Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Simple Pleasures

A collection of intriguing finds that, put together, form a history of your taste and interests.

(detail of jamie lyn and jessica fowler's home via design*sponge)

Atelier: The Vegetable Garden

Love these gorgeous illustrations from The Vegetable Garden, 1850-1895, originally published as an album in the 19th century by French company Vilmorin-Andrieux & Cie and now reproduced by Taschen in a new book — more about it here. Another one to add to the book list.

(via here on AnOther)

Monday, July 30, 2012


A pretty corner to start your Monday. Have a good one.

(photo by kronprinsessine via la belle vie)

Colour Block

Love the fantastic use of colour in this bright Victorian end-of-terrace villa in north London — just amazing. More here on House to Home.

(photography by jake curtis)

Friday, July 27, 2012


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. It's going to be a busy working one here, but we're looking forward to a Sunday afternoon barbeque, so there'll be some fun, too. How about you?

(photo by douglas friedman via analog|dialog)

Rustic Minimalism

Love the stunning minimalist country home of Joanna and Sebastian in Warsaw, Poland — lovely architectural details, fantastic light, great use of texture and contrast, all warmed up with the natural beauty of wood. Perfect. More photos here on Ikea Family Live.


Just in time for the Olympics — an amusing comic by Grant Snider that looks at how the games would be with real Olympians.

(via explore)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sweetness and Light

A summery room with a carpet that looks like the perfect sort of grass for running barefoot through.

(photo from hus & hem via wild spirit)


This week's links. Enjoy.

New Life for an Ancient Church
Given the job of converting the crumbling 18th century Sant Francesc convent in the small Catalan town of Santpedor into an auditorium and cultural centre, architect David Closes could easily have smoothed over the years of damage and neglect. Instead, he chose to highlight it. Follow the link to see the beautiful result.

When SoHo Was Young
This sounds like an interesting read — check out this book review of 112 Greene Street — The Early Years, the story of an art space in 1970s SoHo New York, told in the "informal, hyper-articulate, at times hilariously surreal voices" of artists.

Seasonal Treatment Face Mask
Treat yourself to a soothing summer face mask designed to hydrate, counteract sun damage and gently exfoliate using natural ingredients from the kitchen — including strawberries, organic whole milk and limes.

Remembering Herb Vogel
New York art collector Herbert Vogel, a long retired postal worker, died on July 22 at the age of 89, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy of cutting-edge Minimal and Conceptual art, as well as his partner in collecting, Dorothy Vogel, who survives him. Follow the link to learn their amazing story — and do see the documentary Herb and Dorothy if you get the chance, too. It's wonderful.

Gesundheit Radio
Cute video of the 1972 Gesundheit Radio "sneezing," something it was programmed to do twice a year to clear out the dust from its sensitive components. Aachoo!!

Miles Davis Blind Listening Test
From Noise Made Me Do It: "Down Beat magazine interviewed Miles Davis in 1964 and asked him for his opinion on some music via a blind listening test, and checked his ability to pick out other musicians based on the way they played." Unsurprisingly, Miles not only has an amazing ear but some very frank opinions, too. Via Andrew (thanks!)

The 600 Year Old Bra
An Austrian castle is the site of an archaeological discovery that has changed fashion history — four linen bras dating back to the Middle Ages. Previously it was thought that bras were only around 100 years old, as women gradually abandoned the more restrictive corset.

Take to Work Breakfasts
Kimberley of the lovely The Year in Food blog recently put together a lovely post for Bon Appétit magazine of ten great ideas for take to work breakfasts, including Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberries and Maple Syrup, Kale-Green Apple Smoothie, Berry Salad with Goat Cheese & Black Pepper and more. Get inspired — and start the day in a healthy way, too.

(photo by liz vidyarthi photography via nothing wack can stay)


I'm smitten with The Clash boot by LD Tuttle — perfect for fall. The band of the same name is pretty awesome, too. Available from Creatures of Comfort.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Moments of Beauty

Love this surreal image of model Michelle Hicks, photographed by Tiziano Magni in 1999 for Mirabella magazine.

(via abundance)

Stockholm Studio

Artist Carouschka Streijiffert is a Stockholm-based artist who works in a variety of media — painting, sculpture, collage and carpets. When it came to finding a space where she could both work and live, she chose what was originally a series of attic lofts at the top of an early 20th century building — one where the pigeons had taken up residence. After having her application to create roof openings approved, a skylight for the studio and small round windows were installed, while (due to the aging structure of the building) steel beams and poles were put for support and a birch and concrete floor added. When it came to decorating her home, Carouschka chose to play up the industrial style of her space and highlight its interesting architecture. The entire renovation was a lot of work and headaches, but the final result, a lovely, light-filled home that looks out over the rooftops of old Stockholm on the Baltic Sea and Lake Mälaren, is more than worth it. Love this one. More info here from Marie Claire Maison.

(photography by ingalill snitt)

Sponsor Spotlight

Liven up even the most serious of spaces with the fun and functional High Gloss End Table from Black Rooster Decor! Available in the high gloss orange shown here, black and white, this elegantly simple design goes well with both traditional and modern interiors — perfect as a side table or grouped together as an interesting coffee table. And at just $90.00 (CDN) and free shipping within Ontario, they're an affordable addition, too. A perfect time to add a little punch to your home!

Add some drama to your summer wardrobe with the lovely Swan Queen Ring by Shauna Mayben from Lobo Luxe, part of the ‘Penny for your Thoughts’ collection based on currency.  Each piece is made of 100% recycled sterling silver and features a majestic swan and crown pattern on the top, with a split band with Shauna Mayben's makers mark floating in the middle. Pretty and unique, this ring would look equally good with a floaty dress or a tee and shorts. Even better — buy it now and enjoy free international shipping until July 28!

Liza of Small Equals is enjoying a lovely summer of farmers' markets, gardens and light travel while planning for the busy winter season. One big upcoming project is an exhibit of photographs of her adorable pug, Saki, some of which will be made available as prints — the photo above is a sneak peek at good things to come! In the meantime, you can visit the Small Equals shop to check out lovely keepsake boxes, scents and elixirs, vintage posters and much more.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Simple Pleasures

A crisp green salad for lunch (or supper) on a hot summer's day. Perfection.

(lovely photo by joel wåreus)

Atelier: The Illustrated Villa

Today I'm admiring the extraordinary seaside Villa Santo Sospir, located in Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat in the south of France and lavishly decorated by the artist/poet/filmmaker Jean Cocteau. After meeting the villa's owner Francine Weisweiller (who became his muse) and viewing her home, Cocteau thought the walls were too white, and in 1950 he decided to draw on the walls with charcoal, working around the furniture, which was left in situ. Eventually he both drew and painted on all the walls, the ceilings, some of the furniture, created a wallpaper for the dining room and installed two mosaics as well. Amazing.

(via another)

Monday, July 23, 2012


A cool space to start your Monday on a groovy note — love the Dylan photo. Have a good one.

(photo of andrew rosen's home for elle decor by william waldron, with styling by anita sarsidi)

Vintage Colour

I'm loving Sylvie Rochon's cheerful Montreal apartment, furnished with great vintage finds — particularly mid century modern pieces (something Sylvie has a real eye for, as the owner of Spoutnik, a vintage furniture shop there). With its crisp white background and fantastic use of colour accessories, her space has a fresh and contemporary feel — it all feels very modern, even when you know almost everything in it is vintage. Lovely. More details here from Style at Home.

(photography by angus mcritchie)
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