Spring

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Hooray, it’s the first day of spring in Perth! A season of bright beginnings…

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luscious seasonal berries…

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and more time to lay about doing nothing in particular.

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Hooray!

-T.

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Sunday’s Child

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…is blithe and gay, and what better way to be so than at an enormous picnic with your closest friends and family. So just before the working week begins again, Sunday’s child takes full opportunity to relax with her loved ones, may it be with a delicious picnic feast, a rowdy game of bocce (how could a game bocce be rowdy, you may ask. Trust me, with endearing younger ones and the family pets joining in, things very much have the potential to get out of hand) or lazily flipping through her favourite design magazines with the hum of chatter and the occasional burst of laughter (always from the cheeky ones) in the background.

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Ad Campaign: Tommy Hilfiger. Meet the Hilfigers Fall/Winter 2010/11
Photographer: Craig McDean

And as always, here are five weekend links I’d like to share with you:

Etiquette: the art of conversation
Kitchen: infused sugar sounds so sublime
Resort: pre-spring 2014 favourites by michael kors and burberry prorsum
Renovations: an amazing kitchen makeover
Design: incredibly sweet cartoons on everyday furniture. Brilliant!

-The Fine Duchess

Saturday’s Child

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…works hard for a living. She gets up early in the morning and is always the first one at the office. Amidst office meetings, correspondence of mail and researching for inspiration, she always makes a quick dash for coffee (a long macchiato, of course) at two o’clock in the afternoon at the corner cafe – a chance for some fresh air away from the stress of the office. Saturday’s child works late into the evening, is always last to leave the office, but on the weekends, indulges just the slightest bit with a visit to the local jazz bar after work.

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Models: Karlie Kloss, Constance Jablonski, Hilary Rhoda (and Daphne Groeneveld)
Photographer: Venetia Scott
Issue: Self Service Fall-Winter 2012

-The Fine Duchess

Friday’s Child

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…is loving and giving, but let’s have some fun and run with our imaginations. Friday’s girl is joined by the most dashing Mr and today brings us a love story.

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Friday’s child is gentle and loving, believing in love and the happiness that can be found in it. The sweet couple begins with hot coffee and buttery croissants at a quaint cafe by the river, followed by a stroll amongst the beautiful architecture that surrounds the beautiful city they call home. Together, they explore antique bookshops, pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread from their local bakery and browse through seasonal produce at the markets as they think of what to cook for dinner. Whilst she wasn’t looking, her gentleman buys her a bouquet of pale pink peonies – when presented, was greeted with a laugh and a kiss. Late in the afternoon, she is feeling a bit peckish. So just before they head home, he buys her a pack of macarons, something to nibble on as they take the scenic route home. Oh, what a beautiful day it has been for Friday’s child.

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-T.

Models: Sam Rollinson & Ondrey
Photographer: Nikolay Biryukov
Issue: Elle Ukraine September 2012
Images via Fashion Gone Rogue

Thursday’s Child

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Thursday’s child has far to go. Some say the meaning behind that refers to how Thursday’s child may have to overcome many obstacles before she reaches her goals, but today, we’ll think of it in the more literal sense. Thursday’s child is taking one very long (but as always, luxurious and glamorous) train ride on the Orient Express.

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Tuesday’s Child

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…is full of grace, intelligence and elegance. Though she is born of the current day which we all live in, she yearns for the fashion of a by gone era. Full circle skirts supported by layers of organza, silk scarves and the perfect clutch. Lavish as they may be, it is a shame that we do not see more of them in our day to day wear. To the Tuesday’s child, she hopes that these items may one day be a way of life whilst others find her odd to be caught up in such an old fashioned era. But she listens not to their hushed whispers and continues to dream of what the future may hold…

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-The Fine Duchess

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*I was not able to find the source of image 4. If anyone knows of the source, I’d be more than happy to link and give credit.

Sweet Tooth

…after a long day of teaching little fingers how to move correctly, running important errands that could no longer be put off and as always, the sound of piano constantly in my ears, these deliciously looking doughnuts, captured by Chris Court, are a nice distraction as I seek a slight change of pace, even if it is only for a short while.

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And after a well needed slumber, it is back to work tomorrow as musicians, young and old, grace my humble studio with their books, pencils and manuscript in hand.

-The Fine Duchess

All images with the permission of Chris Court, featured in Donna Hay (issue 56, 2011)

Beethoven

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Finally found some time to sit down at my old friend and work on some Beethoven together. It feels amazing to have my fingers flying over the keys; to hear the contrast between ominous and delicate sounds coming from the depths of the beast we call the piano.

For those who are curious, I am working on Beethoven’s Bagatelle in C major, Op. 33 No. 5.

-The Fine Duchess

Elegant and Modern

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Can you imagine waking up to such beauty everyday? Or coming home to it after a long day at work? Leaving all your worries at the door, you enter in a land where elegance meets modern design.

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As bursts of light stream through the large windows on to the crisp white sheets, I can imagine my sweet J bringing me steaming coffee and and blueberry bagels on a beautiful silver tray worthy of a queen.

Have a lovely day.

-T.

Images via Lonny {Issue: December 2012} | Article: Great Dame | Words: Jeremy Callaghan | Photography: Gaelle Le Boulicaut | Interior Design: Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen

ps. The owners of the beautiful residence are Danish duo Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen of the internationally acclaimed fashion brand Day Birger et Mikkelsen and interior decor line Day Home.