Christmas table setting with Terri Winter from top3 by design


  Just like that another Christmas has snuck up on us. With the countdown now on it is well and truly time to start preparing. Sourcing the perfect gifts, cleaning the house, planning a meal; while Christmas is a time for meaningful connection with our loved ones, it can quickly become overwhelming with so much to do. We can help you with at least one task on your list, possibly two. Terri Winter, founder of retail concept store top3 by design, is no stranger to setting a beautiful, thoughtful table.  We caught up with Terri ahead of a Christmas Table… Continue Reading

National Recycling Week – An Ode to Recycling


  The past two evenings I have been struggling to write an ode to recycling. I wanted to mark National Recycling Week with a witty musing on the subject however, after devoting a total of four hours to the task, all I came up with was some flat, poorly written 346 words on soft plastics. I still gave it to our copy editor to edit, half-hoping he wouldn’t think it was quite as bad as I did, but of course he confirmed — it was total rubbish. He mentioned that in trying to come off as witty I had made… Continue Reading

The Bedroom Edit


  Each month in Leiden we’ll pick a new space to edit with some of the homely pieces we’ve had our hearts set on. We’ll be featuring an assortment of pieces from local artists, as well as encouraging your own artistry with fun DIY projects. This month we start with the bedroom. The domain of the home for sleep, study, sex and whatever you make it.     First things first … a bedroom has a bed. We love this bootylicious duvet cover designed by Julia Heffernan. We like big butts and we cannot .. lie down because our sheets are… Continue Reading

This Twitter Bot has got us all Hot and Bothered


  In honour of Valentines day we have found a twitter bot that mashes together romance novel excerpts and dank video game memes. Try sending one to your crush and see what happens. Here are a few of our favourites to get you in the mood. You’re welcome.   For a moment, he wondered what would happen if he leaned down and took those full pink lips for the kiss he’d wanted to give her since day had broken. But before he could act, she whispered, “I can’t rocket jump.”   He wrapped her in his arms, pulling her tightly… Continue Reading

Not Ya Nan’s Embroidery


  Crafting has been making a come back over the last decade or so, largely due to our increasing desire to disconnect from technology and reconnect with the mindful act of creating with our hands. This desire is something Caitlin Tubb knew all too well as she started her rather cheeky embroidery business Not Ya Nan’s Embroidery. A curvaceous bottom or perky breast may not be the sort of subject matter you would typically see embroidered into an artwork but it is undeniably fun and provoking. We caught up with her to find out just what made her pick up… Continue Reading

The Art of Champagne with The Champagne Dame


  With the festive season upon us, it is highly likely that you will find yourself with a glass of bubbles in your hand at some point in the next few weeks. And although champagne may be the  drink of choice at most celebratory affairs, how much do you actually know about it? Do you know where it comes from or how it should be served? Or if you have a ridiculously expensive bottle ready and waiting to go, do you know how to store it or open it properly when the time comes? Never fear all these answers and… Continue Reading

A Masterclass in Decoding Colour with Lucy Feagins


  In the bustling thoroughfare of the new Life By Design precinct of the Monaro Mall upstairs in the Canberra Centre — surrounded by everything home and design — we were treated to a masterclass on decoding colour. Lucy Feagins, editor and founder of The Design Files, Australia’s most popular design blog, generously shared her thoughts on this complex subject — helping us to understand some simple concepts. (Would you believe The Design Files was around before Instagram, and will turn ten in January 2018?!) Lucy’s views on lifestyle and wellness include being purposeful, considered and thoughtful; surrounding yourself with… Continue Reading