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.
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
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
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
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
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
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