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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!

An Easter Feast

I honestly can’t believe Easter is this Sunday! I know it’s early this year, but it seems like just yesterday it was January 1. If your anything like the team hear at Olive Home you will also be wondering what you are going to cook for your beloved family and friends.

After flicking through a few cook books, searching a few blogs, we are going to keep it simple and fresh! So we can enjoy, and not be shacked up in the kitchen all day.

The Menu

BBQ Lime and Lemongrass Snapper

Quinoa and lentil salad with asparagus mint and haloumi

Chocolate Pavlova

Rose Sangria

Picture from: What Katie Ate

Picture from What Katie Ate

Picture from: Donna Hay

Picture From: Vogue Living

BBQ Lime and Lemongrass Snapper


1.5kg whole snapper

1 stick lemongrass, trimmed, halved, cut into 5cm lengths

4 garlic cloves, bruised

6 kaffir lime leaves, torn

Fresh coriander sprigs, sliced green onion, steamed jasmine rice and lime wedges, to serve


1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce

1/2 cup lime juice

1 tsp caster sugar

1/3 cup light soy sauce

 2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated

1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp peanut oil

2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander


Preheat a barbecue to medium-high with hood closed. Rinse fish inside and out under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towel. Make 3 shallow cuts, 1cm-deep, in thickest part of each side of fish.

Place a large sheet of baking paper on top of a large sheet of foil on a flat surface. Place fish in centre of paper. Fill cavity with lemongrass, garlic and lime leaves. Season fish with salt and pepper. Fold up baking paper and foil to enclose fish, scrunching to secure foil.Barbecue the snapper, with the hood closed, for 30 to 35 minutes, turning halfway, or until cooked through.

Meanwhile, make dressing: Combine sweet chilli sauce, lime juice, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, fish sauce, oil and coriander in a jug. Unwrap fish and carefully transfer to a serving plate. Drizzle with dressing. Top with coriander sprigs and green onion. Serve with lime wedges and rice or salads.

Quinoa and Lental Salad with Asparagus Mint and Haloumi 


200g puy lentils

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

100g quinoa, rinsed well

16 spears asparagus, woody ends removed, spears cut into 2.5cm pieces

1 x 180g piece haloumi, cut into thin strips

Juice and finely grated zest of 2 limes, plus extra lime cheeks, to serve

1 punnet (250g) cherry tomatoes, quartered

3 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced

1 long green chilli, deseeded, thinly sliced

1 large handful mint leaves, very roughly chopped

Crusty bread, to serve


Place the lentils and 750ml cold water in a small saucepan, bring to the boil, the reduce the heat an simmer over a low heat for 25 minutes until cooked (they should be slightly soft yet still al dente and nutty in texture). Drain, then run under cold water to rinse. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool completely before adding the olive oil and red wine vinegar and seasoning well with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, place the quinoa and 500ml cold water in another small saucepan, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a low and cook for 10-15 minutes until all the water has been absorbed and the grains appear translucent. Remove from the heat, fluff up the grains with a fork and transfer to the bowl with the lentils.

Half fill a small saucepan with water, bring to the boil and add the asparagus. Cook for 2-3 minutes until al dente, then drain and plunge immediately into a bowl or iced water. Drain again and add to the bowl with the lentils and quinoa.

Heat a chargrill pan over a medium heat and add the haloumi to the pan. Drizzle the lime juice over the cheese and sear for 2-3 minutes until golden brown all over. Cut into small squares and add to the lentil mixture, along with the tomatoes, spring onions, chilli, mint and lime zest, then season well with salt and pepper


Chocolate Pavlova 


6 medium egg white(s)

300 gram(s) caster sugar

3 tablespoon(s) cocoa powder (sieved)

1 teaspoon(s) balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar)

50 gram(s) dark chocolate (finely chopped)


Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.

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 in diameter, smoothing the sides and top. Place in the oven, then immediately turn the temperature down to 150°C/gas mark 2 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.

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. Coarsely grate the chocolate so that you get curls rather than rubble, as you don’t want the raspberries’ luscious colour and form to be obscured, and sprinkle haphazardly over the top, letting some fall, as it will, on the plate’s rim.


Rose Sangria 


3 each of small white and yellow peaches, sliced

2 oranges, quartered, sliced

150ml tequila

2 x 750ml bottles rose, chilled

2 cups ice cubes

250ml (1 cup) freshly squeezed orange juice, chilled

500ml (2 cups) lemonade, chilled


Place peaches and oranges in a bowl, then pour over tequila and 1 bottle of rose. Refrigerate for 30 minutes for flavours to develop.

Transfer mixture to a large jug one-quarter filled with ice, add remaining wine, juice and lemonade and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Add Neon to your Wardrobe this Autumn

Naven is a new brand that has graced our racks. It’s a bright an refreshing touch to the usual dark winter tones that are in store this time of year.

“Naven” was born in 2007 by the McClay twins Kym and Alexis. The brands name was inspired from their Irish heritage and the family’s hometown Naven.

Naven’s success is attributed to a large celebrity following of young Hollywood starlets, such as Eva Longoria, Jenifer Love Hewitt, Katy Perry  and Carly Rae Jepsen just to name a few

Kym and Alexis McClay



Petal Pant.

Mod Dress


A new direction for Olive Home

As summer approaches faster than you can book an appointment for a spray tan, your wardrobe can often seem a little tired. Weighed down with winter bits and pieces, and if you’re anything like me – woolen dresses have been thrown about hazardously to make room for tanks, while my boots are lined up against the wall waiting to be boxed up again!

So what to do when summer has, in that quintessential Queensland way, slapped us in the face with no warning whatsoever?

EASY! Come and see us in Olive Home!

Elk’s Summer Range is like no other!

Since opening Olive Woman and relocating the majority of our fashion labels into the new store, we’ve been busy directing Olive Home’s fashion focus into a light-hearted, everyday, come-away-and-walk-along-the-beach-at-sunset-with-me way. This breezy, colourful, more bohemian way of thinking and dressing is perfect for Queensland and perfect for us. Think relaxed silks and cottons, floral embroidery and flowing hemlines that not only are beautiful, but are easy on the old purse-strings to (which is always a help!)


Naudic captures the beauty of coastal living.

With this new focus in mind, we’ve taken on some beautiful labels that we’d love to share with you. Alongside Elk, an old Olive Home favourite, you’ll now find gorgeous collections from Naudic, Joanie Loves Chachi, and due for imminent arrival, White Label Noba.


Joanie Loves Chachi – Boho Style at it’s best!

These labels harness the romanticism of warmer weather, those long days that begin tucked under a beach umbrella and end with mojitos overlooking the ocean.  We are very pleased with the collections, it is a point of difference for us and we’re excited to be bringing these labels into Paddington!

White Label Noba Ariel Poncho

White Label Noba Mya Dress



Phoenix Rising with Coco Ribbon

It’s a small, yet stunning injection of colour and sumptuousness that we do each season…

The Way It Was Blouse in Eden Print

Coco Ribbon hails out of London, finding its feet as a stunning boutique in Notting Hill. Yet its Australian born director, Alison Barton Chow, has lived across the globe. She created Coco Ribbon as a testimony to the Bohemian decadence, for those of us who love to create our style just a little left of centre.

Coco Ribbon’s Notting Hill Boutique

Each season features several unique prints that have in the past, found inspiration in feathers, coral reefs, and the harmony of birdsong. We focus on at least five main pieces from the collection, and this Spring/Summer has brought a rainbow of beauty into the store!

The Big Bang Cape in Phoenix

With all pieces made from 100% Sandwashed Silk, you know quality when you see it (or slip it on!) Alison’s creations are simply wondrous, with this season concentrating on the phenomenal vibrancy that comes with combining hues of magenta, vermillion and fuchsia to create homage to the vibrancy of the Phoenix.

The Snakes & Ladders Skirt in Phoenix

Also available is the sweet yet sexy Eden print, a mixture of floral beauty set back against the innocence of white. Look hard enough and you’ll even find Eve’s apple hidden in the design!

The Way It Was Blouse in Eden.

Yes ladies, it’s a definite love affair with Coco Ribbon. Come and see for yourself! And if you are afraid to bring that spark of colour into your wardrobe, see the team at Olive Woman for a consultation. Sarah and Paul’s innovative use of colour work well with the beauty of Coco Ribbon.






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.


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!