Friday, October 31, 2014


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. With Hallowe'en falling on Friday this year, there'll be ghoulish festivities continuing straight through the weekend. Besides the fun kids always have, I love the surreal note it brings to everyday life, seeing people in costume walking down the street. As for us, we'll be watching vintage horror movies and eating Hallowe'en chocolate — how about you?

(photo by 47 park avenue via greige design)

A Modern Farmhouse

Built in 1730 and located in the countryside surrounding The Hague, what was once a barn is now the beautiful home of wallpaper designer Rick Vintage, wife Esther and their two daughters Ella and Lux. With a focus on raw materials, the renovated areas harmonize with such perfect details as the massive original beams running throughout the space. Love. More here on Marie Claire Maison.

Happy Hallowe'en

A very happy Hallowe'en to you — hope it's a fun one.

(photo by aurélie lécuyer for

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sweetness and Light

On damp, chilly late autumn days, a warm place to curl up with a book or with a movie on is pretty much perfect.

(photo by line kay of vintage piken)


This week's links. Enjoy.

The MUJI House
The brilliant Japanese retail company MUJI has designed a 3 story vertical house in Tokyo for city dwellers, and of course it's amazingly clever. Follow the link for a slide show tour. Via Bloesem.

Six Creepy Victorian Ghost Stories
Get in the spirit of Hallowe'en with a read of these 6 eerie ghost stories from the Victorian era, all available for free online — you'll definitely be looking over your shoulder afterwards.

A Hollywood Stylist's Advice for Regular People
Interesting interview with stylist Kate Young, who works with actresses Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, and Rachel Weisz among others.

Simple Steps to Save Your Skin This Winter
Garance Doré talks to skin specialist Joanna Vargas about simple ways to care for and protect your skin when winter weather conditions do their worst.

20 Last Minute Hallowe'en Costumes You Aready Have in Your Closet
Still can't decide what to go as to that weekend Hallowe'en party? Check out these 20 great ideas from Harper's Bazaar that look to the movies for inspiration from your closet. Margot from the Royal Tannenbaums, Bonnie from Bonnie and Clyde, Annie Hall and Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's are just a few of the possibilities listed.

Kissing Your Socks Goodbye
Fascinating and inspiring NYT article about Japanese professional organization expert Marie Kondo and her approach to de-cluttering — she tells clients to toss everything that does not "spark joy." Love.

Vintage Deauville Beach Fashion
Wonderful collection of vintage 1930s photos of the chic at the beach in Deauville, France. I am loving the fashion of extra wide linen pants paired with a little top — still a truly classic summer look.

Thai Pumpkin Soup
With a Thai-inspired twist, this super quick and easy pumpkin soup works just as well with fresh or canned pumpkin purée.

(photo by pella hedeby for rum magazine)

automatism on instagram

Thrilled to find my complimentary copy of the beautiful Artful Blogging magazine in the mailbox today — so honoured to be included in their Banners We Love feature.

(follow me on instagram at automatism)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Moments of Beauty

A ghostly portrait of Keira Knightley in avant garde makeup, accompanying an interview with Keira in The Observer. Perfect glam Hallowe'en look.

(photo by nadav kander, makeup by lisa eldridge, hair by amiee hershan. via fashion gone rogue)

Italian Beauty

Set within a fairy tale garden, this lovely neoclassical eighteenth century villa on Lake Como in Italy was recently restored after a chequered history. Aristocratic in its origins, it gradually declined, going through several owners, partitioned into apartments, and then abandoned after World War II. But its lowest point would have to be in the 1980s, when it was purchased by a company that proceeded to tear out all the original marble fireplaces and windows, carpeted over the floors and did all it could to erase the character of the villa. Happily its new owner was keen to recapture its original spirit, while updating it for modern living, too — the marble fireplaces have returned. More here on Marie Claire Maison.

(photography by stefania giorgi)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Simple Pleasures

The transformative power of paint. A great way to change up your space quickly and to great effect.

(photo via skona hem)

Black, Beige and Pink

I was immediately intrigued when I saw this lovely Stockholm family apartment over at My Scandinavian Home — pale pink is often a sugary sort of colour, yet here it's used in such a crisp and modern way, contrasting beautifully with black and beige. Designed by Pella Hedeby and Marie Ramse for JM, it works perfectly with the strong lines of the architecture by Gert Wingårdh. More here.

(photography by kristofer johnsson)

Atelier: Emily Sutton

Today I'm admiring the lovely work of English illustrator and artist Emily Sutton, whose exquisite images have appeared in books for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Faber and Faber, Penguin, Random House and brands such as Hermes as well as Fortnum and Mason. Love. See her work in person at her upcoming show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), November 15 2014 to February 22 2015. You can view more on her website, too.

(images via wall street international)

Monday, October 27, 2014


An elegant still life to start your Monday with a little inspiration. Have a good one.

(via here)

Copenhagen Cool

Located in a heritage-protected old merchant's house built in 1787, the lovely Copenhagen apartment of Britt, husband Claus and their children is an elegant study in black and white, with subtly effective touches of colour here and there. Wonderful. More here on Femina.

(photography by pernille kaalund. via planete deco)


The Woman in White. A truly eerie photo to get you in the mood for Hallowe'en.

(photo by saga sig)

Friday, October 24, 2014


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. Looking forward to a little cocooning after a long week — how about you?

(photo by kara rosenlund)

Colour Play

The decor of the Copenhagen home of artist/designer Anne Sofie Kamphøvener and her partner, artist Ash Ebbesen, has an easygoing modern look, enlivened here and there with a pretty palette of tomato red, French blue and warm grey — a perfect contrast to the simple black and white throughout. Love. More here on Femina.

(photography by iben and niels ahlberg)

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