Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sweetness and Light

The perfect perch. Love the sculptural magazine rack and light.

(photo by kitka design toronto on flickr)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Europe's Best Places to Eat Like a Local
From a classic Parisian teahouse to an authentic British haunt, here are Europe's best places for a local bite.

Inside the Offices of 12 Psychoanalysts
From Co.Design: "Ever since Freud invited patients to lie on an oriental rug-draped couch, therapists have considered interior design an important component of their work." Fascinating photos by photographer and psychoanalyst Mark Gerald of the offices of his peers, taken from his ongoing series In the Shadow of Freud's Couch. More photos on Mark's site here.

Ukrainian Egg Decoration, Illustrated
Gorgeous series of vintage illustrations of Pysanka, or Ukrainian egg decorating designs. Inspiring and beautiful.

Sleeping Beauty: The Abandoned Alexandra Theatre
Located in north London, the Alexandra Palace is one of the few surviving 19th century grand leisure buildings — and hidden away inside is a theatre that closed its doors 65 years ago. Great photos and fascinating history.

The 50 Best Cult and Classic Lipstick Shades of All Time
Who doesn't love slide shows of great lipstick colours? I certainly do. Now coveting all shades by Tom Ford. Perfect.

Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life
Interview by The Atlantic with Nikil Saval about his new book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace — and how the now ubiquitous office cubicle makes office workers feel.

Photos of Literature's Most Famous Meals
Dinah Fried's fantastic site Fictitious Dishes was an online sensation when it first appeared in 2012 — Dinah styled, prepared and photographed elaborate recreations of iconic meals in literature ranging from Proust's madeleines to the smørrebrød in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Now she has a new book out of her work, but a revisit of her site is well worth the time. Via FlavorWire.

Asparagus With Eggs and Parmesan
A perfect dish for spring — light, healthy and a welcome break from heavier Easter weekend fare.

(photo by beeldsteil with styling by april and may. via lovenordic)

Easter Eggs

These gold-dipped marble eggs over at Style Me Pretty are an elegant alternative to the usual pastels seen at this time of year — find out how to make your own here.

(photo via style me pretty)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Moments of Beauty

A dress that transcends fashion to become sculpture. Photo of model Melissa Tammerijn by Thomas Cooksey for Harper's Bazaar Singapore, December 2013.

(via a muted palette)

An Editor's Office

With only four rooms in their apartment, director of Elle Decoration South Africa Laureen Rossouw and her partner opted to dedicate one room as an office/library — it's here that they keep all the objects of an interesting life. Art, books, music, magazines, souvenirs from their extensive travels — all go here, while the rest of their space is kept minimalist and tranquil. Such a creative environment. More info here on Elle Decor España. More photos of her office here.

Easter Eggs

These Pantone Easter eggs just make me smile — perfect for design nerds. Find out how to make them over on How About Orange.

(photo via how about orange)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Simple Pleasures

A little green for spring. This small echeveria just joined my succulent collection by the south window.

(photo by me on instagram)

Atelier: Japanese Poster Designs

Love these beautiful posters by contemporary Japanese artists, taken from the collection of Takushoku University Arts Library. Just stunning. More here on Bibliodyssey.

(credits, from top to bottom: Yoshio Hayakawa [1995]; Tadanori Yokoo [2001]; Kohei Sugiura [1992]; Tadanori Yokoo [2000]; UG Sato [1983]; Kohei Sugiura [1983]; Kazumasa Nagai [1988])

Easter Eggs

Love this stylish take on decorated eggs — an elegantly simple ikat pattern. Find out how to make them here.

(photo by frida ramstedt. via trendenser by way of pinterest)

Monday, April 14, 2014


Something fun and a little different for this Monday — the launch of an egg post a day, right up to Easter weekend. Today, a lovely study of eggs by photographer Siren Lauvdal.

Comfortably Minimalist

Located in the heart of Copenhagen on a quiet back street near the Royal Garden, the lovely loft home of Line Dahy Ernst and Thomas Høedholts has retained its industrial origins — beams, rough plastered walls and an iron pillar in the middle of the room have been left intact, while the mullioned windows add period charm. Their minimal and graphic approach to decorating is a reflection of their refined aesthetic tastes — they share backgrounds in design and fashion. More here on Rum Hemma.

(photography by peter kragballe)

Friday, April 11, 2014


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll be getting outside and enjoying the warm sunshine before it disappears into rain and wet snow — how about you?

(photo by idha lindhag via scandinavian home)

19th Century Modern

Located in a 19th century Haussmann-style building in the ninth arrondissement of Paris, this stunning apartment has been beautifully updated for modern living. All the lovely old moldings, fireplaces, floors, doors and other period details have been carefully restored, while the layout has been modernized with a more contemporary decor — plus a new kitchen. Lovely results. More here on Living.

(photography by helenio barbetta. via dpages)


Spring is in the air. Can't wait.

(photo from kinfolk magazine. via restored)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sweetness and Light

Beautiful magnolias, to start your Thursday with something lovely.

(photo by sirka hiltner via a muted palette)


This week's links. Enjoy.

50 Famous Quotes From Fashion Icons
Harper's Bazaar has collected 50 great quotes from fashion's greats, ranging from the inspiring to the amusing to the eyebrow raising.

Vintage Charm
Lovely post over at 79 Ideas featuring a pretty Swedish villa filled with lovely vintage details. Great photos.

On Kindness
"Kindness is like holding an ice cube in your hands." Lovely essay on kindness by Casey N. Cep. Link above takes you to an excerpt if you're in a hurry — read the full essay here.

Financing Alternatives For Women With Small Businesses
Design*Sponge recently had a great post in their wonderful Biz Ladies series on sourcing alternative forms of finance for women small business owners — lots of inspiring ideas.

A History of Bacon in Space
"Happiness is bacon squares for breakfast." Fascinating Popular Science article on bacon (plus other food) on the Apollo missions. Via Epicurious.

Inside New York's Art World
This looks interesting — interview from 1977 with Robert Rauschenberg and Leo Castelli for the programme Inside New York's Art World, now uploaded to YouTube.

Hidden Reading Space Around London
Looking for a peaceful space in London to read your book for an hour or two? This list of tranquil spots throughout the city ranges from canal-side coffee shops, cavernous bookstores and sleepy inner city squares for a welcome respite from the crowds.

Vintage Blue Bird Play Costumes
Retronaut recently had a lovely post featuring vintage photos of costumes for The Blue Bird, a 1908 play by Maeterlinck that premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre. Extraordinary designs — I only wish they were in colour.

Oatmeal Brûlée
Make your weekend oatmeal a little special with this great twist on a classic. 

(photo by prue ruscoe via dustjacket attic)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Moments of Beauty

Crisp billowing white linens — a little inspiration for when the weather turns warmer. Photo by Jennifer Endom for Objext 1 magazine.

(via envers du decor)

A Space With A View

A minimalist sensibility, vintage furniture, contemporary art — and stunning views of Paris. Such is this apartment created by interior designer Tristan Auer, a masculine aerie where the owner can retreat from the noise of the city while still enjoying its beauty. More here on AD France.

(photography by olivier amsellem)
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