Friday, July 31, 2009


Happy weekend — and happy long weekend to the Canadians! Hope everyone enjoys some quality chill out time. Photograph by ennil on deviant art, via restart my heart.

The Benevolent Postcard Society

I've started a new art project — would you like to be a part of it? Have a look on the right to find out more.

Update: Thanks so much all for your amazing response! Membership is now closed — and my sincere regrets to anyone who's happened on this after the deadline of August 10 2009. Please do check back though to see how the project is progressing — for one thing, I'm now seriously considering looking into getting the final results published once it's complete!

(photograph via weheartit)

Domino Archive: Summery Whites

Summery white rooms, perfect for sultry days spent within sight of the sea. From my archive of images from the Domino Deco Files.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Snapshot: Summer 5

When we were little, we spent every summer at my grandparents' house in Cornwall, England. We ate British chocolate, walked barefoot on the rocky beaches and swam in the freezing cold ocean, where basking sharks hung out by the rocks. ("They're harmless!" insisted my grandmother.) To this day, I am in love with swimming—in pools, oceans or lakes. This shot is all about summer to me!

— Joanna, A Cup of Jo

(The wonderful photograph chosen by Joanna is by i scream if you scream on Flickr)


This week's links. Enjoy.

24 Happy Summery Links
The charming blog the haystack needle recently had a fun list called 24 things making me happy on a summer friday. Check it out for an instant lift.

Mad Men Yourself
In anticipation of the season premiere of Mad Men on August 16, AMC has a fun little site that allows you to create your own Sterling-Cooper ad man or woman — pick everything from your suit to your vice. Via grain edit on twitter.

The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora
This new book by Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon looks like a great read — follow the link for a little slide show of images from the book. Jim Flora was best known as a jazz record cover artist, but he also did a lot of off the wall magazine illustrations in the 1940s and 1950s — many of which were difficult to find until Chusid started curating and assembling art books about Flora several years ago. Via boing boing.

Top Ten Unusual Cookbooks
All the books on this list by Kate Colquhoun look like perfect browsing material for a lazy summer afternoon — and fun to try out here and there, too.

Little Doodles
A wonderful blog by London-based illustrator Kate Wilson, who has the most delicately lovely work. She also has an Etsy shop!

Beck Interviews Tom Waits
A great (and entertaining) conversation between two brilliant musicians.

The Tiniest Literary Magazine Ever
Abe's Penny is a weekly magazine that's issued in a postcard format. Produced by the Brooklyn-based sister team of Anna and Tess Knoebel, the magazine pairs the work of a photographer or artist with the words of a writer — a sequence of four cards (which take a month to collect) makes up one story, which might be poetry, or a series of anecdotes on a variety of fictional(?) topics. Such a great idea. Via C-Monster.

Baby Zucchini, Heirloom Tomato and Brie Tartlets

A lovely summery lunch or snack that amazingly enough only take about ten minutes to make (using phyllo pastry for the shells helps speed things up). Via The Cookbook Chronicles.

(photograph via my Domino Deco File archives)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Moments of Beauty

Love the contrast of the white cape against the black rocks. Just stunning. Photograph from stylist Tanja Becker's portfolio, via gold grass.

Lisa Cohen

Continuing with the monochromatic theme today — beautiful images by Australian photographer Lisa Cohen. Absolutely love her work. Via Purple Area.

Stitchface Giveaway!

Feeling blue because it's been such a rainy summer? Well, here's something that will cheer you right up — Danielle of Stitchface is having an exclusive giveaway on automatism! All you have to do is leave a comment below (not forgetting your contact info as well!) about your favourite childhood toy for a chance to win a cute little plush of your choice from Stitchface. I'll announce the lucky winner next week (Wednesday August 5) — and someone's gloomy day will become a little bit brighter thanks to the friendly smile of one of Danielle's little creatures!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Simple Pleasures

Puttering in the kitchen. And if I had a kitchen this pretty, just boiling water for tea would be a pleasure in itself. Via Home Sweet Home.

English Muse

Some fun news: I'm guest blogging on Tina's lovely English Muse blog! Drop by today to see my post on one of my fave photographers — Janne Peters.

Vintage Magazine Covers

Each week Eric Baker shares his web finds with his friends and with Design Observer — and this week it's vintage magazine covers, one of my fave things. I've picked just a few — you can find more on his post here.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Hope your Monday is the start of a week of good things for you.

Lovely photograph by tanya of iliveinoctober on flickr. Via beauty in everything.

Pippa Holt

As soon as I saw this on Sarah Jane's lovely Walking Around blog I was smitten — it's the home of London-based Australian stylist Pippa Holt and it's pretty much perfect. Read the article here. Via Livingetc.

Friday, July 24, 2009


Happy weekend! Hope it's filled with your favourite things — either to enjoy or to do.

Pretty photograph via Home Sweet Home (sorry — no other image info)

Domino Archive: 18th Century Style

From the Domino Deco Files — pretty interiors inspired by the spirit of the 18th century, that are as feminine as Marie Antoinette herself.

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(photograph via my Domino Deco Files archive)
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