Friday, March 30, 2012


Happy weekend! Hope it's lovely. It's going to be another working one for me, but the brunch on Sunday will add some fun, too. How about you?

(lovely photo by the sweet william shop, where you can purchase the prints too. via brydie brown)

High Octane

The tiny 1930s attic studio apartment of Hans Fabian Larsson may not have a lot of space, but you'd never notice — it's just bursting with energy. I love how Hans confidently mixes antiques and flea market finds, and then sets them against a background of vibrant colour. Wonderful. From here on Skona hem.

(photography by karl andersson)


How cute are these cheerful beet-dyed pink deviled eggs? Perfect for Easter.

(photo and recipe by kimberley of the year in food)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sweetness and Light

There's something truly charming about a small cake.

(photo by nikole herriot of herriott grace. via cabbagerose)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Vogue in Bloom
Vogue magazine welcomes spring with this lovely slide show of flowery inspiration from its fashion archives. Wonderful.

From Horseradish to Ketchup and Beyond
Fascinating look at the rise of packaged foods, through the history of Henry Heinz and his condiment empire.

The Body Language of Designers
Recently AnOther magazine invited body language expert Dr Nicola J Davies to analyse the designers at the most memorable finale moments of the autumn/winter 2012 womenswear shows, including Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Miuccia Prada and – taking their final bow – Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent and Raf Simons at Jil Sander. Fascinating.

Will Ferrell's Zen Comedy
Great profile of comedian Will Ferrell — excellent insight into how he approaches his work.

Venus With Biceps
Check out this indepth illustrated review of the new book Venus With Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women by David L. Chapman and Patricia Vertinsky — it's a truly fascinating area of social history.

From Psalters to Downloads

Fun short history on how we've bought music through the ages, from music sheets to MP3s.

Who Was Casanova?

Known now mainly for his romantic escapades, Casanova was in fact a true Enlightenment polymath — his memoirs reveal a cultivated man who hobnobbed with Voltaire, Catherine the Great, Benjamin Franklin and probably Mozart. He also traveled extensively, survived as a gambler, an astrologer and spy; translated The Iliad into his Venetian dialect; and wrote a science fiction novel, a proto-feminist pamphlet and a range of mathematical treatises. Fascinating look at a highly complex man.

Vegetarian Recipes for Spring
Take advantage of delicious early spring veggies such as asparagus, peas, fava beans, artichoke and more with these lovely recipes from Saveur.

(photo by dabito of old brand new for front & main. via brick house)


Today I'm smitten with the paintings of Nicole Cohen — and her video of a painting in process, called Watching Paint Dry: A Little Movie By Sketch42, is a great peek into how she works.

P.S. Nicole's gorgeous home was featured in Rue magazine — have a look here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Moments of Beauty

I'm fascinated by this Japanese Manga-inspired shoot by photographer Satoshi Saikusa for the March 10 edition of S Moda, featuring model Anouck Lepere. Wild. See the rest of the shoot here, too.

(via fashion gone rogue)

Ocean Living

Located on Bellevue Beach, north of Copenhagen, the home of designer Naja Lauf, her swimming champion and inspector husband John Allan and their son Albert may be the official residence for the Bellevue inspector, but its relaxed and airy style is a far cry from the usual tossed together look of temporary homes — and the magnificent views onto the sea and the countryside are a definite plus, too! More here on Femina.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Simple Pleasures

Seeing the days gradually grow longer, with a little more sunshine every day. Such a welcome part of spring.

(photo by frank features. via solid frog by by way of gingerella)

Atelier: Great Book Design

Loved a recent post on Stylist Magazine featuring 50 beautiful book covers. I've picked a few of my faves to share with you here — find the full list on their site here.

Monday, March 26, 2012


A pretty still life to start off your Monday sweetly. Have a good one.

(photo by melina hammer)

A Sunny Retreat

The Skillebekk, Norway apartment of Arnold Jung and Erik Pettersen may have classic bones, but the collection of modern art and furniture keeps things light and contemporary. Love the confident use of colour throughout, too. Such a happy space. More here on Bo Bedre.

(photography by ragnar hartvig)

Friday, March 23, 2012


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. It'll be another busy working weekend for me, but I'll be taking time out here and there to just hang with Andrew, too. How about you?

(photo by jonas ingerstedt)

An Artful Life

Rug designer Sabine de Gunzburg believes in surrounding herself in art — not surprising, as it's a philosophy she grew up with. Her spacious Paris apartment features drawings by Jean Cocteau, Eric Fischl, AndrĂ© Derain and Pierre-Paul Prud’hon among others, passed down through her family — though she's also happy to display paintings by her daughter Emanuelle, too. Antiques as well as more modern pieces furnish the space, all livened up with bright fuschia notes here and there, too. More here on Elle Decor.

(photography by william waldron)


Getting your eyes checked would be a whole lot cuter if you looked at the sweet limited edition Animal Eye Chart print from FL4Projects. A colour version is available, too.

This is also making me smile.

(via swiss miss)

advertise on automatism

Thinking of becoming an automatism sponsor? There's a couple of ad spots available for April — with rates that are perfect for small creative businesses. Find out more here.

(lovely photo by daniella witte)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sweetness and Light

An inspiring corner in the Kamakura home of Hitoshi Uchida, owner of J'Antiques Tokyo, and his family. Love. See the rest of it here, too.

(photo by the selby via brunch at saks)


This week's links. Enjoy.

50+ Vintage Garment Labels
Great little slide show over at LA Times magazine of vintage garment labels. Good to know I'm not the only design geek — one of the things I've always loved to do when shopping in vintage clothing stores is checking out the labels.

The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction
Can reading fiction make you a better person? Now there's scientific evidence that it really does. From the NYT article by Anne Murphy Paul: "Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life." Love this.

Five Minutes With Audrey Tautou
W Magazine interviews the star of Amelie about her latest film and about the art of acting.

Want to eat better but find yourself overwhelmed at the grocery store? Fooducate is a handy little app that allows you to scan the bar code of an item with your iPhone, check out the ingredients, and then choose a healthier option. Very cool.

A Woman Like No Other
Great NYT piece on the inspiring career of Gloria Steinem.

Early Dickens Film
Have a look at the recently discovered The Death of Poor Joe, dating from 1901 and, at only 61 seconds long, the earliest surviving Charles Dickens film, an adaptation of Dickens’ novel Bleak House.

Check out this photo series by French photographer Denis Darzacq, a collaboration with Parisian dancers who float suspended mid-air in supermarkets — a poetic comment on escaping materialism.

Katherine Hepburn's Brownies
Katherine Hepburn shared her favourite brownie recipe in an August 1975 interview with The Ladies' Home Journal — and now you can enjoy it too.

(lovely photo via fritz hansen by way of decor8)


The unseasonably warm weather we're having here has me thinking about summer clothes earlier this year — and right now I'm smitten with the Baobab Dress from Bodkin. So easy to toss on, add a pair of sandals and jewelry and go.

(photo by tina tyrell)
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