WORTH CELEBRATING EVERY DAY

Mother's Day. It’s one of the most important days of the year. It’s the one day where we REALLY stop taking her for granted and thank her for all she does for us.

Last year the AKD studio was abuzz with the arrival of not one but two new baby girls when our Interior Designers Jess and Amandine both became first-time mums. It was an occasion to celebrate and our hearts and little design studio was bursting at the seams with love!

One year on and their first birthday cakes have been cut, countless fevers have been nursed, words are slowly being spoken and a million moments of joy and discovery have been captured on film. What a difference a year makes!

So much so, we are so very excited (and just a little bit smitten) to welcome another new addition to the AKD team, Alex’s second baby girl Gigi Alessandra was born on 15 April. 

Although no words or gifts will ever be enough to show mum how much we REALLY love her, we hope a little bit of pampering will go a long way this Mother’s Day because she’s worth it.

New Grandiflora ‘ Queen of the Night ’ scented candle

New Grandiflora ‘Queen of the Night’ scented candle

Custom monogramming by  The Daily Edited

Custom monogramming by The Daily Edited

Two Good Skin Care . With each purchase Domestic Violence NSW will deliver the same pack to a woman in a shelter this mothers day.

Two Good Skin Care. With each purchase Domestic Violence NSW will deliver the same pack to a woman in a shelter this mothers day.

Brunch at one of  Broadsheet’s  ‘Four New Cafes To Try’

Brunch at one of Broadsheet’s ‘Four New Cafes To Try’

Anything by Sydney-based jewellery designer  Maria Lizunova

Anything by Sydney-based jewellery designer Maria Lizunova

Vita Kin  blouse with embroidered kilim stitching

Vita Kin blouse with embroidered kilim stitching

La Promeneuse  – a new decorative object designed to diffuse the most emblematic fragrances of Cire Trudon, and Cyrnos – an aromatic citrus garden scent.

La Promeneuse – a new decorative object designed to diffuse the most emblematic fragrances of Cire Trudon, and Cyrnos – an aromatic citrus garden scent.

L.O.V.WE LOVE

With our studio located just a stone’s throw from the visually evocative Sydney florist Grandiflora, every day I’m lucky to pass their beautiful blooms as they make their way from the back of the white market van and into the enchanting studio where Saskia and her team work their magic. Needless to say, with only one sleep until Valentine’s Day, this morning the footpath outside Grandiflora was positively bursting with blooms destined to deliver smiles all over Sydney today and tomorrow.

AKD LOVES fresh flowers, but we wouldn’t complain if Cupid treated us to any of the following tomorrow. 

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   The L'Objet Han canister handcrafted from Limoges porcelain and accented with 24K gold.

The L'Objet Han canister handcrafted from Limoges porcelain and accented with 24K gold.

Start the day with a cup of tea in bed . . .

'My perfect Valentine's Day starts with tea in bed. I love the ceremony and ritual of tea. This tea tin is sexy and beautiful – the perfect combination of contemporary and traditional style and purpose. Every day would be Valentine's Day with this morning cup of tea!' Alex 


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   ‘The trays are called Karui, which in Japanese means soft, in relation to the leather part, but also light – the trays have a light aesthetic’.

‘The trays are called Karui, which in Japanese means soft, in relation to the leather part, but also light – the trays have a light aesthetic’.

But wait, don’t get up just yet. Stay right
where you are and enjoy breakfast while
you’re
there . . .

‘I’m dreaming up big things this Valentine's Day. It all starts with breakfast in bed served on this beautiful GamFratesi tray that I’ve been crushing on ever since I saw it at Maison&Objet 2015. I love the combination of the leather with the brass trim . . . it would look so luxe on my Frette bedspread. A girl can dream can't she?' Amandine


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   The embossed detail was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's ornamental graphic designs, which he incorporated into his work throughout his long career.

The embossed detail was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's ornamental graphic designs, which he incorporated into his work throughout his long career.

Only when you’re well rested, satiated and ready to start your day, do you find a little love note from you-know-who . . .


‘Handwritten cards and letters are one of my favourite treasures, often valued more than the gift they come with, or enjoyed as a gift on their own. These beautiful white Frank Lloyd Wright embossed notecards provide the perfect blank canvas to tell our loved ones just how much they really mean to us.’ Julia 


Quartz is the ultimate home healer with incredible  mineral properties . . . Perfect for the one you love on Valentine’s Day or indeed any day.

Quartz is the ultimate home healer with incredible 
mineral properties . . . Perfect for the one you love on Valentine’s Day or indeed any day.

But we know there never really needs to be a reason . . .


‘I like the idea that a Valentine’s Day gift can be ‘just because’ . . . sure it’s an occasion to mark and some people believe it to be more special than others, but the idea of a gift ‘just because’ you were thinking of someone at the time you saw it, or ‘just because’ you want to remind someone you love them is my perfect kind of gift. And I love these beautiful ‘Mineral Blossom’ quartz pieces by Phillipa Carnemolla ‘just because’.’ Finola 


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   The contemporary menu at Sepia is unique utilising the best of seasonal produce and drawing inspiration from Japan.

The contemporary menu at Sepia is unique utilising the best of seasonal produce and drawing inspiration from Japan.

As the sun sets on another Valentine’s Day, it is a nice excuse to enjoy a romantic dinner for two . . .


'I love food! Food is for me one of the most exciting areas of design exploration – it's an experience for all your senses – and Valentine’s Day has always been the perfect excuse to try a new exquisite restaurant! Two restaurants remain on my Sydney 'must do' list – The Bridge Room in the CBD and Sepia Restaurant in the prestigious Darling Park precinct. Both restaurants propose a Modern cuisine with an Asian twist served in an elegant décor . . . Bon Appetit!' Jessica


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   Limited edition prints designed by Blacklist. 100% made in Australia.

Limited edition prints designed by Blacklist. 100% made in Australia.

What a perfect day! But don’t forget to keep spreading the love all year round . . .


'Chocolates and flowers won't last but these amazing foil prints from the blacklist store will. There is still so much to love about metallics. Whether silver, gold or copper, metallics are a trend here to stay, and the best part is they perfectly compliment any colour scheme 365 days a year.' Demi


Image 1 via L'Objet / Image 2 via Dezeen / Image 3 via Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation / Image 4 via Vogue / Image 5 via Sepia Restaurant / Image 6 via Blacklist Store

ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s not called a ‘wish’ list for nothing!

We had so much fun editing all of the website and magazine bookmarks we've been saving this year to each collate the top 5 items we are coveting this Christmas.  

We hope we unwrap one (or two) of these beauties on Christmas day!

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SHOP AMANDINE'S CHRISTMAS WISH LIST: 
(Clockwise from top) Tom Dixon Stone Cake Stand / Papier d'Amour 2015 Diary Cappellini Knot Chair / Chanel Espadrilles / Zimmermann Beach Dress

Finola's wish list
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