Friday, April 29, 2016


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. The weather is looking stellar here, and there's a barbeque in the offing — first one of the season. Can't wait.

(photo: philo sofia via sfgirlbybay)

Riveria Reverie

Dreaming of a holiday here at this artist's small beach retreat on the Italian Riviera, with its stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Using traditional ship cabins as inspiration, architects Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet restored what was a badly dilapidated cottage into the bright and welcoming space you see here. Love. More here on AD España.

(photography by humbert and poyet)


Bedroom goals.

(photo: jacques grange, 1975. via here)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sweetness and Light

Tranquil sophistication for your Thursday.

(manhattan loft of david seidner via blueberry modern)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Norway By Way of Japan
Take a tour of Norwegian architect Irene Sævik's beautiful minimalist summer home, blending Scandinavian and Japanese influences to create a harmonious country retreat. 

The Fascinating Origin Story of Prince's Iconic Symbol
Still sad that we lost Prince so soon. While we listen to his music and the many wonderful stories about him, here's the story behind The Love Symbol.

50 Spellbinding Fairy Tales on Film
From "The Singing Ringing Tree" to "Pan's Labyrinth", here are 50 wonderful fairy tales on film (including one of my all time favourites, Jean Cocteau's "La belle et la bête").

The Musical Marble Machine
Speaking of magical, you absolutely have to watch this — Martin Molin, founder of Swedish band Wintergatan took time off from touring to create a programmable marble machine that plays music. Watch the charming results.

What Passengers Ate on the Titanic
Have a look at actual menus from the ill-fated Titanic — first, second and third class. Spoiler: the third class menu starts out pretty well, but supper is a bit depressing...

Becoming An Artist Without Going Broke
Author and comedian Sara Benincasa gets candid about what it takes to make a living — until you can make a living making art.

Marine Invertebrates in Glass
Have a look at Italian photographer Guido Mocafico's stunning photos of the exquisite creations of 19th century father and son glassmakers Leoppld and Rudolf Blaschka, who devoted themselves to creating lifelike versions of marine invertebrates in glass. See Blaschka, Mocafico's show of his photos, at Hamiltons in London until May 26, 2016. 

24 Vegetarian Meals You Can Cook in 30 Minutes or Less
Perfect for weeknight suppers, these quick recipes over at the New York Times Cooking section will have you eating a healthy meal in no time at all.

(photo by pia ulin of her own new york home for residence magazine)

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Wednesday morning still life.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Moments of Beauty

Blooming beauty. Love this collaged photo, called "The Constant Gardener", by Nhu Xuan Hua for Dansk, S/S 2016.

(via the poetry of material things)

High Concept

Something a little different today — not a home, but a lifestyle concept shop. Located in Los Angeles, The Apartment by The Line that is a showroom-retail-store-gallery, the sort of place where you'll find anything antique Oriental rugs, art jewelry, local fashion labels and artists, decorative art furniture and more — all beautifully curated by co-founder and executive creative director Vanessa Traina Snow. I could easily live here. More here on C Magazine.

(photography by jessica sample)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Simple Pleasures

The first green shoots of spring.

(photo by johanna eklöf of formelle design. via here)

Starry-Eyed in New York

Take a tour of the beautiful Manhattan apartment of actors Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber and their two sons, Alexander and Samuel — a space that blends elegance and family-friendly comfort. More photos and details here on Architectural Digest.

(photography by douglas friedman)

Atelier: Andrew Molleur

Admiring the elegant work Modular2, a clay sculpture by Kingston, New York-based ceramicist and designer Andrew Molleur. Lovely.

(via here)

Monday, April 25, 2016


A beautiful vignette to start your week, styled by Pella Hedeby. Have a good one.

(via here)

Cosmopolitan Calm

Reworked by interior designer Erico Navazo, this 1970s Madrid apartment now has a more open layout and interior windows to allow the flow of natural light throughout. A neutral colour palette with splashes of red keeps the mood tranquil, making this space the perfect retreat from city life. More here on Nuevo Estilo.

Friday, April 22, 2016


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. The weather is looking great here again — farmer's markets and spring vegetables are definitely beckoning. Enjoy your own!

(photo by rene van der hulst. via the poetry of material things)


A lovely vignette with an intriguing touch of the macabre, thanks to the alligator skull. Which is actually quite a beautiful object, in this setting.

(photo by matthew williams for living etc. via focus damn it)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sweetness and Light

This would be rather wonderful to come home to — the entrance hall of Pierre and São Schlumberger's Parisian flat, circa 1974. Fantastic mix of French antiques and a Mark Rothko painting.

(photo: horst p. horst for vogue, 1974. via here)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Tranquil Greys in a Danish Home
Take a tour over at Elle Denmark of interior stylist Cille Grut's beautiful home, in soothing tones of grey, white and touches of black. Gorgeous.

Science Says This is The Most Relaxing Song Ever
Feeling stressed? A team of scientists and sound therapists worked with Manchester band Marconi Union to create what they say is they most relaxing song ever — one that triggers 'entrainment', the synchronization of brainwaves and heart rate. Listen in — and see their top 10 picks for the most relaxing songs, too.

Beautiful, Beautiful Music: Beth Orton's Favourite Albums
Singer/songwriter Beth Orton picks her top albums for The Quietus. So much great listening here Kate Bush, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, The Slits and The Specials among others. 

Very Old, Very Rude Nursery Rhymes
Have a virtual look at a 1744 book of nursery rhymes — the oldest surviving published collection at The British Library. Called 'Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book', it contains rhymes still familiar today and others that are, well, not so familiar. They had a salty (and scatalogical) sense of humour in those days...

A 60's Architecture Collective That Made History (But No Buildings) 
Fascinating story of the radical Italian design group Superstudio, whose influence on modern architecture is still making itself felt today.

The Power of Rituals
An empowering reminder about how the beauty rituals we perform every day are about nourishing the soul as much as they are about caring for our bodies.

The Shipwrecked Dress
An extraordinary find — an exquisitely preserved 17th century silk damask dress, recovered by marine archeologists from a bundle found in a ship wreck off the coast of Holland. Follow the link for photos.

Spring Salad With Asparagus, Goat Cheese, Lemon and Hazelnuts
A lovely salad that features the best of spring vegetables.  

(photo by petra bindel, styling by emma persson lagerberg for elle decoration)

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Farewell, tulips — and thank you for your beauty

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Moments of Beauty

Enigmatic, surrealist beauty. Lovely photo by Francesco Ormando.

(via anne-sophie tschiegg)

Bohemian Chateau

A romantic story for you today — Isabelle, Hubert and their three daughters left the grey skies of Paris for life in a chateau in the French countryside. Here the family leads a glam bohemian existence, including idyllic summer weekends camping in the garden. Perfect. More here on Glamour Paris.

(photography by hervé goluza)
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