Friday, February 28, 2014


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. It's turned cold here again, but happily it's clear and sunny — we're looking forward to getting outdoors and enjoying a little fresh air. How about you?

(photo by line thit klein)

Edgy Bohemian

I'm loving the new summer 2014 catalogue for Dutch design brand HK Living — styled and photographed by Paulina Arcklin, it's a great mix of industrial cool with a little bohemian edge. Perfect. See more over at Est magazine here.

(photography by paulina arcklin)


For those who like to read in bed.

(photo and diy book headboard instructions by design every day)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sweetness and Light

Spring is on my mind a lot these days — can't wait to see the first blossoms.

(photo by ana bloom with styling by marcel van doorn. via rose)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Picasso's Postcards
Have a look at the postcards Picasso illustrated and sent to Jean Cocteau, Apollinaire and Gertrude Stein. Wonderful. Via Explore.

Every Best Actress Dress Since 1929
Get ready for the Academy Awards this weekend with this fun infographic illustrating every dress worn by the winner of the Best Actress award since the awards began in 1929.

Top Ten Books About Houses

From fiction to memoir to social history, author Ben Highmore picks ten books that examine the home and what it means to us.

Some Cat From Japan: The Genius Behind Bowie's Best Costumes
Great long interview with Tokyo-based designer Kansai Yamamoto, who designed many of David Bowie's most iconic outfits during his Ziggy Stardust phase in the 1970s. Via The Paris Review.

A Renovated Farmhouse in Northern Italy
Check out this slide show of a once abandoned and now stunningly renovated farmhouse, located in the countryside just outside Asolo in Northern Italy.

Twin Peaks and the Rebirth of TV Drama
A truly groundbreaking television series, David Lynch's Twin Peaks was a sensation from the moment it first aired 20 years ago, with an influence still felt in TV dramas today. The Guardian reflects on its impact and asks 6 veterans of the show for their memories.

Fashion Designers as Teenagers
Cute collection of vintage photos of fashion designers when they were young (in some cases, mere tots). See the early style of Stella McCartney, Jean Paul Gautier, Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford and Diane Von Furstenberg among many others.

Onion-Cheese Puffs
Watch the Academy Awards in style with a selection of appetizers and wine and/or cocktails — these delectable onion-cheese puffs are quick and easy to make so you don't miss a moment.

(photo by jeremy wilson, design by marianne tiegen. via elle deco uk september 2012)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Moments of Beauty

Inspired by antique statuary, this photograph for Interview Russia features actress Anna Chipovskaya as a modern Galatea. Amazing. More from the shoot here.

(photo by nikolay biryukov, with makeup by andrey shilkov and styling by daria anichkina. via fashion gone rogue)

Amsterdam Loft

A former warehouse in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam is now the stunning loft home of contractor and interior designer Marius Havercamp, his wife Emily (creator of organic kidswear company Gray Label) and their family of four children. Love the contrast of industrial brick, glass and steel with warm bohemian antiques and vintage finds. More details here in Milk magazine.

(photography by louise desrosiers)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Simple Pleasures

Small projects that make your home a little more personal — like this lovely one by Joyce over at My Dubio for a simple DIY marble plant pot.

(photo via my dubio)

Atelier: Olsen Ormandy

I've long been an admirer of the stunning Australian jewelry and homewares brand Dinosaur Designs, so it's exciting to hear that the Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the husband and wife team behind it, are having an exhibition of their work at the Karen Woodbury Gallery in Melbourne. Called 'Olsen Ormandy: The Art of Dinosaur Designs', the show features paintings, textural resin jewelry and sculptural homeware pieces, all in a rich palette inspired by nature. The show runs from March 6 to March 29 2014.

(via share design)

Monday, February 24, 2014


A beautiful space to start your Monday on a peaceful note. Have a lovely one.

(photo by line kay of vintage piken)

Family Home

With a family of seven children, Danish eyeglass designer Christina and her husband Per definitely needed plenty of space — especially as the hospitable couple often entertained the friends of their children at dinner, too. Their search eventually led them to a 700 square metre three-winged country  house in North Zealand, which was big enough to give each child their own room plus the large living room and kitchen they wanted for company. Furnished with a mix of Danish design classics, heirlooms and great art, it's an elegant home as well as a spacious one. More here on Bolig.

(photography by kristian septimius krogh)

Friday, February 21, 2014


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll be having a pretty low key one here — weather promises to be utterly awful (lots of rain followed by snow) so staying cosy and dry indoors looks like the thing to do. How about you?

(photo by tia borgsmidt)

Modern in Suffolk

Architect Lucy Marston wanted a home for her family in rural Suffolk, England that would reference the lovely old farm buildings close by — and would be tailored to the way that she, husband Robert and their two sons lived. The resulting design she came up with is warm and welcoming, with echoes of the traditional. Love the use of colour, too. More here on Dwell.

(photography by damian russell)


Ready for rainy weather.

(photo by tim walker)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sweetness and Light

Perfect way to spend an hour or two on a chilly winter afternoon — curled up in a favourite cafĂ© with a friend or significant other over coffee or tea (or chai as shown here), discussing everything and nothing.

(photo by karen wise for green chutney grill. via a gentlewoman)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Helen Frankenthaler at Work
A lovely glimpse at the great American painter Helen Frankenthaler at work in her studio, via Anthology magazine. Such a brilliant colourist.

Drip, Drip Drip By Day and Night
Fascinating essay by Alexandra Harris on the prevalence of rain and flooding in English literature, from the April showers that begin The Canterbury Tales to Shakespearean storms through to rain washed Victorian classics. Very timely at the moment.

Japanese Modern
Take a tour of an airy modern home by Jun Igarashi Architects in Sapporo, Japan — just an amazing space.

Signs of the Times
Interesting piece by Cathy Horyn in T magazine about how practical, modern dressing these days is looking very much like the forward thinking minimalist cool of designers like Jil Sander in the '90s.

Food in Fiction Quiz
Find out how voracious a reader you really are with The Guardian's food in fiction quiz! Just surprised myself by getting 9 out of 10 correct (a little inspired guessing was involved, though).

Hi-Fi, Hip-Hop and Disco: 7 Musical Gems From the 1970s
Questlove picks seven songs that were part of the soundtrack of his childhood. Perfect aural snapshot of a time and place.

5 Tips For Building the Ultimate Snow Fort
With winter weather continuing to be extreme in many places, why not embrace it and build yourself a snow fort? Popular Mechanics offers helpful tips on making it awesome.

Brown Butter Tart With Blackberries
Based on a French recipe, this method for making pastry is unusual (you prepare the dough in the oven before baking) but super easy — definitely will be trying this one.

(photo by nicole franzen)
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