! (Those brisk mornings are starting to settle in.) New colours, more layers and fresh trends.  When you come in store you will see, an array of leather, lace, patterns and colour. Yes colour and lots of it.

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We have picked out a few of our favourite new season items.

1. Ginger and Smarts, Jewel Lace Dress $699: The emerald green colour and the fine lace detail in this dress make it a clear winner with both staff and customers.

2. Morrison Vivienne Dress $369 : The Morrison team have created another stunning range, this is just a taste of the entire collection. Well worth a look in store.

3. Zoe Kratmann, Rider Ankle Boot $319: What can we say. Wardrobe essential for A13 and for the years to come.

4. Plam Beach Candle Quince $39.95: This new sent by Plam Beach warms the house. It will be perfect for those cooler nights.

5.Nars Crayon Lip Sticks: You need to add one of these to your make up bag. 3 reasons. 1 –  easy to apply, 2 – Fantastic colour range (personal fav “never say never” it’s a pink pink), 3 – Those lips will be smoochable!

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.


New Pratten Wallets now available!

We have some beautiful new Pratten wallets now in store!

All made from Cow Hide, with a stunning Croc Effect to add an extra bit of glamour to your day.

They come in a single zip style, with a removable piece for extra card storage, or for the serious shoppers – double zip style with 24 (yes, 24!) credit card compartments!

Single Zip Wallet $129

Double Zip Wallet $149

Available in five vibrant colours, including Spearmint and Crimson, as well as the ever classic Black  (shown above)

Perfect to add a splash of colour to those chilly winter days! Available at Olive Home Paddington, Ollie & Lloyd and online.

Shop the collection here!

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!

Mmm Missoni!


Have you seen our new range of Missoni Towelling? Featuring bold patterns in the classic Missoni chevron and stripe, with a colour palate to warm up any bathroom for the coming Autumn/Winter months.

Nathan 170

Nathan 156


Niles 156

Niles 156


Niles 170


And introducing a new take on an old classic – Jazz is back!!


Jazz 159

Jazz 159

View the full range at Ollie & Lloyd at Emporium, and stay tuned for more styles arriving in the next few months. Not to mention all new Missoni Cushions and Throws, just in time for Winter!


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.