Monday, September 30, 2013


A delicately lovely still life to start your Monday with a little inspiration. Have a good one.

(photo by emily johnston anderson)

A Mountain View

I was glancing through the Vogue archives recently when I came across the gorgeous Aspen retreat of beauty entrepreneur Aerin Lauder. A light-filled ski lodge, it enjoys stunning views of Aspen Mountain outside while cultivating a luxe modernity inside — lovely classic pieces by mid century greats such as George Nakashima and Hans Wegner are set against simple white backgrounds and warm reclaimed wood. Perfect. More here.

(photography by françois halard)

Friday, September 27, 2013


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll be enjoying a little down time, making something warm and comforting for dinner and of course watching the final episode of Breaking Bad. How about you?

(photo by nicole franzen via this is glamorous)

Bucolic Brussels

Muriel Bardinet is both an interior designer and owner of the Dune 234 antique store in Brussels. In the home she shares with her family, her ability to create a poetic and serene atmosphere, displaying disparate objects in harmonious or contrasting combinations, really stands out — simply perfection. More here in Milk Magazine.

(photography by karel balas)


This is making me smile a lot this week — a mural that I was commissioned by Mildred's Temple Kitchen in Toronto to design was installed on Tuesday! That's a 13 foot high wall, incidentally. If you're in TO, drop by for a visit — lovely staff and the food is just amazing.

(photo courtesy mildred's temple kitchen)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sweetness and Light

Quiet moments, with a beautifully made drink to sip while contemplating.

(photo by john laurie)


This week's links. Enjoy.

A Dutch Bookshop Goes Goth
Take a virtual tour of the stunning conversion of a 15th century cathedral into a beautiful bookstore located in Zwolle, just outside Amsterdam.

Fellini TV Commercials
Just stumbled across this and was instantly enthralled — TV commercials by the great Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, created towards the end of his career. Wonderful, surreal and tiny films in themselves, they're also a lot of fun to watch.

Six Castles That Cost Less Than An Apartment in New York City
Sad but true. And a little mind boggling.

The Wintour Effect
Intriguing article on how Vogue editor Anna Wintour's additional new role as roving artistic director is changing the look and tone of publisher Condé Nast as well as its other magazines.

Top 10 Books About Paris
From Baudelaire to Balzac to Proust, these 10 titles provide an insider's guide to a city of intrigue, romance and squalor.

The No-Diet Diet
Real Simple asked nearly two dozen food and nutrition experts for advice on the foods (and strategies) you need to feel healthier. Practical and humane suggestions.

How Do They?
Produced by the wonderful National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the How Do They? series of wordless videos reveals the mysteries behind everyday things — find out how they put the centres in chocolates, how a chain link fence is made, how paper is recycled and much more. Great to share with your kids. Via Kottke.

Tagliatelle with Spinach, Mascarpone and Parmesan
A lovely quick Jamie Oliver recipe — perfect supper for a chilly autumn weeknight.

(photography by hervé goluza)


I'm smitten with these great wide leg menswear-style tweedy slacks, from the Autumn/Winter 2013-14 Gabriele Colangelo collection — perfect for fall.

(via vogue uk)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Moments of Beauty

Model Erika Palkovicova gets set for fall in a chic little Prada coat. Perfect. Photographed by Branislav Simoncik for the September 2013 issue of Slovakian magazine EMMA. More from the shoot here.

(styled by lukas kimlicka. via fashion gone rogue)

A Quiet Place

A tranquil Swedish home in soft natural tones — the perfect retreat from the stresses of the workaday world.

(via erik olsson by way of 79 ideas)

Sponsor Spotlight

Black Rooster Decor is pleased to announce that they now carry pillows by Stone Textile Studio, all made in the USA in limited quantities. Their modern, graphic designs add a crisp edge to any decor, while also offering the soft comfort of a 100% cotton, down-filled quality pillow, too. Choose from several designs, including the Woven V Pillow (shown here), the Four Square Pillow with Leather Trim and Colour Block Pillow in Black. And as a little extra incentive, Black Rooster Decor offers free shipping within Ontario — and now within the USA, too (just use code FALL13 at checkout for USA purchases). Happy shopping!

JAMIESHOP.COM was the happy solution to the numerous calls the staff of nationally renowned interior designer Jamie Herzlinger received each week inquiring how to buy “to the trade only” furnishings and fixtures. With JAMIESHOP.COM, end users now have not only an outlet to purchase, but expert guidance, too. And for clients looking to design one or two rooms, sister company JHONLINE begins with a telephone conversation with Jamie to determine the scope of work, followed up with photosharing, emails, floor plans, tearsheets, fabric samples — in fact, everything that a regular client of Jamie Herzlinger has, but all done conveniently online. And word is getting out — both JAMIESHOP.COM and JHONLINE are growing steadily every day, working with clients all over North America on projects ranging from a single room piece of furniture to decorating and/or furnishing entire houses. Let JAMIESHOP.COM help you create the home of your dreams!

Start autumn in style with the addition of beautiful colours to your home! Right now you'll get 20% off the entire collection of cushions at the G. Bruce Design webshop — but don't wait too long, since the sale is limited to just two weeks, ending on October 9 2013. You can also participate in the raffle of two cushions of your choice by liking G. Bruce Design on Facebook. All new likes are automatically entered into the contest — the winner will be announced on Facebook on October 9, 2013. Happy shopping at G. Bruce Design

Pam Bates of Bates Mercantile Co. recently completed a custom logo and product label design project for Skin Remedy, San Francisco’s premiere skin care boutique offering a fully integrated green approach to holistic skincareJustine Kahn, owner of Skin Remedy said of working with Bates Mercantile Co, "Thank you SO much for all of your amazing skill at design. Skin Remedy has the most beautiful logo.....and the branding that will take us to the next level." Such a glowing recommendation is definitely incentive for anyone thinking of getting a professional identity design for their small business to get in touch with Bates Mercantile Co.!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Simple Pleasures

One or two beautiful objects in a simple space. Perfection.

(photo from the san giorgio hotel in mykonos)

Atelier: Odorantes at Home

Today I'm admiring the home of French make-up artist Emmanuel Sammartino and his partner Christopher Herve, co-owners of the lovely flower boutique Odorantes in St Germain, Paris. Love their beautiful and creative personal space, filled with beautiful antique objects and furniture.

(photography by roland bello)

advertise on automatism

Thinking of becoming an automatism sponsor? A couple of ad spots are available for October — a perfect time for an autumn promotion! Find out more here.

(photo via elle decoration uk)

Monday, September 23, 2013


A beautiful room to wake up in. May your Monday be off to a good start.

(photo by catherine gratwicke)

Barcelona Bohemian

This colourful and eclectic Barcelona space is a showcase for the signature mix of traditional and modern found in the work of Mónica Colominas and Patrizia Casarini of the design studio Dalla Polvere. Energetic and fun. More on Nuevo Estilo.
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