AKD IN WINTER WONDERLAND

The urge to hibernate is primal.

In the 19th century when researchers discovered that French peasants living in the Alps curled up together and went to sleep for the winter, waking each day only to eat the smallest amount of bread, it made a great amount of sense to many people.

Sadly these days none of us can literally huddle under our cozy bed covers for the next three months!

So to help prepare for the transition from the warm sanctuary of slumber and into the cold veil of darkness in the mornings to come, we have been hunting and gathering a few winter luxuries in preparation for taking the edge off the chill factor and to feeling a bit fabulous rain, hail or shine!

Make this winter your wonderland!

TO PROTECT

TO NOURISH

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     The concept of changing your skincare with the seasons isn’t new, but Annee de Mamiel’s   luxurious, limited-edition hand-blended face oils take it a brilliant step further. 

The concept of changing your skincare with the seasons isn’t new, but Annee de Mamiel’s luxurious, limited-edition hand-blended face oils take it a brilliant step further. 

TO COMFORT

The Yuyu luxury long hot water bottle comes enrobed in a 100% Cashmere cover and detailed with Mother of Pearl buttons, achieving the perfect balance between comfort and luxury.   

The Yuyu luxury long hot water bottle comes enrobed in a 100% Cashmere cover and detailed with Mother of Pearl buttons, achieving the perfect balance between comfort and luxury.
 

TO CALM

The 'Sophie Hunny Bunny' rabbit fur keychain is the softest accessory to own. Recommended to be stroked in a stressful situation or at the end of a busy day.

The 'Sophie Hunny Bunny' rabbit fur keychain is the softest accessory to own. Recommended to be stroked in a stressful situation or at the end of a busy day.

TO KEEP

The 'Skipper Alpaca Blanket' from Kate & Kate is w oven from one of nature’s most luxurious fibres, this making it heirloom quality, incredibly soft and wonderfully warm.

The 'Skipper Alpaca Blanket' from Kate & Kate is woven from one of nature’s most luxurious fibres, this making it heirloom quality, incredibly soft and wonderfully warm.

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       Keep your mits toasty warm and your hands soft this season with the cashmere lined leather gloves with enviable fur trim.    

Keep your mits toasty warm and your hands soft this season with the cashmere lined leather gloves with enviable fur trim.

 

TO TOAST

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   A warming winter cocktail such as the Rosemary Tuck (made of whiskey, rosemary and orange) is the perfect winter nightcap.

A warming winter cocktail such as the Rosemary Tuck (made of whiskey, rosemary and orange) is the perfect winter nightcap.

TO TREAT

Enjoy your caffeine hit any time of day (or night!) in the form of this aromatic Chai Latte scented honey wax candle.    

Enjoy your caffeine hit any time of day (or night!) in the form of this aromatic Chai Latte scented honey wax candle. 
 

TO INDULGE

Burn incense to ignite the allure of wafted scented smoke from the hand-cast porcelain dome, or strike a match to a candle and transform the 'Censer' into a brass torch that emits a soft glow during the long dark evenings.

Burn incense to ignite the allure of wafted scented smoke from the hand-cast porcelain dome, or strike a match to a candle and transform the 'Censer' into a brass torch that emits a soft glow during the long dark evenings.

Image 1 via Année de Mamiel / Image 2 via Becker Minty /  Image 3 via Yuyu Bottle / Image 4 via GOOP / Image 5 via Father Rabbit / Image 6 via SpeakEasyCo / Image 7 via Hunting For George / Image 8 via Apparatus Studio

WINTER LOVES

It’s official. Jack Frost has started creeping under my front door and is nipping at my toes.

The Easter long weekend in Sydney brought with it shorter days as we wound our clocks back an hour as Daylight Savings ended. When we returned to work we had been seemingly plonked into the thick of Winter! Even before we departed the office for the journey home that evening the sky had abruptly been painted black and the wind blew icy and bitter. Needless to say, we weren’t prepared. In the days since, more and more layers of knits in longer lengths have been spied wandering the streets.

Personally I always love this time of year and the cold change the season brings. It takes me back to my early twenties when I lived in London. It was such a carefree existence and I’m instantly filled with that same sense of wide-eyed wonder and possibility with each fresh breath of crisp morning air I take. Nowadays, however, my life is more honed to my creature comforts and the heady days of backpacking in thermals, setting up tents in sleet and rain and wearing my first pair of coveted Burberry knitted gloves through to the skin are just happy distant memories. 

At Alexandra Kidd Design, all year round our days are filled helping people connect emotionally to their surrounding environments by adding warmth, layers and textures which we believe is key when reimagining spaces. But never is it more paramount in the physical sense than now, as we begin the transition to thicker fabrics, more layers and adding pieces to our wardrobes and homes that will help make this Winter luxuriously cozy rather than unbearably long. Here are some of our Winter Loves . . .

Wooly Hobes via Hobes / Peca Candlestick via Dezeen / Bemboka Bath Towels via Bemboka / A Bone of Fact by David Walsh via Pan Macmillan Australia / Botega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Gloves via Net-a-Porter / Kusmi Detox Tea via Kusmi Tea / Tête-à-Tête Incendere Candle via Tête-à-Tête / Ore Blanket via Country Road / Leona Edmiston 'Pins' via Leona Edmiston / 1803 Red Deer Hide via 1803 / This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak via Mecca / Mongolian Lamb Cushion via West Elm