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

DON'T GIVE CONCRETE THE COLD SHOULDER

Concrete has been making a solid name for itself in interior design circles in recent years and there’s no sign of this super cool material subsiding from our creative conscious any time soon.

It’s historical application and long association of being a hard, grey, matte material means it can often appear cold, but it actually offers more warmth than you may think!

The high performing thermal properties of concrete means that its mass can protect the space it resides in from extreme cold and extreme heat. It can absorb heat from sunlight, store it and release it slowly back into the space, the way that timber and carpet simply can’t.

As we head into the cooler months don’t give concrete the cold shoulder just yet! Here are six ways to visually soften one of the coolest decorating materials available, many of which can be adapted to the home.

RUGS
Rugs are an important and welcome addition to any space, whether delineating zones, providing a plush, toe-tickling sensation underfoot, or to create warmth and coziness, especially when layered over concrete flooring. Blush tones are very on trend and create a beautifully harmonious pairing with concrete’s cooler colouring. 

New Market showroom in Amsterdam by Framework

New Market showroom in Amsterdam by Framework

Valentino Concept Store in Milan by David Chipperfield

Valentino Concept Store in Milan by David Chipperfield

TEXTURE
Adding layers of texture will soften the hard edges and hard surfaces of concrete. Introducing natural fibres and fabrics such as cotton, linen, flax, timber and leather in the form of cushions, throws and furniture add variation to visually soften concrete, often making it appear organic in itself.

Balwyn House by Fiona Lynch

Balwyn House by Fiona Lynch

Wolseley Residence in Melbourne’s Brighton by Mckimm

Wolseley Residence in Melbourne’s Brighton by Mckimm

WOOD
The addition of a natural timber inlay (as seen in David Chipperfield’s Valentino concept store), timber joinery and details such as cabinetry, doors, ceilings or stairs, provide a naturally warm marriage when paired with concrete.

Valentino Concept Store in Milan by David Chipperfield

Valentino Concept Store in Milan by David Chipperfield

Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury in Sydney’s Blue Mountains

Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury in Sydney’s Blue Mountains

LIGHTING
Soft warm lighting adds ambience and mood to any room as a whole, but in a space where concrete is the hero, clever lighting styles and plans are even more important. Achieving a balance where emitted light can be reflected and absorbed by concrete creates interesting plays of light, adding depth to the flat surfaces and enabling them to really glow in all the right places.

2 Verandas by Gus Wüstemann in Zürich Switzerland

2 Verandas by Gus Wüstemann in Zürich Switzerland

2 Verandas by Gus Wüstemann in Zürich Switzerland

WINDOW TREATMENTS
Drapes and curtains have a distinct softening effect in a concrete space with their veil-like presence adding lightness via rippling, organic movements and soft texture. Varying degrees of opacity filter incoming light, blurring the juxtaposing hard surface we have come to expect from concrete.

Balwyn House by Fiona Lynch

Balwyn House by Fiona Lynch

Wolseley Residence in Melbourne’s Brighton by Mckimm

Wolseley Residence in Melbourne’s Brighton by Mckimm

HEATING
If you are lucky enough to plan a renovation or build from the ground up, you can allow for under floor heating to be installed with minimal fuss. This is the ultimate luxury in creating a comfortable concrete experience all year round.

Arbutus Street residence (under construction) by Alexandra Kidd Design

Arbutus Street residence (under construction) by Alexandra Kidd Design

Summerhouse Lagnö in Sweden by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Summerhouse Lagnö in Sweden by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Image 1 via Yellowtrace / Image 2 via David Chipperfield  / Image 3 via Fiona Lynch  / Image 4 via Yellowtrace / Image 5 via David Chipperfield  / Image 6 via Yellowtrace / Image 7 & 8 via Dezeen / Image 9 via Fiona Lynch / Image 10 via  Yellowtrace / Image 11 via Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 12 via Yellowtrace

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