Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sweetness and Light

Everything's better with pom poms. Love the Moroccan Pom Pom Wool Blanket from muima — elegant and playful at the same time. 


This week's links. Enjoy.

Iconic Bangs Through History
Thinking of a hair redo this summer? Take a look at these inspiring takes on bangs, from Louise Brooks's classic 20s bob to the tousled bohemian cool of Jane Birkin.

Love Locks and Other Tourist Superstitions
In the wake of the partial collapse of famed Paris lover's destination Pont des Arts from the weight of 'love locks', here's an interesting short list of five tourist-pleasing customs and superstitions around the world, from kissing the Blarney Stone to the risking your fingers with la Bocca della Verità (immortalized in the classic film Roman Holiday).

Grow Your Own Supper — Even in the Tiniest of Apartments
Great ideas on creating your own thriving vegetable garden in the city, even if your available outdoor space is next to nil.

A Party-Friendly Home in Toronto
Take a tour of Dr. Kenneth Montague's groovy loft — home, art gallery and ultimate party house thanks to two kitchens, a rooftop deck and lots of conversation pieces. 

7 Reasons You Should Unplug This Summer
A list of good reminders why it's not just good but necessary to take a break from technology. Enjoy your summer!

Judge a Book By Its Cover
Fun quiz over at Guardian Books for book cover design fans — guess the classic book by its cover.

The Evolution of the World Cup Soccer Ball
World Cup reading. An interesting history of the development of the soccer ball, from pigs bladders to lumps of rubber to its current form as an aerodynamic sphere. 

German Pancakes
Simple to make, these would be lovely for a weekend brunch with summer berries on the side.

(photo by pella hedeby by way of emmas designblogg)

Sponsor Spotlight

For this month's Sponsor Spotlight, interior designer extraordinaire Jamie Herzlinger was kind enough to share her great suggestions on giving a room instant style with interesting flooring: 

"Many clients express to me that the goal is to create an amazing, jaw dropping environment for their house guests which is music to my ears! The easiest way to achieve this “wow” factor is with graphic flooring! There are so many patterns, materials and designs to work with, the possibilities are endless! I love anything from a simple black and white checkered pattern made out of marble to a Greek key pattern made of wool and silk, the main thing while designing your floors is to think outside the box. If you are designing a black and white checkered floor, think about scale, make the squares huge to make it even more bold! Or if you prefer a softer graphic, try designing with the same tone, play around with different finishes whether you are mixing matte and polished or mixing in different materials. Sketch out all your ideas until you find the one that makes your jaw drop."

English antique dealer and illustrator Linda shares the wonderful finds she makes on her travels around Europe on her lovely vintage shop After Antoinette — and her latest expedition to France has yielded some wonderful and one of a kind objects, such as this 1920's/1930's French Vichy-√Čtat Pastilles Tin. And to make it even nicer, Linda is offering 15% off all purchases for automatism readers — just use the code 'AUTOMATISM' at checkout until June 30, 2014. Start shopping here.
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