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March 9, 2016

Charlotte Dawson’s Homewares Collection

The homewares line spearheaded by late celebrity Charlotte Dawson will be launched this month to carry on the much-loved media personality’s legacy in support of her favourite charities. The range of handmade Balinese canvas cushions and coasters carries elegant old world-style images of palm trees, elephants, ships and toucans that will add a whimsical touch to any indoor or outdoor area.

Charlotte first fell in love with the cushions on a holiday to Bali when she spotted them at the villa belonging to her longtime friend of 25 years, homewares designer Billy Allen. Charlotte styled the cushions around Billy’s Seminyak villa, taking snaps to post on Instagram. The pair collaborated and the line Charlotte Dawson Home was born. The business was already rolling ahead before Charlotte’s passing in late February. She was so passionate about the cushions that they became her main focus, the warming designs having caught her keen eye for style, beauty and fun. The new homewares line was also one of the many ways in which she planned to expand her talents in the coming year.

Charlotte Dawson, homewares, interiors, lifestyle, cushions, soft furnishings

Seven different styles of cushions are in the range with colourful designs printed on white canvas. Patterns include a black and white elephant, a large cruise liner in two shades on white and orange background, toucans in two sizes as well as a palm tree.

The homewares line is being run by one of Charlotte’s long-time friends, Jai Evans, who had partnered with her on the project. Jai wanted to continue both Charlotte’s legacy and support of her favourite charities.

Jai said:

“Charlotte is still with us, she was always there for others, and this is a great opportunity to give back. This will put a smile on Charlotte’s face wherever she is now.”

Proceeds from the sale of the handmade Indonesian cushions and coasters will be donated to Charlotte’s favourite charities: Lifeline, Community Brave, ACON, Variety’s Smile Program, and Angels Goals for whom Charlotte campaigned relentlessly.

May 14, 2014

A delight to the pleasure senses (contd)

* Remove the blindfold and let your partner share what they have experienced.* Swap, asking your partner to change the order that the senses were given in, so there will be an element of surprise.

* After you have finished the exercise share anything which you liked or disliked and anything else you would like to repeat.Part of spicing up your relationship is also about bringing more appreciation into it. You can do this by setting up a special night to remember why you are together. Focus on the things you both enjoy and use them eg. special food you like, music, atmosphere, touch etc then include this exercise.

After deciding who will go first, partner A sits against the wall making themselves comfortable with cushions, with legs out straight in front of them. Partner B sit in between A’s legs letting their head rest on their shoulder. Use cushions to make yourself as comfortable as possible. Place one hand on the genitals or belly and the other hand in between the chest.

Close your eyes and take three deep breaths together, just feeling the body gentle move. Partner A starts says all the things he/she loves and appreciates about partner B. Draw on times or behavior that has been special to you. The partner receiving this acknowledgment should not talk, accepting what is being said. If there are moments of silence just let yourselves be carcooned together.

When you are ready swap. After the exercise hold one another, take this time to connect in a soft gentle loving way.

Jo-Anne Baker B.A. M.A. C.Psych. is well known as one of Australia’s leading Sex Entrepreneurs Therapist and Educators. Her business The Pleasure Spot was established in 1993 and was the first in Australia to cater to women and couples sexuality, with a mail order product catalogue.

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