a fresh start

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Life seems to have caught me up in a furious whirlwind of activity and as a result, the past few months have left this small blog looking a bit sparse. But after a long leave of unnotified absence, it is now time for me to get back on board with writing.  The recent months have unveiled to me that balance in the everyday clockwork of life is so very important;  work, play, and love – it is all a delicate balance. Before I disappear to run a few errands on this sunny winter’s day, I leave you with a few notes that I have picked up over the recent months:

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Hope you’re having a splendid day.

-T.

image: Alaina Kaczmarski’s beautiful apartment via the everygirl

A quick hello

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Amidst small bursts of work here and there, a drive this evening for some star gazing, and coffee, always freshly ground coffee, just a quick hello from me to you before we start the weekend. Following this week, posts will hopefully jump back onto the road of design, but for now, a little bit of romance and a touch of sparkle. Whoever said that we can’t indulge a bit?

-T.

Images: office | quote | jacket | calligraphy | chanel

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{gift guide #03} for your sister who thinks that everyday is a chance to be glamorous

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one | candles by diptyque
Only the cool kids have these candles. And your sister, one of the coolest kids on the block (besides you, of course) has had her eye on them for quite some time now.

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two | Mermaid N°1 
Who doesn’t want to smell like a mermaid? Wherever she goes, a delicate trail of orange blossom will follow, dancing in the summer breeze…
(image by making magique)

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three | a subscription to The Gentlewoman
As the avid reader, she’s already subscribed to Vogue Paris and Kinfolk. A subscription to The Gentlewoman will fit in perfectly.

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four | tickets to the ballet
Pink and ivory satin, layer upon layer of tulle and elegance all around. What could be more glamorous?

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five | bulb necklace by The Bunny Shoppe
And to finish off, delicate flowers encased in a glass bulb

-T.

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Recent gift guides:
{#01} for the friend who has a penchant for beautiful stationery
{#02} for the husband who loves to mix an Old Fashioned any time of the day

{gift guide #02} for the husband who loves to mix an Old Fashioned any time of the day

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one | The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
What better way for him to expand his knowledge of cocktail making skills than by reading up on them. Amy Stewart’s book is a good first step in venturing into the new and unknown.

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two | Belvoir’s Elderflower Pressé
I did say something different, didn’t I? Perhaps this bottle of goodness will push him in the right direction

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three | The Mason Shaker
First came dessert in mason jars. Then came salad. And then ice coffee (alright, not necessarily in that order). And now we have the mason jar in the form of a cocktail shaker. Sure it’s a bit hipster, but don’t you want to try it out?

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four | Walnut Muddler
No longer will he grab the closest item to mash up the fruit. Rather, he will exquisitely release the full flavour from seasonal berries and herbs with the help of the Walnut Muddle. Sounds a bit better, no?

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five | The Rocks Glass
And to finish off, a perfectly sized cocktail glass disguised as a beacon.

-T.

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Recent gift guides:
{#01} for the friend who has a penchant for beautiful stationery

Christmas Tree Inspiration

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This year, our christmas tree will not be the centre of attention due to the lack of space in my humble abode. And so, my good friend Luke helped me create the silhouette of a tree on one of our blank walls and I’m in the process of making a large quantity of snowflakes to decorate our “tree” with, as well as to stick on every single glass surface in our house. Even though it’s getting hotter as December progresses, perhaps the multitude of snowflakes will help me feel less uncomfortable in the scorching 40°C heat (gosh, wishful thinking, I know). So if you’re like me and lack the space, below are a few trees that may tickle your fancy:

Hope the weather is perfect where you are today.

-T.

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Images: top image | string + wash tape | rustic | christmas jars | shelf + garland | white tipped branches

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sweet tooth

{gift guide #01} for the friend that has a penchant for beautiful stationery

For my first gift guide, I bring to you a small selection of gifts which will delight that one friend who feels that the rise of smart phones will never be of greater importance than luxuriously thick paper and cleverly designed writing instruments:

01.PalominoPencils
one | Palomino Blackwing
When writing with this world famous pencil, the experience has often been described as writing with black velvet or even butter

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two | stapler by Zady
A high quality stapler that looks like a dog. Or a dinosaur. Need I say more?

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three | A5 Leather notebook by kikki.K
Thick paper that is a dream to write on? Check. Hints of classic gold? Check. Comes in a range of beautiful shades (like mint and fuchsia)(especially the mint!)? Check.

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four | a fancy pair of scissors
The scissors pictured above are from the online store of the clever blog oh, hello friend: you are loved. However, it is currently under maintenance (though she has retail store here, if you’re in the area). But as an alternative, I offer you Country Road’s Crest scissors or these fancy eiffel tower scissors.

05.PeiDesign.CardSet
five | polka dot thank you cards
One can never have enough cards, especially if they’re 100% cotton, gold foil stamped, letterpressed and feature polka dots.

So that’s it. My first gift guide everrr. Keep your eyes peeled as there are many more to come!

Hope that it’s lovely wherever you are.

-T.

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inspiration: dip dye

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dip dyed pleats by @honorwoman via {thisisglamorous}

Blue-Dip-Dye-Ombre-Wedding-Invitations-Suite-Paperie
destination wedding invitations via oh so beautiful paper

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Lily Cole for British Vogue. Photo by Tim Walker (2007) via yellowtrace

…just a little bit of lovely to kickstart your day.

-T.

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Yuniko Studio

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My recent fascination with all types of ceramic wares and handcrafted treasures has led me to discover the elegant pieces by Anthea Carboni of Yuniko Studio. From birds going around in circles to cute and clever cats, each piece is of pure organic beauty and utterly charming.

 Anthea is heavily inspired by the Japanese concept of wabi sabi, the acceptance of that which is imperfect, with the aesthetic sometimes described as a beauty being found in the “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” This is prominently seen in so many of her creations and is what draws such a vast following to her work.

Based in Perth, these exsquisite ceramics can be found at Nell’s Emporium & Cafe in Mosman Park or at her etsy store.

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{such a perfect amount of whimsy}

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{indigo dyed fabrics + sweet clay buttons}

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05YunikoStudio{this one is my favourite!}

For more information on Yuniko Studio, head over to The Design Files or Style and Focus for a read up on their interviews with Anthea Carboni.

Hope you’re having the perfect amount of whimsy where you are today.

T.

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

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inspiration: intricate mouldings
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inspiration: calligraphy

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…amidst the pleasing sight of freshly cut roses, the aroma of humble pumpkin soup and the sound of laughter on the front porch on a late, balmy evening, this weekend has passed in a whirlwind of activity and we find ourselves at the beginning of a new week. So let us begin this day with some lovely calligraphy, some of it elegant and traditional, others modern and striking.

02.OSBP.AnnMarie

Whimsical hand lettering from Jaymee at JayAdores Design Co.

03.OSBP.Crystal

Fancy flourishes by Crystal Kluge

03.OSBP.MollyJacques

Navy lettering by Michigan based illustrator, designer, and calligrapher Molly Jacques

04.HowAboutOrange.Recipe

Printable recipe cards from Design Eat Repeat, found on How About Orange

05.StephanieFishwick

Old World lettering by Stephanie Fishwick

Happy Monday!

T.

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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+ pink

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In the Office: Scandinavian Inspiration

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Just this week, I have purchased a large wooden kitchen bench in the palest of shade available and have ikea-hacked it into a magnificent desk for my piano studio. With the tall black piano striking such a presence my room, I have decided to keep all things clean and simple by gathering items neutral in colour, from the most fragrant white roses to the stacks of boxes in different hues of grey. With it still looking a bit empty, my search for inspiration brings you these lovely Scandinavian rooms and offices.

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What do you think? Lovely and open or do you prefer more pops of colour?

-T.

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

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+ Holiday Home
+ Hidden Spaces

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