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.
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