Happy Friday + weekend links

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one | a weekend project – create a skyline with washi tape
two | a freshly baked notebook
three |floating candles –  a beautiful festive idea for the home
four | new tape from oh hello, friend
five | free font!

And hooray, it’s the weekend. But unfortunately there is very little time for me to rest, with work continuing through the weekend and the days getting busier and busier as the holiday season is upon us. But perhaps you can take some time out on behalf of me. Maybe even take a look at one of the projects above that are so befitting to the weekend.

See you next week.


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Some recent posts you may have missed:
+ four favourites: calendars
+ lemon muffins
if I had to choose only one cake to eat
clever sound
+ Andrew Christie – a good looking man


four favourites: donuts


one: mouthwatering s’mores doughnuts
two: donut art
three: diy donut balloons
four: free printable donut birthday card

Hooray for donuts! (no explanation required)


Some other food posts and DIYs you may have missed:
+ peanut butter
+ sweet tooth
+ diy cocktail party
+ diy hand lettering

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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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diy: cocktail party


With the promise of warmer weather comes the time to clean up your outdoor patio and dust off those cocktail glasses as you prepare for the many parties that are sure to be held at your humble abode. And so here is a compilation of a few diys to make your party the talk of the town.

one | fancy flamingo invitations

Paper Leaf Wreath
two | fancy (but simply) decorations for guests to ooh and aah over

three | the perfect cocktail

four | a bit of party food {ok, so this isn’t a diy, but you can find a few of my favourite icecream recipes here}

five | the perfect muslin bags to fill with dainty gifts for your guests to take home

Any other ideas?


Top image by style me pretty via this is glamorous

{Perth locals: don’t forget to find me on facebook to get the know all on local events}

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Happy Weekend


The weekend is here, but what a shame that the blustery winds and persistent rains make me shy away from the adventure that awaits me, with the Perth Fashion Festival on its last legs  and so many cafes and restaurants on my list to try out. Oh, if only I were more brave and not nestled in my fort of blankets and pillows, going through the beautiful photos from the festival that have been uploaded by other bloggers (such as Where They Styled Things Are and Le Fanciulle) who have braved the weather and done a sensational job covering the event. But whilst I’m snug as a bug in a rug, allow me to share with you a few links for the weekend:






one: a collaboration between Audi and Bosendorf. Love it or hate it?
two: an DIY trivet that doesn’t even look handmade at all
three: a pie clock!
four: beautiful travel inspired wedding invitations
five: dogs + planes = awesomeness

And on an end note, did you see the photo of Anna Wintour, the Ice Queen of the fashion industry, slip a sweet smile when she was sitting next to little Harper Beckham at the recent Victoria Beckham show? It sure has caused quite a storm – Anna Wintour smile?! Amazing!


Anyway, hope you’re having a grand weekend!


Top image via Refinery 29

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Happy weekend


…though it may be more appropriate to welcome the new week. My my, how the weekend went by so fast. But before the week begins again, may I indulge you with a few lovely sketches from architect and artist Richard Seedorf. And as usual, a few links from around the world.



Images via sprk and can be purchased here.

Design: a vase that accepts a flower’s death and celebrates its beauty | design milk
Photography: polar bears performing water ballet | first seen on Design Crush
Wedding: beautiful travel inspired airmail wedding invitations
Encouragement: some uplifting words | oh, hello friend
DIY: super fun projects if you have a moment to spare | Poppytalk

Happy Weekend


…though the storms in Perth have settled into a light slumber for the time being, it still remains rather nippy outside. So perhaps my plan for what remains of the weekend will be to stay indoors, rugged up with a book in hand as the soft vocals of Katie Costello gently glides in the air above. And as usual, below are some lovely link for you to look through if you so desire. Happy weekend everyone.

Music: a side of Adele that is rarely seen – her cheeky sense of humour between songs. Concert venue: The Royal Albert Hall
Design: loving the details of Melbourne’s The Town Mouse. Their business cards glow in the dark!
Fashion: carousels + valentino = perfection
Paper: modern DIY Save The Date
Drink Up: dark berry, rosemary and juniper fizz 

-The Fine Duchess

PS. Perth readers, did anyone go to see James Blake at The Astor Theatre on the weekend? What did you think? I loved it! And to those who aren’t in Perth, do you like James Blake’s style/music? Something rather different, isn’t it?

Image: The Library Bar at the NoMad Hotel via MODCo Creative

Happy Weekend!


With the school weeks slowly coming to end, I sure am looking forward to sleeping for just an hour or two, though the Duke sure does agonise waking up while I’m snugly tucked in my cocoon of warmth. There is no rest for the poor Duke; he doesn’t get school holidays like me. However, he does get holiday pay/sick leave/superannuation/any pay that the average bear receives from a big company. As a freelancer, when I stop working, the money stops coming in. And so I have to find my ways of keeping a continuous flow in the holidays, may it be the odd workshop for my piano students or a holiday music camp that I may be so fortunate to teach and be a part of. But enough about money. The long awaited weekend is here! And as usual, here are some links from around the globe for you to enjoy.

Until next week!

DIY: speaking of globes, why not give this diy chalkboard a go?

Stay: wouldn’t it be glorious to stay at JK Place Capri? Sublime.

Home: some lovely design for your hallway or bedroom.

Etiquette: Thank you cards. So simple yet I am sure they bring much joy to the recipient.

Drink Up: the Old Fashioned

-The Fine Duchess

Image via Lonny Magazine (Issue: October/November 2010)

Happy weekend

This weekend has gone by so quickly, filled with cups of hot coffee to keep me going and plenty of desserts to satisfy the sweet tooth in all of us.

Hope you were able to have a more slow paced weekend than myself. And to think that it will be Monday again tomorrow-back to the daily grind and hard work of nurturing budding musicians and singers.

Here are some links from around the world that might interest you:

Music: a song to lull you to sleep
Wedding: Lake Como, Italy is a truly sublime backdrop for a wedding
DIY: polka dots!
Recipe: delicious slow cooked lamb
Drink up: the Old Fashioned

Hope you enjoy the last moments of your weekend.

-The Fine Duchess

Image via Fashion Moment

diy hand lettering


Ever since I was young, I have always been fascinated with typography, hand written notes and calligraphy, and so when I saw this post  on a pair & a spare, I most certainly read every word of the article and raced to my desk to give it a go.

Step 1: Gather your supplies


Step 2: Select your choice of card or paper


Step 3: Draw some guidelines


Step 4: Roughly sketch the skeleton of your letters


Step 5. Add thickness to the letters


Step 6. Trace over your sketch with your fine black pens


Ta da! C’est magnifique! For more detailed instructions, I urge you to visit a pair & a spare.


Tutorial by Gemma O’Brien of for the love of type for a pair & a spare.

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