The Floral Trend of 2020

The dried floral trend is back and it’s big. Dried (and sometimes dyed) flowers, leaves and pods are all over Instagram, and they’re our new favourite home décor, gifting and wedding obsession.

From soft creamy hues to dramatic, deep tones, there is a preserved floral arrangement to suit everyone’s flower personality. But, where did this love for preserved flowers come from?

Lisa Cimmino, floristry lecturer at TAFE SA says, “these arrangements have gained more popularity due to current circumstances. They’re long lasting and can suit all environments. [Due to Covid-19] there was a shortage of cut flowers, both locally and imported, [so] they were easy to procure. There is also a big shift in the industry to be more sustainable, so drying flowers is also friendly to the environment.”

Many local florists have also jumped on the trend and are creating the preserved floral arrangements of your dreams in lots of varieties, styles and colours. But, if you’re more of a DIY girl, you too can take control and create your own preserved arrangements.

“[TAFE SA] offer Certificate II and Certificate III Floristry at our Adelaide Campus,” says Lisa. “We are fortunate to have access to great wholesalers, flower markets and growers to source our product, and our arrangement styles reflect current industry trends. We deliver accredited courses as part of a nationally recognised training package. In Cert II we cover 10 arrangements and Cert III 28 arrangements.” 

For those who are ready to give it a go for themselves at home Lisa says, “many types of botanicals can naturally dry”. She also suggests experimenting with air drying by hanging flowers upside down – fragile flower products can also be sprayed with hairspray, which helps maintain the structural integrity of the flower.

Ex-Gordon Ramsay Chef Heads Adelaide Restaurant

Ex-Gordon Ramsay Chef Cruz Hernan has taken the reins at new Adelaide restaurant 88 Eatery. The Italian restaurant has two new homes, one in Newton (previously the popular La Romano pizza bar) and the other a new venue in Fulham Gardens. Think traditional Italian cuisine with a focus on local, fresh produce and sustainability (all pizza and pasta packaging is 100% recyclable and to help reduce their carbon footprint printed takeaway menus are a no-no – online only people). We caught up with the man himself to find out more.

What can diners expect?

Expect an amazing, unique bite to eat, cooked with local produce, at an affordable price. From delicious Detroit-style pizzas to sexy pastas and great snacks, we’ve got your cravings covered. 

Local produce is a focus – why is this important?

Using local producers is a must for myself and for 88 Eatery. This is a great opportunity to help our local economy to thrive during this tough time.

By supporting local suppliers, we take local ingredients and expose them to more people in our community and perhaps to different cultures; that is what we strive to do. Our two most used suppliers in Adelaide are Paesano Bakery for delicious ciabatta loaves, and Tony and Marks for quality, fresh produce. 

The new Fulham Gardens restaurant
You’ve been working as Executive Head Chef for Emirates in Queensland – what drew you to Adelaide?

One of the reasons I moved to Adelaide was the extraordinary level of cuisine. As a person and as a Chef you never really end the learning process. Adelaide was the logical move for me to keep learning and developing my career. 

You’ve also worked under Gordon Ramsay – tell us about that.

My career in the hospitality industry as a Chef began in 2008, when I started as a Commis Chef for Gordon Ramsay Holdings. There I truly developed my passion for cooking, learning from the best Chefs in the industry. I was lucky enough to be part of the kitchen brigade at Ramsay’s and progressed over the years until I became a Sous Chef.

What is your most memorable Gordon Ramsay moment?

My most memorable memory at Ramsay’s is when Gordon came to pay a visit at one of his gastropubs, The Narrow. I had the task of cooking an entrée for him. After his meal, he came to the kitchen to thank us all. He positively commented on his entrée, which was awesome for me.

Did you learn anything from your time with Gordon Ramsay that you think will help you as you take on this new venture?

I unquestionably learned lots during my time there, it was definitely character building. What I can bring to 88 Eatery from Ramsay’s is my determination to offer great food and this gels extremely well with the 88Eatery ethos.

88 Eatery
145 Montacute Road, Newton
445-457 Tapleys Hill Road. Fulham Gardens

Small Space, Big Ideas

Pink terrazzo, Art Deco-esque arches and bold colour choices are the cornerstones of this eclectic, functional, yet small cottage extension. The design work of Adelaide’s Sans-Arc Studio, we chat to studio director, Matiya Maravich about the inspirations behind this 2020 Dulux Colour Awards finalist design.

What/who were your design inspirations for this home?

We drew upon the clients’ love of art deco and  P+O architecture. We wanted to give the addition an earthy, adobe feeling – grounded but fun. We also had to display their glass and pottery collection. We drew upon the bold colours of these as a basis for the colour in the space.

How important is the colour selection when working with a small space? What tricks/tips do you have for enlarging a space using colour?

White ceilings (and high ceilings) are good to make a small space feel big. Colour blocking can help reduce busy looking spaces by blending items into one continuous area. We’ve used colour blocking in this project to delineate between areas and highlight the different forms against each other. Balancing colour is also very important, some dark can be good, but generally if you want to make a space feel big when it isn’t, then use light colours.

What are some of the most common challenges people face when deciding to DIY design?

I think it is easy for people to get caught in short-term trends because they don’t want to be boring. There is nothing wrong with clean, simple materials that feel good. Using timber where you can and with whites, greys and timeless colours is a good place to start. Taking big design risks or doing something that ‘looks funky’ can be dangerous without a good design eye or the right advice. I think we tend to be onto the next cool thing really quickly without investigating or doing one style of design really well. If you want to go industrial with your home-reno, then go full on, or if you want something timeless, buy the best materials and design you can afford.

What’s your favourite designer trend for 2020?

I’m enjoying the new Italian design trend through graphics, architecture and interiors. I love Italian Futurism and the radical design movement so it is nice seeing this stuff re-emerge. 

What is the Sirtfood Diet?

The Sirtfood Diet grabbed headlines earlier this year when photos of a super slim Adele were published around the globe – it’s rumoured that the seven stone weight loss was a result of the revolutionary diet. 

A ‘sirtfood’ is a food that is able to stimulate the production of sirtuins, a group of proteins in the body that regulate functions such as metabolism and inflammation. This diet combines sirtfoods and calorie restriction.

Its creators, two UK-based celebrity nutritionists, insist sirtfoods are the secret to weight loss and disease prevention, however many health experts urge those considering the diet to do so with caution. To find out more, we spoke to Alex Parker, Accredited Practising Dietitian from @thebitingtruth.

What are some examples of foods high in sirtuin activators (‘sirtfoods’)?  

Sirtfoods include green tea, dark chocolate (that is at least 85 percent cocoa), apples, citrus fruits, parsley, turmeric, kale, blueberries, capers, red wine, coffee, extra virgin olive oil, soy, onions, walnuts and buckwheat.

How does the diet work?

The diet has two phases that are repeated continuously. The first phase involves having only 1000 calories a day for three days. These calories are consumed via three green juices and one main meal. Then four days of 1500 calories via two green juices and two meals. 

Are there any adverse health effects to this diet?

Diets like these can result in unhealthy relationships with food and are unlikely to result in long lasting weight loss. Essentially, this is just another form of calorie restriction. For many people, restricting calories so significantly may result in them missing out on essential nutrients, which could put their health at risk. 

Is there anyone who shouldn’t follow the diet?

Sure, following this diet may result in initial weight loss but it does not set someone up for long term success. I wouldn’t recommend any of my clients follow this diet. It would be particularly dangerous for individuals with chronic health conditions such as diabetes.

What are the pros?

The diet promotes whole foods rather than refined/processed foods or supplements, and the foods containing high levels of sirtuins are generally nutrient rich, which is important for overall health. 

What are the cons?

The diet appears to eliminate entire food groups, such as lean protein sources (meat, fish, legumes) and dairy, which is a huge red flag. [There is also] no scientific evidence to show that the sirtfood diet really works. There is some lab research to show that sirtuins may have an anti-ageing effect, but the studies have been on mice, human stem cells and rats, not people.

Stylist Jono Fleming’s Living Room Transformation

A pop of colour on white walls is an easy, inexpensive way to transform a space. Interior stylist Jono Fleming’s family farmhouse originally had white walls – the idea was to use them as a blank canvas to showcase the grand stone fireplace, cathedral pitched ceiling and exposed timber beams. But in a room so big, the space felt cold and sterile, despite the textural furnishings introduced to try and soften the space. 

The solution? Jono introduced a classic navy hue to transform this hub of the home. “By painting the wall I’ve entirely changed the feeling of the space and demarcated living zones, in what was once an expansive open plan room,” he says.

How to achieve the look

“It’s all about small steps when it comes to using colour throughout the home,’ says Jono. “I recommend starting with the main colour you’d like to introduce and build out from there.” 

“I used the dark kitchen and red Persian rugs that had deep blue patterning as my starting point for building the palette. Blue hues are fantastic to use in living areas – they provide a feeling of comfort and understated elegance, plus there are endless colour pairings. Painting an entire wall navy might seem like a big jump from white, but when the rest of the decor and furniture are complementary the colour is considered.”

“When putting final touches to the space, I chose an abstract artwork filled with deep blues, blacks and greys, which tonally works with the wall colour, the navy in the Persian rugs and polished concrete floors. To add some drama, we used natural ceramics and an abundance of luscious greenery.”

Jono’s tips when using colour

Start with a rug or artwork. Take your colour cues from a key painting or rug to give your room’s scheme an intentional feel – work within this palette. Also, choose colours you love and that are liveable to you!

Open plan spaces can be ‘zoned’ using colour; consider which wall will help ground and delineate the space.

There are endless colour combinations with navy. Jono paired Porter’s Paints Yacht Race with red, sage greens, polished concrete, white and blonde timber, although he says it would have also worked beautifully with ochre and mustard tones.

Always start using sample pots, painting large swatches in designated areas so you can live with the colour for a few days and see how it performs under changing light conditions.

Jono used Porter’s Paints Yacht Race from the new Capsule Collection.