Friday, July 28, 2017


Happy weekend! Have a lovely one. And an utterly lovely space to spend it in. Revisiting a favourite interior—the home of Juliana Foong and Benjamin Paul Gallagher. See the rest here.

(photo by sean fennessy)

Pale and Interesting

A lovely apartment by stylist and photographer Annaleena Karlsson. A sculptural approach to an interior, with its emphasis on form—plus a few delicate touches of colour to keep things interesting. Beautiful. More here.

(photography by annaleena karlsson. via coco lapine design)


Have a sweet weekend.

(photo: christer strömholm, couple at the «la methode» cafe. paris, 1960. via here)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sweetness and Light

The beautiful home of Danish designer Kristina Dam. See more of it here.

(photography by ludovica canzutti. via coco lapine design)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Pale and Interesting
Take a tour of a beautiful modern space in pale tones of cream, beige and a touch of the lightest of blue. Perfect antidote to noisy city life.

Women of Jazz: Stream a Playlist of 91 Recordings by Great Female Jazz Musicians 
Excellent introduction to women jazz musicians, from early days to present day. 

Why Opera was the Netflix of the 19th Century
Fascinating BBC article on how the 19th century European public demand for opera drove the development of early telephone technology. Thank opera for your iPhone!

When Salvador Dalí and Alfred Hitchcock Brought Surrealism to Hollywood 
Fascinating glimpse into the making of the extraordinary dream sequence by Salvador Dalí, in the 1945 Hitchcock film Spellbound.

The World's Most Spectacular Art Islands
From AnOther magazine: "Take refuge from the modern world's perpetual distraction on an island devoted entirely to art—from the Swedish and Danish archipelagos, to Canada's rural Eastern coast." Definitely adding this to my bucket list.

Top 10 Female Detectives in Fiction
The Guardian: "From a Copenhagen scientist to a hardbitten single mother in New York, these are singular sleuths contending with problems that all women will recognise."

Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All of Them.
A good reminder about how the constant demands on our attention from push notifications create a state of continual distraction. Turning them off makes for a much more focused and peaceful existence without leaving your phone at home.

Wes Anderson Names 12 of His Favourite Art Films
This is a fantastically oddball list of films by director Wes Anderson—definitely not what you'd expect. Some I have seen, some are completely new to me and definitely want to see now. 

Chocolate Meringue Cake
Salads are well and good, but once in a while you need something decadent. This delectable recipe from Donna Hay definitely fits the bill. 

(photo: leanne ford interiors via sfgirlbybay)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Moments of Beauty

Because what is life without a little mystery? Lovely photo of Roksanda Ilincic by Paolo Roversi, 2010.

(via here)

Milan Modern

Admiring the chic Milan home of Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto, founders of Studiopepe, a multidisciplinary design studio. Love their extraordinary eye for pattern and colour—and the seamless blend of antiques and modern pieces. Stunning. More here at AD France.

(photography by andrea ferrari)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Serenity Now

A beautiful Milan home to daydream about today. Have a good one.

(photo: nick pellegrino via pinterest)

Atelier: Tadashi Ohashi

An exquisite illustration of the humble onion, by the late Japanese illustrator and designer Tadashi Ohashi. Read an excellent overview of his career and influence on emerging Japanese graphic design here at Monowolf.

Friday, July 21, 2017


Happy weekend! Have a lovely one. And a lovely space to spend it in. See more of it here.

(photo: becki owens)

Azure in Amalfi

Completed in 1934, the Villa Templa Mare was built by Roman architect Giulio Barluzzi on the ruins of the 10th century Sant'Andrea del Pendolo church. Still in the same family today, this luminous summer home has retained the serenity of its religious origins. Love those stunning blue tile floors—the colour of the sea nearby. More here at AD France.

(photography by matthieu salvaing)


Have fun this weekend.

(photo via here)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sweetness and Light

A tranquil space for your Thursday. Have a good one.

(photo: laura c. singleton via becki owens)


This week's links. Enjoy.

A Modern Home in Amsterdam
Take a tour of a minimalist Amsterdam home with intriguingly textured walls, offset with pops of colour and modern furniture.

11 Very Short Stories You Must Read Immediately
Emily Davis at Lit Hub picks 11 great very short stories—ranging from Lydia Davis to George Saunders to Sofia Samatar—available online. Perfect summer reading.

The Most Famous 1950's Model You've Never Heard Of
Via AnOther magazine: "As a new campaign to create a book about her life launches online, John-Michael O'Sullivan reflects on the magic of Barbara Mullen." Great photos—and an amazing life, too.

12 Interior Instagram Accounts to Follow Now
Vogue picks 12 interiors accounts for beautiful daily inspiration (or a little escapism) on your Instagram feed.

A Sculpture Park Celebrating Femininity
Lovely Artsy piece on the wonderful, fantastical 14-acre Tarot Garden in Tuscany, created by the late French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

5 Things We Learned About David Lynch From The Art Life
Still need to see this documentary by Jon Nguyen about David Lynch, but in the meantime here are 5 takeaways from it. My fave is learning film-maker Mel Brooks labelled Lynch "Jimmy Stewart from Mars"; an utterly brilliant description.

The Ultimate Gazpacho
A fantastic version of the classic Spanish chilled soup from Cookie + Kate. Definitely making this one soon.

(photo via the design collector)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Brief Pause

I'll be away from the blog for a bit while I recover from a rather nasty migraine—back soon. In the meantime, enjoy a browse through the archives!

(photo: lean timms via pinterest)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sweetness and Light

Some classic French style for you today. Have a good one.

(photo via here)


This week's links. Enjoy.

 White Washed Cottage
Take a tour of a perfect Danish cottage by the sea. I could easily live here year round.

The 6,000-Year History of Blue Pigments in Art
Nice overview over at Artsy of the history of the colour blue.

Bookstores' 'Blind Dates' Link Books and Readers
This is such a fun idea. From the Wall Street Journal: "Booksellers are enticing readers to take a chance on books wrapped in paper, so the cover and title remain a mystery."

Text SFMOMA and Get Art Sent to Your Phone 
I love this. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has come up with a great way to share its 34,678 artworks, only 5% of which can be displayed at any given time. With the SMS service Send Me SFMOMA, you can text 572-51 with the words "send me" followed by a keyword, colour or emoji, and receive a related artwork image and caption via text message.

Five Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore
From AnOther: "A new book by Terry Newman draws parallels between the personal style and writing of 50 seminal auteurs—here, we spotlight five of them."

The Vacuum Cleaner
Utterly surreal 4.5 minute silent film from 1908 by Segundo de Chomón, about two men who find what was then a fairly new device—a motorized vacuum. Looniness ensues.

Why Cheese Is Art's Greatest Muse
A new exhibition at the Mauritshuis features what Clifton Fadiman called "milk's leap toward immortality". Slow Food: Still-Lifes of the Golden Age features cheese in art from the Dutch Golden Age to the 21st century. Follow the link for some delectable selections from the show.

Black Bean-Smothered Sweet Potatoes
Quick, healthy and easy to make, this is a great weeknight supper. Vegan friendly, too!

(photo by brooke giannetti via pinterest)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Moments of Beauty

Summer mood. Lovely photo of Dutch model Maartje Verhoef by Paolo Roversi, shot for the 2016 launch of McQueen Parfum. More from the shoot here.

(via dazed by way of pinterest)

Atelier: Jared Fowler

Love these so much. 'Back Burn' is an exquisite botanical series by Australian photographer Jared Fowler, featuring studies of burnt leaves left behind as a result of preventative fires. More here.

(via wolf eyebrows)

Monday, July 10, 2017


Summer still life. Have a wonderful week.

(via abundance)

Mexico Modern

A ruined seventeenth century hacienda in the Mexican jungle of Yucatan is now a stunning mix of Mayan culture and modern design, thanks to the inspired vision of sculptor Jorge Pardo. Asked to be part of a project by Mexican banker Roberto Hernandez and his wife Claudia Madrazo to purchase ancient haciendas (in order to protect the remains of Mayan culture), Pardo opted for the most dilapidated one, to have the most creative freedom. Working with his team and local craftsmen, Pardo spent six years making what is essentially an artwork you can live in. Magical. More here on AD France.

(photography by martyn thompson)
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