Friday, July 30, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We're happily anticipating the long weekend here, and looking forward to seeing the summer blockbuster show at the National Gallery. What are you up to?

(beautiful photo by Tom Palumbo via gardening in heels)

Warehouse into Home

What was originally a mid-20 century warehouse in Melbourne has been converted by textile designer Diane Bergeron and her husband Peter Throsby into a comfortable family home for themselves and their two daughters Coco and Annis. The ground floor contains the kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms — and above on the second floor is the living room, a bedroom, and Diane's office/showroom. I love how it is modern but at the same time a warm and welcoming space — something that can be difficult to achieve in warehouse conversions. More photos here. Via LivingEtc.


Good things to remember, from the good people at Aardvark.

(via sfgirlbybay — poster available through the Keep Calm Gallery here)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Snapshot — Summer 5

Summer means lazy days and more importantly, the permission to enjoy them, guilt-free. "Rest is not idleness, to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." (John Lubbock)

— Ally of From the Right Bank

(the lovely photo is by Ally)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Paris Puts a New Twist on Old Dance Steps
Balls are making a comeback in the City of Light, decades after their heyday. Once they were found everywhere in the working-class neighborhoods of Paris, and now their charms are being rediscovered by a new generation. Love this.

Matisse at MOMA
This sounds like a standout show — and if you can't make it, check out the fun little interactive feature accompanying the NYT review, too.

The Newspaper Club
Have you dreamed of publishing your very own newspaper? Now you can, with the Newspaper Club. Simply upload and lay out your words and pictures — or you can use the site to send them a PDF. They print every Tuesday afternoon, and you'll get your papers in about a week. Such a great idea. Via things magazine.

George and Rosemary
From the National Film Board of Canada's amazing archives comes this classic from 1987, an animated short by Alison Snowden and David Fine that proves love doesn't come with a best before date. Sweet and funny.

Introducing the Interrobang
Great little New Yorker article by Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn about a punctuation mark that never caught on — plus a link to a quiz that tests your knowledge of the more obscure punctuation forms. Thanks to Andrew for the link!

A History of Canned Laughter
Canned laughter, that (rather annoying) feature of sitcoms since the beginning of TV, has been around a surprisingly long time — at least five hundred years. Fascinating glimpse into a little-examined aspect of the performing arts. Via The Morning News.

Long Lost Silent Films Return to America
In 2009 Brian Meacham, a preservationist for the Los Angeles archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, decided to visit colleagues at the New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington while on vacation. There he was shown their huge archive of foreign films — left in the country after their initial runs simply because the studios didn’t want to pay for the return shipping. Some real gems have been rediscovered — hope we get to see these someday soon.

Easy Chocolate Ice Cream
And this Saveur recipe really is easy — just blend, pour into a container and chill. No ice cream maker, no stirring. Amazing.

(lovely photo from the latest Martha Stewart Living, via The City Sage)

Amy Blackwell

I am completely taken with the illustrations of Amy Blackwell, who sells prints of her lovely work on blackoutwell, her etsy shop. Go have a look — I guarantee it'll cheer you up, too!

Sponsor Spotlight

If you're in San Francisco in August, be sure to drop by at the new Guerrero Gallery, where Kareem Rizk will be showing five new larger works on canvas — check out their website for details. You can also find out what Kareem is doing by visiting his blog, called The Suitcase — and so exciting to see he's being featured in this month's Varoom magazine! Shown here is a collaboration that Kareem did with Eduardo Recife, available as a print from The Suitcase shop on etsy.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Moments of Beauty

How to cool off in summer — beautifully.

(lovely photo by Raul Romo via silk)

Greek Reverie

For years the Aachen family spent all their summers in Greece, traveling from island to island — until they finally found their paradise in Sifnos. Now their summers are spent at their adopted home, a lovely century-old village house in which they've carefully preserved the charm of the original layout — small rooms arranged around a courtyard garden. It's a design that encourages a relaxed way of living, while the courtyard itself is a room of its own, with a washing stone and a garden hose that's used as a shower.

In the living area a niche is used as a library, while underneath a sofa has been made from a bench draped in a linen sheet and strewn with cushions of mattress ticking and tea towels. The rest of the house's furniture (except for the grey bed, which came with the house) was all found in flea markets and local bazaars. And each year the family follows local tradition and whitewashes the walls, which protects the house from the heat as well as filling the interior with light.

Now the family's summers are spent here by the beautiful sea, gazing out at the spectacular view or sitting under the shade of an ancient olive tree reading, chatting or playing cards — in other words, enjoying an idyllic holiday in the sun. More here (in French). Via Marie Claire Maison.

Sponsor Spotlight

Connie of 100 Applegate is on the road right now, but she warmly invites you to stop by and visit her blog to see what's been catching her eye lately — like this charming pillow, decorated using one of the great stencil kits by Maison de Stencils on etsy!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SImple Pleasures

Weekend afternoons spent browsing in used bookstores. It's one of my absolute fave things to do — and I'm slightly embarrassed to say that I've had to be dragged out of them more than once!

(photo by William Garrett for RED UK / Oct 2007 via everything fabulous)

Yoskay Yamamoto





These beautiful paintings of the four seasons by artist Yoskay Yamamoto are especially interesting because of the unusual choice of colours for each season — I also love the delicate translucent quality of his work, too. You can purchase prints (either singly or as a set) of the series from Paper Tiger. Via mocoloco.

Summer at Pip-Squeak Chapeau

I've been a big fan of Pip-Squeak Chapeau's beautiful knitwear for ages, so seeing their summer collection of cool and easy linens just made me even happier. Perfect for tossing on with a little tee and sandals. More here.

Monday, July 26, 2010


Hope your Monday is off to a happy start with good coffee (or tea) and — with luck — a lovely view, too.

(lovely photo by Pia Jane Bijkerk, via Julia)

Sophie's Choice

Living in an apartment with soaring high ceilings, artist Sophie Simone is easily able to display her wonderful collection of contemporary artwork. Keeping the walls a neutral white allows them to really shine — and Sophie's clever selective use of intense colour in furnishing her space makes living in her home an interactive work of art. See more of Sophie's apartment here. Via Bolig Magasinet.

(photos by Tia Borgsmidt)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Happy happy birthday to my great Dad and to my fantastic brother Greg — see you both at brunch today!

(photo via Martha Stewart — cupcake recipe here)

Friday, July 23, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope it's a relaxed and fun one. We've got a couple of family birthdays happening right around now, so Andrew and I are taking everyone out for a big Sunday brunch. What are you up to?

P.S. I have a guest post over at Fern and Feather today — the theme is My Town, and I've done a summery one about Ontario cottage country!

(photo by Mikkel Vang via everything fabulous)

A Beautiful Retreat

Nestled in the midst of vineyards and olive groves, the beautiful 18th century holiday home of Hans Blomquist and partner Frederick Allouard-Rubin is located in a village outside the medieval town of Uzès, in southern France. Purchased nine years ago, the building was originally organized to house both man and beast — the animals lived on the ground floor, while people lived on the second and third floors — and though lovely, it was also in need of renovation. Nowadays, the ground floor is a garage and storage room, retaining the original beautiful arches and cellars. Upstairs is the combined living room, dining room and kitchen with an additional bedroom and bathroom, while on the third floor are the guest rooms — plus a small roof garden to enjoy in the early spring (in summer it's much too hot). When it came to decorating their home, Hans and Frederick decided that they wanted to keep the space simple and relaxed — they've adhered to a light colour scheme with sofa and chairs in natural linen, and use pillows and other accessories to add colour. Finds from local flea markets and antique markets furnish the rest of the home — though they're finding it tough to keep things simple as there are tempting flea markets almost every weekend!. More here on Sköna hem.

(photography by Hans Blomquist)
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