Friday, April 30, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope you have a great time just hanging out — which I think is pretty much what we're planning on doing. How about you?

(the sweet photo is by Polly Wreford)

Vintage Copenhagen

This lovely apartment in the centre of old Copenhagen belongs to Mille, the owner of the vintage clothes shop Carmen. Mille's eye for beautiful things from the past can also be seen throughout her apartment — it's a mix of different eras, patterns and themes, all coexisting happily and harmoniously. More photos of Mille's pretty space here, too. Via Indenfor & Udenfor.

(photography by Lars Ranek)


Love this. Matt McInerney of pixelspread examines the meaning behind facial hair with his hilarious infographic The Trustworthiness of Beards. See the full range (from Very Trustworthy to Disastrous) here. Via FlowingData.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Snapshot: Spring 5

To me, there's nothing that says Spring more than the blooms that force their way out through the early days of sunshine (if we're lucky enough to get them). The cherry trees and tulip magnolias always come first... that's when you know we're on the cusp of beautiful warm days. But, it's the Wisteria that tells us that Spring has officially arrived. My parent's backyard is draped with it, and I love spending Sundays basking in the warm weather, visiting with my family and breathing in the scented air...

— Cassandra of Coco + Kelley

(photograph by tearoom on flickr)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Dorothea Lange: Drawing Beauty Out of Desolation
NPR has a great piece on photographer Dorothea Lange, who is probably best known for her photo "Migrant Mother," an iconic image of the Depression.

Ten of the Best Breakfasts in Literature
A fascinating list of breakfast in great literature, from the ideal morning feast lovingly described by the Rev Dr Folliot in Thomas Love Peacock's Crotchet Castle, to the bleak burnt porridge endured by the unfortunate pupils at Lowood School, in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

36 Hours in Kyoto, Japan
Jaime Gross of the New York Times reports on her busy and fascinating weekend in Kyoto.

A Change of Attitude Towards the Perfect Face

Interesting NYT article on how Hollywood filmmakers and casting executives are beginning to actively recruit more natural looking actors from Australia and Britain — the ones they see in the US are more and more artificial in appearance, thanks to the industry's widespread cosmetic surgery.

Turkey-Shaped Jell-O Mold Competition
New York artist and designer Danielle Spencer, a frequent collaborator with David Byrne, curates an annual “Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold” competition — have a look at these highlights on ReadyMade.

Why Children Love Scary Stories
Great article about why kids (and adults) love stories about horror and the macabre (and — if you've read any fairy tales in their original versions — have for thousands of years) and why it's healthy for them, too.

A Newly Discovered Michelangelo?
From Kottke: "Everett Fahy, the former head of the European painting department at the Met, believes that one of the museum's paintings by Francesco Granacci is actually by Michelangelo." Art history as detective story. See a larger version on the Met's site here, too.

Scanning a Stradivarius
Just how did the legendary violin maker Antonio Stradivari create that amazing sound in his instruments? For centuries musicians and scientists have tried to recreate it — and now medical 3-D imaging is being used to study the anatomy of the world's greatest stringed instruments.

(the lovely photograph is by James Merrell)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Moments of Beauty

A beautiful centrepiece made up of fresh bread, local organic vegetables and flowers — perfect for the occasion, which was a wonderful farm wedding. See more photos by photographer Tec Petaja of this lovely occasion on the Once Wed blog, too.

Royal Horticultural Society Prints

Swoon. These beautiful illustrations are just a few examples of what you'll find on RHS Prints, the Royal Horticultural Society's extensive (and gorgeous) image collection website. Not only are these images lovely to look at, but you can also purchase high quality prints of them from the site, too. And if you'd rather be inspired by the real thing, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London is coming up soon on May 24-29!

I may very well be ordering a print for myself soon, too ...

Artist credits, from top to bottom: Tulipa 'Duck', Tulipa 'Lack', Tulipa cultivar, Tulipa sylvestris' by Pieter van Kouwenhoorn (fl.1620s-1630s); 'Melon Varieties' by Ernst Benary (1819-1893); Rosa 'Violette', Tosa 'Veilchenblau', Rosa "Rose-Marie Viaud', Rosa "Bleu Magenta', Rosa 'Goldfinch' by Graham Stuart Thomas (1909-2003); 'Chard Varieties' by Ernst Benary (1819-1893); Rosa 'Dream Girl' by Graham Stuart Thomas (1909-2003); 'Carrot Varieties', Ernst Benary (1819-1893).

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Simple Pleasures

Colour, and its ability to transform a space, a mood, an object — or people.

(lovely photograph by Squire Fox)

Kitchen Inspiration

I've been thinking of changing things up in the kitchen (while I'm still in spring cleaning mode) and so headed over to LivingEtc for some pretty inspiration. Here are a few that I particularly liked — which one (or more) appeals to you? More kitchen inspiration can be found here, too.

Automatism Atelier

A little suggestion for Mother's Day — a letterpress postcard print from my Veggie collage series! Shown here is Lady Asparagus, hand printed for me by the wonderful Lauren Potosky of Play Clothes Press, who used a Pearl Press dating from 1895 and acid free, 100% cotton, 140 lb. weight cold pressed Fabriano Artistico paper. Each limited edition print measures 4" x 6" and is of archival quality. And if asparagus isn't your thing, visit the automatism atelier and say hello to Mr. Onions, Miss Cabbage and Sir Potato! I can see one of these tucked alongside a few packets of seeds in a flower pot decorated with a pretty ribbon.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Hope that your Monday is the start of a work week with lots of pretty inspiration mixed in with the usual.

(the lovely photo is from a wonderful Moodboard post about Indenfor & Udenfor)

Light and Lovely

Photographer Jonas Inger Manor and stylist Cattis Aronsson live with their 6 year old son Herman in this lovely five-room apartment in the south of Stockholm. The apartment is part of a house built in 1940 in the functionalist style, and its modern lines suit the personal aesthetic of Jonas and Cattis, who love classic modern design. Not surprisingly for two creative people who have visual careers, they also love light — both natural (they have lots of windows) and manmade, like the ones scattered throughout their home. The result is a warm ambiance that makes their home a friendly modern space. More photos here, too. Via Hus & Hem.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely and creative one. Spring always makes me want to change things up and redecorate, and lately I've been de-cluttering and thinking of doing a little painting, too — Andrew may be watching me shuffling things around this weekend (again). How about you?

(the lovely photo is from The English Muse, via Chutzpah)

flores del sol

Exploring the ever fascinating world of Etsy the other day, I came across the beautiful flores del sol shop, where professional floral designer Christina creates stunning and unique (no two are the same) designs inspired by the beauty of nature. Christina uses both vintage and modern containers in her work, which makes each one truly personal. See more of her gorgeous designs here — and visit her blog here, too.


The studio and loft of Marie Christophe is not only where she lives and works, but she stores her Mini there, too! I love the chandeliers suspended above — they make it a magical space. See more of Marie's home here. Via Elle Decor.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Snapshot: Spring 4

Nothing says Spring to me more than blossoming trees. Living in the Pacific Northwest, the grey skies can get mighty glum after a few months (or, as in my case, a few minutes). So when the trees begin to bathe the air with their soft scent and dappled pink light flickers overhead it's like a rebirth from the inside out. And a gorgeous reminder that, no matter how grey things may get, Spring will always have its day.

— Bradford of The Bedlam of Beefy

(photograph by Bradford)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Socks: Between You and Your Shoes
The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto has a new exhibit that's all about socks, tracing their evolution from a replica of a shoe worn by the 5,300-year-old Neolithic man discovered in the Alps in 1991 (his "socks" were bunches of grass stuffed into the shoes) to distinguished socks worn by Queen Victoria and Napoleon. Follow the link for a little slideshow from the exhibit.Via NPR.

Guest Post
In case you missed it, I had a guest post this week on Caitlin's Sacramento Street blog, while she's off getting hitched! Caitlin asked a few of us to talk about our favourite rooms, so you'll get a peek at mine (and my influences) in the post.

Salone del Mobile
Have a look at a slideshow of this year's entries in the Salone del Mobile — lightness and longevity were the main trends, while origami shapes, paper, and recyclable and sustainable materials were also popular. Via WWD.

Does Counting Sheep Help You Fall Asleep?

Interesting sleep research about what helps people to fall asleep — and some good tips if you have occasional bouts of insomnia, too. Via mental floss.

Two Year Letter Delivery
If your mail delivery seems problematic, read on about how difficult mail was in the old days — the story of an ill-fated Pony Express rider in 1860, and a letter that took two years to reach its destination.

10 Authors Every Jane Austen Fan Should Read

A great reading list for fans of Jane Austen's novels. I've read Barbara Pym, who is wonderful — and I'll definitely be checking out these other suggestions, too.

Kick-Ass Movie Heroines
A list of films that feature strong, kick-ass female leads. Inspiring and fun.

A Glamorous Time
Photographer Mark Shaw shot fashion in the 1950s and 1960s for Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, Coco Chanel and others — as well as taking photos of such glamorously famous people as Audrey Hepburn, Jeanne Moreau and Jackie O. Have a look at his gorgeous work on this gallery site. Via @brainpicker.

(lovely dining room from The Brick House, via sfgirlbybay)

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Embrace the natural world today.

(the lovely photo of the japanese garden is by ngoc minh ngo)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Moments of Beauty

How lovely delicate blossoms are, when seen in a softly diffused light.

P.S. I've got a giveaway and some great exclusive offers for automatism readers in the Sponsor Spotlight today — be sure to scroll down and take a look!

(beautiful photograph by Wai Lin Tse, via montmarte's sketchbook)
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