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?


Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Some other design + décor posts you may have missed:
+ Beautiful Type
+ Skylights
+ Holiday Home
+ Hidden Spaces

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My piano studio is looking rather dull and disorganised, and the lack of natural sunlight unfortunately doesn’t make it any better. Looking through these beautiful images of large rooms with sunlight pouring large windows makes me wishful for a little bit more space in the quarters of the house where the sounds from the piano dance in the air like woodland faeries at a spring festival, moving amidst the piles of manuscripts and dancing a slight gigue between Bach and Beethoven.

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Happy Monday!


Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |

Recent décor posts:
+ holiday home
+ hidden spaces
+ white
+ elegant and modern

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:

Hidden Spaces


Imagine living in a beautiful home with sky high ceilings, French-style paneling and hidden doorways. Now, wouldn’t that be divine?


{ 2 |Vertical Pivot System Door which leads to a simple minimalist kitchen }


{ 3 | hidden doorway leads to a powder room }


{ 4 | French style panels in a majestic home office }


{ 5 | behind the beautifully wall papered panels is a sunny sitting room }


{ 6 | hidden staircase }


{ 7 | romance awaits behind the doors of this magnificent library }

On this beautiful winter afternoon (more like fake-winter) (Perth isn’t very good at cold winters – the days seem to turn out rather sunny with a slight chill in the air), the Duke and I drove along the riverside in search coffee beans. And coffee beans we found, first at Typika followed by another purchase at Elixir. Tomorrow morning, hopefully we will be able to make a small trip to Mary Street Bakery and purchase a small bag of beans by Pound (all these beans are locally roasted in our little city of Perth). Why so much coffee, you may ask? Sure, we may drink a fair amount of coffee but the numerous purchases are in fact all in the name of research. The Duke is rather keen on finding out the difference between the different blends (by means of a thorough taste test of course) and next week, he will be my guest on this humble little blog, posting his results and findings. But until then, here are the usual weekend links:

Interior: beautiful monochrome wares Australian company The Minimalist
Design: a printer that sits on top of the paper, no print tray required
Paper: beautiful calligraphy by Julie Song Ink
Fashion: loving the fall shoot in September Vogue, featuring Jennifer Lawrence
Kitchen: my favourite brownie recipe

See you next week!

-The Fine Duchess

{ image 1 | bathroom is hidden behind elegant grey-blue walls, belonging to fashion designer Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein }

Perfume Masterclass + 5 weekend links


Mariposa Perfumery in Mt Lawley is hosting a fragrance masterclass in the next two weeks. At the class, those in attendance will learn about the history of perfume, distinguished scents of some of the finest perfume houses and how to differentiate between each one.

Date: Thursday 15 August 2013
Time: 5.00pm and 7.30pm (5pm attendees will receive a goody bag too)
Venue: Mariposa  – Shop 5, The Astor Arcade, 665 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley
Cost: $50, which can be then redeemed on a fragrance that evening
For more details, click here.

I personally don’t finish teaching piano until quite late so am still thinking about it. However, I can not think too long as I have been told that the spots are filling up very fast. Cool kids of Perth, will you be in attendance?

Before I sign off for the weekend, below are some links for you to browse through:

August: with a new month comes a new wallpaper by Jethro Wilson
Food: dead cheese
Design: a beautiful home in Melbourne
Typography: by Zachary Smith here and here
Fashion: love love love this dress by Giambattista Valli Couture (autumn/winter 2014). See more here

Enjoy your weekend!

-The Fine Duchess

PS. And in case you have had a busy week, below are a few links you may have missed:

Image via Coffee Tumbler






After a long day of teaching little humans at a holiday music school, running last minute errands and rushing to a pilates class, I was able to finally settle in for a bowl of humble chicken and vegetable soup accompanied by a long list of blog posts reads to catch up on. Getting sidetracked by a post in Design*Sponge resulted in me stumbling across a small gallery of the most delightful white rooms. And with that, may I point out how spacious and magnificent the rooms above look? Have a look at the full post here.

-The Fine Duchess

PS. A Gin Wheel or this poster would be perfect in the beautiful white rooms, no?