four favourites: in the kitchen

straws | chalk | fruit | glass

With the arrival of the warmer weather comes the prospect of outdoor dinner parties amidst the backdrop of the raspberry red sky. Beautiful platters of antipasto will be spread out along the long wooden table, glasses will be bountifully filled with fizz and bubbles, and there will be the constant hum of laughter and soft chatter as you relax in good company. With all this in mind, wouldn’t now be the perfect time for a slight kitchen upgrade, may it be some new tableware that takes us back to the days of chemistry and physics or some salt and pepper shakers disguised as the humble straw. What’s your favourite idea from above?

Hope that it’s a lovely day wherever you may be.


Recent design posts you may have missed:
+ fika – a beautiful cookbook
+ holiday home
+ skylights
+ create your own wall gallery


Holiday Home


With summer approaching, I can’t help but think how wonderful it must be to have a holiday home, a house by the beach where you can escape the bustle of the city and just take your time as you bask in the warm rusty sun and breathe in the fresh air.

On the way to a small breakfast outing this morning, I couldn’t help noticing an inconspicuous sign indicating a store in the higher levels of the building. Looking into it, the sign belonged to the Corner Store who stock not only lovely gifts and creations, they are the exclusive distributor for La Maison furniture. And so in my mind, two and two came together – a beachside holiday home filled with La Maison furniture would be so perfect. Oh, a girl can dream.


Have a lovely day.


Images: clock | bedside table | union jack trunk | wooden tray | lawn bowls set

All items (and much more) available at La Maison or at the Corner Store

Some posts you may have missed:

Inspiration: Intricate Mouldings


My my, time sure has flown by this year. There is only one more week of school left before Term 3 comes to a close and two weeks of sleeping in a little bit later beckon and call. But before the holidays are here, I still have to soldier through this last week and what better way to see me through this windy and dreary Monday than with some beautiful images of intricate mouldings, some grand and ornate, others simple and clean.




Happy Monday!


Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4  

Some posts you may have missed:

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.


Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |

Some links you may have missed:

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas


For Mother’s Day, my dear brother, A, bought a set of bowls similar to these and many packets of mum’s favourite chocolates, whilst my fantastic sister S and I will be cooking up a storm. Whilst the specifics have not been planned out, there is sure to be something hearty (perhaps pumpkin soup or coq au vin), plenty of drinks and most definitely a delectable dessert.

Still haven’t gotten around getting a gift for you mum? How about…


a sweet cloud necklace by Jelanié


a monthly subscription to receive nutty snacks of goodness


this beautiful lamp (by New Zealand’s Joska & Sons) that can double as both table lamp or stretched into a towering floor lamp


or perhaps a huge silk-screened tea towel by Wit & Whistle?

Shops have all closed? Sometimes a sincere card of honest loving words is all she really wants. This printable card would be perfect!

Hope you all have a fantastic Mother’s Day weekend!

-The Fine Duchess

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend


Ah, the weekend. Visits to new cafes, rummaging through market stalls and strolls along the riverside with the Duke.

Here are some links for you to enjoy:

Music: A sweet song for your weekend

Paper: Perth talent

Food: Anyone up for some peanut butter and jelly?

Bicycle: I think I really need this

Home: I need this too!

Drink up: One of my favourites.

-The Fine Duchess

Image by Twodogz photography

Happy weekend


Crisp autumn mornings and blue skies. Perfect start to the weekend of music, cheeky budding pianists and lazy nights with the Duke.

Below are a few links for you to enjoy.

Beauty: Have had my eye on this for a while. Is it too good to be true?

Paper: Easy to make (and highly amusing) poster

Home: Pillows for kids of all ages

Drink up: Classic drink – the Pisco Sour. The addition of passionfruit pulp makes it even better!

-The Fine Duchess