Friday, October 30, 2009


Happy Hallowe'en weekend! Hope it's full of spooky fun. Andrew and I are going to see my bro Greg's psychobilly band play on Hallowe'en night — it promises to be a high spirited evening!

(lovely photograph by Bici Girl on Flickr)

Domino Archive: Gothika

Atmospheric interiors and decor with a gothic sensibility, for a Hallowe'en edition of the Domino Archive ...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Snapshot: Tranquility 9

To be surrounded by beautiful and unique things and to have the time as well as the TRANQUILITY to arrange them is pure luxury for me!

— Imke of A View To

Buffet: Hallowe'en Edition

A special edition of the weekly Buffet, sprinkled with Hallowe'en-themed links! Enjoy.

Tom Motts photographs abandoned buildings — mostly asylums and psychiatric hospitals — documenting their slow transformation from the ravages of time. Hauntingly beautiful images.

19th Century Dust Jackets
A lovely blog devoted to the dust jackets of 19th century books, all beautifully scanned with lots of detail. Makes you fall in love with books all over again. Via The Morning News.

California Haunted Houses
The lovely CasaSugar blog has a fascinating feature this week on the most haunted hotels and homes in California.

Alternative Games
Jess Haskins, a game design student, has assembled a great collection of links to dreamlike, noncompetitive and beautifully designed online games on her blog Blue Tea. Via things magazine.

Scary Beginnings
Quiz time: can you match the Hollywood star to their humble horror movie beginnings? And, judging by my score, apparently I don't watch enough cheesy bad horror movies from the 80s and 90s. Ha. Via mental floss.

Urban Golf
An interesting combination of sport, social commentary and performance art, urban golf has players teeing off on the street, sidewalks, in alleys or on top of buildings. Parks are avoided, though not prohibited — urban golf organisations tend toward using disused or under utilised urban areas to play golf, not just to reduce the risk of damage or injury, but also as a statement toward the development and reuse of the city. Fascinating. Via Pruned.

Hallowe'en Paper Crafts
Canon has a fun section on their site devoted to great Hallowe'en paper crafts you can print out on your home printer — decorations, masks, and gift boxes. Via How About Orange.

A lovely art and design blog that I'm happily reading now that I've found it. You'll love it, too.

(photograph from my archive of Domino Deco File images)

Demon Desserts

This elegant series of desserts by photographer Janne Peters is darkly beautiful — perfect for a Hallowe'en banquet consisting of the most refined creatures of the night.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Moments of Beauty

A fascinating 3D interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic work The Raven by design collective Container Plus. Via mint, by way of cachemire et soie.

A Sinister Beauty

Filmmaker Tim Burton, in anticipation of his retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art, here brilliantly reinvents highlights from his body of work — all brought to life by the great fashion photographer Tim Walker. More photos (and details) from the Harper's Bazaar feature here. Via Styletastic.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Simple Pleasures

Go on. Admit it. You've already been nibbling here and there on the Hallowe'en treats! Hope they're as delicious as these Sweet Bones meringues look. Photo via Martha Stewart, where you'll also find the recipe.


This is the lovely Sydney home of David and Nicole Page, who actually met while working in London — Nicole as a buyer for an antique shop, and David at another store belonging to the same owner. It took them two years to finally meet, but when they did that was it. They now have their own business — DavidmetNicole. I love their amazing sense of style — a great eclectic mix with a hint of Gothic to spice it up. More details here. Via the always gorgeous moodboard.

(photo spread is from Australia Vogue Living, September/October 2005, with photography by Jonny Valiant)

Monday, October 26, 2009


Hope your Monday is the doorway to an interesting week! We'll be celebrating Hallowe'en here on automatism this week, with a generous sprinkling of the elegantly macabre amongst the usual posts. Hope you enjoy it.

(photo via my archive of Domino Deco Files — though I believe this was originally from an issue of Martha Stewart)

Costume Party

Looking for inspiration for this year's Hallowe'en costume? Have a look at this selection of snapshots — some funny, some odd, and some really quite creepy — from the wonderful vintage photo collection over at Square America.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Happy weekend! Hope it's as sweet as this little fawn is. I'm planning on a very lazy Sunday myself with Andrew — there may be naps as sound as the one being enjoyed here.

(adorable photograph via The Spicy Moon — sorry, haven't found a photo credit so far)

Domino Archive: White Revisited

I never tire of white interiors (as you've probably noticed) — here are a few more, courtesy of my archive of Domino Deco File images.
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