Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Moments of Beauty


Love how the intense blue of the dress glows in the soft light — and the great composition, too. Beautiful.


(photo by Daniel Farmer)

A House With Soul











Even before they found their summer house, Inga-Lill was buying furniture for it — for several years she filled the garage of the family's townhouse in Gothenburg with finds from auctions and flea markets. She and her husband Per-Anders were dreaming of a house by the sea in Lysekil, where Inga-Lill is from. However, others did too, and they found themselves priced out of the market there — so, they began to look further afield. Eight years ago they found what they were looking for — five miles into the countryside, a white wooden house from 1894, an old Bohuslän farm with four acres of land, an outhouse and a barn. One family had owned it since it was built, so it was in good condition — besides removing old wallpaper and painting, the biggest change was adding new cupboards and a stove in the kitchen and a new bathroom. And they liked the original small rooms throughout, preferring not to go the usual renovation route of knocking down walls, as Inga-Lill finds the rooms are wonderfully cosy. Now they spend all their summer holidays there — and other holidays throughout the year, too — in a home that Inga-Lill describes as "... like a kind old grandmother who allows you to be just who you are." More here on Hus & Hem.


(photography by Katarina Malmström)

Sponsor Spotlight



It's the once in a blue moon Mothers Day Sale at Lobo Luxe! Celebrating their first Mothers Day, they're sharing the love — spend over $100 and receive 10% off your purchase, spend over $200 and receive 15% off your purchase. And, international customers receive a further 10% off all purchases, as they are exempt from the Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST). The sale starts on April 28 and ends on May 8 so be quick! And don't forget — if you sign up for the Lobo Luxe Newsletter, each month you'll have a chance to win $50 to spend in the store!





Looking to add a little oomph to your wardrobe? Look no further than White Moth Jewelry, where you'll find unique modern street jewelry that's not only gorgeous but versatile too. Wear it on its own, layer it with other pieces, add it to a tee and jeans or as an edgy accessory with a little black dress — whatever you decide to do, it'll make your day a little more beautiful. Shop here.





Start your spring garden off with a bang with a Wildflower Seed Bomb! Made by VisuaLingual, an artist screen printing team in Ohio, wildflower seed bombs have been a huge hit at the Small Equals shop in Vermont for the past year. Now there's good news for online shoppers — the East Coast blend is now available at the Small Equals online store! Inside each pretty hand silkscreened pouch you'll find five seed balls packed in compost and clay — and a full list of the seeds included, too. A wonderful gift for a gardener!





Tired of all the dreary spring rain? Why not brighten up your day with a little vintage sparkle! Lovely 100 Applegate Vintage has a fun giveaway on right now — a chance to win a $50 gift certificate! Visit the shop, then leave a comment on the 1oo Applegate Vintage blog about the vintage piece you like best. Extra points for becoming a blog follower and/or for adding the shop to your etsy favorites, too! The giveaway ends midnight on April 30 2011 — good luck!





Linda of the delightful Odd and Old shop has a truly wonderful offer just for automatism readers — 10% off all orders using the coupon code COLLAGEDRAW. But even better — when you make a store purchase using this code, you're automatically entered in a draw to win the lovely original collage Get Down You Naughty Hound by Linda, a professional illustrator and artist (a value of $90.00)! The draw for the collage will be held on May 11 2011 — the winner will be notified by Linda via email. Happy shopping and good luck to you too!
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