Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Moments of Beauty

The colour of real lavender never ceases to amaze me. So beautiful.

(lovely photo by westieluvr on flickr via pretty serendipities II)

Island Summer

This pretty summer house on the large Danish island of Zealand is perched on the edge of a lake surrounded by forest. I think it's a perfect example of summer living — easygoing, light and filled with sunshine. More info here via the Guardian.

(photography by cristina olsen)

Sponsor Spotlight

Brighten up your kitchen or yourself with a pretty palette of sapphire blue and white from Leif! Make any meal instantly fun with the playful Guinea Pig Salt & Pepper Shakers, handmade and hand painted by the designer in Ohio — or add a touch of sculptural colour to your wardrobe with the lovely Felt Necklace in Cloud by Magdalena Hartleb, made from soft, non-itchy merino wool. The perfect way to add a little crispness to summer!

Dreaming of Paris? So is Izabella of FifiduVie — her recent vacations in the City of Light inspired her sweet new print, Paris is Paradise. Available as a signed, limited edition of 10, it measures 14" x 11" and is printed on Canson Edition White 90 lb (185 gsm), acid free, archival quality paper in two shades of pink non-toxic acrylic ink. One of these prints over your desk would definitely inspire happy daydreams of the sights and sounds of one of the world's most beautiful cities!

Interested in adding a little mystery to your life? Lobo Luxe is now carrying these beautiful flower earrings by Tasmania-based jeweler Shauna Mayben, with a secret message on the reverse side. Called He Whispered Sweet Nothings in Her Ear, they're created by cutting up old romance novels and juxtaposing them with floral images, and offer a new perspective on the meaning of flowers. Each piece is also one of a kind and is responsibly made from upcycled perspex and 100% recycled sterling silver. Why not add a secret romance to your summer?

Pamela of Bates Mercantile Co has a pretty new series of classic furniture illustrations in the shop, such as the lovely Louis XV chair shown here. These delicate drawings would work equally well in both traditional and modern settings. And as they're available as a downloadable file, you can choose how you'd like to print them, too — on a classic textured paper stock, or even on something with a fun pattern. Frame it and you have a perfect housewarming gift!

Exciting news! The Small Equals line of cologne and facial elixir is now available, and it's utterly delectable. The Jasmine scent is light and flowery, and is the perfect size to stash in a purse, pocket or car for a quick spritz. And the deliciously scented Coffee/Jasmine Elixir is a fine blend of pure facial nourishment that can be used alone or under make up — perfect for all skin types, its exquisite emollient and firming qualities won't clog pores, making it ideal for summer weather. Indulge yourself!

Cinema: M. Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Feeling cranky from the summer heat? Then check out the wonderful 1953 film M. Hulot's Holiday — I guarantee you'll be cheerful in no time. From Criterion: "Pipe-smoking Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati’s endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati’s wildly funny satire of vacationers determined to enjoy themselves includes a series of precisely choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers." One of my absolute faves — the tennis scene in particular is hilarious.
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