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  • An ‘original plum torte’

    The past few months, more than ever, we eat in more than we eat out.  If I reflect, it has probably taken me up until my 30th year to learn to slow down (and I still have a lot more learning to do). Furthermore, it’s probably taken having a child to really stop trying to …

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  • Writing as Ritual

    As we swing into the new year we have fresh energy and new beginnings on our mind, and so I thought I’d share one of my own intentions for the year ahead.  For the past 6 months or so I’ve been following the journey of Self Practice – a website (and excellent instagram account) created and curated …

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  • Transitioning with grace

    There are many ideas currently turning over for Vaughan Baker, but my time and presence has turned towards motherhood – to nurturing and nourishing our daughter. At times this drastic and immediate shift in my focus can be very challenging. The lack of time and energy for my own projects something I have never before experienced. Daily I …

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  • Winter / Sacred Spaces

    This Winter we have spent more time ‘hibernating’ than ever. While a large influence on this has been the fact we have a new little life within our lives, we are so appreciative of the beautiful change this slower pace of life has brought. The more time we have spent at home, the more it has become our own little …

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  • A certain kind of joie de vivre

    ‘The Normal, Daily Things We Fall in Love With’ an interview of Maira Kalman by Krista Tippet at On Being. With an abundance of honest ideas and a refreshing outlook on finding the positive, this interview was by far the best podcast I listened to last year. Since I first heard it in September, I …

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  • Living with design

    In July this year we were fortunate to end a few weeks of travel by staying at an architecturally designed Masseria in the heart of Puglia, Southern Italy. Designed by Andrew Trotter, editor of the beautiful Open House magazine, Masseria Moroseta (MM) sits like a mirage among a valley of hundred year old Olive Trees. …

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  • From Padua to Prague

    In the peak of a European Summer we made our way from Padua in North East Italy to the Czech capital Prague. We stopped along the way to visit notable tomb sites, swim in glacial waters and discover the local design. Here tracks our journey from Padua to Prague. Upon first landing in Rome, a …

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  • In the studio: Nina Roberts Ceramics

    Out the back of a well lived in home in Melbourne’s North, Nina Roberts creates her handmade ceramic vessels. The backyard studio is filled with glazes, tools, clay, experiments and a kiln, nestled next to home grown vegetables and unassuming chooks.  Nina has a calm manner, reflected in the warmth of her work. Forms are organic and alluring, they give the …

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  • Summer in the city (Melbourne)

    Summer isn’t quick off the mark in Melbourne, which makes it feel all the more glorious when it arrives. Late December through to mid February is when the sun is at it’s brightest and living outdoors at it’s fullest. Productivity slows, while the streets, parks and pools start to hum. We’ve spent more time than …

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  • How is your heart?

    Every year, at the end of December, the promise of new beginnings is always imminent. We finish the year, often in indulgence, and create vast ideas of the way next year will be better, how we will be healthier, happier, travel more, drink less. I enjoy the energy that a change in year brings, or any …

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  • Maroc

    Visiting Morocco earlier this year was an experience, one I think you could never properly be prepared for (although you will receive plenty of ‘warnings’ from people who have been, and many who have not). Being in North Africa for the first time was a complete awakening to the senses – dusty golden skylines scattered …

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  • The magic of tidying

    Earlier this year, after several recommendations, I sat down with Marie Kondo’s The life changing magic of tidying up. A slightly eccentric, but highly enjoyable read, about tidying up. The book closely examines the connections we hold to our ‘things.’ Why do we keep clothes, trinkets, books that do not bring us joy? And how …

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  • Mood of the viewer

    Junichiro Tanizaki’s ‘In praise of shadows’ provides many thought provoking ideas. Aside from refreshing an appreciation for shadows and the Japanese sensibility towards light, texture and materiality there are plenty of ideas that can relate to everyday life, perhaps not in the way Tanizaki had intended. When speaking of the Japanese room he states ‘A luster here …

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  • 45 minutes to downtown

    6 lane highways and a 45 minute wait to downtown weren’t exactly how I wanted to spend my time in L.A. But this appeared to be the American dream. Sometimes inspiration takes no effort at all, and surprises you right out of a blank stare. While at others, through the haze of the hustle, you must …

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