Friday, September 30, 2016


Happy weekend! Have a lovely one. Looking forward to an easygoing one here, catching up on books and movies. Enjoy your own. Oh — and see more of this beautiful space over at Vogue Living.

(photo by prue ruscoe for vogue living)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sweetness and Light

A peaceful space for your Thursday.

(via here)


This week's links. Enjoy.

A Garden Sanctuary of Medieval Magic
Landscape designers Isabel and Julian Bannerman have transformed the land surrounding their coastal 11th century English home with acres of flowers. Stunning.

The Artist and Their Alley, in Post War France
From T Magazine: "From Brancusi to Ernst to Klein, the greatest painters and sculptors of the time once lived and worked together, sharing beds, a single toilet and their creative brilliance." How a nondescript Montparnasse backstreet was a hive of creativity in mid century Paris.

Fruit Bus Stops
Fun post on Travel and Leisure of bus stops in Japan made to look like giant fruit. Morning commutes would definitely be more cheerful if you waited under a huge strawberry.

Favourite Local Bakeries Around the World
And while we're hanging out with Travel and Leisure, here's their picks for the favourite bakeries around the world. A delectable form of armchair travel, for sure.

Italian Glam Slam
Inspired by "The Glamour of Italian Fashion" exhibition currently on at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Vogue shares archival photos of stylish and creative Italian women — designers, actors, artists and more. 

A Maker of Miniature Midcentury Furniture Talks All Things Tiny
Former industrial designer Michael Yurkovic discusses with Curbed his theory of why we love tiny things.

Eggplant Parmesan
Perfect comfort food for supper in these cooler fall evenings, this recipe for Eggplant Parmesan is one of Bon Appétit's classics.

(photo: rainy london via here)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Moments of Beauty

Some like it hot. And surrealist. Chili pepper hair, electric yellow faux fur and an insouciant attitude, as worn by model Edie Campbell and photographed by Tim Walker for US Vogue, November 2015.

(via atelier jen)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


The world seems a little extra crazy lately, so here's a visit to Villa Lena, a Tuscan artist retreat. Hope it makes you feel both tranquil and inspired. See the rest over at Domino here (and see more photos in a 2015 post on automatism here)

(photo by annabel elston)

automatism shop

My Chill Out illustration is now available in my Society6 shop! Get it as a mug, travel mug, iphone/ipod case/skin, art print or card. Find it all here.

(photo via society6)

Monday, September 26, 2016


May your week be both productive and inspiring. Have a lovely one.

(photo: elle decoration via here)

Friday, September 23, 2016


Happy weekend! Have a lovely one. Looking forward to crisp early autumn weather and visits to farmer's markets here — enjoy your own.

(photo via rue)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sweetness and Light

A minimalist sofa covered in rich jade velvet offers an intriguing play of contrasts.

(photo by riikka kantinkoski, styling by susanna vento. via interior break)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Rustic Minimalism
Take a look at the beautiful country home of Angie Wendricks — serene, rustic minimalism with a Scandinavian influence.

David Downton's Sketchbooks
Beginning with 1996, his first Paris season, fashion illustrator David Downton reviews 20 years of work via his sketchbooks. Beautiful work.

Leonard Cohen Was Right 
In celebration of his 82nd birthday, the writers at The Quietus examine the lyrics of Leonard Cohen, and the truths both universal and personal that they carry.

Everything You Need to Know About iOS 10
Mac guru David Pogue offers 92 reasons why Apple's iOS 10 is a great upgrade — and shares lots of cool features that you might not have noticed, too.

A Romantic British Designer, Inspired By Science
Profile of English designer Katie Roberts-Wood, who studied medicine for 10 years at the University of Glasgow before changing course to pursue a women's wear master at the Royal College of Art. Utterly lovely work.

The Frick Collection Online
Take a virtual tour of the wonderful New York art museum.

Tomato Tart with a Scallion Goat Cheese Filling
A lovely, light dish that shows off fresh tomatoes. Perfect for now, when we're still having warm and humid days. 

(photo by nicholas watt via abigail ahern)

Thank You

Just hit over 15,000 automatism followers on Pinterest! Thanks so much, everyone — I so appreciate it. :)

(photo by jonas berg)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Moments of Beauty

A look back at the beauty of summer, as we head into autumn. Elisabeth Erm photographed by Camilla Akrans for Dior Magazine #5, Spring 2014 

(via here)

A Small Paradise

Taking inspiration today from this tiny 45 square metre house on the island of Ibiza. Love the contrast of the original architecture (that amazing ceiling and the stone walls) with the modern kitchen and streamlined mid century furniture — plus a stunning view of the surrounding countryside, too. The perfect getaway.

(photography by yuri chaesens. via arch daily by way of planete deco)

Monday, September 19, 2016


A sunny room to start your week on a cheerful note. Have a good one.

(photo by debi treloar, styling by marianne cotterill. via design hunter)

A Touch of Gold

Hanne Bloch's stunning Copenhagen home mixes classic Scandinavian design with glam Italian vintage finds, picked up during the 20 years she spent working as a fashion designer in Rome and Milan. This really is my ideal look, I have to say. Love. More here at Bo Bedre.

(photography by birgitta wolfgang)

Friday, September 16, 2016


Happy weekend! Have a lovely one. Looking forward to brunch at a favourite spot — enjoy your own.

(photo by line klein via the design chaser)

An Inspired Life

Located on the Left Bank, this beautiful seventeenth century Paris mansion was originally built for a woman. Today, another woman lives here with her husband and daughter — all with a passion for art. Exhibitions are held here regularly, while every day the family is surrounded by stunning examples of art and furniture. Love this one. More here on Architectural Digest.

(photography by jérôme galland)


Have a groovy weekend.

(photo via bridge and burn)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sweetness and Light

Serene grey and gold for you today. Have a lovely Thursday.

(photo: rose uniacke shop, the pimlico road)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Urban Jungle
Take a tour of the home of India and Magnus of Haarkon, where plants play a major part in the decor. A pretty urban oasis.

The World's Best Teashops
Food and Wine has a great post on fantastic teashops around the world — would love to visit more than a few of these. 

Vienna City Typeface
Vienna is famous for its beautiful signs, and happily Achim Gauger is methodically photographing and sharing them on his Instagram account before they disappear. A must for typography fans.

Women Who Changed Fashion: The Designers
Nice overview of women fashion designers, from Jeanne Lanvin, who began her career in 1889, to contemporary designers like the brilliant Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Smashed Chickpeas With Pita
Up your lunchbox game with this really easy and healthy recipe from Bon Appétit. 

(photo: house of pictures via pinterest)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Moments of Beauty

The days may still be warm, but the evenings are becoming cooler. Anticipating fall with this lovely photograph by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, October 1996.

(via pinterest)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


I'm smitten with this still life from the beautiful food blog Dolly and Oatmeal. Apples are appearing now at the farmer's market, so autumn is not that far away...

London Boho

Love the pretty bohemian London home of Vanessa and Ceki and their two children — a space that subtly reflects their cosmopolitan backgrounds (she is French-Algerian, he is Turkish) and love of traveling. So appealing. More here on Milk.

(photography by karel balas)

Atelier: Peggy Klineman

Today I'm admiring this lovely abstract work by Peggy Klineman. Wonderful painting. See more on her site here.

(via pinterest)
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