Sunday, June 30, 2013

Last Chance! Google Reader Switch

Last day! If you've been using Google Reader and need a new blog reader right away, do check out Bloglovin', Feedly and Digg Reader — they all have one click Google Reader imports. If you're still undecided or prefer an alternative that doesn't offer direct transfer from Google Reader, you can use Google Takeout to extract all the RSS feeds and saved sites from your reader. Do it today, though, before they're gone July 1!

(photo by tim walker)

Friday, June 28, 2013


Happy weekend — and a happy long weekend to the Canadians, too, who'll be celebrating Canada Day on July 1. We'll definitely be checking out the fireworks — how about you?

(photo via pamplemousse design)

An Elegant Retreat

Gorgeously minimalist, the S House by Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek of NS Architects is an elegant lesson in less is more. Located in Cap d'Antibes on the Côte d'Azur, this serene holiday retreat is a luxuriously discreet background to the stunning scenery surrounding it. Lovely. More here on Yatzer.

(photography by julien claessens & thomas deschamps. via nicolas schuybroek architects)


Love this A Fragile Mind collage print by Victoria Ulrikke Iles— beautiful and a little unsettling, as Victoria explores a range of different themes such as identity, fantasy, and the darker side of human nature in her work. Available as a print from Mammoth and Company.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sweetness and Light

The recent heat wave we've been experiencing here has had me longing for a visit to the seaside — walking along a boardwalk like this towards the ocean, anticipating an afternoon watching the waves, would be perfect right about now.

(photo via rubie green by way of pinterest)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Goodbye Google Reader
On Monday July 1 Google Reader offically retires — make sure you keep your RSS feed intact by switching over this weekend! Follow the link for info on alternatives — and how to transfer your blog lists without fuss, too.

14 Underground Lairs Fit for a Mega-Villain
Fascinating article on underground architecture — both fantasy (hello James Bond) and reality (hard to believe that some of these photos are actual places and not Dr. No's secret lair).

How 12 Old Words Survived by Becoming Fossilized as Idioms
Self-explanatory but fascinating nonetheless — 12 archaic words that we still find today in such phrases as "to and fro", "just deserts", "leave in the lurch" and "eke out a living".

Social Networking in Ancient Rome and 17th Century England
The Kottke blog links to a pair of articles by Tom Standage, taken from his forthcoming book on the 2,000-year history of social media, Writing on the Wall. This looks like a really interesting read — adding it to the list for sure. Seems our impulse to communicate via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are just modern equivalents of what our ancestors did.

How to Embed Instagram Video on Blogs or Websites
Helpful tutorial on successfully using Instagram's new video option. Via @poppytalk.

Ice Desserts Around the World
As the weather gets warmer, our craving for something cold gets stronger. Gourmet magazine takes a tour around the world via shaved ice treats — check out Italy's granita, Guatemala's granizada, India's gola and halo-halo from the Philippines among others.

Portraits of Canadian Moths
Photographer Jim des Rivières has created a stunning series of portraits of moths found around his neighborhood in Ottawa Ontario, scanning each moth at high resolution and then enlarging the image to reveal unexpected colors and intricate patterns. Via @brainpicker.

Grow Your Own Blueberries in Containers
Feeling like being a little more adventurous in your container gardening? Check out this tutorial from the Royal Horticultural Society on cultivating blueberries in pots.

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Cauliflower Proscuitto Flatbread
If your appetite has wilted in the recent heatwave, this delicately refreshing soup by Tartelette is the perfect way to revive it.

(photo of O0803 table made from reclaimed scaffolding boards by bauholz design)


I'm smitten with the Moroccan Beach Tunic by Nili Lotan for J. Crew — airy and cool summer wear with lovely embroidered details. Away from the beach, I'd wear it with a white tank, linen pants and silver bangles. Summer. Done.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Moments of Beauty

That intense gaze, those beautiful layers. Model Hannelore Knuts in a dress by Alexander McQueen, photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Italia.

(vogue italia, may 1999 issue. via pinterest)

Mod Office

As soon as I saw the spectacular desk in fashion designer Reed Krakoff's Manhattan office, I was instantly smitten. Designed by Joris Laarman, its the perfect fit for a creative workspace — one couldn't help but be inspired when working at such a sculptural desk. The rest of Reed's office continues with the idea of being surrounded by interesting things — all helpful to stimulating creative and original thought. Perfect. More here on Architectural Digest.

(photography by joshua mchugh. via sukio)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Simple Pleasures

An icy cold drink on a hot and humid day.

(photo — and recipe for ultimate iced coffee — via simply delicious)

Atelier: Benjamin Graindorge

Today I'm admiring the elegantly minimalist Fallen Tree bench by young French designer Benjamin Graindorge. Made from a carefully carved oak tree and a simple slab of glass, one side still retains the original branches, acting both as a support and as reminder of the wood’s living origins. Lovely.

(via colossal)

Monday, June 24, 2013


An airy space to start your Monday on a bright note. have a good one.

(photo by marco covi)

A Colourful Touch

As artistic director of the creative agency Voici-Voilà, Jean-Christophe Aumas designs store windows and special events for the likes of Louis Vuitton, John Galliano, Lacoste, Céline, and others. In his colourful 10th-arrondissement flat in Paris, he showcases his stunning collection of furniture discovered in his travels. More here on Dwell.

(photography by christian schaulin)

automatism on instagram

my mini collection of antique french lace bobbins, in a bowl by a local potter. see more of my personal photos on instagram here.

Meet the Sponsor: Ada and Ina Natural Fabrics

If you appreciate the beauties of natural linen, you'll be excited to meet my newest sponsor — Ada & Ina Natural Fabrics. Based in the U.K, Ada & Ina Natural Fabrics specializes in the finest quality natural curtain and upholstery linen fabrics, and their online store now gives everyone access to their beautiful collection of linen products, sourced directly from the best factories in Europe and overseas. Many of their fabrics feature designs especially for Ada & Ina by young talented designers — perfect for their made to order curtains and blinds service, produced locally in their sewing studio in Faversham, Kent. Let Ada & Ina Natural Fabrics bring the beauty of natural, eco-friendly and long lasting linen to your home!

One More Week of Google Reader

Just another reminder that, as of July 1 2013, Google will retire their much loved Google Reader. Happily, there are several options for continuing to follow automatism via RSS, and making the transition is easy to do. One good RSS reader is Bloglovin', which offers a clean and simple interface — find out how to migrate your Google Reader feed to Bloglovin' here. Bonus — Bloglovin' allows bloggers to see who's following their blogs there, too. Feedly is an elegantly designed RSS reader — info on transferring your Google Reader feeds to feedly can be found here. A third RSS reader option is flipboard, which allows you to create your own magazines based on your favourite content. And Cait commented on my last Google Reader reminder that she really liked Feedspot — well worth checking out, too. You can also follow automatism on twitter, facebook, pinterest and google+. Oh, and I'm on instagram, if you'd like to see my own personal photos. Thanks so much for reading!

(photo via likainen parketti by way of pinterest)

Friday, June 21, 2013


Happy weekend! Hope it's a good one. We're hoping to have a little picnic on Sunday afternoon — weather permitting, that is. How about you?

(photo of the moroccan home of bruno frisoni and hervé van der straeten by françois halard for vogue. via sukio)

Mid-Century Berlin

Love this airy and light-filled classic Berlin home, built in 1957 — the owners have furnished it with a few choice mid-century pieces that complement their space without making it feel like a museum. Relaxed and cheerful modernism.

(by bfs design via my scandinavian home)
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