Friday, January 29, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely and tranquil one. Andrew and I have had another busy week, so I think we'll be doing a bit of loafing this weekend. How about you?

(the beautiful photo is by Diana Martin on flickr, via nom, nom, nom)

Archive: Connecticut Beauty

From an early 1990s issue of my Marie Claire Maison archives — this beautiful and serene home in Connecticut, originally built in 1820. Love.

(scanned by me — and sorry, I've lost the page with the photographer's credit)

Thursday, January 28, 2010


This week's links. Enjoy.

50 Best Food Blogs
The Times recently chose 50 of their favourite food blogs — some familiar to me, many which I'm looking forward to discovering. Congrats to those on the list, too!

The Largest Book in the World
It's 350 years old, measures 5 feet tall, 6 feet wide and takes six people to lift it. Presented to Charles II by Dutch merchants, The Klencke Atlas was placed in the King's cabinet of curiosities where it remained, unseen by the public. Until now, that is, when the British Library announced on Tuesday that it will be displayed as one of the stars of its big summer exhibition about maps (which sounds like an amazing show). Follow the link to see the photo!

Unhappy Hipsters
A Tumblr that posts cheeky comments to photos from Dwell magazine. Heavy emphasis on existential despair — and very amusing, too.

Chilled By Choice
It's hard to believe (especially for me, living in Canada as I do) but there are a few hardy souls who do without heat in the winter. Penelope Green of the New York Times visits the homes of people who like it cool. Brrrrr.

Julianne Moore
An interview with the wonderful Julianne Moore, who must be the most grounded star in Hollywood. Lovely inside and out.

A beautiful and thoughtful blog that reflects the wide ranging interests of its creator Liane — art, photography, fashion, crafts and more. Always a fascinating read.

Fairtrade Fashion
Supermodel and Traid spokesperson Erin O'Connor describes how a home workers' collective in Delhi is sparking a revolution in the rag trade — and giving thousands of skilled women the chance of a better life, too.

Do You Know Your Aliens?
A fun little quiz from New Scientist.

(photo via 101 woonideeën magazine)

Atelier: Daniela Edburg

This intriguing image, which appears to be a portrait of a yarn obsessed Miss Haversham, is from Compulsive Knitting, the most recent show by photographer Daniela Edburg, an eerie, humorous and mysterious exploration of the craft of knitting. The show is on view at Kunsthaus Santa Fé through March 20, 2010. Read a great interview with Daniela and see more fascinating images from her series here. Via The Morning News.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Moments of Beauty

I'm loving the atmospheric and beautiful work of photographer Annette Pehrsson, discovered through a lovely post by Victoria of sfgirlbybay. You can see more of Annette's work on welcome ghosts, her flickr site.

Jeltje Janmaat

I came across the lovely work of photographer Jeltje Janmaat on Nina's always wonderful Ninainvorm blog — and was instantly smitten. These amazing images are from Jeltje's blog, but do check out her fab portfolio here, too.

Update February 12 2010: Jeltje has requested that I remove her photographs from automatism — please follow the links above to her portfolio and blog to see her work there.

Sponsor Spotlight

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Christina of the lovely My Sparrow has exciting new changes for the shop coming up in February, with a new website format and new items! In the meantime there's lots of wonderful pieces to see, such as these charming Fantasy Bell Jars — perfect for displaying that small unique something (or just to admire on their own, too).

Kareem of The Suitcase has been busy as usual, creating beautiful new prints such as the one shown here, which will be available soon from Inprnt and L'Affiche Moderne. It's also a good time to visit The Suitcase — Kareem is currently offering 20% off all prints until January 31st!

Add a splash of cheerful pink to your winter wardrobe with this lovely handmade pashmina shawl! Estefania of Puerta Sur also has a sale on selected items in her shop right now, so it's a perfect time to chase away the winter blues with a lovely piece of artisanal silver jewelry — or a cosy shawl like the one shown here, all from Estefania's native Argentina.

This stunning ring by Ayse of EQArt Jewelry is hand made from sterling silver and hematite, called the "stone of mental mastery," and believed to aid clarity, balance, calm and reason. It is also said to transform negativity into love, and therefore assists in the creation of peaceful, loving relationships. A perfect gift for a loved one — or for yourself, for that matter! You'll find it here.

Aneta of Bobbin Talk is currently developing a great series of fashion and accessory design e-classes based on her soon to be published Accessory Design Textbook. The first e-class, Fundamentals of Accessory Design, starts on February 22 — find out more here.

Danielle of Stitchface has been busy making lots of new plush creatures with her new collection of antique hand tatted lace, which sounds lovely. They're sure to be as popular as her other pieces (such as the little guy shown here, the Be Mine Bear) — as shown by her recent nomination for a Poppy Award on Poppytalk! Yay Danielle!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Simple Pleasures

Solitary walks, just enjoying the outdoors and your own good company.

(the lovely photograph is by Magda Berny, via caught my eye)

Marie Saint Pierre

I fell in love with the work of Montreal-based clothing designer Marie Saint Pierre after seeing a stunning white shirt she created a couple of seasons or so ago. Another visit was long overdue — so, here are just a few of my many faves from her Spring 2010 collection.

Atelier: David Vogin

I'm really enjoying looking at the portfolio of collage illustrator David Vogin — beautiful and clever work. Via the ispot.

Monday, January 25, 2010


Hope your Monday is the start of a week with sweet little somethings tucked in here and there. The delicious photo (and Citrus Tart) are by the lovely Hannah of honey & jam (where you'll also find the recipe).

PS Arkitektur

It must be the weather here, but lately I've been in a nesting mood, dreaming of a little cabin in the woods to curl up in through the cold winter months. So when I saw this lovely modernist cabin by the Stockholm firm PS Arkitektur on Remodelista, I thought it was perfect. Enjoy — and dream of being snug by the fire while the snow falls softly outside.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely and serene one. I think Andrew and I will be mostly chilling out this weekend, as the last one was a busy blur — looking forward to catching up on reading and possibly a bit of baking. Enjoy your own, whatever you do!

(the beautiful photograph is by lindsayandyou on flickr, via we heart it)

Archive: Bavarian Modern

It's been a busy week, so for today's Archive post I'm reposting a favourite interior from May 2008 for you — enjoy.

The beautiful Bavarian home of Gabriele Strehle started life as a hay barn, and the date it was built — 1759 — can still be seen carved into one of the original beams in the main living area. While she was remodeling the barn, Gabriele had these beams carefully dismantled, cleaned, and then lifted, one by one, back into place. The high windows around the living area are dressed in curtains of linen, silk and suede, which soften the severe lines of the space. Over in the entrance area, the walls separating it from the kitchen are made from squared wooden beams, once the exterior walls of a nearby cottage. An excellent cook, Gabriele chose to install her kitchen in front of her office, so she could move quickly from one space to the other. The kitchen itself has been kept simple in its layout but uses luxurious materials — stainless steel and wenge wood — for impact. For the dining room, the walls of wood panelling and tiled stove, left by a previous owner, have been retained in a nod to the look of a traditional Bavarian home, while the tables and chairs continue the kitchen theme of wenge wood. Through the dining room door, a simple stone staircase leads back up to the living room where we started. And there you have it — a home that is an exercise in sumptuous restraint.

(Scanned by me from Maison Marie Claire, early 2000 — sorry, no record of the photographer for this story)

Giveaway Winner!

I've just run the random number generator, and I'm happy to announce that {lovely little things} is the winner of a full sized bottle of Advanced Eye Area Therapy (retail value $95) from Pericone MD! Congratulations! Perricone MD will be mailing you your prize directly! Thanks so much to everyone who participated!
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