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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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.