Friday, July 29, 2011


Happy weekend! Hope it's a good one. We're planning on doing a whole lot of nothing here — maybe an impromptu picnic on Sunday if the weather is nice. How about you?

(lovely photo by Melanie Acevedo for Domino via Undecorate)

Sea Shanty

A pair of New Yorkers have turned a Long Island fisherman's cottage into a summer home that's an ode to the life of the sea. Antique fish prints cover the walls, stuffed fish (from the coast of Florida) pop up everywhere, a collection of midcentury boat cushions add cheerful colour and vintage signage and marine equipment provide finishing touches. The furniture is also marine themed — a pair of living room chairs are from a yacht, a pretty rattan chair (still with its original seat fabric) once lived at the beach and the carpets are from a yacht club. All of it adds up to a relaxed and fun holiday home that celebrates life by the sea. More here on Elle Deco.

(photography by Antoine Baralhé)


Part toy, part art piece and part educational tool, the cute creations by Paper Punk are designed to encourage people to create with their hands — made from foldable, brightly colored die-cut paper blocks, each kit comes with stickers and instructions for building and customizing a robot, dog, or car. More info here.

(via grain edit)

advertise on automatism

Thinking of becoming an automatism sponsor? A couple of ad spots are available for August, with rates that are perfect for small creative businesses. Find out more here.

(photo by rachel whiting)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sweetness and Light

A photo that captures perfectly the relaxed mood of a late summer afternoon.

(lovely photo by sara orme via floddertje)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Rue Magazine
The summer issue of Rue is out! Get yourself a cool drink and settle down for the latest wonderful read. I'm really loving the Icelandic home!

Monet's Gardener
Lovely first person interview by James Priest, the new British-born caretaker of Impressionist painter Claude Monet's stunning garden at Giverny. Via The Morning News.

Jane Eyre Illustrated
An elegantly designed website dedicated to the artwork for the celebrated novel by Charlotte Brontë. Jane Eyre has remained continuously in print since it was first published in 1847 — follow the link to see a huge range of illustrations for it over the years.

Canada's National Parks in Pictures
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the world's oldest national parks service: Parks Canada. Check out this slideshow featuring some of the 42 national parks under its umbrella. This makes me very proud to be Canadian.

Partners in Crime Fiction
The Guardian asks top crime fiction writers to choose their favourites in the genre. Great ideas for further reading — and watching, too. I definitely need to revisit the 1979 TV adaptation of John Le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy — with a brilliant Alec Guinness as George Smiley.

A lovely tumblr dedicated to the minimalist lifestyle. Not only does it make you think about what you really need, but it'll inspire you to do some serious decluttering, too.

Oreo Cameos
American artist Judith Klausner's Oreo Cameo series commemorates a time when women were expected to prepare three full meals a day — without the help of the labour-saving devices and ready made (or takeout) options we now enjoy. The project features delicate Victorian-style portraits carved from the icing inside Oreo cookies — quite amazing.

Summer Pie Party
Saveur has a great selection of summer pie recipes — perfect for rounding off a lazy weekend supper.

(photo from vt wonen via twig and sparrow)

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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Simple Pleasures

Wearing something a little frivolous now and then, instead of the usual jeans.

(lovely photo by jose villa, from his book fine art wedding photography. via blue pool road)

Atelier: Fleux

Absolutely love these gorgeous (and gently humorous) serving trays by the Paris-based design firm Fleux — they remind me of Jean Cocteau's film La Belle et le Bête, his beautifully costumed version of the classic fairy tale.

And ...

... a very happy birthday to Greg, the best brother in the whole wide world. xo

(delicious photo by alexandra grablewski)

Monday, July 25, 2011


A delicately hued still life to start your Monday gently. Have a good one.

(photo from Farrow and Ball via brydiebrown)

Spanish Colour

A beautiful collaboration between architect Carlos Ferrater and interior designer Marta Torelló — the crisp Modernist lines of this Barcelona penthouse act as a perfect setting for its collection of colourful art, antiques and modern furniture. See more here from Elle Deco Spain.

(photography by montse garriga)

Friday, July 22, 2011


Happy weekend! Hope it's a cool one. We're still having a heat wave here, so fresh ocean breezes are particularly appealing right now. But seeing friends who now live out of the country will definitely make even the hottest evening a good one. How are you escaping the heat this weekend?

(lovely photo by petrina tinslay)

A Green Oasis

This beautiful view is from a house called Lunuganga, the home of modernist architect Geoffrey Bawa. Located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, the stunning park surrounding the house is designed in a modern tropical style, the lifelong work of the architect. I love how the architecture — whether it's the house, arbour or terrace — is a natural part of its environment. So tranquil and lovely. More here on Marie Claire Maison.
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