Want an instant happiness hit? Buy some fresh peonies!

November brings me such joy as peonies are in season. Peonies are a gorgeous full bloom with layers and layers of beautiful delicate petals. I am partial to a soft pale pink peony but they range from crisp whites and creams to reds and shades of purple.

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Many flowers are associated with a symbolic meaning. Peonies are a popular choice for brides, as they represent prosperity and happiness.

So why not wander down to your local florist to pick up some of these sweet smelling luscious blooms. A vase of peonies in the bedroom will create a sense of whimsical romance. Or place them on your desk to bring you good fortune and an excuse to stop and smell the … peonies!

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Mia Lake
Mia Lake is the Interior Design Director at Vic Lake Architect (VLA). VLA is a family business specialising in high end residential homes and boutique multi residential developments. The collaboration between sophisticated architecture and considered interiors, VLA approaches their projects holistically and cohesively. Mia’s design journey began at Sydney’s The Whitehouse Institute of Design. She was awarded a yearlong scholarship to further her studies internationally at Accademia Italiana. That year in Florence, Italy was a major influence on her career and design style. Prior to VLA, Mia’s has been fortunate to work at two leading Sydney interior design practices, Arent&Pyke and Briony Fitzgerald Design, specialising in high end residential interior design and custom made furnture. A strong construction knowledge, understanding and love of craftsmanship, and sensitivity to the client’s practical needs are the key ingredients to a Mia’s successful design. Mia loves using luxurious natural materials, colour and layering textures. She believes injecting personality into spaces and surrounding yourself with objects that tell stories of your live, makes you happy and inspires. A well designed space can truly improve the way you live.