Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Simple Pleasures

Looking at art. We went to see the Gustave Doré show at the National Gallery yesterday and had a lovely afternoon taking it all in.

(photo by birgitta drejer for bo bedre by way of coco lapine)

A Neoclassical Gallery Home

Conceived of as a living gallery, the Brussels neoclassical house of Ike Udechuku and Kathryn Smith is furnished with a selection of rare and choice furniture, objects and art — all for sale. Partnering with various European galleries, Ike and Kathryn live with the items, inviting collectors and visitors into their home to experience and purchase the designs in situ. Fascinating idea. More here on Dwell.

(photography by chris tubbs)

Atelier: Kito Mbiango

Today I'm admiring the truly lovely work of the New York-based Belgian-Congolese artist Kito Mbiango. Drawing on his photographic background and wide-ranging travels, Kito's transfer paintings are a fascinating blend of Eastern and Western cultures, using collage and assemblage techniques pioneered by Robert Rauschenberg. Thought provoking and beautiful work. View more of it here.

(with thanks to Kito Mbiango)

Monday, September 01, 2014


Pretty pattern and colour to start your week on a cheerful note. It's Labour Day here so I'll be away from the blog for the day — have a lovely one and see you tomorrow.

(photo by idha lindhag, styling by tina hellberg. via elle decoration sweden)

Friday, August 29, 2014


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. The weather is looking stormy here for us, so catching up on movies and going out for a leisurely brunch are looking like good options. How about you?

(photo by paulina arcklin)

Natural Beauty

The house of professional calligrapher Ylva serves as both home and studio — and with its soothing palette of natural tones and textures, it's a perfect space for being creative as well as for relaxing. Love this one.

(photography by helena blomqvist. via planet deco)

The Listening Booth: Summer Swim, Part 4

Welcome to The Listening Booth, a regular series of posts that features a guest musician, DJ or music devotee sharing their current three favourite songs with automatism readers. 

Today's Listening Booth is hosted by the brilliantly talented and lovely DJ Lamb Rabbit, and it's all about warm summer days spent in and by the water. In fact, Lamb Rabbit was so inspired that our Summer Listening Booth post is a four part series, to dip into throughout the month of August. Enjoy Part 4.


Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Rachel DJs around town under her creative nom de plume Lamb Rabbit, as well as with a lady-DJ collective she co-founded called The Girlfriends.

You can find some of Lamb Rabbit's mixes here

Lamb Rabbit's Three Picks

Summer sun leaves me yearning to get off of dry land and into the cool, cool water. Lay back and listen to the lapping of the waves, or dive a little deeper. Let's go swimming.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sweetness and Light

Love this beautiful abstract work by painter Eric Blum — lovely depth, colour and form. More of his work here, too.

(via abundance)


This week's links. Enjoy.

A Belgian Factory Home
Check out this slide show on Dwell of a former factory in Belgium that's now a modern and colourful family home.

Cindy Sherman's Wigs
Love this. Leanne Shapton recently shot a stop motion animation of the wigs in art photographer Cindy Sherman's studio. 

Yoga Hacks: How to Undo the Damage of a Desk Job
Great yoga moves for anyone who works at a desk all day. I'll definitely be doing these.

A Baker's Dozen of the Ripest Food Memoirs
Author Sandra M. Gilbert rounds up 12 of her favourite culinary memoirs, old and new. Perfect summer reading.

Meet the Man Who Invented the Supermodel
A new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert in London looks at the career of photographer Horst P Horst, creator of some of the most legendary fashion images — link takes you to an overview of his extraordinary career.

Female Farmer Project
Via Saveur: "The subjects of Audra Mulkern's photographs are diverse: They're former biologists, artists, journalists, and public administrators. They also have something awesome in common: They're part of a growing group of female farmers." Lovely photos.

Picture Perfect
W Magazine noticed that more than a few designers took inspiration from art for their fall collections — here they've paired the clothes with the inspiration.

Bruschetta Bar
This is a brilliant idea for entertaining from What's Gaby Cooking — tapas style eating featuring a platter or board with grilled bread, vegetables and a good selection of sauces, meats and various cheeses. Guests browse and you enjoy your own party!

(photo from olsson and jensen autumn/winter 2014 lookbook. via my scandinavian home)

automatism on instagram

Love the colour and texture of these huge cabbages at the farmer's market.

(follow me on instagram here)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Moments of Beauty

A dress like summer moonlight reflected on a rippling sea. Photo by Chad Pitman for Dolce and Gabbana, Spring/Summer 2008.

(via abundance)

London Calling

A small and nondescript warehouse on Regent Street in London is now an airy and light filled three level loft space, thanks to Australian architectural firm Techne. Love the graphic contrast of the black steel beams and stairs against the white walls. More here.

(via ultralinx)

advertise on automatism

Thinking of becoming an automatism sponsor? A couple of ad spots are available for September — perfect for launching an autumn campaign. Find out more here.

(photo by cathrine aarsland of trettien)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Simple Pleasures

Fresh flowers. Always a pleasure.

(photo by clary pfeiffer)

Gentle Modernism

This recent project by Wiesbaden, Germany-based Lea Korzeczek and Matthias Hiller, the creative team behind Studio Oink, is a lovely balance between sleek modern shapes and soft warm tones of rose gold and ochre — with marble floors and charcoal grey here and there for texture and contrast. Just lovely.

(photos from est magazine via glitter inc)
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