Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Moments of Beauty

Beautiful flowers by Belgian painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759 - 1840). Via lolita.

Lorraine Tuson

I've really been enjoying looking at the lovely portfolio of Canadian illustrator Lorraine Tuson — beautiful and sensitive work with an interesting exploration of strong graphic elements and texture. See more of her portfolio here, too.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Simple Pleasures

Rediscovering your playful inner child.

(cute photograph by Micaela Ivette on flickr)

Bakery to Home

Anja and Martin's apartment is located in the Østerbro in Copenhagen, in what was once a bakery dating from the 1900s. Before they purchased it, it was an office for an IT company, so they were faced with a lot of renovations to turn it into what is now a light-filled family home. Among their biggest challenges was just waiting — it took two years for their the paperwork to convert their space from a business to a residential space. Once they got the go ahead, though, they had lots of work to do — the existing concrete floor with worn linoleum on top was replaced with parquet floors, walls were removed to open up the space and bring natural light in, grim fluorescent lighting was replaced by eco-friendly lights, new partitions were set up to create a bedroom for the adults (plus one for the baby on the way) and a new kitchen and bathroom too. Eleven years later, they thoroughly enjoy their beautiful home — and the large windowed veranda that opens out onto a lovely garden. Via Klikk, by way of Huset på Planen.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Hope you discover fleeting moments of loveliness along the way as you hurry through your busy week.

(the lovely photograph is by kimicon on flickr)

Roland Bello

Some of my particular interior favourites from the lovely portfolio of photographer Roland Bello.


When I first started automatism I used to do a post now and then about books I admire, but with one thing and another I've fallen out of the habit. So when I saw this lovely new cookbook from Phaidon Press, I immediately thought it was a perfect time to start up the Bookshelf again. Recipes from an Italian Summer is made up of over 400 unpublished recipes from The Silver Spoon collection — and anything that emphasizes seasonal produce and can inspire me to get beyond the usual summer repertoire of salads sounds perfect to me. Kinda fell for that lovely cover design, too!

Friday, March 26, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope it's a playful and creative one. I'm planning to do a little personal art project — I find that being an illustrator for a living can leave me feeling a little burned out when it comes to doing my own work. And Andrew is looking forward to doing nothing after a long week of deadlines and overtime. So, a relaxed and creative Sunday is in order — possibly with blueberry pancakes. How about you?

(cute photo from emmas designblogg, via chutzpah)

Cheerful Colour

After moving into their new apartment in central Stockholm, Peter Schroeder and Helen Åkerlind decided to go against the popular all-white look they found there and add splashes of bright colour. Their choice of verdigris green, cherry red and the odd note of deep pink acts as an energetic contrast to their collection of traditional furniture and bright flea market finds — and gives their home a playful and cheerful atmosphere, too. More photos here. Via Sköna hem.


Found this while browsing the Ariadne at home site — a weekend project for making a lovely simple headboard. The instructions are in Dutch (thanks Emma!), but with a little help from Google Translate it should be fairly straightforward — and the pretty photo is inspiration enough, I think.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


This week's links. Enjoy.

A Virtual Tour of sfgirlbybay
Etsy has a great little video tour of the beautiful apartment of sfgirlbybay this week — and there's a giveaway of one of Victoria's great prints, too!

Top 10 Victorian Detective Stories
Author James McCreet picks his favourite Victorian-era detectives (real and fictional) who, he writes, "... (a)rmed with little more than their wits and a sharp eye ... were required simply to outsmart the criminals." Fascinating reading.

Plastic Bag
Stunning short film by Ramin Bahrani about a discarded plastic bag's search for its maker through an environmentally stark future — and its struggle with its own immortality. Voiced by Werner Herzog. Via @kottke.

The Auteurs
This is cool — follow the link to watch a selection of classic Cannes films online for free, including Amarcord, L'Avventura and Mon Oncle. Via grain edit.

Interesting essay by Julie Lasky on Design Observer about the design world's current return to an appreciation of beauty without irony. And about time, I'd say.

Steve McQueen Unseen
This week LIFE magazine published 20 never before seen photos of Steve McQueen. Steve looks seriously cool as always — and check out his groovy pad, too! Via the mid-century modernist.

New York City Polaroid Project
Polaroid photographs by Andrew Faris of New York. Lovely — he has a wonderful eye. Via the morning news.

Rambling Spoon
Travelling journalist Karen Coates reports on her encounters with food around the world. Fascinating and thoughtful — and a window into how the rest of the world eats.

(photograph via ariadne at home)


Covered is a beautiful series of photographs by Peter Ainsworth that systematically records a palm tree in the garden of Ainsworth's father, wrapped in material to protect it from frost over the winter months. The light in these reminds me of old Dutch paintings — the wrapping has echoes of the white veils worn by women in old portraits. View more of Ainsworth's lovely series here. Via lens culture.

Snapshot Soon ...

The new Snapshot series starts a week from today! The theme is Spring and there are some truly gorgeous photographs by my wonderful guest contributors — I can't wait to share with you. The series runs each Thursday throughout March, beginning on March 1.

(photograph by sean tubridy)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Moments of Beauty

A lovely photo that mixes playful fashion, beautiful scenery and a buoyant mood.

(photo by girltripped, via we heart it)

Sleeping Beauty

Artist Ruben Toledo and fashion designer Isabel Toledo took a rundown midtown Manhattan space and turned it into a beautiful and inspiring loft home and atelier. Read about the renovation process (dropped ceilings and moldy carpeting were just a few of the horrors dealt with), their fascinating lives — and to see what those little numbers on the photos refer to — here. That bedroom is so pretty — and Ruben's studio is pretty much every artist's dream, too.

(photography by David Allee)

Sponsor Spotlight

Elena of the beautiful Tickled Pink Knits shop has lots of great things to share this month, starting with 50% off all of the items listed in the Sale section! Plus there's lots of lovely new designs in stock now — such as the pretty Greta Cowl shown above — have a look at the latest here. Elena also takes custom orders for wedding accessories — such as wraps, shawls, boleros and more — and she is currently accepting orders for brides and bridesmaids for 2010 and 2011. And with Mother's Day on the horizon, it's a really good time to do a little advance shopping!

Jeff has some great new prints in his wonderful Wild Life Prints shop, including this fun one called Cabin Fever, which he describes as having "subliminal Canadian content." Love it. Do head over to have a look at the latest additions — and to enjoy both his lovely photography and entertaining captions, too!

Connie of Simply Defined Design is having a giveaway! This lovely necklace, created by Connie from an antique French 1930's hotel number and hanging from a vintage brass chain (value $275.00), will go to one lucky reader — leave a comment on Connie's blog before midnight on March 31 for a chance to win!

Ayse has an exciting March Promotion on right now at EQart Jewelry — from now until April 1, buyers receive a 15% discount off all jewelry in her online shop! All you have to do is enter the promotion code "march" when you make your purchase. A perfect time to pick up a beautiful and unique accessory for spring! Shown here is a stunning rhyolite ring with 18K gold granules complementing the silver bezel and warm gold tones in the stone.

Kareem continues to be one of the hardest working artists around these days! Not only is he in two shows — G40 - The Summit at Art Whino Gallery (closes March 31st) and the Off The Hook III Group Show at Phone Booth Gallery — but he also has two new releases: Limited Edition Canvas Prints at L'Affiche Moderne (Paris) and Pro Keds Hi Top shoes at Artsprojekt. Shown here is his lovely Yellow Bird print, available from L'Affiche Moderne.
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