Monday, May 31, 2010


A lovely peaceful tableau by photographer Douglas Friedman to start your Monday off in a serene sort of mood.

Brancusi's Studio

The Centre Pompidou in Paris recently completed the restoration and recreation of Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s (1876 - 1957) studio — these photos show the final lovely result. I've always loved Brancusi's sculpture, and it's wonderful to have a glimpse into how he worked now, too.

(photos from here)

etsy summer sponsor

If you have an etsy shop and have been considering becoming an automatism sponsor, now's the perfect time to take the plunge! I've got a great summer sponsor special on right now just for etsy people — find out all about it here. Please note that this offer is only available until June 15 — be sure to let me know ASAP if you're interested!

Friday, May 28, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely and relaxing one. Our last (holiday) weekend was a busy one, so we're looking forward to just chilling out this time around — with a Sunday stroll over to the farmer's market to see what's in season for supper. How about you?

(lovely photo by Lerkenfeldt Photography, via emmas designblogg)

Copenhagen Cool

Designers Marianne Brandi and husband Keld Mikkelsen of interiors label Day Birger et Mikkelsen decided that, rather than buy a house, they'd rent an apartment in central Copenhagen instead while their 18-year-old daughter Amelia finishes school. Since they rent and can't renovate their space, they went with a strong palette of blue and grey, offset with modern art on the walls. Marianne's collection of textiles adds colour to her office as well as the rest of their home, along with their other collections of artefacts, photographs and the artwork, too — all going to show that being limited by your physical space doesn't mean you must limit your imagination, too. More photos of their apartment here. Via LivingEtc.


If you (or a small person you know) have a habit of nibbling while you draw, here's something you might be interested in — edible crayons! Made of ingredients such as nuts, seeds, dried fruits and vegetables, bee pollen and marshmallows, they're definitely a more appealing alternative to the traditional waxy crayon. More here. Via boing boing.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


This week's links. Enjoy.

A History of Social Games
Interesting chart and history of social games — that is, games you play with other people — from ancient Egypt all the way to the present day. Via @brainpicker.

Friends, Lovers and Family
A fascinating chart depicting the complex connective relationships of artists, writers, architects, actors, painters, gentry and muses — from Mary Shelley to (of course) Kevin Bacon.

Towel Day
Every May 25, Towel Day is celebrated by fans of Douglas Adams (author of the classic Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series), the date of the wake held two weeks after Adams' sudden and untimely death in 2001. Such a talent and still missed.

The Greatest Shakespeare Hoax
In 1795 William-Henry Ireland committed a scheme so grand that he fooled even himself into believing he was William Shakespeare's true literary heir. Extraordinary story.

Poetry By Heart
Alison Flood ponders what poems to learn by heart. I think this is a fantastic idea — there are poems that are endlessly inspiring, poems that are fun, poems that give tremendous solace and insight into the human condition. What poem would you like to memorize someday?

Art Through An Anthropologist's Eye
Sarah Thornton is not an artist or critic, but a social scientist who has used ethnographic methods to study the behaviour of artists, dealers and curators. Interesting point of view. Via ArtsJournal.

To Haiti With Love
Haiti is still struggling to get back on its feet, and artists from around the world have donated their artwork to help out — send one of the artists' digital postcards on the To Haiti With Love site for £1 and help fund housing in Haiti.

How Ten Iconic Movies Almost Ended
The surprising endings that almost happened to ten big movies — the alternative Dr. Strangelove ending with a pie fight in the War Room sounds awesome! Via mental floss.

(photo — with utterly gorgeous painting — from the style files, via design is my muse)


Once the weather warms up, I start breaking out the jewelry — I love tossing a chunky necklace or bracelet on to dress up a simple summer tee and jeans (or linen pants when it's really hot). These lovely pieces by Resign on etsy are perfect for this kind of dressing — and though they look substantial, they're in fact quite lightweight as they're modelled in clay and then cast in resin that's hand sanded to a smooth finish. Pretty and summery.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Moments of Beauty

A beautiful still life of magnolia blossoms by the wonderful Kari Herer. Visit her etsy shop (and order prints!) here.

Morten Holtum

Just a few of the gorgeous interior images from the portfolio of photographer Morten Holtum. Beautiful work.

Sponsor Spotlight

This lovely interior in Singapore is the result of one of the many fruitful partnerships between Oficina Inglesa and the internationally recognized architects and interior decorators with whom they collaborate with on international projects — all the furniture shown here was handmade at Oficina Inglesa’s workshops in Europe. Established in 1987 and specialising in fine furniture and reproductions, Rio de Janeiro-based Oficina Inglesa has grown to achieve international acclaim for its classic furniture and accessories made from carefully selected woods and materials. Available on over five continents, Oficina Inglesa is available for order and delivery across the United States, too. Beautiful and inspiring furniture destined to become future family heirlooms.

Planning a summer wedding? Wedding Paper Divas has lots of ideas for you! Whether you're looking for beach wedding invitations (like the one above), classic wedding invitations, bridal shower invites or wonderful wedding favors, you're sure to find something you'll love — and to make it even nicer, Wedding Paper Divas is currently offering free customization on your wedding stationery (a $20 value). Be sure to check out the Wedding Paper Divas My Style Sweepstakes for a chance to win a wedding package for yourself — or a friend — too!

Connie of Simply Defined Design is having another fantastic giveaway! The beautiful Summer 54 Inch 14K Gold Filled Semi-Precious Necklace by Connie (value $275.00), will go to one lucky reader! For a chance to win, leave a comment on Connie's blog before midnight on June 2 2010. Be sure to visit Connie's gorgeous Etsy shop for more pretty vintage-inspired jewelry, too!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Simple Pleasures

Warm summer afternoons outdoors, relaxing over a book or magazine.

(photo from the style files via gardening in heels)

Weddings in Water

Last week I received a lovely email from Mexican photographer Juan EspaƱa, whose work you may recall from a post of mine from last June that featured his beautiful personal photos. Recently Juan has been exploring a new direction in his work — artistic destination weddings — and he was kind enough to share these photos of the wedding of an adventurous Canadian couple. Photographed in an underwater cave called Cenotes in the middle of the jungle in Mexico, I love how these images are both playful and serenely lovely, too. See more of Juan's wedding work here.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Hope your Monday has pretty moments scattered throughout. This intriguing space is the Tensta Konsthall — Front, who designed it, used plastic and silk flowers to create a three dimensional wallpaper. Via Bloesem.

Pin It Forward

I'm very happy to be a part of Victoria of sfgirlbybay's fantastic Pin It Forward project — and thrilled to be one of the first ten blogs as it launches today! A collaboration between sfgirlbybay and Pinterest, the theme is What Home Means to You. For my own Pin It Forward board, I've chosen a collection of images that I find inspiring and that are, to me, what I would someday like my home to be. I hope they inspire you too.

Tomorrow I'll be followed by the wonderful illustrator Jes Hunt. Can't wait. Head over here for a list of links to all 300 blogs participating, too!

Image credits: Lerkenfeldt Photography via fondly seen; Domino Deco files; Thomas J. Story and Julie Chai for Sunset magazine; Roger Davies for CoastalLiving via simple blueprint; emmas designblogg; emmas designblogg; Douglas Friedman for Domino via fondly seen; pinterest board photo by me.
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