Monday, October 31, 2011


A still life of blood oranges to start your Hallowe'en Monday on both a beautiful and slightly sinister note. Have a good one.

(lovely photo by anna williams)

Teatro Franco Parenti

Something a little different for you today, to get you in a suitably Gothic mood for Hallowe'en — a behind the scenes look at the Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan, an old 1930s cinema that specializes in new and experimental theatre. In 1989 it was renamed in honour of its founder, and it continues to be a vibrant cultural centre, adding conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops to its busy roster of activities. Read more (in Italian) here, too. Via Marie Claire Italia.

(photography by denise bonenti / vega mg)

And ...

... happy Hallowe'en! Hope it's atmospheric and fun.

(lovely photo of rachel alexander by alistair taylor-young. via ms. muse)

Friday, October 28, 2011


Happy weekend! Hope it's a good one. We're going to be having a bit of a working weekend here, but there'll definitely be time out for a spooky movie or two as well! How about you? What are you up to?

(lovely photo of her own living room by johanna of vintage)

A Design Classic

I missed this Dwell story when it first appeared, so I was quite excited when I came across it this week. Eero Saarinen’s legendary Miller House in Columbus, Indiana — designed in 1952 for the late industrialist J. Irwin Miller and his wife, Xenia, with interiors by Alexander Girard and landscape architecture by Dan Kiley — opened to the public for the first time this past May. Here are a few shots of this amazing home to give you an idea of what it looks like — read the Dwell article (and see more images from the slideshow) here. The attention to detail is extraordinary — this house was truly put together with care and love.

(photography by leslie williamson)


Vincent Price reads to Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and Basil Rathbone.

(via awesome people reading)

advertise on automatism

Thinking of becoming an automatism sponsor? There's one ad spot still available for November, just in time for the approaching holiday season — with rates that are perfect for small creative businesses. Find out more here.

(lovely photo by lisa cohen)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sweetness and Light

Love the warm autumnal tones of this fruit still life by photographer Anna Williams. So beautiful.


This week's links. Enjoy.

91 Magazine
Have a look at the UK's latest online publication — 91 Magazine. A new quarterly geared towards the vintage style and craft lover, it's produced by Caroline Taylor of the fab Patchwork Harmony blog and features articles on homes, style, vintage, shopping and crafts. Make yourself some tea and settle down for a lovely read.

The Gawper: An Animated Homage to Classic Horror Flicks
Cute black and white animated short, just in time for Hallowe'en.

Skin Deep: The Fall of Fur
Fascinating social history. Once the epitome of glamour, with a mink coat as the ultimate luxury, by the late 1960s wearing fur in the U.K. was on the decline — though surprisingly not so much due to animal rights as to central heating and the new fashions of the swinging sixties. Via The Browser.

UFO? Bird's Nest? No, a Tree Hotel!

Check out the unusual and eco-friendly room options at this Swedish hotel in the woods near the village of Hrads, population 600.

Is This the Future of Punctuation!?
Via the Wall Street Journal — on the misuse of apostrophes and our increasingly rhetorical language.

A Forgotten Harold Pinter Sketch Rediscovered
A lost 1960 sketch by playwright Harold Pinter, written for a revue and performed once, has been rediscovered — the Guardian reprints it here. Early but still classic (pause) Pinter.

How the Potato Changed the World
Fascinating history of the humble spud, which traveled to Europe from the Andes via the Spanish and thus changed the course of history. Via The Browser.

Hallowe'en Entertaining

Planning on having a Hallowe'en party this weekend? Forget about store bought candy and check out this great roundup of grown up drinks and finger foods from Saveur.

(image via spooky home — still tracking down the photo credit)

Sponsor Spotlight

Charmaine of the wonderful Lobo Luxe just introduced a new range to the store, the delightful and super stylish work of Priya Himatsingka. Featuring stunning bangles, pendants and rings in sterling silver and oxidised finishes, with bi-metal touches to add that luxe look without paying for the price of gold, these are pieces that will easily become wardrobe favourites. A perfect holiday gift for someone special — or as a lovely treat for yourself!

Liza of the delightful Small Equals is busy getting ready for the holiday season with two local craft shows and a two-month, five-day-a-week art market pop-up store — if you're in or near northern Vermont, do stop by in Burlington and Winooski to say hello! If you'd like to keep up with this and other Small Equals news and venues, you can "like" the Small Equals Facebook page — and even shop directly from the page!

And now, a special treat from Small Equals, just for Automatism readers — a holiday discount on Liza's delightful keepsake boxes! Just use discount code holiday11 at the online store checkout until Jan 1 2012 to enjoy. Happy shopping!

Exciting news from Pamela of the lovely Bates Mercantile Co — in response to many customer requests, her shop will soon be offering Printables buyers the option of either printing out the images themselves at home, or ordering them ready made on Pamela's brand new high end Epson printer, which offers archival/gallery quality results. It's the perfect solution for those who aren't necessarily tech savvy but would still love to have a Printables print like the Chevrons v. Circles one shown here. Pamela expects to have the prints available on November 4, but in the meantime do drop by the shop and check out the new note card sets!

Giveaway Winner!

The numbers have been run through the random generator, and the winner of the gorgeous They Draw and Cook book is number 13 — missielizzie! Congrats to Liz and a huge thanks too to everyone who entered!

Houzz Ideabook

My latest ideabook for is up! The theme is Autumn Colours and you can check it out here.

(photo via ferm living)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Moments of Beauty

An extraordinary headdress by designer Barbara I Gongini — the wearer is transformed into a mysterious being out of a dark mythology. See more pieces by her and other Gothic-themed designers in the Dark Fiction Fashion article on Design Bureau.

(photograph by Cille Veerasawmy / Hair & Makeup: Tina Kristoffersen / Model: Maja M. at Unique Models)

Bohemian Cool

Love the edgy and yet still feminine look of this Danish home — and the splashes of purple and electric blue against the black and white colour scheme keep things interesting, too. That spectacular seaside view isn't bad either. More here on Femina.

(photography by lise & kristian septimius krogh/house of pictures)

Pure Green in Print

Exciting news about one of my fave reads — the beautiful online magazine Pure Green will soon be available in a print version! Running to 112 pages (+ cover), measuring 8.25 x 10.875" and perfect bound on a 100% post-consumer recycled, uncoated paper using vegetable-based ink, it'll definitely be an absolute pleasure to turn the pages and savour each lovely image! Find out more here and subscribe here.

(photo by everimages)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Simple Pleasures

The mysterious look of fog among trees — love how atmospheric it is. This beautiful photograph, called Blackford Forest, is by Laura Bell and is available as a print — find it here. Via 20x200.

Atelier: Miles of Light

Lovely Romina of the Miles of Light studio on etsy has a new photo series called Flora Study that beautifully evokes the mood of autumn — available as 8x10 prints, these delicate images of dried flowers and leaves would be a wonderful addition to any interior. Find them here.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Hope your Monday offers glimpses of beauty and mystery amidst the ordinary.

(photo by ty cole. via spooky home)
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