Friday, August 31, 2012


Happy weekend — and a happy long weekend to fellow Canadians and to American friends, too. We're planning on a relaxed one here — a trip to the gallery and blueberry pancakes are on the (small!) list of things to do. How about you?

(photo by jennifer of ett hörn av eden via pella hederby)

Old as New

An inspired renovation has transformed a once dull 1960s concrete building into a stunning summer home — one that's a traditional thatched cottage on the outside and all minimal ease on the inside. With its gently weathering shingles of Pomeranian pine and nestled amongst native rose bushes and pines, this Danish seaside home is a beautiful retreat from city life. More here on Bo Bedre.

(photography by lars kaslov via 79 ideas by way of gingerella)


Tippi Hedren photographed by Philippe Halsman, 1962.

(via another magazine)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sweetness and Light

A fantastically inspiring work area. Love.

(from by nord aw 12 catalogue. via poppytalk)


This week's links. Enjoy.

How to Read a Poem (and Fall in Love with Poetry)
Great excerpt from the book of the same name by poet Edward Hirsch, explaining simply and effectively how to read a poem, with lots of great links to examples. Inspiring and lovely.

Ukraine's Leafy Green Tunnel of Love
Amazing photos of an extraordinary long, leafy 1.8 mile long tunnel near the town of Kleven in the forests of Ukraine — actually a passage for a private train that provides wood to a local factory, it's also a popular spot for lovers' promises. Not surprising — it's utterly romantic. Via Andrew (thanks!)

Marais Becomes The Beast
Rare behind the scenes photos of actor Jean Marais being transformed into The Beast for La Belle et la Bête, Jean Cocteau's gorgeous 1946 adaptation of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

Pantry Confidential
Lovely blog by New York-based bloggers Hana and Christine, who go behind the scenes to document the kitchens, cabinets, and cooking styles of food industry professionals (and their amateur counterparts). Via a great interview with Hana and Christine in Saveur.

The Brontës — Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of Three Sisters
Review of a newly revised and updated edition of the highly praised 1994 biography by Juliet Barker — definitely a must for Brontë fans.

I Was Jeff Koons's Studio Serf
Fascinating glimpse into what really goes on in the contemporary art world.

Learning How to Eat Like Julia Child
Lovely essay on how Julia Child first learned to eat before she learned to cook — and why this is so important to have a real appreciation and understanding of food. 

Finnish Baked Raspberry Pancake
Simple and delicious — I definitely plan on trying this one. Via the delightful blogresipi.

(photo from norr11 via stilsucht)


I'm utterly smitten with this series of delightful mugs from McLaggan Smith Mugs Ltd, featuring the brilliant Quentin Blake's illustrations for Roald Dahl's children's stories. Ten different designs are available, so you're sure to find one for your fave Dahl tale.

(via a cup of jo)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Moments of Beauty

A beautiful study in contrast — love how the model's skin glows against the dark background.

(model kirsten owen photographed by paolo roversi for romeo gigli f/w 1988. via loverunway)

Bright and Cheerful

Love this apartment on the Swedish real estate site Bolaget Fastighetsfömedling — pretty and sunny natured. More here, too.

Giveaway Winner!

I'm very happy to announce the winner of the Coco Blanc Sachet from Mi-Septembre! Congratulations to Anna Mavromatis — and Anna, keep an eye on your mailbox for a lovely little gift direct from Paris! Thanks so much to everyone who participated, too — you're all the best.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Simple Pleasures

The beauty of simplicity — I love the focus on form, balance and texture in this delicately lovely still life.

(photo by petrina tinslay)

Atelier: Nick Cave SoundSuits

I'm loving these amazing SoundSuits by fabric sculptor, dancer (Alvin Ailey)  and performance artist Nick Cave, featured in the new Harper’s Bazaar editorial Where The Wild Things Are. Photographed by Max Farago, the wearable fabric sculptures are made from twigs, dyed human hair, sisal, plastic buttons, beads, sequins, and feathers. More here.

(via trendland)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pinterest Guest Board

I'm very excited to tell you that I was recently invited by Etsy to do a guest board on Pinterest! My board has just gone live, and Etsy will be adding more of my picks to it over the course of this week, so keep checking back over the next few days. You'll find my board here.

(sweet photo by jenny silva of pibbleslobber studio on etsy)


A peaceful corner to start your Monday gently. Have a good one.

(photo by martin morrell)

A Beach House Reborn

What is now a stunning beach house in Amagansett, New York for Athena and Victor Calderone is a testament to their ability to see potential — Victor describes black mold hanging from a collapsing ceiling, and a pool filled with mosquitoes (and worse) when they first found it. But they loved the elegant lines of the 1960s house and were determined to restore it to its former glory. Now they enjoy weekends away from their hectic lives with their young son Jivan. More here on Elle Decor.

(photography by jason schmidt with styling by noemi bonazzi)

Last Chance!

It's the last day for the lovely giveaway of the beautiful Coco Blanc Sachet from Mi-Septembre, a subtle mix of star anise, cinnamon and clove packaged in a white wide loomed linen sachet, fastened with a coconut shell button and presented in a charming gift box. Leave a comment and email address here before 12:00 midnight EST tonight for a chance to win — a winner will be announced on August 29, 2012. Good luck!

Friday, August 24, 2012


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. It's been a very long week for us both here, so we're planning on taking it easy for the weekend — depending on the weather, a picnic might be in order. How about you?

(lovely photo by felix forest)

Above the Shop

With an airy apartment located right above her store Fenton & Fenton, Lucy Fenton can happily switch her shop offerings with her personal possessions, editing at will. The results definitely make me want to visit her store — love her cheerful mix of vintage and colour. More here. Via homelife.

(photography by felix forest with styling by jason grant)
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