Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sweetness and Light

A beautiful room to inspire your day, from Love Warriors of Sweden.

(photo by hannah lemholt. via est magazine)


This week's links. Enjoy.

The Day I Sold Books to Johnny Cash
This is just as awesome as it sounds — a lovely short read. Via The Paris Review.

Pen to Paper
Great post over at Brain Pickings featuring Mary Gordon on the joy of notebooks and writing by hand as a creative catalyst.

A Tiny Masterpiece
Take a virtual tour of The Hailey Residence, a tiny California house designed in 1959 by modernist architect great Richard Neutra — it definitely feels far more spacious than its actual 1,129-square-foot listing would suggest.

Seeing the Subway
Interesting slide show featuring photographs of the New York subway, from 1916 to the present day.

Striped, Spotted and Reticulated
Rebecca Willis muses on the continuing popularity of animal prints in fashion — and what they convey about their wearer.

You As Gummy Bear
Japanese bistro FabCafe has an offer that will make a gift of sweets to your sweetie a more, um, personal one — for 6,000 yen (about $65 US) they'll do a 3D scan of your body, then use a mould to create a gummy bear that looks just like you. For those who like the offbeat gift.

Breakfast as Character Development
Fun piece that looks at how a fictional character's breakfast choices give readers more insight into what makes them tick — from James Bond's fastidious 3 and one third minute boiled eggs to Queequeeg's rare beefsteaks.

Broiled Grapefruit with Honey Yogurt and Granola
And while we're on the topic of breakfast, this simple recipe from Cookie and Kate is a perfect start to a snowy winter morning — warming, with the bright taste and colour of citrus.

(photo of louise simony's dining room by peter kragballe for bolig liv. via nordicdesign)


I'm smitten with the wonderful Mildred's Temple Kitchen in Toronto — I was commissioned to do the illustration used as their logo (the 'goddess' image) in 2008 and finally had a chance to visit in person last weekend. The space is gorgeous, the food is amazing and the staff is gracious and lovely. Highly recommended when you're next in TO!

(photo by me)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Moments of Beauty

This delicately lovely photo reminds me of the living statues in Jean Cocteau's beautiful film La Belle et la Bête. Photo of a jacket from the Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2001 collection by Paolo Roversi.

(via abundance)

Grand Simplicity

Admiring the lovely London home of interior designer Rose Uniacke today — a stunning mix of classic and modern. Read more about it here on T Magazine.

(photography by henry bourne)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Simple Pleasures

A leisurely meal at a fine restaurant — such a lovely indulgence.

(photo by nicole franzen)

Atelier: Vintage Vogue Paris

The fascinating sighs and whispers blogs about vintage fashion magazines and advertising — utterly addictive. Shown here is a spread from the September 1991 issue of Vogue Paris, featuring model Gisel Zelauy photographed by David Seidner and styled by Nicoletta Santoro. More from this spread here.

(photos scanned by laura helms of sighs and whispers)

Monday, February 25, 2013


Going to work on a Monday would be a positive pleasure if your office was as stunning as the studio of Danish designer Marianne Brandi. Gorgeous.

(photo via elle decor españa)

Mountain Retreat

Located in Megève between the Swiss mountains, this beautiful modern chalet is a study in contrasts, with a traditional exterior and a modern white interior. Lovely. More at Elle España here.

(photography by belén imaz)

Friday, February 22, 2013


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We're having a rather special one — we'll be in Toronto to see the Canadian Opera Company's extraordinary multi-media version of Tristan und Isolde, first staged at the Paris Opera in 2005. Can't wait.

(photo by catherine kwong design via wit + delight)

Light Vintage

Located in the top floor of a lovely old brick house north of Copenhagen near the beach and forest, the relaxed apartment of Tina and Mads is frequently filled with visiting family and friends — not surprising, given its prime location and beautiful, light-filled airy rooms that are just perfect for entertaining. More here on Bo Bedre.

(photography by case study)


These cute playhouses are part of a great 15 Toys You Can Make With Cardboard links round up on Apartment Therapy — perfect inspiration for snow days.

(photo of diy cardboard playhouse via a beautiful mess)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sweetness and Light

A delicately lovely photo in subtle tones of green and gold.

(photo by skye parrott. via the sea has neither meaning nor pity)


This week's links. Enjoy.

A Dictionary of Surrealism and the Graphic Image
Rick Poyner of Design Observer writes about his post: "This text was first published as the introduction to Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design, the catalogue for an exhibition I curated in 2010 for the Moravian Gallery in Brno in the Czech Republic as part of the Brno Biennial. The catalogue is now out of print and the text is republished with thanks to the gallery." Fun fact — it includes a reference to the Surrealist's description of automatism, which inspired the name of my blog.

Atoms For Peace: 'Amok'
NPR is streaming Amok, the new album from Atoms For Peace, the side project/band of Radiohead's Thom Yorke.

Street Style: Cheeky and Cheerful in London
Fun slide show of street style during London Fashion Week — love the quirky fearlessness of it all.

Grain Cooking Chart
If you ever find yourself dithering over how much water to use when cooking quinoa, brown rice, rolled oats, faro or other grains, check out this handy infographic over at The Kitchn — super helpful guide to cooking grains.

Will Ferrell's Laid Back New York Loft
Take a virtual tour of funnyman Will Ferrell's classic modern New York loft, livened up with bright pop art.

Europe's Fashion History, Just a Click Away
Via The New York Times: "An ambitious fashion archive is being readied for its debut May 2, when Europeana Fashion will go online with about 100,000 digital elements from 22 European museums and institutions — a gallery ranging from a 1921 embroidered dress by Madeleine Vionnet to a Diana Vreeland letter to the designer Emilio Pucci." What a fantastic project.

10 Of The Best Running Movies
The Guardian picks their favourite ten running-themed films, including such classics as Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Marathon Man and Chariots of Fire.

Vegetarian Main Dishes
Delicious round up from Saveur of 24 satisfying vegetarian main dish recipes from around the world, from hearty quinoa burgers to creamy lasagne, green curry and more.

(photo by elv's)


I'm smitten with this gorgeous image by Canadian photographer Troy Moth. Stunning.

(wedgemount glacier available as a print from mammoth and company)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Moments of Beauty

Groovy '60s mod style from the March 2013 issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, featuring model Zen Sevastyanova. See more from the same shoot here.

(photo by catherine servel with styling by leith clark. via fashion gone rogue)

Simply Elegant


Swooning over the gorgeous minimalist apartment of Yvonne Koné, recently featured in the premiere issue of Elle Decoration Denmark. Raw beauty. More here.

(photography by line klein with styling by stine langvad more. via yvonne koné)
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