TÊTE-À-TÊTE incendere


It's no secret that I have a weakness for beautiful scented candles but with so many on offer these days, it takes something really exceptional to catch my eye. Exquisitely presented with a fascinating backstory, TÊTE-À-TÊTE incendere immediately made me sit up and take note. 

It began in the winter of 2013 when creator Vicki Kim decided to capture a cinematic moment from 1967 film, The Graduate. The concept of the candle was very simple - when Vicki was young, she’d experienced a form of synaesthesia that allowed her to ‘smell’ movies, and she wanted to find a way to share this with others. Inspired, she decided to pursue a personal project of capturing the essences of characters, moods and atmospheres, and then composing them as perfume notes to complete the olfactory experience. Original, evocative and lyrical, TÊTE À TÊTE allows you to contemplate a memory, a preserved fragment of time. 

Since the initial launch, the brand has grown to contain four signature fragrances, each taking inspiration from an iconic cinematic moment. In addition to The Graduate, there’s Great Expectations (1998), Raise the Red Lantern (1991) and The Blue Lagoon (1990). Having always found smell to be the most powerful memory trigger, I find it intriguing how Vicki has made the connection with such iconic movies. I can only imagine how amazing these fragrances must be! 

Currently residing in Sydney, Vicki was born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in New Zealand. A graduate of the prestigious Parsons School of Design in NYC, she has worked with various international luxury companies such as Cartier and Bulgari. Turning to her love of industrial design, Vicki spent 12 months designing and developing a new look for TÊTE-À-TÊTE incendere. Relaunched this year, the fragrances are housed in a beautifully crafted vessel that is truly timeless. Showcasing Vicki's thoughtful and considered approach to design, the metal holder allows you to slot in fragrance wax refills, to be retained and enjoyed over and over. 

Styling by Joseph Gardner and photography by Daniel Gurton 

The replacement soy wax candles are designed to fit perfectly inside the bespoke candleholder / Photo by Sam McAdam-Cooper

Two years into the business, Vicki still mixes every batch of fragrance by hand in her small studio in Darlinghurst, Sydney. A true testament to her passion for creativity. 

Visit TÊTE-À-TÊTE incendere to shop online. International shipping is also available. 

Images courtesy of TÊTE-À-TÊTE incendere


Midweek House Tour + My First Guest Speaking Role


Apologies for the sporadic posting. Set to continue for a little bit longer as I juggle school holidays and blog-related projects, I will be back full steam ahead the week after next. Stopping by briefly today, this bright white home is a breath of fresh air, especially as I look around my home which is scattered with toys and need of some attention of the decluttering kind. The dining area is particularly lovely with the Flos lamp and white Thonet arm chair, while the adjacent living area has a fabulous picture wall featuring black and white photography. I also spy a BoConcept Carmo sofa - the touch of tan leather looks lovely with the grey. And of course I love the gold accents that feature throughout the home, especially the 90 Brass Shelf Lamp in the bedroom. 

See the full house tour here

Something for my Christchurch readers before I go. The Home NZ Style Safari is headed your way! Guided by HOME editor Jeremy Hansen, the all-day tour is of the city's best design stores. Featuring briefings on the latest furniture releases and interior design developmentsI'm honoured to have been invited by BoConcept to be a guest speaker at their Christchurch showroom. Transport and a delicious lunch is included in the $75 ticket price. There are just a few places left, so book your tickets here. I'd love to meet you! 

Images via Alexander White

Zakkia | Spring/Summer 2015


Founded in late 2012, Zakkia specialises in quality, hand made products for the home. Created by Sara Lundgren, a Swede turned Sydneysider, the brand is a fusion of Scandinavian heritage and natural designs inspired by life in Bondi. A distinctive style that resonates with so many, it makes me extremely happy to announce the launch of their new Spring/Summer 2015 Collection today!

In keeping with Zakkia's signature aesthetic, the collection blends Scandinavian simplicity with a clean, monochrome base, beautiful textures and raw materials. Introducing for the first time a range of stunning hand blown glass vessels, the minimalist shapes mirror those that have featured in the first two collections. The gorgeous colour palette includes smokey black and a subtle aqua that is reflective of the Bondi lifestyle and coastal feel. 

The braided baskets are another new addition. Made in Vietnam from water hyacinth, they are perfect for storing items around the home. The new ceramic and brass objects are also beautifully tactile, functional and versatile. In fact each piece has been thoughtfully created to have multiple uses. 

The Summer range also sees the expansion of Zakkia's iconic concrete collection to include their very first 100% soy wax scented candle range. Named after the Swedish seasons, they include Sommar (sea spray and hay), Höst (French pear), Vinter (fig & vanilla) and Vår (cucumber & white jasmine).  The new Brass Candle Snuffer is also a must-have!  

Sara, who first came to Australia on a six month student exchange seven years ago and never left, created Zakkia out of a love of home decor. Ordering from overseas online shops, the long delivery times and expensive shipping proved extremely frustrating, so she decided to take matters into her own hands. What followed was many months of hard work, designing and fine-tuning the pieces which are produced by small artisan communities around the world. Along the way Sara recruited Emma Williamson, an Australian returning home after living in New York, who has become the second driving force behind the brand. The pair says that the partnerships they have built with their suppliers in Vietnam, India and China have been key in achieving their goal. The small, family owned businesses that they work with have a huge amount of knowledge and skill and understand their mission to produce affordable pieces that are carefully handmade from high quality materials. 

Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper

When it comes to finding unique, hand-crafted pieces for the home without having to spend a fortune, Zakkia have certainly hit the mark. The beautiful Spring/Summer 2015 Collection is providing plenty of fresh inspiration, not to mention Christmas gift ideas! Now available online, and at selected stockists, take a look here.

Images courtesy of Zakkia

Homes to Inspire | Handcrafted Luxury


Looking at this stunning home it makes perfect sense that the owner, Kim Dolva is a designer and carpenter. The kitchen cabinetry is exquisite! As co-founder and owner of Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, Kim specialises in luxury, handcrafted kitchens, with his own kitchen providing the perfect showpiece. His company also provides bathroom and wardrobe solutions as well as beautiful furniture and lighting designs. His home is located in west Copenhagen where he lives with his wife Mette Bonaventure, an interior stylist illustrator and ceramist and their two children.

The beautiful cabinets are made of solid smoked oak with hand carved brass knobs. The marble back bench and incredible black herringbone flooring add further wow. And how perfect is the pantry organisation? This is just the motivation I need to get ours in order! 

Kim's impeccable craftsmanship follows through to the bedroom wardrobes. How I would love to own the Hans J. Wegner Circle Chair! See more imagery and the full article here. For further inspiration I also recommend popping over to Københavns Møbelsnedkeri for a look. 

Images via Residence 

September Instagram + Moochi Shoot


With the school holidays in full swing my blogging time is a bit sparse right now but luckily I have plenty to share from Instagram. Here are some favourites from September. 

Images via @thedesignchaser

To find out more about the products featured pop over to my Instagram page or leave a comment below. 

Some of you may have seen that I walked in the Moochi spring fashion show during NZ Fashion week. By no means am I a model, but rather very lucky to be part of the #mymoochistyle tribe. Taking to the runway alongside a a fabulous group of stylish, confident women, we all had a blast! Last week I had the pleasure of taking part in a #mymoochistyle shoot at my home. This involved selecting several 'looks' including pieces from the gorgeous new spring range. Needless to say I was in my element! 

Pop over to Moochi where you will find the full blog post and be sure to check out the new season must-haves. The collection is stunning!

Lene Rønfeldt for Louis Poulsen


Lene Rønfeldt is an accomplished interior stylist from Denmark. With nine years experience in styling photographic shoots and visual concept management, she has worked with many great furniture and design brands. Adding Louis Poulsen to an already incredible portfolio, her styling for the iconic Danish lighting manufacturer is inspiring. Lene says "I love that moment when light, colours and aesthetics fuse; when a mix of materials or colours add new dimensions to a product’s beauty... knowing how to add that little touch of colour, shade or texture that makes everything come together". 

Styling by Lene Rønfeldt and photography by Pia Winther

Lene's attention to detail clearly shows in her work, as does her respect for the product, its story and origin. Artfully mixing vintage with new design pieces to showcase the timeless Louis Poulsen lighting, these spaces are simply stunning.  

Images via Lene Rønfeldt


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