Friday, January 15, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope it's lovely and cosy. My own weekend looks to be a busy one, but one thing that I'll definitely be making time for is a lovely Sunday brunch with Andrew. Hope you'll be enjoying a leisurely hour or more as well!

(the lovely photo is by Aimée Herring)

Archive: A Country Retreat

Looking at these photos of the lovely hermitage retreat of Stephen Sills and James Huniford, you might believe they show the interior of a gently crumbling 18th century French chateau. But in fact this beautiful home is located in the countryside just outside New York, where it nestles in wooded surroundings very different from those found in France. And though Sills and Huniford both have a taste for the classical, with a preference in particular for 18th century French furniture, they're also unafraid to mix in lamps designed by Jean-Michel Frank, photos by Cecil Beaton, modern sculpture by artists such as Hiquely — even a collection of Neolithic basalt axes, mounted on stainless steel bases. All this adds up to an elegant interior that is definitely a warm and comfortable home, too.

(photographs by Guillaume de Laubier, scanned by me from a vintage copy of Marie Claire Maison)

Helping Out

Like everyone else, I've been deeply saddened by the tragic earthquake in Haiti and have been looking for ways to contribute my own small share to the Haitian relief effort. I'll be participating in a local art auction (all proceeds going to Haiti relief) and, from now until February 15 2010, 50% of the money earned from each sale on my automatism atelier shop on Etsy will go to the Red Cross. If you're doing something to contribute and want to share, please leave a comment and let us know. Thanks.

(lovely photo by Anne Acaso, via we heart it)

Real World Photoshop

What would Photoshop look like if it was real and not on your computer? Well, like this clever and charming version, created by wandaaaa on flickr. Love it. Via design milk (on twitter).
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