Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Wishing you all a very happy Easter — hope it's a fun and lovely one.

(sweet photo by frida ramstedt for

Friday, March 29, 2013


Happy weekend — hope it's a relaxed and lovely one. We'll be enjoying a long Easter weekend here — looking forward to a holiday brunch and a visit to the National Gallery. How about you?

(photo by karl anderson)

Beach Shack Cool

A mild early spring day here is inspiring thoughts of warm days ahead — this renovated beach shack on the Australian coast would be the perfect spot to spend the summer. Love. More here on HomeLife.

(photography by mark roper with styling by indianna foord)

The Listening Booth: Greg Langille

Welcome to The Listening Booth, a brand new regular series of posts on automatism. Each post features a guest musician, dj or music devotee sharing their current three favourite songs with automatism readers. I'm very excited to kick off the very first Listening Booth with my brother Greg Langille, who is not only an extraordinarily talented musician but an all around great guy, too. Enjoy!


About Greg 
I have been playing music in various (mostly rock) bands since I was 15, most recently with the Bible All-Stars.  You can find music by clinking links for the Bible All-Stars, thIngS fALL apART, the Patsies, and many other long-forgotten entities.  I am a Canadian government drone who grew up and still lives in Ottawa, Canada.

Greg's Three Picks
M.I.A. - Bad Girls
M.I.A. has so many facets that it's hard to briefly describe any part of this.  This is such a superb blend of Eastern music, hip-hop and electronica that it might be an experiment if it wasn't so damned catchy.  Mostly I like the fact that this is the freshest sound I've heard in quite a while.  Generally I like (mostly all-guy) bands, but M.I.A really kicks it.  The video is fun too - I drive like that sometimes.

Kathleen Edwards - Change the Sheets
Kathleen Edwards is a (sorta) home-town girl so this pick is a little biased.  I've followed Kathleen's career from solo acoustic sets at the Manx (a terrific little Ottawa pub) to her current ... uh ... almost-there fame.  This song is insidious.  The Bon Iver production really works well with her sound and voice, which is just about perfect.  This song scales well: it works as a quiet acoustic piece, with a 5-piece rock band, or (I'm guessing) a full orchestra.  A bittersweet lyric, a simple but effective riff, and some interesting but background-y keys make this a song that seems to work best when you listen to it by yourself.  Nice!

Kid Koala - Yo Gabba Gabba
This one is really my favourite of the favourites of the 5-year-old in my house.  I put this on and instantly dancing ensues.  It's eerie.  I used to be pretty dismissive of turntablists and DJs (don't they just hit play?  I can do that!), but after seeing Kid Koala live I must say I was impressed.  The ability to do a slinky jazz solo using vinyl was like a magic trick to me when I first saw it.  His live performances are always fascinating and different and this song is a great example of why: it appeals to the 5-year-olds and the ... er... older-than-5-year-olds equally.

(photo by peter kragballe)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sweetness and Light

Fresh spring green for your Thursday. Have a lovely one.

(photo by påmingataistan)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Echoes of Genius
From The New Yorker: "An uncanny coincidence in the letters of Margaret Fuller and Emily Dickinson points to a common predicament of women isolated by their brilliance." Really interesting essay by Judith Thurman, accompanied by a lovely illustration by Maira Kalman.

Top 10 Eggs on Film Moments
AnOther Magazine gets in the Easter mood with this list of eggs in the movies, from Paul Newman betting he can eat 50 hard-boiled eggs in an hour in Cool Hand Luke to Sigourney Weaver's spooky spontaneously frying eggs in Ghost Busters.

Curio Magazine
Just finished reading the latest issue of the new-to-me Curio Magazine, a great UK-based e-mag about interiors, people, life and style, with a little more text than is usual with design mags. Make yourself a cup of tea and settle in for an inspiring read.

Ten Offbeat Bathrooms
Architizer recently put together a slide show of 10 bizarre bathrooms from around the world. Some are fun, some are just ... odd.

12 Things Julianne Moore Can't Live Without
The wonderful Julianne Moore draws up a list for Elle Decor of 12 things she can't live without, from Noguchi lamps and Tom Ford reading glasses to green tea brewed in her favourite Japanese iron teapot.

Rainy Day Music
Spring is on its way and that means showery weather. Richard Williams picks appropriate mood music for rainy days from The Ronettes, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Eurythmics among others.

The Edible Hotel
Eat Your Heart Out, a collective of food artists, recently transformed a three-story “hotel” into a Wonka-esque candyland for a one-night-only installation. Guests checked out (and, I imagine, sampled) meringue rugs, vanilla sponge cushions, and much more. Eight rooms in all were created, with each dedicated to showcasing the unique properties of specific sugars (the sponsor was a sugar company, natch). Follow the link for photos and a video of the event.

Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
A perfect sweet for the holidays (they're kosher for Passover as well as for Easter) — and simple to make, too. Another plus — they're gluten-free! Recipe by Cookie & Kate via Saveur.
(photo of christina halskov's dining room by morten germund)


I'm smitten with this sweet Small Geometric Birch House Framework from etsy shop 2 of 2 — just lovely. Perfect perched on a shelf — and would make a great housewarming gift, too.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Moments of Beauty

Minimalist spring style, modeled by Nadja Bender and photographed by Honer Akrawi for the latest issue of Eurowoman magazine. More from the same shoot here.

(via fashion gone rogue)

Italian Bohemian

Brought together by a shared interest, architects Federica and Vittorio Bottoli have created a home that reflects their love of art, installations, sculpture and photography. Their apartment in Mantua, Italy in a building that belongs to Federica's family has been altered to accommodate both their home and work lives — originally two apartments on the same floor, they joined the two together, keeping one area for their offices and the other for the personal space they share with their sons Arturo and Tazio. Personal touches such as their art collection and antiques add warmth and and intimacy to their home — one where they truly enjoy spending time. More here at Milk Magazine.

(photography by gianni basso)

Travel: Bowie at the V&A

Last Saturday was the opening of the huge David Bowie Is exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London — and it's definitely going to be one of the blockbuster art shows in Europe this year, with a record pre-sold 40,000 tickets. Phaidon has an interesting two part interview with show co-curator Geoffrey Marsh, Director of Theatre and Performance at the museum — read it here. The exhibition itself runs until August 11 2013.

Shown here is a rare outtake from photographer Brian Duffy's 1973 shoot of David Bowie for the cover of Bowie's album Aladdin Sane, on view at the V&A show and also included as a print along with the limited edition book Duffy...Photographer 2011, available from Vintage Seekers.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Simple Pleasures

Getting outside and enjoying the spring weather. Though maybe with a nice little hat rather than this option ...

(photo by luks via curated by lauraemelie)

Atelier: Pierre Pétremant

Today I'm admiring the playfully irreverent Magnificent Seven series by French photographer Philippe Pétremant, featuring currency from various countries folded into intriguing collaged portraits and then photographed. Wonderful. Philippe's show is currently on at the Festival Circulation(s) in Parc de Bagatelle, Paris.

(via phaidon)

Monday, March 25, 2013


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

(photo by joseph de leo)

Swedish Beauty

The stunning apartment of Julius and Sara in Malmo, Sweden has definitely been doing the blog rounds over the last week or so, but I love it so much that I just had to share it with you here too. Can't get enough of those gorgeous stuccoed ceilings and walls, huge windows and interesting wood floors — all nicely offset by the restrained modern furniture. Beautiful. More here on Elle Interiör.

(photography by petra bindel with styling by emma persson)

Friday, March 22, 2013


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We've had rather a full week here, so there are plans to do some serious relaxing — ordering in Indian food and catching up with a few recent movies is looking good right about now. How about you?

(photo by diana lovring for brandts indoor. via the design chaser) 

Amsterdam Bohemian

The Amsterdam apartment of Ank van der Pluijms has only two doors — the one you come in through, and the door to the balcony. The rest of her space is one large room in a house that was once a school. The one enclosed area is the bathroom, designed as a cube with tiled walls, punctuated with openings to allow in natural light from the large apartment windows. Ank loves her home, enjoying the openness of the space, the changing colour and light that the different seasons bring, and watching the world go by from her balcony, with its views over the rooftops and canals of Amsterdam. Perfect. More here on Bolig Magasinet.

(photography by morten holtum)
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