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


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.


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


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?


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?


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


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Christmas Tree Inspiration


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.


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

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{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:

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

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

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.

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.

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.


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inspiration: dip dye

dip dyed pleats by @honorwoman via {thisisglamorous}

destination wedding invitations via oh so beautiful paper

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

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


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Yuniko Studio


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.


{such a perfect amount of whimsy}


{indigo dyed fabrics + sweet clay buttons}


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.


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inspiration: calligraphy


…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.


Whimsical hand lettering from Jaymee at JayAdores Design Co.


Fancy flourishes by Crystal Kluge


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


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


Old World lettering by Stephanie Fishwick

Happy Monday!


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In the Office: Scandinavian Inspiration


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.








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


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Happy Monday


After a whirlwind of a week, only now I am able to sit down for the shortest of breaks and indulge in a quick post for you. Amidst the sounds of students picking out singular notes on the piano, too many versions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow for auditions and a to-do list so long that it’s a sight for sore eyes, here are a few things that have caught my eye this past week:

The Pencil Light, designed by Norwegian designer Caroline Olsson

Post it notes on the back of your phone. Yes? No?

The sweetest bedside table

An inspiring post on whether to go to design school or not

(I think a hot air balloon ride needs to go on the list of things I have to do in the next five years)

With things finally settling down, posts will hopefully be back on a daily schedule.

Happy Monday!


Top image: Installation by Gabriel Dawe

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Create Your Own Wall Gallery


What could be a better way to display your photos of those precious moments or to exhibit someone’s proud artwork than to lay them out on a wide span of space and create your own gallery wall. Or as the image above shows, you don’t even need to have many images for the gallery walls – inspirational quotes work just as well. Perhaps this would be a fun weekend project for the family. For some tips on how to create your own gallery wall (such as consistency in frames or perhaps even a colour that runs the artwork), do head over to Design Crush. It is quite a good read for those who are up to the project.


(I love how the gallery is not all hung up but instead sits on the shelves or leans against the wall)



Hope you’re having a delightful day.


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