AKD LOVES CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS WITH . . .

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ALEX, AKD DIRECTOR

Christmas is my favourite holiday and time of the year. Everyone is buzzing with the excitement of a year complete and some much needed and anticipated time off. The sun is shining, the beach is calling and the fairy lights are twinkling. It’s magic on all fronts.

My family and I head to my spiritual home of Byron Bay. Perfect summer dreams are made of beach mornings, lazy lunches, siestas, afternoon ice cream runs and scrabble and cocktails on the deck at sunset. Repeat!   

This year I am focusing on complete relaxation. My new idea of luxury is time, space and deep breaths . . . This beautiful incense burner will get me in the mood for some R&R and the Rose Quartz Facial Roller will leave my skin feeling younger every day. All the while, you will see me living in this Evangeline dress all summer long. Not a pump, hair straightener or laptop in sight!


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JULIA, STUDIO MANAGER

This year the husbabe and I are road tripping to Brisvegas to spend Christmas with my side of the family. We’ve done the coastal drive a few times over the years and have built up a Christmas CD collection to entertain us on the 12-hour adventure and really get us into the festive spirit upon arrival.

We’ve both been on a bit of a health kick of late so we’re consciously going to try to ‘keep up the good work’ as we enter holiday mode! To help us in our quest and get off to a good start we’ll be packing healthy homemade lunches and snacks to avoid all temptation along the way. These Ekobo lunch boxes make any salad on the go super sexy and satisfying.

And when we arrive in the Sunshine State, we’ll be doing our best to balance relaxation with our regular exercise routine. Whilst we’re seriously contemplating packing our own dumbbells, I wish Santa would leave this gorgeous Carrara Dumbbell set under the tree just for me!

Once we’ve worked up a sweat and hard-earned thirst, you’ll find me sipping on a tall glass of iced Spice 94 Seedlip, a complex and festive blend of Jamaican allspice berry, cardamom and citrus – and completely non-alcoholic! Cheers to those hot (and healthy!) tropical holidays!


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SIMONA, INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT

For me, Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones, eating yummy food, and enjoying everything summer has to offer.

I’m looking forward to the Christmas chaos of friends and family coming and going, the warmer weather overstaying it’s welcome, and having little downtime between one good meal to the next! I love seeing everyone pull together new outfits for Christmas day lunch and I think these gorgeous Mimco shoes will do me nicely!

Christmas is a time to relax and unwind, so I will be spending most of my days at the beach, shore-hopping along Sydney’s beautiful coastline, where my new Apple AirPods will come in handy as I take in the endless views. And when I’m done spending my days by the water, I will be catching up with friends over late alfresco lunches, which will linger leisurely into balmy dinners. To keep the mood relaxed yet stylish, this Gucci belt will take any outfit from day to night.


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MADDIE, JUNIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER

My Christmas staycation plan is all about being a tourist in my own city! My goal is to visit as many of Sydney’s magical beaches as possible, with sand between my toes and beach bag in hand.

To extend the summer day vibes long into the night, I’ll be swapping beachwear for drink wear with easy-going summer accessories such as the ‘Woman in Bath’ scarf which forms part of the Aje. collaboration with Wendy Whiteley and the Brett Whiteley studio. This wearable artwork print depicts Sydney’s foreshores and will pair perfectly with a chilled glass of Veuve Colorama Clicquot Rose in hand. I love that this Veuve collection has drawn inspiration from a tube of paint, paying tribute to colour mixing and blending know-how. And my perfect Summer would not be complete without consuming cheese platters on a daily basis, which I plan on doing in style, of course!


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STUART, INTERIOR ARCHITECT

Even though I’m nearly 40, Christmas is still my favourite time of year. I think I get even more excited now that I have two young children, who keep the magic and anticipation of Santa’s arrival alive. More importantly, however, Christmas for me is about spending quality time with my whole family, enjoying each others company over good food, good wine and good times! Unwrapping a gift or two from my wish list is always an added bonus.

This year I have my eye on this Bally man bag, the perfect carryall from home to the studio. And from the studio to the open road, I would love some new luggage to set the mood for some future getaways and mini breaks. This Tom Ford bag would make the perfect travel accessory. Let’s see if Santa gets the memo this year . . .


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JESSICA, INTERIOR DESIGNER

Christmas holidays have always been the perfect time for me to wrap up the year, reflect on the changes in my life and spend some precious moments with my family.

This year will be no exception and I will be busy preparing for the arrival of our new baby boy, making sure to add the special touches to his future room like these beautiful prints made in Byron Bay by a local artist.

In between delicious meals, day trips to the beach and local parks, I will be resting as much as I can with these luxurious Slip accessories for naps and nighttime.

Looking ahead to the very happy (yet sleep deprived and totally overwhelmed!) mummy I will be in February, I would love to treat myself to the ultimate gift of time & beauty . . . the Dyson Airwrap. Apparently it’s life changing!  


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DEMI, INTERIOR DESIGNER

It’s no secret that I love spending time in the kitchen, and at Christmas I channel my inner Nigella and delve deep into the world of sweet treats and baking. Each year I create a gingerbread house as a festive (and delicious!) table centrepiece – a tradition that I started with my friend years ago, and although she now resides in London, we still hold our annual gingerbread making event via Skype!

A title missing from my ever-expanding library is How to Be a Domestic Goddess which is (also not-so-secretly) my ultimate goal! I can’t wait to pore over the pages of this classic baking bible and share the comfort that sugar and butter provides with my loved ones. 

To help in my Domestic Goddess quest, my Persian manfriend has introduced me to the world of Persian cooking resulting in an overflowing spice pantry full of fragrant flavours. This porcelain mortar and pestle is calling my name as I dream of saffron ice-cream . . .

Speaking of dreaming, to elevate my kitchen counter to Goddess status, the Smeg x Dolce & Gabanna collection that I discovered and fell in love with whilst in Milan earlier this year, will bring a touch of Italian whimsy to my culinary adventures all year round!


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KEEP WARM AND CARRY ON

Simon and Garfunkel sang ‘Seasons change with the scenery’, but in the world of interiors, our scenery changes with the seasons.

As the temperature begins to drop and the sun starts sinking lower in the sky, we’re swapping our lightweight linen sheet sets for their woven woolly counterparts, our open toed slides for closed in (furry!) slippers, and our slip dresses for dressing gowns.

At AKD, we spend our days helping people to emotionally connect with their surrounding spaces by adding layers of warmth and texture in their homes. This is even more important as we begin to spend more time indoors, enjoying, entertaining in, and engaging with our interior spaces.

So, whether we’re adding layers to wear, to sit or to stand on, to breath or to bathe in, to have or to hold, or to simply snuggle under, we’ll be keeping warm and carrying on this winter - both in comfort and style!

1. Amour long sleeve & pants pyjamas with customisable monogramming is worth rushing home for, via Neue Blvd

2. The Cocolux Luna Smoked Onyx dark and moody scented candle is perfect for awakening the senses in any interior space, via Cocolux 

3. The Womb Chair in luxurious blue velvet hits the ultimate soft spot this season, for those wintery days spent indoors with a good book, via Walter Knoll (image via Instagram)

4. The Pure Cashmere Stone Egg Blue Rug from Robyn Cosgrove does not lie, it is made from pure cashmere. We can't think of anything more luxurious to keep our tootsies warm underfoot in the cooler months, via Robyn Cosgrove

5. The soft, textured, knitted Ila Robe is far too elegant to be called an everyday robe, but I guarantee we will be wearing it every day! Via Eberjey

6. This chic Eldvarm Wood + Leather Basket is the perfect fireplace accessory for any designer home this Winter, via Top3

7. This stunning table lamp can be paired perfectly beside the womb chair for reading, the cylindrical form lends itself to a horizontal or vertical placement, via Articolo Lighting 

8. The Husk Weave Rug is made from all natural fibres and a generous pile that feels lush underfoot, via Armadillo & Co

9. Winter. Obsession. via Matches Fashion

10. The Oversize Knitt Woollen Throw with its soft, chunky layers will wrap all the way around you like a great big hug, via Nickel N Co

11. How gorgeous are these handmade ceramic keep cups?! Ideal Winter warmers for coffee, hot chocolate or chai of your choice, via DEA Store

12. Make sure to restore your Winter skin with a fabulously indulgent day in, via To Wonderland Wellness Spa

13. You can never have too many throws and the Algrove is perfect for layering this Winter, via Sheridan

14. These leather mittens will be keeping the big kids warm and in style, available in Sydney Cos stores

15. The 'Brigette Blouse' and 'Alexandra Pant' make the perfect silk pyjama set by providing the right amount of luxury this season, via Maison du Soir

ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS . . .

We love celebrating all the festivity and frivolity that Christmas brings each year. But since we spend most of our days fulfilling design wishes and briefs for our clients, we're more than just a little bit excited about making our very own design wish list and checking it twice . . . or thrice! 

So whilst we are busy wrapping up many of our beautiful projects for our clients in time for Christmas, we're also hoping to be unwrapping one or two of these beauties for ourselves very soon . . .

Happy holidays! 

 
 Alex is dreaming of the ‘Gioielli’ wall light by  Giopato & Coomes  with it's jewel-like qualities and a pop of green.

Alex is dreaming of the ‘Gioielli’ wall light by Giopato & Coomes with it's jewel-like qualities and a pop of green.

 Julia is coveting the gorgeous  DelPozo Mini Bow Clutch from Moda Operandi  (in every colour of course!) because, well, girls just wanna have fu-un! 

Julia is coveting the gorgeous DelPozo Mini Bow Clutch from Moda Operandi (in every colour of course!) because, well, girls just wanna have fu-un! 

 Demi will be keeping cool this Summer in an effortlessly chic linen dress by  Alex and Trahanas . 

Demi will be keeping cool this Summer in an effortlessly chic linen dress by Alex and Trahanas

 Julia is hoping Santa will generously add to her collection of Fferrone glassware this Christmas, available at  Becker Minty . 

Julia is hoping Santa will generously add to her collection of Fferrone glassware this Christmas, available at Becker Minty

 A tray for your Christmas table, and a beautiful piece for your home all year round, Alex is coveting the  Classic Rectangular Tray by A&Y Augousti  in jet black shagreen. 

A tray for your Christmas table, and a beautiful piece for your home all year round, Alex is coveting the Classic Rectangular Tray by A&Y Augousti in jet black shagreen. 

 Christmas toasts will never be the same with these spectacular 'Half Cut' Coupes by  Lee Broom . Cheers! 

Christmas toasts will never be the same with these spectacular 'Half Cut' Coupes by Lee Broom. Cheers! 

 The Arancini simmable lamp from  Moda Piera  creates ambient light perfect for intimate and homely spaces. Another perfect housewarming gift for Jess this Christmas!

The Arancini simmable lamp from Moda Piera creates ambient light perfect for intimate and homely spaces. Another perfect housewarming gift for Jess this Christmas!

 Alex has always dreamed of having her very own 'Renaissance Woman' and her dreams could come true this Christmas with the striking bronze sculpture available from  Corbin Bronze . 

Alex has always dreamed of having her very own 'Renaissance Woman' and her dreams could come true this Christmas with the striking bronze sculpture available from Corbin Bronze

 Natalie can't go past a classic scent by  Giorgio Armani . Say 'Si' this Christmas! 

Natalie can't go past a classic scent by Giorgio Armani. Say 'Si' this Christmas! 

 Maddie has her eye on this red velvet  Santa Sac from Kip&Co  for all her Christmas loot! 

Maddie has her eye on this red velvet Santa Sac from Kip&Co for all her Christmas loot! 

 When your jewellery obsession reaches new heights, its time to start wearing brooches! Alex adores this  Celine  brooch with hand-hammered medallions, brass and gold. 

When your jewellery obsession reaches new heights, its time to start wearing brooches! Alex adores this Celine brooch with hand-hammered medallions, brass and gold. 

 Maddie can't wait for the Christmas cheers to begin as these ruby coloured  Waterford Crystal champagne flutes  are perfect for holiday season clinking!

Maddie can't wait for the Christmas cheers to begin as these ruby coloured Waterford Crystal champagne flutes are perfect for holiday season clinking!

 Jess is looking forward to a sleep-in or two these holidays wrapped in beautiful linen sheets in shades of grey by  Cultiver .

Jess is looking forward to a sleep-in or two these holidays wrapped in beautiful linen sheets in shades of grey by Cultiver.

 Finola is in love with the deliciously soft and leathery bags by Melbourne designer A-esque, with their metallic lining. The perfect carry-all. 

Finola is in love with the deliciously soft and leathery bags by Melbourne designer A-esque, with their metallic lining. The perfect carry-all. 

 The 'Sphere and Stem' table lamp from  West Elm  will be sure to brighten up Natalie's Christmas!

The 'Sphere and Stem' table lamp from West Elm will be sure to brighten up Natalie's Christmas!

 Jess adores the Elle Pipe coffee table available at  GlobeWest  - a perfect addition to her new family home. 

Jess adores the Elle Pipe coffee table available at GlobeWest - a perfect addition to her new family home. 

 Finola thinks that eyewear chains are not just for old ladies and librarians! Take a look at these funky sunnies with matching chain from  Lucy Folk , the ultimate summery eyewear accessory. 

Finola thinks that eyewear chains are not just for old ladies and librarians! Take a look at these funky sunnies with matching chain from Lucy Folk, the ultimate summery eyewear accessory. 

 Julia has finally spied the perfect planter trough for apartment living that's not only classically timeless in style, but also very lightweight! Available at  Even Spaces .   

Julia has finally spied the perfect planter trough for apartment living that's not only classically timeless in style, but also very lightweight! Available at Even Spaces.   

 Demi will be pumping out all her favourite carols this years through the  Google Home  device. Hello Google, it's Christmas! 

Demi will be pumping out all her favourite carols this years through the Google Home device. Hello Google, it's Christmas! 

 The  Tom Dixon range of Melt Copper Pendant Lights  will make Stuart's home look and feel extra Christmassy!

The Tom Dixon range of Melt Copper Pendant Lights will make Stuart's home look and feel extra Christmassy!

 Add a bit of Christmas sparkle to your  Kester Black  nail polish this festive season - the rose gold glitter being an AKD favourite of course! 

Add a bit of Christmas sparkle to your Kester Black nail polish this festive season - the rose gold glitter being an AKD favourite of course! 

 Dear Santa, Please let my twinkle toes sparkle in  Miu Miu  this Christmas, pretty please? Love Demi xx

Dear Santa, Please let my twinkle toes sparkle in Miu Miu this Christmas, pretty please? Love Demi xx