Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve

Wishing you a fun and lovely New Year's Eve — hope it's grand.

(photo by jennifer causey)

Friday, December 30, 2011


Happy holiday weekend! Hope it's a fun one. After a very busy last two weeks we'll be having a fairly low key New Year's Eve, but as it will be with my sweetie (and some very good French champagne) it'll be pretty much perfect. How about you?

(lovely photo by daniella witte)

A Loft-Style Chalet

Located in Megève, a famous ski resort in the French Alps, this lovely chalet was completely redesigned inside while retaining its traditional Savoyard details — such as the wood shingled roof — on the outside. Love how warm and relaxed this space is — perfect for chilling out in after a day on the slopes. Details (in French) here on Marie Claire Maison.

(photography by julien oppenheim)


Some of us really know how to relax.

(photo 'woman on park bench, central park, new york, 1957' by yale joel. via my ear trumpet has been struck by lightning)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sweetness and Light

Just love this beautiful 2012 art print calendar by Anek on etsy — a whole year of loveliness. Find it here.


This week's links. Enjoy.

How to Eat Like a King for Christmas
Slightly belated for the season, but still a fun read. Using antique technology and vintage cookbooks, food historian Ivan Day recreates Tudor and Victorian specialties like puddings and roast goose.

Meryl Streep: Force of Nature
Great Vogue interview with the brilliant Meryl Streep, with photos by Annie Leibovitz.

Goodbye Helen Frankenthaler
Sad news — the groundbreaking abstract painter Helen Frankenthaler passed away on Tuesday. So admired her and her work. Follow the link for the NYT obituary, which describes her career.

14 Of The Year's Best Ideas In Interface Design
Check out some of the most elegant interface designs from 2011, ranging from Bjork's Biophilia app to a cute tiny printer.

What's Up With Big Hair?
Writer Rebecca Willis ponders the mysteries of why hair extensions are so in demand — and why so many women feel that bigger hair is better.

The Old Problem of Writer's Block
Via artsjournal: "You close the door, boot up your laptop, open the right file and ... five minutes later catch yourself thinking about dinner. By 10 a.m., you're staring at the wall, even squinting at it between your fingertips. Is this day 50 hours long? ... Pick up an early medieval monastic text, however, and you will find extensive discussion of all the symptoms listed above, as well as a diagnosis." Fascinating that our technonologically advanced era still shares something in common with medieval monks and nuns.

50 Unexplainable Black and White Photos
A collection of vintage black and white photos that range from the amusing to the inexplicable to the frankly weird. Slightly NSFW, incidentally.

Holiday Appetizers
These delectable and inspiring recipes from Saveur would be perfect for a New Year's Eve party.

(lovely photo by kristian septimius krogh)

Handmade Holidays

Decorate for your New Year's Eve party the eco-friendly way by making pretty chain garlands from the wrapping paper left over from Christmas — these ones are a little fancier than the usual, with pinked edges. More garland ideas here on Femina.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Moments of Beauty

Love the delicate colours and composition of this photo — just wonderful. More here.

(photo of rebecca iannacone by aram bedrossian for cosmopolitan armenia, december 2011 issue. via fashion gone rogue)

Modern Holiday

A little more holiday decor before the New Year — the lovely home of Rikke Juhl Jensen, the creative brain behind the interior design firm House Doctor. Love the light, relaxed approach to decorating she has — so fresh and pretty. More here from Bo Bedre.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Simple Pleasures

Pausing to enjoy a moment of calm between the busy Christmas and New Year's Eve holidays.

(photo by frédéric vasseur)

Atelier: Betsy Walton

I spotted a painting by artist Betsy Walton on a recent post by the wonderful Kate of Art Hound and was instantly smitten — just love the delicate dreamlike quality of her work. Have a look at her website here as well as a selection here on the beholder.

Browse: Design&Life

Published online by Japanese design firm PH Design Consultants, the stylish Design&Life magazine covers design, lifestyle, fashion, trends and creative news from all over the world. Make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy an inspiring and creative read.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day

Here in Canada it's Boxing Day, so I'll be away from the blog today. Hope you're enjoying your own holidays — see you here tomorrow!

(photo from the portfolio of stylist lotta agaton)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Peace and joy to you this holiday season — have a lovely one.


(lovely photo by idha lindhag)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Happy Christmas Eve! Have a lovely time getting ready (or eagerly waiting for) tomorrow.

(photo by roland persson)

Friday, December 23, 2011


Happy holiday weekend! Hope it's a magical one. We'll be enjoying a mix of family time and just the two of us, which makes it pretty much perfect, I think. How about you?

(lovely photo from elle decoration norway)

Christmas in the Country

After seven years of renovation, Linn and Christian now enjoy a peaceful Christmas with their two children on their old Swiss-style farm just outside Drammen, Norway. Such a warm and pretty home. More photos here on Bolig Pluss.

(photography by sveinung bråthen)


Love this clever poster by Toronto-based Moxy Creative for the hilarious cult film Shaun of the Dead — a perfect gift for a film fan. Check out other film-inspired poster designs here, too (the Ron Burgundy one is great).

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sweetness and Light

A pretty seat for the holiday season.

(photo by joanna henderson)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Holiday Wine Etiquette
Lovely Joanna of A Cup of Jo offers great tips on drinking wine before you head out to parties and dinners over the holidays — all with brilliant and fun illustrations by the wonderful Gemma Correll.

The Rise and Fall of the Recipe Card
A nostalgic look at the history of the humble 3-by-5-inch index cards used for recipes — and what will be lost when they finally disappear.

The Secret Histories of Secondhand Books
The personal dedications one finds in secondhand books are often as fascinating as the text. In honour of this, Wayne Gooderham of The Guardian is starting a new series showcasing his most intriguing finds.

Occupy Big Business: The Sharing Economy's Quiet Revolution
Intriguing article from The Atlantic about how ordinary people are re-negotiating their terms with big business — they want to spend less, do more, and solve problems together. They are the foundation of the new "sharing economy."

Sweet Delight: A Brief History of the Mince Pie

The sometimes surprising history of the mince pie. "Contrary to popular myth, mince pies were never made illegal by Cromwell, though they were stigmatised by Puritans. A satire from 1656 called Christmas Day pokes fun at such priggish zealotry: "Idolatrie in crust!"

Free Christmas
A free holiday song by Johnny Marr and The Healers.

La Tartine Gourmand: Jamaica
Béatrice of the lovely La Tartine Gourmand has a long and wonderful post about her visit to Jamaica, with beautiful photos of the people, scenery and food she encountered in her culinary travels there. Her banana bread recipe reminds me of visiting Jamaica years ago as a kid, enjoying fresh baked banana bread (still the best I've ever had) every morning.

Coconut Milk Caramels
A sweet treat that would make a great holiday gift, too. Via Saveur.

(photo via spooky home)

Handmade Holidays

The French craft magazine Marie Claire Idées has a nice feature on adding some personality to your holiday decorating with tiny Santas, angels, reindeer, birds and more — find it here. Many of these would be fun projects to do with little ones, too.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Moments of Beauty

Otherworldly beauty for the holiday season. Love her lipstick colour! More here, too.

(photo of model codie young by satoshi saikusa, with makeup by christelle cocquet for s moda. via fashion gone rogue)

Norway Meets Paris

Norwegian designer Signe may live in an apartment in Paris now, but her Nordic roots are still apparent in the lightness of touch she brings to decorating her home, where she lives with her French husband. Love how unabashedly pretty this is. More here on Bolig Pluss.

(photography by ragnar hartvig)
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