Welcome to Tilly’s Table – a place to share recipes, stories, and other good things. A place for family, friends and good food.
Hello! I’m Tilly – a cook, stylist and designer based in the Blue Mountains, Australia, with my husband and two small kids. Here, in between chasing children around, I run Tilly’s Table – a food and lifestyle brand encompassing food styling, photography, recipe development, visual merchandising and textile design.
With a background in design, I have worked as a food stylist and home economist for advertising and editorial campaigns, as a retail visual merchandiser, and have an honours degree in design (fashion and textile) from the University of Technology, Sydney. Since our move out of the city, I have been busy photographing and designing my debut range of table linens, In Bloom, featuring original photographic botanical prints.
Growing up, our kitchen was the heart of our family home and the most used room in the house. The kitchen table was where we all congregated, and everything happened – we cooked, ate, argued, plotted, planned, celebrated and did our homework perched on stools around that table – all fuelled by good food and endless cups of tea. Happily, that same kitchen table now lives at my house, where it continues to see plenty of food, family and life happen (and currently, lots and lots of little-person mess!).
From an early age, my parents instilled in me an appreciation of the value of family and good food, which in our house (and my mind) were inextricably linked. My parents still grow a lot of their own vegetables, have chickens, a compost heap and are excellent cooks who have cared about where their food comes from, long before it became fashionable to do so. I am sure this has influenced my love of food and cooking, and for this, I cannot thank them enough. It is something I hope I can also do for my son and daughter, who at one and three years old vary wildly in their eating habits – one is currently only interested in cooking if it involves licking cake batter, ‘testing’ icing or liberally decorating things with sprinkles, and the other will eat almost anything – we’ll have to wait and see how this evolves…
So, welcome to my table! Here’s to all the home cooks, family members and friends that grace our tables – because that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Cook. Eat. Share.