Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sweetness and Light

Love this botanic print by Swedish artist Lotta Olsson — so delicately beautiful.

P.S. Today's the last day to enter the great earrings giveaway from Lobo Luxe — you have until midnight (EST) tonight!

(via chest)


This week's links. Enjoy.

British Classics Go Modern

A new iPad app created by the British Library will make available a "treasure trove" of more than 60,000 19th century books. The paid-for app will be launched in full this summer, but until then a thousand titles can be browsed for free. Unlike e-books, the app uses scanned copies of original editions, which its creators say is the ideal way for readers to experience old books the way the original authors intended — including additions like pull-out maps and original illustrations. Download it here. Very cool.

From Brazil With Love: All About Tropicalia
Feeling a bit blue? Then listen to this lovely introduction to tropicalia, which first appeared on Brazil's music scene in the 1960s and is described by NPR as " ... a mix of blues, jazz, folk and psychedelic rock with a distinct local flavor." It'll definitely make a grey day a sunny one.

Why Supermarket Tomatoes Taste So ... Bleah
NPR's Fresh Air host Terry Gross talks to writer Barry Estabrook about his new book Tomatoland — an eye opening look at the tomato industry. Makes me appreciate all the more the delicious real tomatoes from market gardens — and seriously think about growing my own in pots, too.

Pool Into Museum
This is a great example of inspired conversion — a stunning 1930s Art Deco swimming pool in Roubaix, a small town in northern France, was closed in 1985 for safety reasons. Unsure what to do with the iconic building, the city, after consultation with its citizens, decided to convert it into a museum. You have to see the photos — it's just amazing.

Pendulum Sound Machine
Fascinating creation by Japanese designer Kouichi Okamoto, consisting of a record player, two plates, brass rods and iron. When played, it creates a delicate and random ambient sound rather like rainfall, the result of bumps on the record being struck by the brass poles, which in turn tap the plates. Hard to describe — but watch the short video to get the full effect. Via the fox is black.

Wimbledon Fashion Through History
Great Guardian slideshow of what women players at Wimbledon have worn — from the ankle-length dresses of the inaugural women's matches in 1884 to the high tech and high fashion ones worn today.

High Tech Dining
Check out this short video about the future forward Inamo restaurant in London — besides its sustainable interior design, the tables are interactive, allowing diners to choose meals (with an instant preview on your plate), play games while waiting, and even change the table cloth to suit their mood. Amazing. Via Andrew (thanks!)

Summer Vegetarian Feast
Saveur has put together a scrumptious menu based on what you'll find at the summer farmer's market — goat cheese, leek and zucchini galette, chilled green pea soup with fresh basil, tomatoes stuffed with brown rice and feta, spinach salad with oregano vinaigrette and peach cobbler. Yum.

(photo of the home of swedish decorator helene holmstedt by peter phillips for hus & hem. via nice room)

Sponsor Spotlight

Just in at the beautiful Lobo Luxe shop — the stunning handcrafted Dragonfly Necklace Belt by New Zealand artist Caroline Bassett. Featuring a gently textured dragonfly set off with aventurine and amethyst stones, this versatile piece can be worn draped once or twice around the neck, in lariat form or as a belt, fitting up to a size 14 (Australian) comfortably. A simple catch means that changing how you wear it is a snap, too. And to make it even more appealing, free shipping on this item is available worldwide until midnight of June 30 2011 — though lucky automatism readers are eligible for an extension, with free shipping until midnight of July 2 2011! Visit Lobo Luxe for details — and happy shopping!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Moments of Beauty

The lovely Jean Shrimpton — super model of the '60s.

(still looking for a photo credit — anybody know?)

A Perfect Eye

Photographer Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer has a busy and successful career taking pictures of the world's most exclusive homes — now she turns the camera onto her own beautiful home, a study in relaxed minimalism. More (in Swedish) here on Sk├Âna hem.

(photography by birgitta wolfgang drejer)

Sponsor Spotlight

The Geometric Thank You Card Set from Leif is just one of the exciting new arrivals at the shop! Designed by Yellow Owl Workshop, the boxed set features four different geometric prints (two of each design) made with vegetable based ink and packaged with recycled envelopes. Add some style to your day — use these to dash off a sweet thank you for the little kindnesses in your life!

Looking for a bit of urban chic this summer? The wonderful White Moth Jewelry is here to help, with a lovely offer of 20% off just for automatism readers! All you have to do is use the checkout code of Auto20 before July 30. There's loads of lovely pieces to choose from, so happy shopping!

If you've been thinking of adding a little bit of sparkle to your summer wardrobe, now is the perfect time to enter an amazing giveaway on the 100 Applegate blog! For a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from the 100 Applegate vintage jewelry shop, pop by the blog before July 10 and leave a comment on the giveway post. Good luck — and hope you'll be wearing some vintage loveliness soon!

Marisa of modulem has just launched Book Flora and Fauna, a new series of photos featuring maquettes of her book structures, or sculptures. These lovely and ethereal images of her work — all tiny fluttering books linked by delicate silver wire — would be a perfect gift for both book lovers and art lovers. So pretty. See the full series at her shop here.

Liza of the wonderful Small Equals shop has just introduced the luscious-sounding new Jasmine Grandiflorum Cologne, specially blended for Small Equals by Lunaroma Aromatic Apothecary in Burlington, Vermont. There's also an intriguing Coffee/Jasmine Elixir, which offers something a little different for fragrant summer evenings. Available for pre-ordering — though Liza does have a small stock on hand, for those who just can't wait!

Pamela of the delightful Bates Mercantile Co. now has a blog! The Mercantile Muse offers readers a peek behind the scenes of their little shop of prints, photography and vintage items — illustrated with lots of personal photos by Pam herself. Be sure to visit their shop, too, for such items as the charming little bean pot shown here!

Cinema: The Night of the Hunter

Often described as a gothic fairy tale, The Night of the Hunter is as eerie and scary now as it was when first released in 1955. The only film ever directed by Charles Laughton, it features extraordinary performances by a (frankly terrifying) Robert Mitchum and a radiantly strong and compassionate Lillian Gish. Beautiful to look at, with scenes that at times recall early German Expressionist silent film, it's a haunting classic about the age old battle between good and evil. More here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Simple Pleasures

Long summer afternoons.

(photo by joanna blusiewicz on flickr. via pinterest)

Atelier: Elizabeth Soule

I'm utterly taken with the work of Portland-based photographer Elizabeth Soule — it's atmospheric, humorous and lovely. Purchase prints of her beautiful work from e.soule, her etsy shop, here.

Monday, June 27, 2011


A soft and minimalist still life, to start your Monday on a gentle note. Have a good one.

(photo by the brick house)

Heart of Green

Five years ago, landscape designer Chantal Guillemain discovered a sad and nondescript house in the suburbs of Paris. But Chantal could see its potential — and after much work (including completely gutting the interior and adding a new level) she transformed it into a beautiful space where she is immersed in nature. Each room has glass walls overlooking the garden — a green haven of bamboos, perennials and roses grouped around little seating alcoves. Inside, vintage furniture and linens add warmth and personality, while a collection of landscape paintings harmonizes the outside and inside of this peaceful, minimalist home. More in French here. Via Marie Claire Maison.

(photography by Mark Eden Schooley)

Friday, June 24, 2011


Happy weekend! Hope it's a good one. We're spending the day on Sunday with the folks, going to the museum and then following up with a leisurely lunch. How about you?

P.S. In case you missed it — check out yesterday's gorgeous earrings giveaway, courtesy of Lobo Luxe!

(photo by fernando guerra — more of this amazing home here on livemodern. via analog|dialog)

A Poetic Loft

This lovely poetic space is pretty much my ideal studio loft. I love the huge windows that flood it with natural light, the extensive use of white, the wood floors — everything, really. So beautiful. More info on items in the photos (in Swedish) here. Via Elle Interior Sweden.

(photography by Philip Karlberg)


The Delfts Toast Pan and Plate toasts your grilled cheese with a pretty pattern, which you then serve on the coordinating plate. Not sure if it's actually in production, but fun idea. From minale maeda.

(via room 269)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sweetness and Light

Just love the pretty minimalist colour and composition of this photo.

(photo from the ruche 2011 lookbook. from miss moss via pinterest)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Sweet Paul Magazine
The summer issue of the wonderful Sweet Paul magazine is out! Loads of great recipes, crafts, garden ideas and more — all beautifully styled and photographed as always.

The Science of Social Media Timing
Wondering what's the best time of day to post a facebook or twitter update? Check out this handy chart to find out. Via etsy (on facebook!).

This is brilliant. Leafsnap is a free mobile app that uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. A great way to learn about nature — and to finally figure out what that odd old tree in your backyard is, too.

What's Going On in That Airline Safety Video?
In an effort to get passengers to pay attention to the safety announcements, airlines are resorting to more and more elaborate (and funny) ways of getting people to watch — including nude flight attendants, puppets and Lady Gaga.

Peter O'Toole Has a Few Words for Directors

Very entertaining interview with the legendary actor Peter O'Toole.

Designing Women
Good magazine picks 25 influential women in design and illustration — meet some truly amazing and inspiring people.

Hidden Gems and Killer Stuff: A Flea Market How-To
Great tips from a flea market pro on how to find the good stuff.

Home Made Condiments
Saveur has some great recipes for making your own ketchup, mustard, mayo, hot sauces and more — kick up your barbeque and picnic repertoire with delicious additions like a spicy Guinness mustard, chimichurri and Korean dipping sauce.

(photo from the story hotel in stockholm. via room 269)


I have a great giveaway for you today, thanks to lovely Charmaine of Lobo Luxe — a pair of gorgeous funk dimension earrings in mango, hand made by Australian designer Felicity Peters. Made of sterling silver and acrylic, they're perfect for adding a colourful punch to your summer wardrobe! For a chance to win, all you have to do is first like Lobo Luxe on Facebook, and then return here and leave a comment below — with an email address or link where I can contact you, too. Contest closes midnight EST on June 30 2011. The winner will be announced here on July 4, and the earrings will be shipped out directly to the lucky reader by Lobo Luxe. Good luck!
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