Saturday, March 08, 2014
A very happy International Women's Day to you. Here's to all the wonderful women — past, present and future — who have made our lives better (and more fun).
(vintage 1933 new york photo via pinterest)
Friday, March 07, 2014
Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll be catching up with used bookstore finds and a movie or two — how about you?
(photo by alessandra ianniello)
There's a monastic quality to the Hamburg apartment of creative director Wolfgang Behnken — it has a serene air to it that invites quiet contemplation. Here Wolfgang and his partner Manja Stuhlmann-Laeisz live, surrounded by Bauhaus furniture, a serious art collection and a personal library that I could easily spend hours in. Just utterly perfect. More here on Elle Decor Italia.
(photography by marc seelen)
Thursday, March 06, 2014
This week's links. Enjoy.
Shoe Designs Before 1900
Fascinating article on early shoe styles, from the papyrus and leather sandal of ancient Egypt to the late 1700s flirtatious embroidered silk mule with a curious squared toe worn by a lady of leisure. Great photos.
Lupita Nyong'o on Beauty
The Oscar-winning star of the film 12 Years A Slave gives an amazing speech on beauty, self-acceptance and the importance of role models for young black women. So admire her.
Beauty Mantras From Old-School Hollywood Stars
And while we're on the subject of beauty, a great selection of quotes ranging from the practical to the philosophical from such silver screen luminaries as Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman, Jeanne Moreau and Mae West among others.
When Is An Artwork Finished?
Via Artnews: "For some artists, a work is done when it leaves the studio. Others keep tinkering in the galleries. One waits for the piece to 'cry uncle'". Interesting essay on how artists know when an artwork is finished — and how it changes from artist to artist.
7 Luminous Modern Interiors
Inspiring slideshow at Dwell featuring airy modern spaces flooded with natural light. Perfect.
Ask The Past
Utterly fascinating and hilarious, the Ask The Past blog reproduces advice from old books — learn how to sweet talk your lady (1656), how to garden with lobsters (1777), how to see the future (1450) among many other surprising and possibly useful tips.
10 Great Films Featuring Cats
Great round up of films featuring our feline friends, from an early 1901 silent through to such classics as Breakfast at Tiffany's, La Dolce Vita and Alien.
Pear Cranberry Crisp
I improvised a pear compote earlier this week that we added as a topping to our morning oatmeal — Andrew said it was like eating a soft pear crisp. This recipe by Cookie + Kate is inspiring me to keep going with the pear and oatmeal combo.
(photo by kristofer johnsson with styling by pella hedeby. via my scandinavian home)
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Minimalist style for early spring — a chunky sepia-toned sweater and gently tousled hair offer a warm contrast to the cool northern light. More from the Revs magazine shoot here.
(photo by mick de lint for revs magazine)
Love the stunning modern Melbourne home of metalwork artist Anna Charlesworth, her husband Peter Stephens and their daughter Nina — filled with natural light and accented with warm wood and walls in rich deep tones, it's the perfect setting for Anna's work as well as the couple's vintage furniture and collections of art and books. Perfect. More here on Vogue Living Australia.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Interesting places to stay in while traveling — ones that become part of the story of your trip.
(photo of the ace hotel in portland via pinterest)
Love these — Andy Warhol's early work as a graphic designer before becoming the pop art legend he's known as today. Created in the mid 1950s, many of these jazz album covers were collaborative efforts in terms of layout and design, but Andy did the drawings — and, interestingly, he had his mom do the beautiful handwritten script you see on some of them. More here.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Rich cocoa browns and warm creams to start your Monday in delectable style. Have a lovely one.
(photo by jared fowler for the design files — see more here)
A tiny 50 square metre former artist's studio in the 20th arrondissement of Paris has a new lease of life as a loft, thanks to the clever design of Sandra Gaudenzi and Gianluca De Giorgio of NZI Architectes. Taking advantage of the space's high ceilings, the pair created three half levels, giving the owner a living room, kitchen with table and bar, a sleeping area and study as well as a bathroom — all with lots of natural light. A true bonus, though, is the small inner courtyard, which becomes another room on sunny days. Lovely. More here on Living.
(photography by juan sepulveda)
I'm thrilled to welcome back English antique dealer and illustrator Linda, who recently opened a lovely new online shop called After Antoinette. Here she shares the wonderful finds she makes on her travels around Europe — and as she was on a buying trip to France just this past weekend, I'm so looking forward to seeing what she's discovered, as she has a truly great eye for the unusual and interesting. I still treasure the beautiful French vintage lace bobbins I purchased from her several years ago. Start shopping here.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. It's turned cold here again, but happily it's clear and sunny — we're looking forward to getting outdoors and enjoying a little fresh air. How about you?
(photo by line thit klein)
I'm loving the new summer 2014 catalogue for Dutch design brand HK Living — styled and photographed by Paulina Arcklin, it's a great mix of industrial cool with a little bohemian edge. Perfect. See more over at Est magazine here.
(photography by paulina arcklin)