Friday, December 10, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope it's a relaxing one. We'll be doing a bit of book shopping (both Andrew and I have families that love books for Christmas) and a bit of holiday decorating, too. What are you up to?

(photo via elle interiors norway)

Monochromatic Christmas

Furniture designer and carpenter Jesper Møller Hansen's Christmas decorations are in keeping with the natural materials and monochromatic palette used throughout his home — right down to the choice of a large birch tree as a substitute for the traditional evergreen.
Jesper put his skills to use for the holiday, making almost all the Christmas decorations in the house himself — many were created from driftwood found on the beach and branches gathered from the forest. Felt is another material he made extensive use of, both for tree ornaments and for a dining table runner, which also helps with the acoustics — when there's a large gathering the sound tends to bounce off the high ceilings. The staircase leading from the living room to the second floor is also decorated with a charming Christmas sculpture, made by Jesper from a piece of driftwood decorated with black glass beads. It's a relaxed and minimalist approach to decorating for the holidays, celebrating with a nod to nature — rather refreshing during a season that tends to be heavy on the glitter. More (in Norwegian) here on Bo Bedre.

(photography by Lise and Septimius Krogh | House of Pictures)


This charming photo, taken by postman Roger Jones of Tywyn in Gwynedd (Wales) on his daily rounds, was part of a unique project conceived and organized by professional photographer Stephen Gill. Gill offered free disposable cameras to every member of the Royal Mail, and hundreds took him up on the offer. The resulting 30,000+ photos were then reviewed by Gill, who chose the best for the book, Unseen UK, which chronicles the daily experiences of the men and women who deliver the mail throughout Great Britain. Such a great project — and it looks like everyone who participated had loads of fun, too. See more from the series here. Via lens culture.
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