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This time of year is hectic isn't it? We've had a short week but I've crammed in more work than usual due to a big interior project I'm working on. A collaborative and exciting process, it's one I'm really enjoying and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you. Unfortunately I haven't had as much time to devote to the blog but I was determined to finish this moodboard which I started last week. The mood is simple and relaxed - exactly the kind of inspo needed for the weekend ahead. Enjoy! 

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Jo Malone London | Home Fragrance + Christmas 2016


Recently I was introduced to the beautiful Jo Malone Home Fragrance range with one of their Scented Candles and a Diffuser. The candle is Basil and Neroli, an incredible new Jo Malone fragrance that was launched earlier this year. As coveted as the fragrances themselves, Jo Malone Candles bring refined luxury to any interior setting. Made entirely of hand, both age old skills and the latest techniques are used to translate the Jo Malone fragrances into world-famous candles. I always get a thrill out of unwrapping the iconic cream and black Jo Malone packages and like all of their products, the candles are exquisitely presented. Housed in polished glass with a chrome plated lid, no two fragrances burn in exactly the same way, so waxes are custom blended for a specific scent. When it comes to the elegant art of gift giving, Jo Malone is truly flawless. 

The stunning Diffuser is a welcome addition to our living room shelves, filling the air with the divine scent of Lime, Basil & Mandarin, one of the signature Jo Malone fragrances.

The new Basil & Neroli fragrance on my bedside. 

Last but not least, I attended the most beautiful Jo Malone lunch yesterday. Held at James the event was in celebration of the Christmas 2016 product launch 'The Theatre of Christmas'. There we were treated to a delicious lunch and viewing of the most incredible line of up Jo Malone goodness that is on offer this year, including the reveal of the new Jo Malone Orange Bitters Collection. I'm wearing this new fragrance today and I'm loving the zesty scent! A winter's cocktail, it features two dashes of citrus brightness; juicy sweet orange an burst of fresh mandarin, with a splash of bitter orange, revealing luscious prune and a sensual base of rich sandalwood and amber. Also available in a Candle, the full Christmas Collection will be in stores and online from November. 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

This post was created in collaboration with Jo Malone London. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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A Calming Palette + Clean Slate


Predominantly grey with just a few hints of colour, the interior of this new apartment in Lidingö (just outside of Stockholm) was created by talented interior designer and stylist Anna MårseliusWanting to create a calming effect, as well as a clean slate for the new owners, Anna chose a muted palette so as not to distract from the incredible water views that can be seen from almost every window of the home. Executed beautifully, the mix of grey tones is enhanced by elegant furniture, lighting and accessories in a mix of velvet, chrome and glass.

Interior and styling by Anna Mårselius for JM / photo by Kristofer Johnsson

Images via Anna Gillar and Hitta Hem 

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Reydon Grove Farm by Norm Architects


Designed by Danish studio Norm Architects, Reydon Grove Farm is located in the Suffolk countryside in England. A very long, single story residence, it features huge rows of glass windows providing expansive views of the garden and farmland beyond. The combination of of black joinery and narrow vertically positioned cladding creates a clean, sleek exterior that matches existing buildings on the site. With a focus on transparency, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Ronn of Norm Architects say the design of the facade allows nature be an integral part of the interior, framing views of the extraordinary settings. Split into two main sections by a central hall, one section houses a big, open-plan lounge, dining area and kitchen, while the other contains the more private bedrooms and bathrooms. Bathed in natural light, the beautiful interior was designed by Sofie Brunner and features an enviable collection of furniture and design pieces by top Danish brands including Menu, and &Tradition

Architecture by Norm Architects / Interior Design by Brunner Studio / Photography by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen

Images via Dezeen 

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Friday Finds


Today's post could also be my own personal wishlist, with gorgeous new finds including lighting, ceramics and art. Lightweight and poetic, the handcrafted Kurage table lamp was created for Foscarini by Italian designer Luca Nichetto and the multidisciplinary studio Nendo which was founded by Japanese architect Oki Sato. Kurage means jellyfish in Japanese and the lamp resembles a sea animal which dances through the seas cradled by a suffused light. This beautiful effect is created with the use of the finest Japanese washi paper.

I'm currently in the process of sourcing living room pieces for an exciting interior project and there are lots of things from Father Rabbit catching my eye, including this beautiful new woven jute rug and Warranbrooke artworks. Make sure you also checkout the Father Rabbit Interiors Catalogue, Volume 01. Introducing The Temperate, The Botanist & Mr Fastidious, these three very different characters give their interpretation of Father Rabbit's aesthetic, with beautifully styled rooms and how to achieve each look. 

I really love the uniqueness and warm colour palettes of these abstract, minimalist artworks by BorinaM. Found on Etsy, see her full range of works here

Striving for perfection in form and function, Light + Ladder create objects that are thoughtful, useful and made to last. I've taken a fancy to these gorgeous pieces below, all of which are designed in their studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Photography by Nicole Franzen

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and to my NZ friends, enjoy the long one!

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My habbot


A couple of months ago I was invited to customise my own classic pair of bespoke brogues by Australian Footwear label habbot. Not only have I admired the luxury range of Italian leather shoes for some time, I love the idea of creating a bespoke, one-off creation. An exciting concept dreamed up by habbot founder Annie Abbott, it is currently on offer to customers until the end of October.

The customisable collection entitled My habbot features the classic heritage habbot brogue, a style which has been part of the habbot collection since the brands inception in 2011. Maintaining the habbot principals of contemporary aesthetic combined with artisan craftsmanship, the collection is uniquely designed in Australia and hand made in Italy.

Once I received my beautiful pack, I couldn't wait to get started. Choosing from a selection of 14 exquisite Italian leathers was not an easy decision, but I had a lot of fun in the process. After sending off my pack, the habbot design team created a digital sample of the customised brogue for my final approval. The shoes are then hand made by artisan crafters at the habbot Italian manufacturing workshop.

When my shoes arrived yesterday there was much excitement! Not only am I thrilled with how my customisation turned out, I have been blown away by the quality and comfort of these beautiful, timeless shoes.

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

The My habbot project is an Australian nationwide offer. To request a customisation design pack which includes leather swatch samples, a size chart and style imagery to assist you in designing your habbot brogue, click here. One-one-one consultations are also available at habbot's The Strand Melbourne boutique (Shop 10, 250 Elizabeth Street). 

For the next two Friday nights they will be hosting bubbles in store, and Annie will be there offering assistance with designs and talking clients through the making process!

Final designs submissions must be received by October 31, 2016, with an estimated delivery time of January 2017.

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Simply Stylish in Grey + White


Today I have some lovely interior inspo courtesy of talented stylist Marie Ramse. Located in Fredsborg, Sweden, this house by Swedish housing company JM is located in a tranquil setting, just a bike ride from the ocean. Marie has chosen a gorgeous colour palette with a mix of white and contrasting grey tones. The furniture injects warmth and texture by way of natural materials such as wood, tanned leather, marble and linen. Beautiful statement lighting features throughout the home, while the rest of the decor has been kept understated but stylish. Swedish simplicity at its best! 

  Styling by Marie Ramse / photography by Sara Medina Lind  
  Interior Assistant Annie Lindgren

  Images via Hitta Hem 

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