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LUMIRA is a luxury scented candle and fragrance house founded by Almira Armstrong in Sydney, Australia. LUMIRA fragrances are your luxury lifestyle essentials. Copyright 2018 Atelier Lumira.

Journal

Three notes to create a relaxing home

Almira Armstrong

An old wives’ tale has long promised that a few drops of lavender oil sprinkled on a pillowcase is a passport to swift slumber. We don’t dispute the effect but prefer our olfactory calm-down to take a more sophisticated form, namely a moment of mindfulness spent in the company of our favourite fragrance. 

Fortunately, lavender isn’t the only note lauded for its ability to help one unwind, as vanilla, sandalwood and jasmine are all known to have a similar effect. This coming Wednesday, August 15 is World Relaxation Day and if a leisurely day on the couch is out of the question, lighting one of these is an equally inspired way to embrace the spirit of the day.

Sandalwood

From incense to aromatherapy, sandalwood has long been prized for its ability to promote relaxation, without the accompanying sense of drowsiness that’s often associated with lavender. In Balinese Ylang Ylang, the rich sweetness of sandalwood is teamed with ylang ylang, which is also known for its calming effect. With the addition of soft floral notes to create an air of romance, this scent might be the ultimate scene-setter if you’re planning to spend the day (or night) relaxing a deux.

Jasmine

While on the subject of heady experiences, those lazy drowsy days of mid summer are perfectly captured in the full, sweet notes of the jasmine blossom, one of nature’s most effective mood-boosters. If you’re fortunate enough to be in the northern hemisphere, spending relaxation day surrounded by trellises bursting with blossoms is always a good idea. Those on the other side of the globe can recreate the experience with The Vow by Nicole Trunfio, which combines the white flowers of jasmine and magnolia with juicy citrus and berries.

Vanilla

Slightly sweet gourmand notes like vanilla are quite simply a shortcut to comfort, invoking memories of birthday cakes and iced biscuits. For a true gourmand experience, Tahitian Coconut combines the softness of a vanilla base with tropical coconut in the mid notes; hints of mandarin and orange flower bring some zest to the sweetness. 

But vanilla isn’t all cupcakes and parties, it also has a deeply sophisticated side, particularly when it’s teamed with rich spices and leather notes. If your idea of relaxation involves a certain old-world glamour, No.352 Leather & Cedar won’t disappoint.

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Shop your favourite LUMIRA scent that you love to relax with.

Written by Michelle Bateman

Lumira Interiors: The Surf Club Miami Beach

Almira Armstrong

Elegant, minimal and monochromatic – Parisian interior design is so chic and, well, Parisian that it’s difficult to imagine how it might be transplanted and translated for an entirely different environment. Like, say, directly across from the beach in Miami’s Surfside district. Because surely if there was a stylistic opposite to Paris, it would be Miami, with its flash and gilt, and its love of gelato-like art-deco colours.

And yet, The Surf Club in Miami has managed to achieve the seeming impossible: bringing a piece of Parisian flair to the beach. The resort’s recent interior refurbishment is the work of French architect (and Lumira favourite) Joseph Dirand, who is known for his signature “warm minimalism”. His undertaking was a sizeable one: a 77-room Four Seasons Hotel, 40 seaside cabanas and two towers of private apartments for those fortunate enough to call the place home – not to mention assorted restaurants, bars and public foyers.  

Throughout the interiors, Dirand has remained loyal to many of the fabrications and tones that populate his work – the honeyed wood, marble and brass; the plush, neutral-coloured furnishings; and the pops of muted olive and seafoam – but he’s also introduced a distinctly beachside vibe. This is felt most keenly in The Surf Club’s beachfront cabanas, with their terrazzo floors, wicker furniture and even the occasional palm-inspired print. There are emerald-green wall panels and natural rattan atop the tables. It’s all deeply glamorous, of course, with liberal doses of Dirand’s beloved brass flashing from the 1970s-style wall sconces. The rooms in the Four Seasons are more urban, with muted and mostly neutral hues complementing the ocean views from the balconies. 

Oftentimes, Dirand relies on the smallest of details to make the stylistic shift from Paris to Miami: his usual darker grey marble is replaced with white and sand-coloured versions; the blush pink that looks so pretty in the grey light of Paris becomes more wheat-coloured to complement the harder Miami sunlight; a single slightly wild-looking palm frond in a vase is favoured over a perfectly manicured shrub. It’s a delightful lesson in interpretation that gives The Surf Club a style that’s unabashedly its own. 

At Home With Jerico Tracy

Almira Armstrong

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Sydney-based curator and gallerist Jerico Tracy has made a career out of art, but it’s equally central to her life when she’s off-duty. As the founder of Jerico Contemporary, she runs a gallery space in the inner-city suburb of Woolloomooloo, works with both emerging and established artists, and advises individuals and companies on how to go about building their own art collections. (Her best advice to aspiring collectors: just start. “Buy one piece that you love and start building your collection around that work, no matter how small. You should consider each piece you purchase with the intention of building a collection in mind. This doesn’t mean that each piece has to be the same medium or subject matter, merely that you should consider that they will coexist in your home.”)

Her own apartment – which she shares with fiancé Andrew Spence and their pet rabbit Nyima – is a testament to this philosophy. Paintings, photography and sculpture all coexist beautifully, and their coherent outlook instils a sense of calm, while also giving the eye plenty to enjoy.  

How have you approached your interior style?

Our interior style is quite pared-back and minimal, as our home is really a place to unwind. We seem to have an ever-growing art collection so we like to keep a neutral palette for all the furnishings and décor, consisting primarily of white, taupe and black, paired with natural accents. We like to use natural materials as much as possible and strongly believe in sustainability, so almost everything in our home is antique, vintage or made from recycled timber.

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What time of day do you most enjoy being there and why?

I love the early evening at home. Our lounge room is filled with golden light as the sun goes down; there is no better place to be.

When you’re surrounded by art each day, how do you choose which pieces to have in your own home?

My art collection at home is primarily made up of artists who are friends, or who I have worked with previously. It’s an intimate space, so I like to be surround by works that are consistent with our minimal aesthetic. Art collections spanning various mediums are always more interesting, so in our home we have a balance of photographs, paintings, etching, drawings, sculptures, wood-carvings and ceramics.

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My home is absolutely a place for relaxation and pleasure. I spent a lot of late nights and weekends working at the gallery, so when I get to be home it feels like an indulgence. A time when I can light a candle, read my book and relax with a glass of wine.

How do you like to use scent in your home? 

I like to keep fresh flowers and candles in our home to make it feel loved. Every evening, almost ritualistically I light a candle in the lounge room and another in the bathroom. I like to keep the same scent consistent throughout our home, so that the entire apartment is harmonious, and the notes aren’t working against each other.

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Do you change scent seasonally?

Yes, in the cooler climate I drift towards musk and woody fragrances, they seem to evoke a cozy, intimate atmosphere. I tend to gravitate towards fresh scents like citrus and floral notes, particularly gardenias, in the summer months. I am obsessed with Lumira’s La Primavera candle because it perfectly combines my love of floral and citrus notes and reminds me of summer days on the Italian coast. The sheer act of lighting a candle instantly makes a room feel warm and welcoming. 

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You’ve travelled to some amazing art shows in the past 12 months. What have been your most memorable trips and sights?

Art Basel in Hong Kong is always a favourite trip of mine because so many artists and friends that live all over the world travel to Hong Kong for the art fair. The entire city transforms into a bustling art centre for the month of March, and there are so many amazing exhibitions in the local galleries and studios, in addition to the fair.

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How do you like to bring mementos or souvenirs of your travel into your home?

I love bringing decorative pieces back from our travels, primarily from local marketplaces and villages. We have limited space in our home, so we often bring back smaller pieces like baskets, vases or ceramics. I also collect gold charms for my bracelet on my travels.

Are there any specific scents that you connect with these places or experiences?

Scents often remind me of particular place, people or moments in time. I was raised on the beach, so for me the scent of the ocean will always have a special place in my heart and remind me of home.

Aside from art, what do you feel passionately about right now?

The environment, primarily the plastic pollution. Nine million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year, and it is truly heartbreaking.

Photography by Kath Mclean, Bright Photography
Interview by Michelle Bateman