Monday, April 30, 2012


A pretty still life to start your Monday with a little inspiration. Have a good one.

(via beehive)

Helen's House

These beautiful images from photographer Prue Ruscoe's portfolio are just chock full of the elements I especially love. So inspiring.

Friday, April 27, 2012


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll be busy with visiting family, so there'll be lots of catching up with news and little trips in the city to enjoy. How about you? What are you up to?

(photo by per gunnarsson)

The Art of Living

Just love this beautiful space, the home of Bella Goldman — those all white rooms really set off the fantastic art collection. Gorgeous. Images from the portfolio of the brilliant stylist Myrica Bergqvist.

(via the lovely blog de damask et dentelle)


The Coffeepot for Masochists, just one of the many amusing objects from the Impossible Objects site featuring the designs of French artist Jacques Carelman, whose work is strongly influenced by the Surrealists.

(via stacey — thanks so much!)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sweetness and Light

Just love The Last Good Emperor, a photo of the charming Marcus by Jenny Silva. Available as a print from Jenny's etsy shop here.

(via field & sea)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Pictureless Pinterest
Describing itself as "the best of Pinterest without looking at the pictures," this Twitter account is both amusing and oddly inspiring — it makes you use your imagination to "see" the pictures in your mind.

Freedom and Art
Long but interesting read on society's expectations regarding artistic expression. A quote from the article: "... for at least three millennia and possibly longer, the artist is also expected paradoxically to violate conventions—to entertain, to surprise, to outrage, to be original. That is the special status of art among all other activities, although it may indeed spill over and make itself felt throughout the rest of life. It is the source of freedom, prevents the wheels of the social machine from locking into paralysis. From our artists and entertainers, we expect originality and resent it when we get it."

Sound Machine
Via The Browser: "Forty years ago, their music was regarded as a curiosity, or worse. Now they cause online ticket systems to crash within minutes. So how did German electronica group Kraftwerk end up at New York's Museum of Modern Art?"

50 Things to Do Before You Are 12
The National Trust in the UK recently drew up a list of activities that encourage kids to get outdoors and interact with nature — some great ideas for people of any age to experience, too.

Werner Herzog's Note To His Cleaning Lady
 Eccentric film director Werner Herzog pens a note to his cleaning lady that is classic Herzog. Awesome.

Dumpsters To Cameras
This is brilliant — check out how some clever German garbage men converted dumpsters into pinhole cameras.

Keith Jarrett: Save Your Soul. Turn Off Your Gadget
Excellent insight from jazz great Keith Jarrett on how we are losing perspective on our lives through our dependence on gadgets. A timely reminder to leave the technology behind regularly, get outside more and live in the moment.

Lentil Cakes with Pesto, Wilted Greens and Lemon Thyme Zucchini Fries
A great menu for a delicious vegetarian lunch or supper that everyone will enjoy. Via Roost.

(photo from the portfolio of stylist maliin stoor. via emmas designblogg)


I'm smitten with this elegantly minimal Ceramic Cup desk accessory by Farrah Sit — so pretty. Available from her etsy shop here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Moments of Beauty

Love this semi-abstract architectural shot of model Amber Anderson, photographed by Diego Indraccolo for the latest issue of Schon Magazine. More from the same shoot here.

(via fashion gone rogue)

A Calm Retreat

Built in 1700 in Algaida, in the heart of Majorca, this country building was an inn, a warehouse and an oil mill before being abandoned completely. But when architect Durval Dias Junior discovered it, he was fascinated by its possibilities despite its ruinous state, deciding to make it his country retreat. Determined to respect his new home's origins, Durval sourced the sandstone for the walls and window arches locally, and re-used materials from other parts of the house when possible, such as making interior doors from old wooden beams. When it came to the decor, Durval wanted it to be in keeping with the elegantly austere architecture, reflecting the airy and simple style of the traditional village houses. Now it's a calm retreat from the heat and bustle of the city, a home that's conducive to serene reflection. More here on Nuevo Estilo.

Sponsor Spotlight: Mother's Day Edition

Charmaine of Lobo Luxe offers this heartfelt quote from Lilly for Mother's Day: “It takes some one really brave to be a mother, someone strong to raise a child and someone special to love someone more than herself.” Charmaine adds, "Here’s to the most important people in the world, and especially to my Mum — Happy Mother’s Day." And here's to a lovely gift idea for mom, too — the exquisite Queen of Hearts Neckpiece by Felicity 'Flick' Pope.

For moms who love interior design and want their kids to have a nice space too, Nina of Black Rooster Decor has a charming suggestion — the Kids' Ghost Chair! Molded from polycarbonate and UV resistant (making it useable outdoors too), the Kids' Ghost Chair is available in transparent hues of blue, red and purple. Available for preorder now for June delivery — with free shipping within Ontario, too!

Give the gift of kitschy fun this Mother's Day with a reproduction of a vintage 1925 Heinz food ad for the Saturday Evening Post from Small Equals! Laminated with a matte finish on high-density wood board by Burlington VT company Silver Maple Editions, each reproduction is ready to hang on its keyhole mount. A wonderful way to add colour and vintage charm to a kitchen (or anywhere else in your home)!

Pamela of Bates Mercantile Co. has a lovely Mother’s Day Special for automatism readers. — from now until Mother’s Day on May 13 2012, use the coupon code AUTO15 at checkout and receive 15% off any one art print! It's a perfect time to give your mom a pretty print like the one shown here, which would definitely be an inspiring way to start each day.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Simple Pleasures

Spring plants. I'm actually terrible at growing anything, but I'm tempted to try a few little succulents indoors and see how they go ...

(photo from west elm via field & sea)

Atelier: Stephen Gill

These lovely textural images are from the book Outside In by Stephen Gill, created by taking photographs with (says Stephen), " ... found objects and creatures that I scooped up from the local surroundings and introduced into the body of my camera." The result is a spontaneous collage that's a multilayered portrait of the site he's photographing, showing both what it looks like and how it feels to be there. So intriguing. More here on lens culture.

Monday, April 23, 2012


A pretty work area, to inspire you to a creative and productive week ahead. Have a good one.

(photo by magnus anesund)

Collected Works

This elegant attic apartment in Modena, Italy, is the home of a lawyer and his family — and of a serious collection of music, movies and antique furniture. The architectural firm ZPZ Modena was called in to design the home as a series of spaces — besides the living areas, display areas were needed for the staggering 30,000 music CDs and 4,000 movie DVDs (plus another 12,000 CDs stored away out of sight). The result is a fluid environment in white, with a clever series of storage solutions for the various collections that keeps the apartment feeling open and surprisingly uncluttered. More here from AT Casa.

(photography by sarah angel bezzecchi)

Friday, April 20, 2012


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll both be doing a bit of work here, but there'll be some time out for a walk and a movie or two as well. How about you?

(photo by magnus anesund)
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