The Quintessential Magazine

Oct 26, 2012


EDITED & CURATED to celebrate the original and the emotive...We are huge fans of quintessential duckeggBLUE here on the blog and very excited by this news - as we speak our favourite 'home of found industrial & antique objects’ is virtually going to press with the launch of its very own online magazine. The inspiring and creative new offering is edited by Tracy Lines, (formerly lifestyle publisher at Murdoch books, and longstanding creative director of Inside Out magazine), and curated by owner of quintessential duckeggBLUE, Leanne Carter Taylor - they head up the team. Working alongside the talented designers at Racket Design, this is sure to inspire. 

“Exploring all things quintessential, the reader will get a has a fresh insight into the home of found industrial & antique objects. ‘The quintessential Magazine’ shares the inspiring stories – the people, the collectors and the makers - the essence of who we are and what we believe” says Leanne.  ‘Encouraging new ideas and evoking emotion are at the very heart of this magazine. We have explored new ways of creating online pages, from the inspiring visual impact through to the stories we are telling, whilst always remaining true to the quintessential duckeggBLUE brand. It’s exciting for me to work with Leanne on such a new publishing platform which supports amazingly rich content, emotive storytelling and beautiful found objects” says Tracy. 
If the beautifully styled photographs above are any indication (how gorgeous are those jam jars) then this is going to be stunning! Due to launch in early November 2012, ‘The quintessential Magazine’ is the fifth member of the duckeggBLUE brand, along with the much loved fashion and furniture stores in Sydney's Balmain and websites and – which ensure everything in store is also quintessentially available on line. Stay tuned to eat read love for launch updates. You can also read my recent interview with Leanne Carter-Taylor here on the blog. 

Intrigued. Excited. Then why not pop over and sign up now! 

Quintessential Magazine
Design: Racket (Rachel Peachey & Paul Mosig)
Styling: John Mangila - Style Editor 
Photography: Dan Himbrechts

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Sunday love - Dwell in Joy

Oct 21, 2012

Sunday Love: this week I am loving the fabulously fragrant candles by Citizens of the World. In my 'Post-Paris haze' I have loved nothing more than to pour a glass of wine, light my DWELLER candle and listen to 'Midnight in Paris' as the evening sets in. These beautiful candles burn beautifully, sending the most delicious rose, jasmine and sandlewood fragrance drifting through the house. Oh and they are all 100% handmade using Australian sourced and ethically made natural soy wax, fragrance and wicks. Check out the Citizens of the World website to find out how to get your hands on one of these divine limited edition candles (limited quantities available)

dweller  (dwl)intr.v. dwelt (dwlt) or dwelleddwell·ing,dwells
1. To fasted one's attention
2. To exist in a given place or state: dwell in joy 

Citizens of the World
 is a project created by Dominic Loneragan (professional photographer) and words by Meghan McTavish, who both decided to pair their skills to produce photo shoots and interviews with creative people. 

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Red & White Delight - Saint Jean de Luz

Oct 17, 2012


Photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

The Heart of the Basque
I just love the beautiful seaside town of Saint Jean de Luz in the heart of the Basque Region in South West France. Just a few km from Spain, this delightful seaside town is full of fabulous eats, local delights and a lovely calm beach. If you look up you will see the famous red shutters proudly opened up on the white washed buildings, with locally grown chili peppers hanging to dry in the sun, and magical laneways winding down to the sea. I loved Maison Adam, a fabulous patisserie boasting macarons, gateaux and chocolates, and the grand Hotel du Ville in the centre of town would be such a romantic place to get married. A fishing town and once a 'place for Pirates', Saint Jean de Luz has hosted many a Royal Wedding and remains a stylish and relaxed seaside resort. A must stop for anyone travelling in the area.  

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Pretty in Pink, Bayonne

Oct 7, 2012


Photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat, read, love}
We visited the beautiful city of Bayonne this week, dating back to the 3rd Century close to the French-Spanish Border in the heart of the Basque region in South West France. It is now well known for its fine chocolates, produced here for more than 500 years, and Bayonne ham - cured ham seasoned with Espelette chillis (a nearby village which we hope to visit). Apparently Bayonne is the birthplace of mayonnaise (possibly a corruption of Bayonnaise, a French word describing the city's people and produce). Now Bayonnaise is the name given to mayonnaise flavoured with the Espelette chillis. Apart from the wonderful produce and delicious chocolate, the city is just gorgeous to wander through. Wandering through the narrow lanes spotted with lovely boutique, cafes and brightly coloured doors and shutters, occasionally catching a lovely glimpse of the spires from the Gothic Cathedrale Sainte-Marie, rising up above the homes. 

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Tea by the Sea - Miremont, Biarritz

Oct 6, 2012

Photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

Enchanting afternoon tea by the sea at Miremont, Biarritz
My food tour of France continues. This is a place worth sharing - the beautiful and elegant Miremont Patisserie in Biarritz. Founded in 1872 by a young confectioner Etienne Singher from Saint Moritz and then aquired by Joseph Miremont in 1880 a beautiful place for tea for Biarritz - once known as the 'Queen of resorts and resort for Kings'.  Apparently King Edward VII of England would stay every year at the Hotel du Palais but would remain faithful to the Miremont patisserie. The Miremont site, set on two cosy floors, is such a special place to enjoy afternoon tea, with sweeping ocean views from every table and huge crystal chandeliers. The site is French heritage listed and just like it was back then, Miremont remains one of the most charming and elegant places to enjoy a fine tea, coffee and pastry in France. My Chocolate Caramel Dome with raspberry macaron on top was so perfect and glossy I could even see my reflection in it. Just another reason to love all things French....Natalie x

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Where to stay in Biarritz...?

Looking for a very cool and unique holiday apartment in Biarritz, France?
If you are looking for somewhere really special and totally unique to stay to explore the Basque region of France then read along. I recently had the pleasure of staying at this lovely architecturally designed apartment in the heart of Biarritz in the South West of France. Right in Place Saint Eugenie and a short 100m stroll to the beach. I could never get tired of the lovely view from the loft windows across the Place Saint Eugenie and down to the cathedral both night and day. The apartment is decorated in bright bold colours, fabulous spotlights on exposed timber beams, a secret loft/reading room for the kids which could also second as a third bedroom, and really funky interiors and kitchen accessories. The owner Frederique has thought of everything you could ever need for your holiday and has such a great eye for interior design. Loft windows, soft lighting, fresh linens, fast wifi and air-con, double bathroom with a huge shower, even fluoro green and orange basins that light up when you walk in! The bamboo chairs in the master bedroom (pictured above) were my favourite feature and the kids loved their beach themed loft bedroom too. This place is great for families with young kids, or a couple wanting a beach side escape, close to all the lovely restaurants and bars and handy to Carrafour for baguette, wine and cheese supplies. My absolutely favourite patisserie Miremont is in the same street as the apartment, and Hotel & Cafe Palacito was my pick for a morning shot of coffee before hitting the shops. I ran out of time but I have been told that nearby Comptoir Foie Gras and Bar Jean were great local bars for Basque delights. Also a great place to stay if you are ever 'en route' to Hossegor for the annual Quiksilver Pro France surfing tour.

Thank you Frederique for being a wonderful host to us in Biarritz. If you would like to rent the apartment go to

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Maison Arosteguy - since 1875, Biarritz

Oct 5, 2012


All photos by Natalie Hayllar

Now this is a deli!! Some of the wonderful local Basque delights to be found at Maison Arosteguy in Biarritz, founded in 1875 and overflowing with local delights - Jambon, Fromage, Gateaux Basque, local and regional French wines and Liqueurs. They also have the most delightful tea shop on site too. What a treat to find this lovely little store. 

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