Friday, November 28, 2014


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. I have a feeling this will be the last calm weekend for a bit, so looking forward to savouring a little quiet before the holiday season begins in earnest. How about you?

(photo by tara pearce for est magazine. via domaine home)

Eclectic in Paris

Art buyer François Leblanc spends much of his time traveling around Europe and South America preparing exhibitions for Gallery S. Bensimon. For his apartment in Paris, he asked design studio A+A Cooren to create a space for him that would mix classical and contemporary elements, allow him to entertain and be a private space, too. You can see why he's more than happy with the results. More here on Marie Claire Maison.

(photography by vincent leroux)


A 1974 interior from Woman's Day magazine. Things were very groovy in those days ...

(via flickr)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sweetness and Light

A pretty chair beside a pretty plant. I love how a quiet corner has been made to look so effortlessly good.

(photo by kiki)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Fogo Island Inn
Take a tour of the breathtaking Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland. Stunning views of the sea, stunning modern architecture by Todd Saunders.

Who Says You Can't Quantify Literature?
Fun infographic with stats on literature — learn that there are a total of 14 kisses in all of Jane Austen's novels, stories that can be read in less than 5 minutes, famous novel series and more.

Airborne Dogs
Feeling cranky? This will make you feel instantly better — Julia Christe's fun series of dogs photographed in mid jump.

Mood Food: 10 Recipes to Boost Energy and Lift Your Spirits
Keep yourself feeling good during the upcoming hectic holiday season by adding some of these delicious recipes to your repertoire. Enjoy grilled salmon with avocado salsa, roasted butternut squash and pomegranate salad, and dark chocolate brazil nut cookies among others.

Board Games' Golden Age
Independent board game designers have kicked off a cardboard revolution — see why they're more popular than ever in the age of PlayStation and Xbox. Thanks to Andrew for the link.

The Mood Ring, Modernized
What used to be a humble amusement has now got a wearable tech update — the Moodmetric Smart Ring can read your emotions and send the info to your smartphone. Intriguing way to manage stress, for example.

How to Read a Poem (A Guide for the Perplexed)
Handy list of 20 strategies to help you get comfortable with reading poetry. 

The 20 Best British Science Fiction Films
Great list of films ranging from the futuristic Things to Come from 1936 to Scarlett Johansson as a murderous alien seductress in 2013's Under the Skin.

Red Lentil and Squash Soup
Definitely trying this one out — a healthy and comforting soup with seasonal ingredients.

(photo by david prince)

automatism on instagram

First snow on the little inlet — reminds me of winter landscape paintings by Bruegel.

(follow me on instagram at automatism)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Moments of Beauty

Delicately sensual. Love the graceful gesture, set off by the midnight blue of the dress. Model Melina Gesto photographed by Arno Frugier for Vogue Russia.

(via lost in vogue)

Green Notes

Dating from 1907, the building where this two story Danish penthouse apartment is located offers lots of intriguing architectural details — all set off nicely by the subtle tones of soft greens and greys. Lovely. More here.

(via livingetc by way of planete deco)

Giveaway Winner!

Huge congratulations to the randomly chosen winner of the lovely ReStyle poster giveaway — Susan at number 2! So happy for you! And a huge thanks to everyone who entered, too. You're all the best.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Simple Pleasures

The charm of how well loved objects coexist together in your space.

(photo by hannah lemholt)

Atelier: Claire Brewster

I was so intrigued by the lovely email I received recently from British artist Claire Brewster, describing her collaboration with award-winning interior designer Jorge Canete. Each year Jorge invites an artist to stage a temporary exhibition in his home, a stunning chateau near Geneva in Switzerland. For her exhibition, Claire has created the imaginary world of a well-travelled eccentric collector — one who seeks to amass the best collection of flora and fauna, only to lose control of the creatures she is trying to possess. Lovely, poetic work. You can view the exhibition by appointment only until the end of December 2014.

(photography by patrice schreyer)

Monday, November 24, 2014


A little warmth to start your Monday gently. Have a lovely one.

(photo by maria emb)

Old Into New

Discovered by chance and bought for a song, a crumbling 1930s brick house in Genk, Belgium, has been beautifully renovated by new owners Michaël Verheyden and Saartje Vereecke — both designers and both unafraid of a challenge. Love the results. More here on Dwell.

(photography by tim van de velde)

Giveaway — Final Day!

There's still time to enter the giveaway for your choice of two gorgeous posters from ReStyle! Contest closes at midnight (EST) tonight. Enter here. Good luck!

Friday, November 21, 2014


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. Looking forward to one with a trip to the cinema and/or craft fairs — how about you?

(photo by adrien dirand for ad france. see more of this paris apartment by joseph dirand here)

Stockholm Minimalism

Located in an older part of Stockholm, this airy apartment in a protected 18th century heritage building received the sensitive restoration it deserved from London-based Scandinavian design duo Studiomamma. Leaving the original structure as untouched as possible, they focused on a minimalist aesthetic that set off the beauty of the space, adding modern pieces and bright notes of colour here and there. The modern kitchen and bathroom are in marble, which blends effortlessly with the rest of the interior. More here on Elle Decor Italia.

(photography by studiomamma)


Love this quote from Kate Spade. So inspiring.

(via pinterest)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sweetness and Light

The sudden deep cold here has me thinking of winter evenings knitting warm accessories to keep away the chill.

(photo by anna-malin of helt enkelt)


This week's links. Enjoy.

A French Château Restored
Take a tour of an extraordinary château in Burgundy, the home of French filmmaker Jean-Louis Remilleux. It's like stepping back into the 18th century.

Amy Poehler's Confidence Lessons
Sarah Larson writes in the New Yorker on Amy Poehler, an "example of the good that confidence, in the right hands, can foster in the world."

Thanksgiving Special
Love this. Artist Hannah Rothstein imagines how the traditional Thanksgiving meal would look plated by famous artists — see how your holiday dinner would have been served by Picasso, Warhol, Mondrian, Magritte, Rothko and Van Gogh, to name a few. The Cindy Sherman one is hilarious. Via Co.Create.

Smile, You're Speaking Emoji
Fascinating piece on the origins and evolution of emojis, the now ubiquitous text language. Via Andrew with thanks.

Bang On
Check out inspiration for a subtle autumn hair makeover with W magazine's inspiring archive of looks for bangs, from curly to straight, messy to fixed.

0h h1
Fun little online logic game by Q42, along the lines of sudoku. Great way to take a brain break in the middle of a work day.

Top 10 Words Invented By Writers
Fun list of words and/or phrases invented by writers and compiled by Paul Dickson. Find out the origins of such now familiar terms as bedazzled, Catch-22, serendipity, freelance and cyberspace among others.

An Actor's Roundtable
Listen in to a-list actors Laura Dern, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette, Felicity Jones, Amy Adams, Hilary Swank and Reese Witherspoon discuss their craft. Really great insights here — particularly by Patricia Arquette. 

Creamy Rosemary Polenta With Roasted Winter Vegetables
A rich and satisfying vegetarian dish, perfect for chilly early winter suppers.

(photo via bolia by way of la maison d'anna g)
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