Posts Categorized: Metallics

A Maker & Merchant autumn, Brisbane in blue and orange

This is one of my favourite seasons to be in home in Brisbane. Those cool quiet nights, edging towards scarf weather and the glorious sunny days of big blue skies. At Maker & Merchant HQ we love starting work with a coffee and a sunny corner, planning the day as we watch the dew evaporate from the lawn.

Blue skies of Brisbane

Blue skies of Brisbane

As the afternoon spectacular turns to dusk I like to make what we call CC’s Super Pumpkin Soup.

CC's Super Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients for Pumpkin Soup

Cut up one Queensland Blue Pumpkin to roast leaving the skin on. Coat pumpkin pieces in olive oil, a touch of smoked paprika, season with sea & pepper, and add final grate of nutmeg.  Break up a head of lovely Australian garlic and distribute through oil on the tray. We also roast a couple of red chillies whole.  Place in the oven at 180 for about 45 minutes, until very soft.

Ready to roast

Pumpkin ready to roast

Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly on the tray.

In a large soup pot peel the pumpkin pieces away from the skin and put the flesh in the pot. Squeeze the sweet centre out of the roasted garlic and add to the pot. You can also add the red chillies. You can slice them finely as is or remove the seeds for less heat.

In a separate pot warm up some chicken stock, you can use vegetable as well.  You’ll need about 1-2 cups depending on the pumpkin.

Once the stock is warm, puree the pumpkin with a stick blender, add in one can of coconut cream or milk and continue to blend.  Now add the stock gradually continuing to blend until you reach a consistency you like.  At this point you can bring the heat up on the pot to a simmer.  You’ll need to taste the soup, sometimes the pumpkin and garlic are very sweet and I like to temper this with a splash of fish sauce.

I serve this with fresh sour dough.

Pumpkin soup ready to eat. Yum!

Pumpkin soup ready to eat. Yum!

Evenings are perfect for feasting on this simple soup and wrapping yourself in a lovely quilt and surrounded by wool, leather and metallic cushions, reading some epic novel, a glossy magazine or delving through Pinterest.

Maker & Merchant wool, leather and metallic cushions

Maker & Merchant wool, leather and metallic cushions


Shiny shiny – shimmering accessories bringing elegance and warmth this winter

The glamour and luxury of metallics is on trend for 2014. We are loving the warmth and mixes of textures accessorising with metallics can bring to a room.

As homage to all things shiny, Maker & Merchant’s new range of cushions and storage baskets in luxe copper and gold, are the perfect way to introduce some metallic richness to your home.

Metallic 2014

Copper and gold metallic cushions and gold storage bags new from Maker & Merchant

The cushions and storage baskets are made of gold or copper sprayed denim. The baskets come in two sizes are lined with African wax fabric and cushions, filled with soft feather, measure 45cm x 45cm.

The twinkle and shine of metallic accents throughout your home will lift any room.

Here are a few glamours ideas and shiny things to share the inspiration.

Polished copper 

Warming copper kitchen accessories

Warming copper kitchen accessories

Perfect for afternoon soirees these beautiful highly polished, hammered copper  cups from Dot & Bo  are just georgeous and we’re loving the simplicity of this copper pitcher from West Elm.


Art as inspiration

The art world offers many opportunities to bring elegance and simple luxury into your home.

Rich style and beauty

Rich style and beauty

Beautifully subtle japanese green tea bowl by Ryota Aoki Pottery and we love this work by Julie Fragar, ‘Enlightened Sunshine and Lollypops‘ 2013.


Contemporary metallic quirkiness

Contemporary metallic quirkiness

Bringing some fun into your designs is a fantastic way to personalise a room and show your personality –  check out this shiny guy! Troy Emery’s ‘golden beast 2012‘.

Stay tuned for more of Maker & Merchant’s 2014 Metallics range coming soon!