Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SImple Pleasures

The prettiness of an unexpected note of luxe against a simple background — a formula that works equally well with clothing, cooking or any other creative activity.

(photo from martignac | studio KO, via cabbage rose)

Hollie Chastain

I came across the gorgeous work of collage artist Hollie Chastain on grain edit recently, and just had to share it here with you too. Based in Tennessee, Hollie's mixed media work uses vintage paper, paint pencil and old photos to create evocative and lovely images that have an indefinable sense of history. Love. Prints of Hollie's work are available from Dr. Kennedy Jones, her etsy shop, and from Poster Cabaret.

Sponsor Spotlight

Looking for the perfect gift? Ayse of Ayse Kozaci Jewelry has a wonderful offer just for automatism readers — from now until the end of December, receive 20% off all items in her shop simply by entering the discount code '2011' when you check out! There's something for everyone — from playful everyday jewelry to statement pieces like this modern Yellow Agate Ring, made with a unique translucent yellow agate set against a background of mesh textured and oxidized silver. Make someone happy this holiday season!

Kareem reports that lots of great things are happening with his art right now — products are being released, books are being published and shows are being organized leading into 2011. It's going to be a very busy year coming up! In the meantime, you can check out some of his latest artwork on his website — and purchase prints of his beautiful collage pieces from The Suitcase, his etsy shop, too.

Liza of Small Equals has been busy recently, painting and decoupaging these fantastic boxes for her shop — perfect for gift giving (either to others or as a little treat for yourself). She'll also be participating in the South End Holiday Hop December 10-12, a big neighborhood open studio holiday hop in Burlington Vermont — if you're in town, drop by and say hello!

It's time for another fantastic giveaway by 100 Applegate! For a chance to win these classic Vintage Grey 1950s Earrings (a value of $58.00), leave a comment or follow the 100 Applegate blog before December 5 2010. These would definitely add a little bit of Mad Men charm and sparkle to your holiday wardrobe!

Connie and Tracey of White Moth Jewelry have exciting news — their work was chosen at Open See by Henri Bendel in NYC, and they'll be showing their collection in Spring 2011 at the NYC store. Congrats to you both — and be sure to visit their shop to see their gorgeous jewelry before it's snapped up by those in the know, too!

Monday, November 29, 2010


May your Monday lead to more good things in the week ahead.

(lovely photo of a great Edinburgh flat by James Merrell, via Remodelista)

Jonny Lindh

I'm feeling inspired today by these images from the portfolio of Swedish photographer Jonny Lindh — love the texture and contrast.

(jonny lindh is represented by guts to communicate)

Friday, November 26, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We've been going full tilt around here, so we're planning on a chill out weekend — a big leisurely Sunday brunch is definitely in order. How about you?

(delicious photo by Alexandra Grablewski)

Rustic Simplicity

This airy, summery home is filled with fascinating little vignettes throughout — no info on who owns it, but whoever does has a wonderful eye. A great lesson on displaying collections. Lots more photos here on the Living Inside site, too.

(Photography by Mikkel Vang)


Messed up mash up — artist Murray Groat has a great series of illustrations featuring Tintin in the macabre world of H.P. Lovecraft. Via laughing squid.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sweetness and Light

I like the idea of jotting down notes to yourself about the fun things you plan to do — makes the tedious stuff fade into the background.

(photo by Sarah of a beach cottage, via gingerella)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Snow is a truly lovely art installation by Tokujin Toshioka, using only feathers, glass and air to create a lovely and poetic experience. Wonderful. Via things magazine.

Cooking With Shortcuts
NPR talks to the wonderful Nigella Lawson about her latest cookbook, Nigella Kitchen: Recipes From the Heart of the Home, and discuss ideas for quick and delicious meals when you're short of time. Recipes, too!

That Egyptian Woman
Audio on Lapham's Quarterly of an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Stacey Shiff, who discusses her new book about Cleopatra and the centuries of truths and half-truths surrounding the most famous queen in history.

Why Modern Books Are All Too Long
Thought provoking piece by Robert McCrum about the current prevalence of door stopper best sellers — plus a great reading list of classic shorter novels, too.

Eat, Pray, Spritz
Fascinating interview with food stylist Susan Spungen, who talks about her current job — styling food for the movies. You can see her work in the films Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated and most recently for Eat Pray Love. Via Edit | Phaidon.

Shipping Company Reviews
Popular Mechanics magazine recently mailed out sensor-equipped packages on an epic journey to see which shipping company is the most careful with your stuff — here's what they found. Just in time for the holiday mailing season!

Keith Richards and His Amazing Portable Cassette Recorder
Great article in Design Observer about how recorded music has democratized the way we experience it — with astute commentary added from Keith Richards' new autobiography, Life.

Thanksgiving Pies
Happy Thanksgiving to American readers! Here are 18 delicious pie recipes from Saveur, guaranteed to make the end of your holiday meal extra sweet.

(photo from VT Wonen magazine via emmas designblogg)

automatism atelier sale

Psst! I've got a little sale on right now over at my automatism atelier shop! Use coupon code NOV10 until November 30 for 15% off any item — such as the limited edition (just one left!) giclee print of the Dining Locally collage shown here, originally created for an article in More Magazine about eating locally grown food. Have a look here.

(collage illustration by me)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Moments of Beauty

I find the delicate colours and the quirky, surreal quality of this image quite lovely — a gentle challenge to our preconceptions of beauty.

(photo by Georges Antoni via mothtales)

A Mountain Retreat

It looks like it's been there forever, but in fact the rustic mountain cabin of Hanne and Peter Borge-Yngland and their two small children was built just five years ago — and they built it themselves. Located in the ski resort of Kvitfjell in southwestern Norway, the 200 square meter house is what's known as a trønderlån, a traditional long narrow building in which the length of the short wall is determined by the length of the timber used to construct it. Inside they wanted to keep things as open as possible — the kitchen, dining and living rooms are upstairs (where the view is the best) and where the heat rises naturally. In the cooler downstairs part of the house are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large hall. Nestled in the mountains, it's the perfect retreat from the hectic city. More photos and info (in Swedish) here. Via Sköna hem.

(photography by Madeleine Söder)

Atelier: Aqua Creations

What looks like a mysterious sea creature is actually the Apaya Limited Editon lamp, designed by Ayala and Albi Serfaty of Aqua Creations. Handmade from wool felting and encorporating modern lighting technology, it's a wonderful fusion of fine art and industrial design. See more of their beautiful and extraordinary work here. Via Modenus.
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