Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sweetness and Light

A pretty still life for a cool Thursday.

(photo by hvítur lakkrís via anca gray)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Liz Lemon Office Tour
30 Rock may be in its last season (alas), but before it goes take a fun video tour of  Liz Lemon's office with the lovely Tina Fey.

Turning English Beaches Into Art
Environmental artist Tony Plant transforms the beaches of England into swirling canvases, using a simple rake to create beautiful patterns. Lovely work.

A Spoonful of Yogurt
In the first of a new series called My Madeleine, contributing novelist Kapka Kassabova eats her way into her past, a spoonful of yogurt conjuring up childhood memories of living in Bulgaria.

What 13 People Wore to Their Interview With Anna Wintour
Watching The Devil Wears Prada movie, one can't help but wonder what to wear if ever in an interview situation with Vogue's Anna Wintour, the inspiration for Meryl Streep's terrifying character. Here's what 13 interviewees chose to wear on their big day (and how they fared, too).

Virginia Woolf's Cottage Loaf
For Virginia Woolf, baking bread was a refuge from the labour of writing — and something that she was good at, too. Lovely post over at Paper and Salt (and a recipe, too).

A Diplomatic Oeuvre
Conceived by the Museum of Modern Art in the 1950s to cultivate cross-cultural exchange between nations, the Art in Embassies program has grown to include 20,000 participants in 189 countries, curating around 60 exhibitions in diplomatic facilities around the world per year. Great slide show of highlights on Vanity Fair.

The Family That Time Forgot
Mesmerizing true story of a Russian family that was cut off from all human contact for 40 years — living in the remote wilds of Siberia, they were unaware of World War II, living a desperately hard existence. Riveting.

The Saveur 100 — 2013 Edition
Something I look forward to each year, the Saveur 100 is the issue in which its editors and contributors "...take stock of the best dishes we've cooked over the years, the restaurants where we've had our most memorable meals, the libations we toast with, the books and tools we covet, and the incredible people we've encountered along the way. We consider every last one a new classic." Make yourself a cup of tea and settle in for a great read.

(photo by house doctor via hviit)


I'm smitten with this lovely coat from Canadian designer Lida Baday's fall/winter 2006 collection — so elegant.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Moments of Beauty

Otherworldly beauty — Guinevere van Seenus for British Vogue, photographed by Paolo Roversi.

(via abundance)

Simple Lovely

This lovely house won the Danish Fairest Home contest recently, and it's easy to see why — striking graphic black and white warmed with wood, textiles and leafy green vegetation. Beautiful. More here on Femina.

(photography by mikkel adsbøl)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Simple Pleasures

A good long walk outdoors. Instant stress relief.

(photo by paulus.iosephus on flickr via chest)

Atelier: Artist Studios

Flavorwire has a great post featuring famous artists' studios — I've chosen my faves here, and you can see the full post here.

(image sources, top to bottom: georgia o'keeffe studio, ouno design; willem de kooning's studio, automatism; alexander calder’s studio, mondoblogo; jackson pollock’s studio, the selvedge yard; paul cézanne’s studio, surface fragments; roy lichtenstein’s studio, daintyfaint; louise bourgeois’ studio, up like toast)

Monday, January 28, 2013


A cup of fragrant coffee, something good to read and a warm café corner — the perfect way to start your Monday. Have a good one.

(photo by nicole franzen)

Argentina Modern

Something to warm you up on a cold January day — a sunny modern home of concrete and wood in Buenos Aires surrounded by luxuriant vegetation. More here on Marie Claire Maison.

(photography by marie-pierre morel)

Friday, January 25, 2013


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We're still in the midst of a cold snap here, with wind chills averaging -30C (-22F), so we'll be mostly curled up indoors this weekend — though we'll be braving the cold for a bit to attend a cake party for a lovely little girl's birthday. How about you?

(photo by johanna flyckt gashi of her own lovely living room)

A Tranquil Space

Love the serenity of this beautiful space in Østerbro, Denmark, the home of Jesper and Majbritt — the monochromatic palette and carefully chosen pieces create an extraordinary sense of calm. Perfect.

(photography by gaelle le boulicaut for elle decoration uk. via the lovely french by design)


Cold outside but not into wearing hats? Check out Wooly Head, a fun series by London-based photographer Louise Walker that features her hand-knitted wig designs based on vintage hairstyles. See the rest of the series on her website here.

(via trendland)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sweetness and Light

The elegance of a graceful gesture.

(photo by mario testino for vogue italia, july/august 1987. via abundance)


This week's links. Enjoy.

A Secret History of Women and Tattoo
Fascinating slide show of vintage photos of tattooed women from the new book Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, by Margot Mifflin, published by PowerHouse Books. From the New Yorker review by Maria Lokke: "Though tattoos are an increasingly common, and visible, element of personal style these days, some of the more hidden and historic examples—from Victorian women to circus attractions—are the most surprising."

Shoegaze: A Beginner's Guide
The Guardian music blog asked their readers to pick 10 essential shoegaze tracks for newcomers. Fantastic list including My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and Jesus and Mary Chain among others.

57th Street Rag
Janet Coleman starts off the first in a series of reminiscences by staff members of The New York Review of Books about their time working at the magazine, with her memories of joining the staff in 1963 at the age of 21. Wonderful time capsule of literary New York.

Ask Amy
As if she couldn't be any more awesome. Amy Poehler recently launched Smart Girls, a great website that celebrates girls — the link takes you to the Ask Amy section, where Amy answers questions sent in by fans.

14 Tips For Teaching On-site Workshops
Holly of the wonderful decor8 has put together a great post on how to conduct a workshop — something she sees as a trend in the making for bloggers. Excellent advice — and inspiring, too.

The 10 Best Movie Manhunts
Fun slide show of 10 classic films about manhunts, ranging from Les Misérables and The Most Dangerous Game to North by Northwest among others. Great ideas for movie night.

Transforming an Ugly Duckling on the Upper West Side
Slide show on the New York Times site of a loft apartment that went from OMG to amazing.

Braised Coconut Spinach and Chickpeas With Lemon
Hearty vegan winter fare from The Kitchn — a rich spicy veggie stew served over a roasted sweet potato. Definitely trying this one out.

(photo from living etc, december 2011 issue. via twelve chairs)


I'm smitten with this fab iPhone cover featuring the iconic Kaivo design by Maija and Kristina Isola for Marimekko — perfect. Available from Marimekko Canada here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Moments of Beauty

Love the softness of this image — and the interesting layering, too. Photo of model Amy Wesson by David Lasnet for Visionaire #25, 1998.

(via that lonely taciturn satellite)

Höst Restaurant

Something a little different today — a tour of the lovely Höst restaurant in Copenhagen, designed by Norm Architects. Love the rustic Scandinavian look, with a little industrial to give it a bit of edge. More here on Dezeen.

(via rum)
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