FRESHLY PICKED FOR YOUR VALENTINE

At AKD we believe there’s no reason not to indulge and treat your loved ones – or yourself for that matter – with a bouquet of beautiful blooms on this oh-so-sweet day of days!

Not only do we love flowers for their gorgeous aesthetic and their divine scents, they also make the perfect interior accessory or design prop when it comes to perfectly styling our project photoshoots.

Just as receiving a bouquet of flowers brightens up anyone’s day, adding a stylish layer of floral arrangements to one’s home always brightens up any space.

Whether you’re after a small bouquet or wanting to fill a room to the brim with blooms, Hermetica Flowers knows how to impress with a wide variety of florals, plants and stunning arrangements. The hardest part is choosing your approach . . .

   Hermetica Flowers    237 Victoria Street Darlinghurst

Hermetica Flowers 237 Victoria Street Darlinghurst

With a little shop, just a stone’s throw from our studio, we find it impossible to not be caught drifting on the floral scent wafting down Macleay Street, leading us down the rabbit hole that is Poho Flowers.

We adore this enchanting feminine sanctuary in the middle of the bustling streets and apartment blocks with its beautifully vibrant colour-coded displays, eclectic textures and ready-potted fresh succulents wanting to be taken home!

   Poho     Flowers    Shop 2, 117 Macleay Street Potts Point

Poho Flowers Shop 2, 117 Macleay Street Potts Point

It has been over 20 years since Saskia Havekes opened the doors to her now globally-renowned flower shop Grandiflora, but her creations are just as cutting-edge and sophisticated as ever.

Providing exquisitely dramatic arrangements that feel luxurious, rare and special – the perfect Valentine’s Day trio if you really want to make a very good first and lasting impression!

   Grandiflora  Shop 1/12 Macleay Street Potts Point

Grandiflora Shop 1/12 Macleay Street Potts Point

And because it wouldn’t be very warm and fuzzy of us if we didn’t share a bit more love this Valentine’s Day, if the one that gets your heart skipping beats is a bit further afield then Little Flowers is the perfect pick for you!

Growing with each new season, they offer small but perfectly formed bunches of freshly cut blooms and deliver to most of Sydney’s inner-city areas.

  Little Flowers Sydney  littleflowers.com.au

Little Flowers Sydney littleflowers.com.au

Fresh blooms create a crisp, alluring and inviting atmosphere – one that we absolutely adore and welcome with open arms on Valentine’s Day, or any day really . . .

EDGY TREATS FOR YOUR HOME THIS HALLOWEEN

With Halloween lurking upon us, we are thrilled to brew up a concoction of edgy yet sophisticated interior treats which will not only delight during this chilling and mysterious October event, but all year round! And there isn’t a pumpkin or witch’s hat in sight . . .

  Not everything is as it seems with the ‘Leda Armchair Sculpture’. Available at  Living Edge

Not everything is as it seems with the ‘Leda Armchair Sculpture’. Available at Living Edge

This sculptural piece of solid brass furniture has spooky written all over it!

The unusual three-legged chair brings the surreal to life, adopting and contorting the limbs of the human form to create a striking three-dimensional piece.

  The lavish and cushiony ‘Edra, Bao Sofa’ by F. eH. Campana is available at  Space Furniture

The lavish and cushiony ‘Edra, Bao Sofa’ by F. eH. Campana is available at Space Furniture

This piece is said to resemble a large nest that you’re able to crawl inside and wrap yourself within.

Yet when I look at the monstrous 100-metre velvet tubes weaved together all I can see is a giant brain! Eeeeek!

Either way, I would be thrilled to be curled up in this frameless sofa with a gripping murder mystery book in hand.

  The ‘Kristina Dam Studio Grid Cabinet’ is made of black perforated steel and topped with a beautiful black marble plate. Available at  Design Stuff

The ‘Kristina Dam Studio Grid Cabinet’ is made of black perforated steel and topped with a beautiful black marble plate. Available at Design Stuff

Every year, whether I choose to seize the Halloween spirit or not, ironically October seems to be the month I suffer from high candy cravings!

With a semitransparent design, those Halloween treats aren’t entirely out of sight out of mind in this cabinet . . . but at least they will be preserved in style . . . for a while!

  Kristina Dam Studio has crafted the ‘Book End Sculpture’ – the perfect emphasis for any thriller book collection! Available from Design Stuff

Kristina Dam Studio has crafted the ‘Book End Sculpture’ – the perfect emphasis for any thriller book collection! Available from Design Stuff

I’ve never been the biggest fan of horror movies but throw in a good murder mystery book and I’m devouring it faster than my October candy fill!

It’s safe to say that I simply need these bold and dramatic marble book ends in my life to keep my my ever-expanding book collection under control. But I have no doubt they will also house a horror DVD collection just as enviably.

  The Zuma Table Lamp by  Kelly Wearstler  is the ideal inclusion to create the right mood in any space

The Zuma Table Lamp by Kelly Wearstler is the ideal inclusion to create the right mood in any space

To ensure you have no unwanted guests lurking in the shadows, banish dark corners and spooky spaces in your home with this bold yet classic table lamp featuring juxtaposing hard and soft lines and shapes.

The mixed use of metals and the sneaky addition of Kelly’s signature kiss motif in the pull chain, creates an intriguing and alluring light option.

With so many luscious interior treats to choose from, I’m beginning to wish it was Halloween every month!

#INSTAFAVES: WHAT WE LOVED AT SYDNEY INDESIGN 2017

If you followed us on Instagram last Friday and Saturday you would have seen a few of our favourite things from Sydney Indesign 2017 pop up in your feed as we made our way around the showrooms and design venues to discover, touch and feel all the fabulous new products and designs. But if you missed it, here are the best bits from when we were #outandabout . . .

  Let the fun begin!  #SID17

Let the fun begin! #SID17

  Maddie and Jess working on their selfie game at  LightCo

Maddie and Jess working on their selfie game at LightCo

  We loved the Symbol Pendant Lights designed by Melbourne-based studio  Satelight  which are inspired by jewellery, in particular paying homage to decadent earrings. 

We loved the Symbol Pendant Lights designed by Melbourne-based studio Satelight which are inspired by jewellery, in particular paying homage to decadent earrings. 

  Alex and Jess ready to pound the pavement in search of the greatest new products and designs for the homes of our wonderful clients. We loved the vibrant and fun  Sydney Indesign  branding this year!

Alex and Jess ready to pound the pavement in search of the greatest new products and designs for the homes of our wonderful clients. We loved the vibrant and fun Sydney Indesign branding this year!

  We were thrilled to finally lay eyes on the  Mito Lamp by Tom Fereday  in real life, after it was showcased at Salone del Mobile in Milan earlier this year. 

We were thrilled to finally lay eyes on the Mito Lamp by Tom Fereday in real life, after it was showcased at Salone del Mobile in Milan earlier this year. 

  The  Earp Bros  showroom was a favourite for all of us this year. This display by  Tom Fereday  beautifully captured the latest furniture and lighting designs. Showcased alongside prototypes and models, the display told the story of each of the designs, highlighting the creative process and the evolution of each piece. 

The Earp Bros showroom was a favourite for all of us this year. This display by Tom Fereday beautifully captured the latest furniture and lighting designs. Showcased alongside prototypes and models, the display told the story of each of the designs, highlighting the creative process and the evolution of each piece. 

  The three new shades launched by  Axolotl Paint  are simply perfection. 

The three new shades launched by Axolotl Paint are simply perfection. 

  Maddie, Natalie and Demi enjoying a well-earned refreshment.

Maddie, Natalie and Demi enjoying a well-earned refreshment.

  And a moment to put their feet up . . . 

And a moment to put their feet up . . . 

  . . . before discovering    Pure Interiors  new range. We are obsessed with the bathroom vanities, kitchens and wardrobes. Pure elegance and luxury. 

. . . before discovering Pure Interiors new range. We are obsessed with the bathroom vanities, kitchens and wardrobes. Pure elegance and luxury. 

  We have a crush on the divine Pieman chair by  Tom Fereday  and we can't wait to find a home for it! 

We have a crush on the divine Pieman chair by Tom Fereday and we can't wait to find a home for it! 

  The  Pure Interiors  glass robe doors with leather shoe slings were to die for! They also know what we want with their deluxe leather laundry baskets. Swoon! 

The Pure Interiors glass robe doors with leather shoe slings were to die for! They also know what we want with their deluxe leather laundry baskets. Swoon! 

   Marmo Furniture  caught our eye with their bright, bold furniture pieces that you just want to touch! 

Marmo Furniture caught our eye with their bright, bold furniture pieces that you just want to touch! 

  The  AKD Team  #outandabout: Alex, Maddie, Jess, Demi and Stuart

The AKD Team #outandabout: Alex, Maddie, Jess, Demi and Stuart