Friday, April 17, 2015


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one — as cheerful as this fab pink sofa. Looking forward to sunny weather and a film at the local repertory cinema here.

(photo by brittany wood for designlovefest. via sfgirlbybay)

Modern Colour

I'm quite smitten with this lovely Swedish home featured in Elle Deco Sweden, discovered on photographer J. Ingerstedt's site. Great, relaxed modern style. Love those shots of red here and there, too. More here.

(photography by j. ingerstedt)

Meet the Sponsor: Shaker Project

I'm very excited to introduce Shaker Project — a brand new company founded on the idea that more people should have good furniture. Built in their workshop in Pittsburg, California, each piece is made from scratch with quality materials, and can be customized so you'll have exactly what you want. And by selling directly to customers online, they cut out the middleman — which makes their products much more affordable, too. The end result is well made, classic pieces that are meant to last many lifetimes — these are heirlooms in the making.

Shown here is their beautiful Table No. 1, which like classic Shaker design works seamlessly within both traditional and modern interiors. Perfect. I can't wait to see what they do next. Find out more here.

Thanks again to Shaker Project. Please note that all opinions are mine. And thanks so much for reading this sponsored post — by doing so you help make automatism possible. 


Have a fun weekend.

(photo by leombruno-bodi, 1960s. via the swinging sixties)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sweetness and Light

Love the pretty olive green and elegant lines of this vintage Pastoe FT14 Fauteuil chair — design that's clean and simple.

(via van ons)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Elegant Neutrals in a Swedish Space
Take a tour of a stunning Swedish apartment over at My Scandinavian Home. Gorgeous.

The 93-Year-Old Cover Girl
Wonderful New York Times interview with the legendary Iris Apfel, doyenne of the New York fashion scene for years and now the subject of a documentary, 'Iris,' directed by Albert Maysles. Can't wait to see it.

Jackson Pollock's Found Lemon Pudding Recipe
You might not be able to afford an original Jackson Pollock painting, but you can definitely make his recipe for Lemon Pudding. Fascinating story of how it was discovered, too.

The Gamine in Many Guises
From Intelligent Life: "Impish but innocent, boyish but feminine, the true gamine is more than just a haircut. As an exhibition devoted to Audrey Hepburn opens in London, Matthew Sweet combs through the history of her signature look."

Garden City Movement
Soulful electro-pop band Garden City Movement may only have been making music together for just over a year, but they've already released three EPs and played Glastonbury. Follow the link to listen to their latest single.

Ten Steps to Modernism: From Matisse to Rothko
AnOther magazine takes inspiration from the opening of Fondation Louis Vuitton's Keys to a Passion exhibition on modernism with 10 essential moments of modernism in art.

Julianne Moore's Favourite Things
Harper's Bazaar recently asked Julianne Moore to share her favourite fashion, home and beauty products for spring — here's her list. She has great taste.

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
Nigella Lawson's delectable dairy-free, gluten-free cake is also adaptable — switch out the ground almonds for flour and it's a little lighter but just as good.

(photo via my scandinavian home)

automatism on instagram

The best sort of late lunch — one of leftovers from yesterday's lunch at Clover. Bucatini pasta with white bean, parmesan, basil, herbed crumbs and tomato compote. Amazing.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Moments of Beauty

Portrait with peach. Gorgeous image of Coco Rocha reminiscent of a Vermeer painting, photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue, 2007.

(via vogue)

Weekend Getaway

Designed in 2013 by Atelier Barda, this stunning weekend home, located on the east side of Pinnacle Mountain in Frelighsburg, Canada, is truly the most refined kind of cottage living. Love all the books. Perfect. More here on Home Adore.

(photography by yves lefebvre)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Simple Pleasures

I love the idea of a dining room that's also a library — and this one is pretty much perfect. Those pendant lamps are wonderful, too.

(photography by pia winther. via yellows)

Quirky Minimalism

After years of living abroad in Berlin, London and Copenhagen, architect Karen Selmer and director Lars Torvik decided to move back to their native Norway, to set down roots and raise a family. They settled on a charmingly quirky corner apartment built in 1899, with beautiful arched windows, stucco and carved paneling — and some unusually shaped rooms. But as you can see, it all works beautifully. More here on Bo Bedre.

(photography by sandra aslaksen)

Atelier: Salvador Dali

Today I'm admiring this flowery surrealist portrait by Salvador Dali — a nice change from the melting clocks and fiery giraffes one tends to think of when his name comes up.

(gala narciso by salvador dali, 1938. via here)

Monday, April 13, 2015


Intriguing woven textures to start your week with a little inspiration. Have a lovely one.

(photo by prue ruscoe)

Small and Beautiful in Paris

The light-filled Paris pied à terre of New York fashion photographer Matthew Brookes combines the look of a traditional artist's studio (those are his photos everywhere) with a New York loft. Renovated by Hugo Sauzay and Charlotte de Tonnac of Festen Agency, original details such as the exposed beams and fireplace have been carefully preserved, while the new kitchen and bathroom effortlessly blend into the rest of the space. Love. More here on Côté Maison.

(photography by nicolas millet)

Friday, April 10, 2015


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. Looking forward to a relaxed one here, catching up on movies and books — and dreaming of an art collection like this one.

(photo by martyn thompson via sfgirlbybay)
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