STAYING COOL THIS WINTER

At AKD we don't discriminate. We love all of our seasons in equal measure. Each offering unique opportunities to experiment with new colour palettes and seasonal textiles, a welcome chance to play with our lighting plans as the sunlight changes month to month, and continually feeding our obsession with curating our beloved layers, allowing us to find the perfect balance to offset the dancing temperatures.

So we welcome Winter to Sydney this season with a warm embrace, and have no issue at all that Alex (along with seemingly half the Insta population!) is currently basking under the hot European Summer sun in the middle of the Greek Islands! 

Let's make the most of those deliciously crisp days by adding some stylish new layers to our Winter wardrobes, or by enjoying some much-deserved down-time indoors with our suggested Winter-warming treats. Our 'winterspiration' is sure to keep you cool and on-trend this season. 

  There is no better way to warm up your home than with a  Designer Fire . For homes without traditional fireplaces, this is the perfect solution to create the hearth and the warmth in your home. 

There is no better way to warm up your home than with a Designer Fire. For homes without traditional fireplaces, this is the perfect solution to create the hearth and the warmth in your home. 

  Brighten up these shorter, darker days with a beautiful blooming bouquet or two! Perfect for any season and any occasion. We love  Alberto Caiola's  contemporary interior design of Shanghai-based florists, July’s Flower. The large mirrored dishes result in a cornucopia of blossoms reflected ad infinitum.

Brighten up these shorter, darker days with a beautiful blooming bouquet or two! Perfect for any season and any occasion. We love Alberto Caiola's contemporary interior design of Shanghai-based florists, July’s Flower. The large mirrored dishes result in a cornucopia of blossoms reflected ad infinitum.

  A lazy evening snuggled on the sofa wouldn't be complete without an  Ally+Me 'Alpaca + Australian Merino Wool Throw '. A perfect blend of sophisticated style and wooly warmth for these cold winter nights and long Sunday lounging sessions.

A lazy evening snuggled on the sofa wouldn't be complete without an Ally+Me 'Alpaca + Australian Merino Wool Throw'. A perfect blend of sophisticated style and wooly warmth for these cold winter nights and long Sunday lounging sessions.

  Two of our favourite things - copper and wine - combine!  Tom Cotton  has designed the most elegant wine decanter that will keep a good drop really good for up to 12 days . . . if you have more restraint than us to keep it for that long, that is!

Two of our favourite things - copper and wine - combine! Tom Cotton has designed the most elegant wine decanter that will keep a good drop really good for up to 12 days . . . if you have more restraint than us to keep it for that long, that is!

  Londoners know all about cold, dark evenings and have inspired us to get out and about with this delectable bar interior at  Frenchie Covent Garden.  No excuses to hibernate all season-long!

Londoners know all about cold, dark evenings and have inspired us to get out and about with this delectable bar interior at Frenchie Covent Garden. No excuses to hibernate all season-long!

  The most important element of a cosy interior is of course the lounge. Take some sofa inspiration from our design advice post ' Some Cush for Le Tush' . 

The most important element of a cosy interior is of course the lounge. Take some sofa inspiration from our design advice post 'Some Cush for Le Tush'

  Cire Trudon pays homage to Madame de Pompadour through a collection of Cameo Pillar Candles that will spice up your home with their floral scented aroma. Available from  Becker Minty . 

Cire Trudon pays homage to Madame de Pompadour through a collection of Cameo Pillar Candles that will spice up your home with their floral scented aroma. Available from Becker Minty

  If you do decide to leave your cosy sanctuary and venture out into the cold, then make sure to add a fur collar to complete your Winter wardrobe.  'Vivienne Fur Stole'  available from Camilla and Marc.

If you do decide to leave your cosy sanctuary and venture out into the cold, then make sure to add a fur collar to complete your Winter wardrobe. 'Vivienne Fur Stole' available from Camilla and Marc.

AN ODE TO ALL THE MOTHERS

Sunday 14 May is a day to celebrate all the wonderful mums in our lives - whether it's your own mother, if you're a mother yourself or you simply know a mother, all mums deserve a day of celebration full of kindness, gratitude and admiration. As well as those warm and fuzzy feelings, show Mum you love her by gifting one of our beautiful ideas below . . . 

 The beautiful Smith-Blush chair would be a fabulous addition to any home, but especially the perfect spot for little ones to sit on Mums' knee at story time. Available at  Barnaby Lane . 

The beautiful Smith-Blush chair would be a fabulous addition to any home, but especially the perfect spot for little ones to sit on Mums' knee at story time. Available at Barnaby Lane

 Treat your Mum (or yourself!) this Mother's Day with a special manicure.  Broadsheet Sydney  has compiled a list of the best nail spas in Sydney to make every Mum feel like the special lady she is. 

Treat your Mum (or yourself!) this Mother's Day with a special manicure. Broadsheet Sydney has compiled a list of the best nail spas in Sydney to make every Mum feel like the special lady she is. 

 A baked treat is a beautifully thoughtful way to show someone that you love them. This delicious lemon tart recipe by  Donna Hay  is a favourite classic.

A baked treat is a beautifully thoughtful way to show someone that you love them. This delicious lemon tart recipe by Donna Hay is a favourite classic.

 An  Eberjey  silk robe could be just the thing to spoil Mum, by adding some luxe and simple pleasures to her every day items at home. 

An Eberjey silk robe could be just the thing to spoil Mum, by adding some luxe and simple pleasures to her every day items at home. 

 This silk scarf with it's beautiful feminine patterns and featuring Australian natives, has been designed by Edith Rewa. As soon as it was profiled in  The Design Files  we knew it would make a perfect gift for Mum. 

This silk scarf with it's beautiful feminine patterns and featuring Australian natives, has been designed by Edith Rewa. As soon as it was profiled in The Design Files we knew it would make a perfect gift for Mum. 

 For the busy Mum who enjoys a classic cocktail or just some 'me time', this fabulously glamorous Gin mixer pack is enough to whet the appetite of any Mum who's usually the one being shaken and stirred by the little ones! From  Hard To Find . 

For the busy Mum who enjoys a classic cocktail or just some 'me time', this fabulously glamorous Gin mixer pack is enough to whet the appetite of any Mum who's usually the one being shaken and stirred by the little ones! From Hard To Find

 Finally someone has designed some stylish slippers! These beauties from  Mahabis  are perfect for the style-conscious Mum on the move. They have been designed as indoor-outdoor slippers, with a detachable rubber sole for outside use, and a warm, cosy liner when inside the home. 

Finally someone has designed some stylish slippers! These beauties from Mahabis are perfect for the style-conscious Mum on the move. They have been designed as indoor-outdoor slippers, with a detachable rubber sole for outside use, and a warm, cosy liner when inside the home. 

 Why not spend some time with Mum and take her out for a lovely meal? The brand new  Mentmore and Morley  cafe in Sydney's Rosebery has a menu for every one and is the perfect excuse to have Mum be waited on for once!

Why not spend some time with Mum and take her out for a lovely meal? The brand new Mentmore and Morley cafe in Sydney's Rosebery has a menu for every one and is the perfect excuse to have Mum be waited on for once!

 For Mums around the world, give a gift that can change lives via a donation to  Oxfam  or other charities which help mothers and women in need. 

For Mums around the world, give a gift that can change lives via a donation to Oxfam or other charities which help mothers and women in need. 

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

The tinsel adorns the shopping malls, the famous Christmas tree fills the Queen Victoria Building, carols are playing in the supermarket and Sydney is putting on its finest beach weather - and it's only November!

With the countdown to Christmas, it is a time to reflect on the year past and simeltaneously frantically finish everything we set out to do this year - in particular for our team, delivering beautiful homes for many of our wonderful clients. 

It is also a time to make that list, check it twice, and decide who has been naughty or nice! We have put together some of our favourite designer gifts for 2016 . . which we hope will provide some inspiration for your family and friends, or yourself. Go on, spoil yourself this Christmas and make it merry and bright! 

  Alex is imagining the most design-conscious Santa listening to the whisper of children's Christmas wishes in this plush quilt sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at  Living Edge. 

Alex is imagining the most design-conscious Santa listening to the whisper of children's Christmas wishes in this plush quilt sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at Living Edge. 

  On Stuart's wish list you will find the Patricia Urquiola mirrored and ribbed steel pitcher, a beautiful addition to the Christmas table. Available at  Top3 By Design .

On Stuart's wish list you will find the Patricia Urquiola mirrored and ribbed steel pitcher, a beautiful addition to the Christmas table. Available at Top3 By Design.

  Alex has her eye on the Mason Magazine Rack to stack all her holiday reading, available from  Living Edge .

Alex has her eye on the Mason Magazine Rack to stack all her holiday reading, available from Living Edge.

  Maddie is coveting these designer shades, perfect for the summer sun these holidays, by Dolce and Gabbana, available through  The Iconic . 

Maddie is coveting these designer shades, perfect for the summer sun these holidays, by Dolce and Gabbana, available through The Iconic

  Jess is going bold with the  gold cutlery selection . These metallic beauties are guaranteed to set the scene for a delectable Christmas feast. 

Jess is going bold with the gold cutlery selection. These metallic beauties are guaranteed to set the scene for a delectable Christmas feast. 

  Alex is mad about the  #ChandelierLove  limited edition silk scarf collaboration between Mr Minty and Good&Co. 

Alex is mad about the #ChandelierLove limited edition silk scarf collaboration between Mr Minty and Good&Co. 

  This  oil burner  features on both Jess and Stuart's wishlists. Will they fight over it or will it just make the perfect office desk accessory for all of us to enjoy? Time will tell . . . 

This oil burner features on both Jess and Stuart's wishlists. Will they fight over it or will it just make the perfect office desk accessory for all of us to enjoy? Time will tell . . . 

  Maddie is coveting the cutest table lamp, the 'Night Owl' by Nikolai Wiig Hansen at  Cult Design. 

Maddie is coveting the cutest table lamp, the 'Night Owl' by Nikolai Wiig Hansen at Cult Design. 

  Julia loves the Marbled Interior Gem Cup by  Milly Dent , a uniquely handcrafted ceramic cup that adds a touch of sculptural magic to one of the most simple of daily routines.

Julia loves the Marbled Interior Gem Cup by Milly Dent, a uniquely handcrafted ceramic cup that adds a touch of sculptural magic to one of the most simple of daily routines.

  Jess has fallen head over heels for this Carrara and brass platter - two of her favourite materials in one beautiful object for the home! Available through the  Design Hunter.  

Jess has fallen head over heels for this Carrara and brass platter - two of her favourite materials in one beautiful object for the home! Available through the Design Hunter. 

  Demi is dreaming that the Christmas Tree will be decorated with lipsticks, in particular the Hot Lips by Kim K.W. available at  Charlotte Tilbury . 

Demi is dreaming that the Christmas Tree will be decorated with lipsticks, in particular the Hot Lips by Kim K.W. available at Charlotte Tilbury

  Alex adores these hand made hats, a beautiful story of a mother and daughter team celebrating the native myths and cultures of South American Tribes, via  Yosuzi.

Alex adores these hand made hats, a beautiful story of a mother and daughter team celebrating the native myths and cultures of South American Tribes, via Yosuzi.

  Finola is a big fan of the  Velour   Mojito Circle Beach Towel , the perfect roundie for days spent relaxing and frolicking at the beach. 

Finola is a big fan of the Velour Mojito Circle Beach Towel, the perfect roundie for days spent relaxing and frolicking at the beach. 

  Demi is going to shake it like a polaroid picture this Christmas with the limited edition Michael Kors X FUJIFILM Insta Camera available at  Michael Kors. 

Demi is going to shake it like a polaroid picture this Christmas with the limited edition Michael Kors X FUJIFILM Insta Camera available at Michael Kors. 

  Stuart wants the Oyster Perpetual Deepsea  Rolex . How can you blame him?! 

Stuart wants the Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Rolex. How can you blame him?! 

  Julia combines her two loves - Christmas and linen -  in one gorgeous ' 12 Days of Christmas ' package.  

Julia combines her two loves - Christmas and linen -  in one gorgeous '12 Days of Christmas' package.