Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A fleeting movement, beautifully captured. Love how the white dress has a mysterious glowing radiance all its own. Andrea Pearl photographed by Carlo Calope.
Located in a former warehouse on the waterfront in Hamburg, the home of Wolfram, Christian and their two children is furnished in soft creams and greys warmed with touches of wood — all contributing to its wonderfully calming atmosphere. Love.
(photography by janne peters. via french by design)
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A little green inside while waiting for the first green shoots of spring outside.
(photo by jeroen van der spek for vtwonen)
Today I'm admiring this charming series of greeting card designs by Tom Frost, depicting wildlife of the British Isles. Just lovely. Available from Betty and Dupree.
Monday, March 10, 2014
A still life in soft greeny greys highlighted with warm afternoon light from the window, to start your Monday gently. Have a lovely one.
(photo by michael wee for vogue living australia. via looks like white)
I recently discovered the Pinterest page of Danish designer Betina Stampe, the director and founder of Bloomingville, and I've been admiring the photos of her own home ever since. Sunny, relaxed and confident modern Scandinavian style. More here.
(photos via betina stampe)
A lovely email from Kellie of Los Angeles-based Dasein Fragrance the other day was my first introduction to their elegant line of unisex scents. The website alone is so beautiful that I was happy to try a sample of their newest fragrance, called WINTER. Made in small batches and hand blended, WINTER is built around notes of forest pine, blue spruce, black cardamom and French lavender. I loved the top notes of fresh pine and spruce, which then gradually melted away to bottom notes of lavender that (on me, anyway) had an intriguing rich sweetness reminiscent of vanilla. Wonderful. Start shopping here.
(photo by me on instagram)
Saturday, March 08, 2014
A very happy International Women's Day to you. Here's to all the wonderful women — past, present and future — who have made our lives better (and more fun).
(vintage 1933 new york photo via pinterest)
Friday, March 07, 2014
Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll be catching up with used bookstore finds and a movie or two — how about you?
(photo by alessandra ianniello)
There's a monastic quality to the Hamburg apartment of creative director Wolfgang Behnken — it has a serene air to it that invites quiet contemplation. Here Wolfgang and his partner Manja Stuhlmann-Laeisz live, surrounded by Bauhaus furniture, a serious art collection and a personal library that I could easily spend hours in. Just utterly perfect. More here on Elle Decor Italia.
(photography by marc seelen)
Thursday, March 06, 2014
This week's links. Enjoy.
Shoe Designs Before 1900
Fascinating article on early shoe styles, from the papyrus and leather sandal of ancient Egypt to the late 1700s flirtatious embroidered silk mule with a curious squared toe worn by a lady of leisure. Great photos.
Lupita Nyong'o on Beauty
The Oscar-winning star of the film 12 Years A Slave gives an amazing speech on beauty, self-acceptance and the importance of role models for young black women. So admire her.
Beauty Mantras From Old-School Hollywood Stars
And while we're on the subject of beauty, a great selection of quotes ranging from the practical to the philosophical from such silver screen luminaries as Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman, Jeanne Moreau and Mae West among others.
When Is An Artwork Finished?
Via Artnews: "For some artists, a work is done when it leaves the studio. Others keep tinkering in the galleries. One waits for the piece to 'cry uncle'". Interesting essay on how artists know when an artwork is finished — and how it changes from artist to artist.
7 Luminous Modern Interiors
Inspiring slideshow at Dwell featuring airy modern spaces flooded with natural light. Perfect.
Ask The Past
Utterly fascinating and hilarious, the Ask The Past blog reproduces advice from old books — learn how to sweet talk your lady (1656), how to garden with lobsters (1777), how to see the future (1450) among many other surprising and possibly useful tips.
10 Great Films Featuring Cats
Great round up of films featuring our feline friends, from an early 1901 silent through to such classics as Breakfast at Tiffany's, La Dolce Vita and Alien.
Pear Cranberry Crisp
I improvised a pear compote earlier this week that we added as a topping to our morning oatmeal — Andrew said it was like eating a soft pear crisp. This recipe by Cookie + Kate is inspiring me to keep going with the pear and oatmeal combo.
(photo by kristofer johnsson with styling by pella hedeby. via my scandinavian home)
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Minimalist style for early spring — a chunky sepia-toned sweater and gently tousled hair offer a warm contrast to the cool northern light. More from the Revs magazine shoot here.
(photo by mick de lint for revs magazine)
Love the stunning modern Melbourne home of metalwork artist Anna Charlesworth, her husband Peter Stephens and their daughter Nina — filled with natural light and accented with warm wood and walls in rich deep tones, it's the perfect setting for Anna's work as well as the couple's vintage furniture and collections of art and books. Perfect. More here on Vogue Living Australia.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Interesting places to stay in while traveling — ones that become part of the story of your trip.
(photo of the ace hotel in portland via pinterest)