Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sweetness and Light

Delicately pretty blossoms for you today.

(via chest — still working on tracking the original source)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Seeing Fashion History
British artist Arthur Buxton has just completed an exhaustive study on the history of color in fashion — here he takes 130 years of Vogue covers from the United States, the UK, France, and Italy and reduces them to blocks of colour. Beautiful and fascinating.

Baldessari: Life and Work
Check out this great video about the life and work of artist John Baldessari by the directors of Catfish, narrated by Tom Waits. Awesome.

Art and Craft in the Novel
Great essay in the Times Literary Supplement about the rise of domestic handicrafts in the 19th century and how it was reflected in contemporary novels.

Designers and Books
The website Designers and Books recently invited 109 designers (including architects, fashion designers, graphic designers, interior designers, landscape architects, product designers, urban designers, and other design professionals) to choose books that have inspired them. Great list.

20 Fun Things to Do Without Spending a Dime
Strapped for cash but still want to enjoy summer? Check out these great ideas on how to have a fun-filled time without breaking the bank.

Digital Narcissism
Thought provoking opinion piece about "digital narcissim" and how the constant engagement with social media (Twitter, Facebook etc.) is eroding our sense of self.

Delightful Dolls' Houses
Since 1985 the Kensington Dollshouse Festival in London festival hosts thousands of visitors there to see the extraordinary miniature dollshouses on show by 150+ exhibitors. Follow the link to see a slide show of some of the amazingly detailed dollshouses on display.

How Long Would You Survive in a Horror Movie?
Check out this fun graph to see what your chances are for surviving a classic horror movie.

Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Salad
A lovely summery recipe from Nigella Lawson — perfect for a lunch or supper accompaniment on a muggy day.

(photo by jansje klazinga via desire to inspire)


I'm smitten with these cropped trousers from Mango — love the wrap effect on the front.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Moments of Beauty

Shimmering silver and fluttering butterflies in this lovely photo by Ben Toms for the June 2012 issue of Dazed and Confused. More from the same shoot here.

Cool Industrial

For a couple used to living in elegant Haussmann apartments, Alban and Roxane's decision to live in a former garment factory was definitely a leap of faith. But the potential of the former workshop in Belleville, France was definitely there — there were original Eiffel beams, high ceilings and richly textured walls. So they went ahead and embraced the change, keeping the spirit of their new space by staining the oak floors grey, using weathered iron on the kitchen walls and other industrial details. Love. More here on Marie Claire Maison.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Simple Pleasures

A cold drink on a very hot day.

(photo by melina hammer)

Atelier: Scott McGlasson

Today I'm admiring the gorgeous pieces by contemporary woodworker Scott McGlasson. Just stunning. More about Scott and his work in this feature on him on the American Craft Council site, too.

(photography by paul nelson)

Monday, May 28, 2012


A delicately simple still life to start your Monday. Have a good one.

(lovely photo by ellen silverman)

Modern Barn

Inspired partly by Philip Johnson’s Glass House, partly with the concept of an 'art barn', architect Joel Barkley worked with owners Robert E. Abrams and Cynthia Vance More to create an airy, light-filled structure to house their extensive art collection. Amazing. Read the article and see more photos here on Architectural Digest.

(photography by pieter estersohn)

Friday, May 25, 2012


Happy weekend! Hope it's a good one. It's going to be a busy working one for me here, but there's also a local neighborhood-wide garage sale that I'll be taking a little time to check out too. How about you?

(photo by patrick cline with interior design by lauren gold, for the july/august 2011 issue of lonny magazine)

A French Accent

Located in Geraldton, Western Australia, this pretty home looks to traditional French country style for inspiration, with charming results. More here on Homelife.

(photography by sharyn cairns)


May there be plenty of ice cream in your immediate future.

('man holding too many ice creams' undated photo via nationaal archief on flickr)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sweetness and Light

I was so charmed by this sweet photo on the lovely bliss blog that I just had to share it with you here. Love.

(photo by esperanza moya)


This week's links. Enjoy.

How to Tell When You're Over Propped
This New York Times piece is a must read for design bloggers, even if it does poke fun at what we love. But its acid commentary about overly arranged rooms, with books sorted by colour and trendy accessories (antlers and vintage typewriters), does have a point. For me, the lesson to take away is to have confidence in what you love and to arrange your home for yourself, rather than feeling the need to decorate for the approval of others. And if you love antlers, go for it!

Ten Questions on Jane Austen
Think you know all there is to know about Jane Austen's beloved novels? Take this quiz and see.

A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) has a new movie coming out in the next couple of weeks or so — it's called A Fantastic Fear of Everything and it looks awesome and fun. The link takes you to a preview.

Rides a Bike
Fun Tumblr featuring movie stars riding bikes. Surprisingly addictive — and a great source of inspiration if you'd like to glam up your daily commute, too.

16 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health Today
Most of these are common sense, but they're a great reminder that a healthy lifestyle contributes to a well balanced and resilient physical, emotional and spiritual self.

Teen! Mags! 4-Ever!
Graphic designer and writer Gail Anderson takes a funny and nostalgic look back at the teen fan magazines she adored growing up in the 1970s. Those covers were just awesome.

The First Films of Great Directors
Check out the very first works by Kubrick, Coppola, Scorcese, Tarantino and Truffaut — some of which may surprise you.

Sophia Loren's Meatballs
Lovely Susan of Giulia Geranium introduced me to the gorgeous Manger blog recently, and I've been happily reading it ever since. I loved the story behind this recipe for meatballs by Sophia Loren (well, almost!), and just had to share.

(photo by philip ficks via desire to inspire by way of brydiebrown)


I'm smitten with the Roshan trio of hand-lacquered and lathe-carved sculptural candle holders (and candles) by Canadian designer Tahir Mahmood. Lovely. Available from Caviar20.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Moments of Beauty

A little vintage-inspired glamour for you today featuring model Mila Krasnoiarova photographed by Hugo Arturi, in a shoot that looks to 1920's and 30's German cinema and fashion. See the rest of the series here.

(via fashion gone rogue)

A Clean Slate

When architects Paul Bernier and Renée d'Amours purchased this single family home in the Plateau Mont-Royal area of Montreal, Quebec, they found themselves with a clean slate — the interior had been completely stripped by its former occupant, who had then abandoned the renovations. A former butcher shop built in 1915, the proportions of the space posed a particular challenge for the team as it is only 25 feet wide. So they focused on going up and bringing in as much light as possible — the result is a modern loft that's surprisingly spacious in feeling, despite its narrow proportions. More here on Décormag.

(photography by mario dubreuil)

Sponsor Spotlight

Enjoy the sunny outdoors in style this summer with Black Rooster Decor's lovely Rochelle Arm Chair. Endlessly versatile, its clean industrial lines mix well with both traditional and modern pieces. Chairs are in stock, and there's a little bonus for automatism readers, too — order now and receive 15% off until June 1st 2012! Just enter code SUMMER2012 at checkout to receive your discount. Shipping is free within Ontario and best rate shipping to the US is offered, too. Outdoor entertaining just became more fabulous!

Add a pretty touch to your warm weather wardrobe with the delicately lovely Eternal Pendant by Shauna Mayben, from Lobo Luxe. Made from 100% upcycled sterling silver, upcycled perspex and freshwater pearls, this unique double sided piece offers two looks in one, giving the wearer lots of versatility. Shauna says of her work: "The items I make are of high quality materials and manufacturing using traditional craftsman techniques insuring stability, durability and a long life of wear and tear. Each piece therefore becomes an artistic, one of a kind collector’s item. My items also have an intellectual narrative telling a story…it’s not just a bauble to adorn."

With the onset of long sunny days and mild evenings, perfumes begin to feel a little heavy — this is when the lighter scents of colognes come into their own. Add a delicately fragrant finishing touch to your summer routine with the lovely Jasmine Grandiflorum Spray by Lunaroma Aromatic Apothecary in Burlington, Vermont. Made in small batches especially for Small Equals using only the purest ingredients, this light and flowery scent is the perfect size to tuck into your bag, pocket or your car for a refreshing spritz whenever desired. For an extra treat, try the Coffee/Jasmine Facial Elixir, too!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Simple Pleasures

A new do. Just had a generous trim and am feeling quite light and ready for summer.

(photo by elizabeth messina of kiss the groom via this is glamorous on pinterest)

Archive: Kim Knott

Today I'm admiring these stunning images by photographer Kim Knott, taken for a feature on white shirts in a vintage May 1990 edition of the Canadian magazine Domino. Gorgeous.

shirt designers, top to bottom: chloé silk blouse with shawl collar, full pleated sleeves and french cuffs; chanel open linen blouse with silk chiffon sash; comme des garçons puffy-sleeved blouse jacket; bruce oldfield sheer organza swing shirt; betty jackson menswear-inspired shirt with metal buttons and white embroidery on the back; jasper conran crinkle silk halter top; john galliano silk shirt with stitched sleeves and drawstring collar; rifat ozbek cropped bolero shirt.

(magazine scans by me)
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