Friday, September 28, 2012


Happy weekend! Hope it's a good one. We'll be chilling out after a busy week — movies and afternoon walks in the early autumn air are looking good. How about you?

(photo by chris warnes)

All Grown Up

For Femina editor Camilla Kjems, years of busy family life with children, teens and two dogs had left her home's main living space a jumble of odd pieces of furniture, toys and belongings that had simply drifted there when they had nowhere else to go. On a tight budget but with the enthusiastic approval of the whole family, the entire room was updated, saving money by cleverly repainting and recovering furniture, investing in great wallpaper and completely reorganizing the space, It's still very much a family room, but one with an edgier and more grown up style. Love. More about it here on Femina.


A ring made in France between 1830-60, with the romantic hidden message 'je t'aime'.

(from the victoria & albert museum collection, via another)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sweetness and Light

A lovely warm autumnal still life, to get you in the mood for the season.

(photo by noel barnhurst)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Icons of Style
Vanity Fair slide show featuring icons of style from the silver screen, including Audrey Hepburn (of course), Grace Kelly, Fred Astaire, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Cate Blanchett among others.

Rethinking Sleep
Fascinating NYT article about how our ideas about sleep (and how much we really do need) are changing radically — our ancestors had very different sleep patterns than what we now have.

Six Women Science Pioneers Celebrated in Posters
Check out these great minimalist posters that honour the contributions of six pioneering woman scientists — radioactivity researcher Marie Curie, physicist and astronaut Sally Ride, primatologist Jane Goodall, marine biologist Rachel Carson, British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin and computer scientist Grace Hopper. Inspiring.

Winslow Homer's Studio
Interesting slide show tour of American landscape artist Winslow Homer's newly renovated studio by the seaside in Prouts Neck, Maine.

Best Recently Reissued Books
Just discovered that The Telegraph has a weekly column covering reprinted editions of books — some which have been out of print for many years. This week's list of reissues features playwright Arthur Miller's autobiography Timebends, Richard Hughes’s novel The Fox in the Attic (set against the social and political upheavals of WWII), Malcolm Bradbury’s 1959 academic satire Eating People Is Wrong, Italian-Scottish diplomat Daniele Varè's The Maker of Heavenly Trousers, based on his experiences in Peking in the Thirties and Joan Aiken’s children’s classic The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, set in an alternative 19th-century England that’s bitterly cold and overrun with wolves.

The Secret Spy Life of James Bond Producer Harry Saltzman
An excellent example of how truth is stranger than fiction — fascinating.

Google Street View — Under the Sea
Via Laughing Squid: "Google Street View is now available under the sea. Six coral reefs around the world, including The Great Barrier Reef, can now be explored using Google’s panoramic technology (video). The imagery was captured by Google partner Catlin Seaview Survey." Direct link here. My afternoon productivity just took a nosedive ...

English Crumpets
Treat yourself to a scrumptious weekend brunch treat with this lovely recipe for home made crumpets — add butter and jam or honey and you're good to go. Via Always With Butter.

(photo by jake curtis)


I'm smitten with this wonderfully cosy sweater by the Japanese company Mixmind. Perfect for chilly autumn days.

(via pinterest)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Moments of Beauty

A lovely detail from the spring/summer 2007 collection by Yohji Yamamoto. Wonderfully subtle contrast of textures.

(via puddleducks)

Simple and Lovely

Interior designer, blogger, stylist and owner of the online store Moltaz Design, Henrick Eriksson has applied his design philosophy to his lovely summer home, a cottage dating from 1780. When he purchased it, its charming rough log walls and old oak floors were — unbelievably — hidden behind plastic wallpaper and cork tiles respectively. Henrick also tackled low ceilings, lack of insulation and removed the gypsum plaster from the walls, taking them back to their original condition. Renovating the house bit by bit made it manageable within his busy work schedule — and the resulting style of the cottage is described by Henrick as 'New England with industrial touches'. As he works with colour all day, Henrick deliberately chose a restful and neutral palette for his own space, concentrating on textures, form and materials to keep it lively and interesting. Lovely. More here on Bonytt.

(photography by per erik jæger)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SImple Pleasures

The first fruits (and veggies) of the autumn harvest.

(photo by alison miksch)

Atelier: James Hopkins

Today I'm admiring a great modern twist on the vanitas still life genre by artist James Hopkins, who takes this rather morbid theme and gives it a playful interpretation, with his creation of skulls formed by the clever arrangement of various everyday objects on bookshelves.

(via ignant)

Monday, September 24, 2012


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

(photo by philip ficks)

Groovy Modern

AT Casa had a great post featuring a slide show of modern loft spaces from all over the world recently — I've picked a few that I especially liked. Enjoy. More photos here, too.

Friday, September 21, 2012


Happy weekend! Hope it's a good one. We're due for lots of rain and raw chilly weather, so it's going to be an indoor sort of weekend here — reading, Scrabble, movies, home baked bread and simmering autumn soups are looking good right about now. How about you?

(photo by deborah moir for amm)

Bright and Cheerful

A rather featureless 1925 house in Madrid has been transformed into a fluid, light-filled space furnished with great vintage pieces. Cheerful colour and prints here and there add a dash of fun and keeps it all from being too serious. Lovely. More here on Micasa.


For the myopic Cyclops. Marcel Marien, L'introuvable, 1937.

(more about this surrealist art work here on art daily)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sweetness and Light

Delicacy and beauty for you today, from photographer Alessandro Guerani.


This week's links. Enjoy.

A Feast of Words
Author Lawrence Norfolk spent three years researching 17th century recipes for John Saturnall's Feast, his novel set in England in the time of Charles I, about an orphan who becomes the greatest cook of his age. Here he lists and briefly describes ten of the 17th century food books he read as background, which all sound utterly fascinating. A Smoothening Quiddany of Quinces, anyone?

The 51 Most Powerful Pinners in the World
As Pinterest becomes a force to be reckoned with, check out the pinners who are sharing the good and lovely. Lots of familiar faces from the design blog community!

The Cult of Disappearing Design
Interesting NYT article about the trend towards interiors that are seamless — an ethos that aims to secrete away anything that needs a button, a cord or a subwoofer to work. Intriguing, but I do find the resulting spaces rather impersonal.

19 Reasons Your Portfolio Isn't Getting Visited
Useful checklist for creatives on why you might not be getting the traffic and/or work from your online portfolio you'd hoped for — great tips.

Wonderful picture gallery of people all over the world bringing in the harvest — wheat, blueberries, honey, and more. A reminder of how much hard work it takes to be a farmer.

Bringing the Hotel Home
From More Intelligent Life: "If hotels used to mimic wealthy homes, now the ideal home looks like a hotel. Matthew Sweet reports—and starts by getting a hotelier round to inspect his place."

World's First Colour Films Discovered in British Museum
Amazing glimpse at history — a colour photo dating from 1901 or 1902, taken by the cinematographer and inventor Edward Raymond Turner (1873-1903). The photo is of Turner's three children in the garden — extraordinary to see such a natural photo of them, all dressed in Edwardian clothing.

Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
There's something about the first cooler days of early autumn that makes me crave home made soups — they're so comforting and warm. This recipe from Tartelette would be perfect after being outside in the crisp air.

(photo by bruno suet)


I'm utterly smitten with the elegant sculptures of Swedish artist Eva Hild, who works in porcelain, aluminium and bronze. Lovely and graceful organic forms. See more on her website here.

(via paulette pascarella)

Sponsor Spotlight

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Exciting news from Bates Mercantile Co. — from now through October 20, 2012, automatism readers will receive 20% off one illustrated giclee art print by using coupon code auto20. It's a perfect time to pick up the lovely Moon print — and more — here. And more fun news — the Mercantile Muse blog is having a Mercantile Muse September Giveaway! Enter before September 30, 2012 for a chance to win $180+ worth of handmade & vintage goods. Entry and contest details here. Good luck!

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