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)

My's Space

This wonderful, personality-filled home belongs to My, who lives in Malmö, Sweden. A teacher by profession, My hopes to eventually teach art — and, judging by her home and wonderful collections of vintage dresses and shoes, she'd be amazing as she's got a great eye. Wouldn't this be a fun place to visit? Via Dos Family, by way of From Scandinavia with love.

(photography by Jenny Brandt)

Sponsor Spotlight

Established in 1987 and specialising in crafting fine furniture and reproductions, Rio de Janeiro-based Oficina Inglesa has grown to achieve international acclaim for its classic furniture and accessories. Its beautiful products, made from carefully selected woods and materials, are now available over five continents. Shown here is one of Oficina Inglesa's most popular designs — the lovely George Smith sofa. Retailing at £1,600 GBP (approximately $2,460 US) Oficina Inglesa is generously offering a 10% discount to automatism readers if their George Smith sofa purchase is upholstered with one of Oficina Inglesa’s elegant fabrics. The sofa itself measures W 220cm x D 102cm x H 86cm (W 86.6" x D 40.1" x H 33.8"), but if you prefer it in another size, Oficina Inglesa offers a full bespoke service that can easily adapt these measurements — just drop them an email and they'll happily provide you with a new quotation. All Oficina Inglesa products are available for delivery across the world — including the USA and Canada — too!

In honor of Earth Day, lovely Elena of Tickled Pink Knits is featuring her beautiful collection of eco-friendly designs, each made with certified organic and certified fairtrade organic cotton. Elena also has a new patterns-only shop called AtelierTPK, where you can obtain her original knitting patterns — the hugely popular Rococo Shawl pattern (seen above in an organic cotton version) is available now, with more patterns coming soon. And here's some great news for automatism readers (and Mother's Day gift shoppers!) — 15% off any purchase at Tickled Pink Knits, from now through to May 9th! Just enter the code 2010-15 at checkout (15% of item price will be promptly refunded via PayPal). Happy shopping!

Connie of Simply Defined Design is having another fantastic giveaway! This lovely necklace, created by Connie, features a clear rock crystal on a 24 inch sterling chain (value $115.00), will go to one lucky reader — for a chance to win, leave a comment on Connie's blog before midnight on April 28 2010. And be sure to visit Connie's gorgeous Etsy shop for more pretty vintage-inspired jewelry, too!

If you've been dreaming of running away to the Paris of the film Amelie, now's the time! Maison Montmartre, located right in the middle of the area where Amelie was filmed, has a special offer on right now for the months of May and June — book 7 nights and only pay for 5! Spend your days exploring the wonderful little cafés, boutiques and markets, stroll through the winding streets and enjoy life in an authentic Paris neighborhood. Available for weekends, a week — or even for a few months if you wish — it's the perfect way to truly experience Paris.

I'm thrilled to tell you that sweet Tina of the lovely Luphia loves blog is offering automatism readers a 10% discount at {luphia}, her gorgeous online boutique! All you have to do is enter "automatism" in the Promo Code box at the shopping chart. A perfect time to shop for something pretty for spring — especially as Tina has a few new things in her shop, too! Happy browsing!

Looking out the window and wondering what to wear? Worry no more and check out the Feather Report! Each day the Feather Report takes local weather (anywhere in America!) and breaks it down into style inspiration. The fantastic Feather Report iPhone app allows you to quickly search for outfits customized to your body type, weather, and occasion — and the newest version includes exclusive discounts at Boutique to You! And the blog now has a new feature that offers suggestions on how to tailor the daily outfit if your city is Warmer or Colder than NYC (home base for the Feather Report). Never worry about the weather again!

The always charming Kate of the fabric of my life is celebrating her one year blog anniversary throughout May, and not only will there be some great giveaways, but Kate has a few other interactive events planned, too — all which promise for an exciting month! Be sure to visit regularly, so you don't miss a thing! (photo via the style files)

Lovely Amy of amelioratic is getting into spring with this charming new necklace that pairs a vintage image of a bird with a pretty pendant cut from an antique postcard of an idyllic lake and forest scene. Both pieces are strung on a cream and blue string chain — perfect for sunny days and blue skies. You'll find this and other lovely pieces on amelioratic — drop by for a visit soon!

P.S. My apologies for any confusion earlier about Amy's necklace — it's not available for a giveaway, but is available for purchase at her shop!
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