Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Moments of Beauty

Love the 1930s vibe in this shoot for the August 2013 issue of Elle Sweden by photographer Andreas Öhlund, featuring model Fia Ljungström. More here.

(via fashion gone rogue)

Cosmopolitan Minimalism

The stunning Melbourne home of Giovanni Mangano and Tory Flanigan is a cosmopolitan mix of influences — Moroccan lanterns and arches, heirlooms from Giovanni's Sicilian family and interesting souvenirs from travels all over the world, set against crisp minimalist white walls. Perfect. More here on Homelife.

(photography by mark roper with styling by glen proebstel)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Simple Pleasures

Just hanging out with a friend or two at a favourite café.

(photo via steven alan by way of pinterest)

Atelier: The Book Cover Archive

It's been a while since I visited one of my favourite sites — The Book Cover Archive. Here are a few of my latest faves from their always exquisitely curated selection of the best in book cover design. Credits below.

From top to bottom: 'Parrot And Olivier In America' by Peter Carey, design by Peter Mendelsund; 'You Think That's Bad' by Jim Shepard, design by Jason Booher; 'The Mansion Of Happiness' by Robin Ekiss, design by Erin Kirk New; 'A Chance Meeting' by Rachel Cohen, designed by Thomas Beck Stvan; 'Confessions Of An English Opium Eater' by Thomas De Quincey, designed by Joe McLaren; 'The Pieces From Berlin' by Michael Pye, designed by Gabriele Wilson; 'Brute Souls, Happy Beasts, And Evolution' by Rod Preece, designed by David Drummond; 'The New Confessions'
by William Boyd, design by Megan Wilson

Monday, July 29, 2013


An imaginative still life, to inspire a little creativity in your week. Have a good one.

(photo by petra bindel)

Antiques Show

The beautiful old Madrid apartment of Cuca Riera and Pep Boixader is not only a home for themselves and their four children, but a showroom and textile workshop as well — they're also the owners of the firm Antiq-BR, an antiques company specializing in European pieces from the eighteenth and nineteenth century (particularly French, Italian and Swedish). A wonderfully calm and light-filled space, it must be as pleasant to view potential purchases in as it is to live in. More here on Nuevo Estilo.

Friday, July 26, 2013


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. It's been a super busy week for us here so we're really looking forward to a little down time — a movie or two is looking pretty good right about now. How about you?

(photo via ghiora aharoni design studio by way of pinterest)

Aesthetic Blend

The beautiful Paris apartment of Constance and Laurent amply demonstrates that the couple share a taste for beautiful things, but what isn't so obvious is how very different their individual tastes truly are. Constance is a collector both by nature and nurture, with a mother who runs an antique store that Constance describes as a place "... you can not put one foot before the other". Laurent, however, is a big fan of street art, graffiti and minimalist architecture. Their talent in merging their two very different tastes for the home they share with their sons Achilles and Brown is not only lovely but inspiring, too. More here in MilK magazine.

(photography by karel balas)


Andy Warhol browses the Campbell's soup section at Gristede’s supermarket near 47th Street Factory, New York City, in 1965.

(via retronaut)

And ...

... happy birthday to my bro Greg. The best brother in the world. And here's a birthday cake that I think he'd particularly enjoy — Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! :)

(photo and recipe via gimme some oven)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sweetness and Light

Love how the sleeve ruffles act as a frame for the expressive hands. So lovely.

(photo by emma tempest for vogue russia, july 2013)


This week's links. Enjoy.

50 Best Books of the 1920s
Looking for some nostalgic summer reading? Have a look at this great round up of classics from the 1920s, featuring Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Colette, P.G. Wodehouse, Anita Loos, Andre Breton and Pablo Neruda among many others. 

Barcelona Modern
Have a look at a beautifully renovated apartment in Barcelona, featuring stunning patterned floor tiles and ornate molding.

Mona Lisa Made From 1,292 Spools of Thread
In business since 1926, custom tailored clothing store Ejjeh & Sons in Beirut, Lebanon wanted to update their brand to appeal to a younger generation. WIth the help of République Beirut, they went with this amazing version of the Mona Lisa. Follow the link for photos.

Toronto International Film Festival 2013 Trailers
Want to see what's playing at TIFF 2013? Follow the link to view all 22 trailers for the films due to open there.

Q And A With Manuel, the Designer Who Made Johnny Cash 'The Man in Black'
Esquire interviews Manuel of Manuel Couture, the man who designed Little Richard's purple jacket, created Elvis's gold suit and made Johnny Cash "The Man in Black'.

Food Art
Design Boom recently rounded up a series of articles about food art — discover edible glasses, chocolate sneakers and banana tattoos among many other wild and wonderful things.

Summer Drinks Without the Soda
Check out these 6 recipes for refreshing and healthy spritzers, smoothies and sippers featuring fruit, ginger and other fresh ingredients.

Goat Cheese and Heirloom Tomato Tart
A really beautiful dish — perfect for showcasing colourful summer tomatoes.

(photo via hannah's room)

Sponsor Spotlight

Lovely news from Tinder — they're offering automatism readers 15% off all orders until July 31, 2013! All you have to do is use the code Auto15 when checking out. A perfect time to stock up on their lovely, often hand crafted items for household, kitchen, outdoors — and stationery, too. Start shopping at Tinder here.

Add industrial chic to your space with these fantastic distressed metal 3D letters from Black Rooster Decor. Measuring at approximately 3 feet in height, they'll truly make a statement in any room, whether you choose to spell out a word or simply use your initials. Perfect displayed on a table, inside a bookshelf, or just casually placed on the floor. Bonus — these letters now ship for free within continental USA! And shipping is free for Ontario residents, too. Start shopping here.

Looking for a little sophisticated inspiration for your home? Have a look at this recent project by Jamie Herzlinger Interiors — a Scottsdale, Arizona home featured in the latest issue of Traditional Home magazine! Read all about how Jamie worked with owners Rick and Peggy Federico to create the highly personal home they love. And you too can benefit from Jamie Herzlinger's experience with JH ONLINE, her online design service that gives you access to a nationally renowned interior design firm at your fingertips — warm, courteous and professional interior design service is just a click away! 

Add classic mid 20th century style to your space with the stunning Noguchi Coffee Table, a high quality reproduction from Rove Concepts. Made from 3/4" (19 mm) thick tempered glass on a solid European ash hardwood (or American walnut) frame, it features a hand-applied and buffed stain that allows the wood grain to show through, while five coats of ultra violet light cured polyurethane finish give it a scratch resistant shine that never needs waxing. This quality piece will give you years of stylish display, as well as instantly becoming the focus of any room! Find out more about it here

Ready to take your small business to the next level? Etsy shop Bates Mercantile Co now offers custom branding packages in addition to their popular premade logo and custom logo designs. Find out how a great personal brand instantly communicates what your business is about, helps you reach the right audience and helps you grow!
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