Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Simple Pleasures

Old colour prints. So beautiful and endlessly enjoyable — either in vintage books or happily displayed on the wall in frames.

(lovely photo by ryan benyi)

Atelier: Leigh Beisch

Today I'm admiring the delicately atmospheric photography of Leigh Beisch, whose almost abstract work resembles fleeting memories of landscapes from dreams. Beautiful. See more of her lovely images (and purchase prints) here. Via the beholder.

Browse: est magazine

Describing itself as 'global living with an Australian twist,' est magazine is a stunning modern interiors e-mag — and one that's definitely going to be a fave read for me. Make yourself some tea and settle in for a lovely read.

Monday, January 30, 2012


A delicate still life to start your Monday on a sweet note. Have a good one.

(photo by nikole herriott on flickr)

Work of Art

Jewelry designer Stine A. Johansen has decorated her family's apartment in a pretty mix of flea market finds, design classics and beautiful modern art — plus her own jewelry, making for space of relaxed elegance. Love. More here from Interiørmagasinet.

(photography by birgitta wolfgang drejer/sisters agency)

Friday, January 27, 2012


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll be attending a birthday get together for a very charming 4 year old — should be fun. How about you? What are you up to?

(photo by magnus anesund)

Monochromatic Elegance

Swedish stylist and photographer Daniella Witte turns her camera lens on to her own lovely home for Sköna hem, and I'm so glad she did. Absolutely love the elegant restraint of her monochromatic palette, with its great industrial touches of concrete, brick and metal. Lovely. More here on Sköna hem.

(photography by daniella witte)


Futuristic technology from 1957 — the Panoramic 111 TV from French company Téléavia. I love this, but I'd also keep expecting it to go skittering across the room when my back was turned, too ...

(via iain claridge)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sweetness and Light

A burst of citrus colour, to add sunshine to a grey January day.

(photography by victoria pearson)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Charles Dickens's World of Interiors

Charles Dickens was fascinated with interior decoration and threw himself into the choosing of furniture, paint colours and wallpaper designs. Check out this slideshow of his first home at 48 Doughty Street in London (now the Charles Dickens Museum), his holiday home in Broadstairs, Kent, and Gad's Hill Place, Kent, where he died in 1870.

Imagined Lives Out of False Portraits
Recently the National Portrait Gallery in London posed an intriguing question: what do you do with all the discredited paintings of princes, aristocrats, writers, once it's been shown that art historians got it wrong? A thought provoking essay from the TLS.

David Lynch Loves Coffee
A lot, actually. Check out this great little essay by Lynch explaining just why he loves it so much.

Malcolm Gladwell on Spaghetti Sauce
Author of iconic books such as Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell brings his inquiring mind to bear on spaghetti sauce, and as always it's fascinating.

Top 10 Books of the Night
Author Ian Marchant picks ten books that examine the mysterious world that emerges when the sun goes down.

Miniature Collapsible Paper Cities
Amsterdam-based artist Ingrid Siliakus creates extraordinary and highly intricate pop-up miniature works of architecture out of paper, inspired by artist M.C. Escher. Amazing.

Learn 40 Languages for Free
The always wonderful Open Culture has put together links to free courses in 40 different languages — download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you’re good to go. Super handy if you're planning on traveling — or if you're tired of reading movie subtitles!

Coconut Red Lentil Soup
Not only a fantastic combination of flavours, but easy to make, too. This is definitely going to become a favourite during the winter months. Via 101 Cookbooks (thanks to Carly for the link).

(lovely photo by petrina tinslay)


I'm utterly smitten with this lovely bag by Phillip Lim from the corner, but sadly it seems to be sold out. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Moments of Beauty

Love this — so wild and beautiful.

(model kirsi pyrhonen photographed in outer mongolia by tim walker for british vogue, december 2011. via iain claridge)

Impulsively Lovely

This stunning Norwegian home was an impulse buy for the couple who now live there, but far from regretting their decision they've fallen even more for their lovely home. And seeing just how beautiful it is, it's easy to see why. More here on Bo Bedre.

(photography by ragnar hartvig)

Sponsor Spotlight: Valentine's Day Edition

Celebrate love everlasting with the romantic You & Me Bangle, handmade by designer Flick Pope, part of the stunning collection of jewelry available from Lobo Luxe. Inspired by vintage charm bracelets, the bangle features a heart silhouette with the words You & Me, an acorn-styled fresh water pearl, a circle with the word Romance (never ending), and a heart shaped charm. This would be a beautiful gift for a very special Valentine indeed.

Tiny Prints, part of the greeting and announcement card family that includes the lovely Wedding Paper Divas, has a huge selection of fresh and pretty Valentine's Day card designs that you can customize, allowing you to create a personal card that will make your valentine feel extra special. And while we're on the topic of love, brides-to-be might want to check out the Wedding Paper Divas series of clever save the date magnets as well as their gorgeous range of wedding invitations, too!

Show your favorite just how special they are with this charming You Are My Favorite mini print from FifiDuVie! Its 5" x 7" size is perfect for brightening up an office, cubicle or corner of your living space. Printed on archival quality paper, this sweet print is available in red, black, silver or hot pink non-toxic acrylic inks as well as the peacock blue shown here. A happy affirmation of love every day.

Make your Valentine's Day a memorable one with beautiful antique jewelry from Frances and Fils — and enjoy a little bonus when you do, too! Purchase a piece before February 28 2012, use code VAL15 at checkout and receive 15% off your order. A perfect time to indulge in something unique and lovely, like this Heart Locket from the early 1900s, which has been paired with a 1960s brass chain and vintage brass key tag for a modern look.

This Valentine's Day, why not give your valentine a flower box instead of a box of flowers? With a Small Equals Keepsake Box, the flowers will never fade — and it would be perfect as the wrapping for a small special gift such as handmade chocolates or jewelry. And when it's empty, you can keep your love letters in it! Choose from several varieties of flower designs here.

Give your significant other something a little different this year for Valentine's Day — a lovely art print from Bates Mercantile Co., such as the fun I Love You Eye Chart. Not only would this look great in a simple frame, but it's a charming daily reminder of being loved — a pretty awesome gift indeed.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Simple Pleasures

The deep pleasure we derive from art — whether it's a painting, photograph, story, sculpture, film, dance or other form — is a constant source of happiness and renewal, no matter what life may throw at us.

(lovely photo by mikkel rahr mortensen, with styling by gitte kjaer)
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