Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Moments of Beauty

Just love the quality of light in this photo shoot for WestEast magazine — so beautiful. See the rest of the shoot here, too. Via fashion gone rogue.

(photography by paul de luna featuring model rasa zukauskaite, with styling by mindi smith)

Seaside Inspiration

French photographer Jean-Marc Lederman's stunning South African house is located just minutes from Cape Town in the Bay of Llandudno. Here he revels in the extraordinary colours and the pure light illuminating his home, which, with the help of architect Gregory Nortje, he has designed to be both a living and work space. Made of wood and steel, the house, with its enormous windows that can be retracted thanks to an electrical system, lives inside out — only glass seems to separate the interior from the landscape. Inside, Jean-Marc has kept furnishings to a minimum, sticking to earthy tones and vintage finds from flea markets in Paris and Nice — with bright cushions and tables to add a punch of colour here and there. Freeing and inspiring, it's not surprising that he's here to stay. More here on Marie Claire Maison.

Sponsor Spotlight

This month's featured artist on Lobo Luxe is the brilliant jewelry designer Clare Hillerby, who incorporates beautiful vintage letters and other paper ephemera in her work. Clare extracts intriguing pieces of handwritten messages, and then combines them with new metalwork to create a contemporary and mysterious story. Shown here is the lovely Circles Bracelet, but Clare also has a beautiful selection of necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings and cufflinks in her collection, too — in limited editions and one-off pieces. Shop her collection (and check out her gorgeous vintage stamp earrings!) here. And to make it even more appealing — Lobo Luxe is offering free shipping September 1 to 3!

Great news for those of you who love the delightful Keepsake Boxes from Small Equals — Liza has been able to streamline the production so much that the price has been reduced accordingly — these high quality, locally made, sustainable, re-usable and adorable products are now a very affordable $15, down from $22. And to get you even more inspired, you can watch a fun little video of the making of the boxes here, too. Each box is unique — Liza uses images from her collection of vintage ephemera for each one — so be sure to visit the shop to see her full selection.

Pamela of Bates Mercantile Co. has been busily building up the vintage section of her always fascinating shop, and she's made some great finds! This cheerful little 1970s teal green fondue pot is just one example of what's new in the shop, and it would definitely look fab at a retro dinner party — or as a part of your kitchen decor, to add a pretty note of colour. See more goodness at the shop here, too.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Simple Pleasures

A favourite sunny seat.

(sweet photo by melanie acevedo)

Atelier: Emily Sutton

Just love the wonderful work of illustrator and artist Emily Sutton — not just beautifully drawn, but with a lovely sense of humour, too. Available from Godfrey & Watt — who have an upcoming exhibition of her work in November, too.


Check out my latest ideabook over at Houzz — stylish ideas for small cottages! Have a look here.

('freestyle' print by samantha french available from her etsy shop here)

Monday, August 29, 2011


Hope your Monday is off to a relaxed start. Have a good one.

(lovely photo by per magus persson)

Serene Minimalism

English architect John Pawson is well known for his highly minimalist style, which, while challenging, gives his spaces a rare monastic serenity — it's no surprise that he's designed a church or two as well. For the Los Angeles house of Ellen and Andrew Hauptman, he's added the warmth of wood to his cerebral style. Read about the project (and see more photos) here. Via Architectural Digest.

(photography by Todd Eberle)

Friday, August 26, 2011


Happy weekend! Hope it's a relaxed and happy one. We'll be taking it easy as I'm still getting over a nasty flu bug — reading and a movie or two sounds pretty good right about now. How about you? What are you up to?

(photo by per magnus persson)

Blue Reverie

When it came to decorating her family's country house in Northern Jutland, writer Helle Nielsen was inspired by the endless variations of the colour blue, experimenting with different patterns and hues to make their home lively and personal. So pretty and fresh. More here from Bolig magasinet.

(photography by tia borgsmidt)


Love these fun new ceramic vases from Leif — they're made from casts of bottles found in the trash in the streets of Holland, reinvented in a naturally-colored, softly matte porcelain. So playful and pretty. Available here.

advertise on automatism

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

(lovely photo by rachel whiting)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sweetness and Light

To me this is a perfect creative getaway — a place to paint, write, read, wander and dream.

(photograph by james merrill, styling by rosie brown)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Roost: A Simple Life
This is one of my go-to blogs when I feel like something beautiful and comforting. A food blog mainly, it features stunning photography and thoughtful posts not just on cooking but on home, travel, life and more. Lovely.

To Bricktop, On Her Belated Birthday
Great profile in the Paris Review of Ada Smith, or Bricktop — the legendary African-American singing star and nightclub owner. She taught the Duke of Windsor to dance the Charleston and became friends with Cole Porter, who wrote the classic song "Miss Otis Regrets" in her honour. Oh, to have been able to visit her club in its heyday. Via the Browser.

15 Minutes a Day for Exercise
If you've been feeling guilty about not getting to yoga class as much as you'd like, you might find this reassuring. A new study in Taiwan shows significant health benefits can be gained from just 15 minutes' exercise every day — activities such as brisk walking reduced the mortality risk in the study group by 14%.

Jackson Pollock: Lights, Camera, Paint!

Watch a 10 minute film from 1951 of the Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock painting on glass.

Serving Stars But Never Gossip
A peek inside the pampered world of the Tower Bar, which harks back to an old school Hollywood era of movie stars dining in luxurious privacy, without the fear of paparazzi.

My Life As An Undercover Negotiator
Fascinating article about how National Portrait Gallery director Sandy Nairne secretly negotiated the recovery of the Tate’s stolen Turners, on loan in Germany at the time.

Just discovered this and have been having fun exploring it — Vogue's version of Wikipedia, a database where you can check out designers, brands, models and more.

Vegetarian Mini Pizza della Sicilia
This would be a great idea for a casual dinner party — mini pizzas topped with all variety of delicious vegetables, such as fennel, eggplant, olives, mushrooms, zucchini, spring onions and more. Via Green Kitchen Stories.

(lovely photograph by simon brown for house and garden)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Moments of Beauty

Love this photo of model Du Juan, shot for the September 2011 issue of Vogue China — she looks so fresh and natural, and the mix of patterns is gorgeous. See more of the shoot, photographed at Moganshan Mountain in China, here. Via fashion gone rogue.

(photograph by stockton johnson with styling by yi guo)

An Artful Cocktail

Architect Teresa Sapey recently took on the comprehensive renovation of this stunning home in Madrid, and the result is an elegant cocktail of clean lines, contemporary art and furniture — with a twist of refreshing colour to add a little zing. Wonderful. More here on Elle Decor Spain.

(photography by p. zuloaga/i. sentmenat)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Brief Pause

I'm dealing with a nasty tummy bug right now, so today's posts will be delayed, I'm afraid. In the meantime, you might enjoy checking out this inspiring post about black walls on apartment therapy. Back soon!

(photo of victoria of sfgirlbybay's house via rue magazine)
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