Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sweetness and Light

A lovely image by legendary photographer Sarah Moon for your Thursday. Have a lovely one.


This week's links. Enjoy.

Influence in Fashion
Why buy one article of clothing instead of another? Intelligent Life magazine asked 11 dedicated fashion people, from Ines de la Fressange to Jenna Lyons, who influences them and how.

Mad Men's Secret Weapon: Herman Miller
Fun Co.Design article on how iconic mid century modern furniture company Herman Miller helps Mad Men set decorator Claudette Didul-Mann get the details right.

Jun Kitagawa's Giant Zippers
Fantastic installation art by Japanese artist Jun Kitagawa — for the last few years he's installed giant zippers in public spaces, with the zippers appearing to open rooms, ponds or more to allow a glimpse into what's below. So interesting.

Growing a Kitchen Herb Garden
Epicurious has put together four herb garden plans for your favourite cuisines — Italian, Asian, Tex-Mex and French.

The Sounds of Space
Love this. New album Space Project consists of 14 tracks by different artists that sample sounds sent back from the space probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, launched in 1977.

Around the World in 10 Film Festivals
Condé Nast Traveler previews 10 of the world's most travel-worthy cinema events, from Cannes to Sydney.

The Cats of 19th Century Japan
19th century Japanese artists loved painting their cats almost as much as today's cat owners love Instagramming theirs. A new exhibit at the Shoto Museum of Art in Shibuya, Japan celebrates their work. Check out the slide show for a sampling of the beautiful art on display.

Best Rhubarb Recipes
Saveur has a lovely round up of 15 recipes for spring rhubarb, ranging from rhubarb mousse, rhubarb-strawberry jam to classic rhubarb pie.

(photo by martin löf with styling by gill renlund. via elle decoration sweden)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Moments of Beauty

A soft spring look of artfully tousled locks and delicately tinted makeup, straight out of a Raphael painting. Model Roberta Cardenio photographed by Paul de Luna for FGR. More from the shoot here.

(hair by linh nguyen and makeup by viktorija bowers. via fashion gone rogue)

Loft Love

This beautiful minimalist loft by Italian architecture studio Amorfo is pretty much perfect — elegant and with a lovely air of calm throughout. Love. More photos here on the Amorfo site.

(via april and may)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Simple Pleasures

Making or receiving hand made gifts for the kitchen. This recipe for herbed sea salt from the lovely blog Besotted is perfect for spring house warmings, anniversaries or birthdays.

(photo by miss michelle p. of besotted)

Atelier: Hyunmee Lee

Recently I've kept coming across the beautiful paintings of Hyunmee Lee, and just had to share a few of my favourites. Lyrical, lovely abstract work.

(images from hyunmee lee's website, cheryl hazan and pinterest)

Monday, April 21, 2014


An inspiring corner, to dream of creative projects to be. Have a great Monday.

(photo via poppytalk)

Italian Chic

Love the rich jewel-like colours and vintage pieces used throughout the Milan apartment of Tuscan-born designer Emiliano Salci and his partner Britt Moran. Restoring the neglected space to its original splendour, they removed false ceilings and layers of paint and discovered that happily the original doors, moldings and interior shutters hadn't been touched, simply hidden away. Such an interesting space. More about it here on AD France.

(photography by andrea ferrari)

Friday, April 18, 2014


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll be enjoying the Easter long weekend here — there's definitely going to be a chocolate egg or two in my immediate future. How about you?

(photo for markham roberts inc. via sarah sarna)

A Fresh Way With Colour

Love this light-filled Copenhagen apartment, the home of Marie Terdrup, Andreas Koefoed and their two young children Uma and Morris — wonderful blend of inherited furniture and modern art. More here on Boligliv.

(photography by tia borgsmidt)


Wishing you a fun Easter weekend.

(vintage 1946 photo of a barnum and bailey showgirl via flavorwire)

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])
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