Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moments of Beauty

Colourful inspiration for fall, from the August 2012 issue of Russian Vogue. Love the look of the little jacket with a big neck wrap — might try this with a chunky scarf. More from the same shoot here.

(model alana zimmer photographed by ben toms, with styling by katie shillingford)

Let There Be Light

When Susan Fraser and Jean-Pierre Grousset moved into their maison de maitre in Lherm, located in France's Lot valley region, their challenge was to find a way to open the building's dark interior without losing its 19th century style. As you can see, they've succeeded beautifully. I love their lightness of touch in restoring their home, such as the airy attic bedroom — and the quirkier original details, like the unusual stairwell that leads to the basement kitchen that was literally once a pigsty. Furnished with street finds and family heirlooms, it's a home that's comfortable with both the past and present. More here on Homelife.

(photography by richard powers for the sept/oct 2011 issue of inside out)

Sponsor Spotlight

Exciting news! Lobo Luxe turns one soon, and to celebrate they're giving away these ultimate party earrings, valued at $209! The Red Lantern Earrings are handcrafted by Louise Douglas of New Zealand and are made of sterling silver, red vinyl and coral. To be in the running to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on the Lobo Luxe facebook page. Winners will be announced on October 4 2011 — good luck! Lobo Luxe ships worldwide too, so anyone is eligible to enter. And to make things even nicer, Lobo Luxe will be having a store wide sale from September 29 to October 4 2011 — get 10% off any purchase!

Cooler fall weather means a renewed interest in indoor activities such as sewing, and the wonderful Small Equals shop has come up with a great looking solution to organizing needles, threads, pins, bobbins and other sewing paraphernalia — the charmingly retro Sewing Box. Shown here alongside the adorable Saki, the Sewing Box, like the other Keepsake Boxes at Small Equals, is also perfect for storing game pieces, candies and other small items, too. Custom boxes created in collaboration with local small businesses are also in the works — stay tuned for Vermont Granola!

Get a stylish head start on the holiday season with this fantastic special offer from Deborah Flanagan Jewelry! For a limited time, Deborah is offering sets of her gorgeous hand forged 12 gauge (2mm) argentium sterling silver wire bangles at prices better than the single bangle price — instead of the regular price of $14 per bangle, a set of 3 bangles is now $38 while a set of 5 bangles is just $64. Don't forget to state what size you are, too. Visit Deborah's etsy shop now for early ordering and get set for beautiful holiday giving!

As well as being perfect for encouraging daydreams of travel (either actual or of the spirit), the new wondering about wandering print by Izabella of Fifiduvie would definitely add a pretty focus to a room, too. Silkscreened by hand on archival quality paper using silver and peacock blue non-toxic acrylic ink, this limited edition print measures 14" wide by 11" high and is signed and numbered by Izabella as well. A great gift for the wanderer and poet in all of us!

Lindsey of the lovely vintage shop Jolly Polly Pickins has just started a blog dedicated to her fab vintage style! Take a behind the scenes look at her great finds for the shop, find out the stories behind them, and get inspired by her fantastic eye. Recently Lindsey scored 8 vintage wire lamp shades — I love how sculptural these are, and would be tempted to just display them as is! Drop by Lindsey's blog here and visit the Jolly Polly Pickins shop here too.
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