Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sweetness and Light

A room to spend countless hours in — the Sydney home of fashion designer Lee Mathews.

(photo by sean fennessy via the design files)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Vintage Vibes
Take a tour of a fantastic Dutch farmhouse that mixes a 70s vintage look with rustic details. Great individual style.

How Bugs Bunny Inspired a Generation of Opera Stars
This is great — members of the Washington National Opera discuss how their first exposure to opera came from watching "What's Opera, Doc?", the now-classic Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd cartoon inspired by Wagner's Ring Cycle.

Sleep Makes the Modern Girl
We all know the importance of a good sleep — now you can make getting those eight hours a little more of an art form with these new elixirs, luxurious sheets and beautiful sleepwear.

Salt Labyrinths Inside a Castle
Check out these two mind blowing installation pieces by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, all made of salt and created inside the medieval castle tower at Aigues-Mortes, a 13th century walled city in southern France.  

The Forgotten Designer Behind Some of Fashion's Biggest Trends
Profile of Bonnie Cashin, credited by some fashion scholars as the inventor of American sportswear.

How to Decorate Like Wes Anderson
Fun post over at My Domaine that pairs Wes Anderson films with real rooms — perfect inspiration for fans of his work who want to live the film experience, too.

Vintage Office Supplies on Instagram
Treat your eyes to the beautifully photographed collections of vintage office supplies from around the world by following the Instagram account of nrpq.  

Chocolate Cobbler
What's not to like about a decadent chocolate dessert that transforms into a chewy brownie and a fudge sauce in the same dish?

(photo by richard powers via a muted palette)

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Cherry blossoms, spotted on the way to the Tulip Festival. On my way back, there was a sweet elderly Japanese man perched on a little stool directly across from the cherry trees, playing a traditional koto while gazing at the blossoms. It was lovely.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Moments of Beauty

A play of layers, lengths and textures — perfect for this curious time of year, when the seasons change daily and figuring out what to wear even from hour to hour becomes a challenge. Photo by Danilo Hess for Elle Mexico, September 2015.

(via a muted palette)

Dream Apartment

Love the stunning Cape Town apartment of Koos and Laureen and their children, located in Africa's only Art Deco skyscraper. Originally an office block, the 1939 building was the first in the city to be converted into residential spaces. Gorgeous results. More over here on Image.

(photography by greg cox)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Simple Pleasures

A personal library. There's always something good to read close at hand.

(photo via here)

Atelier: Henk Helmantel

Today I'm admiring this subtle 1990 still life by Dutch painter Henk Helmantel, titled 'Still Life with Boxes'. A modern take on the classic Dutch still life, there's a quiet presence to his work that I find really appealing.

(via made by sohn)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Victoria Day

It's Victoria Day here in Canada, so we're enjoying a long weekend — and one with spectacular sunny weather, too. Have a great Monday and see you tomorrow!

(photo: francis brodi house with henri matisse ceramic mural, los angeles. via randomitus)

Friday, May 20, 2016


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We're looking forward to the Victoria Day long weekend here — and the weather promises to be perfect for it, too. Can't wait. Enjoy your own!

(photo: françois champsaur)

Rustic Modern

Summer in Sweden doesn't get more idyllic than this, the century-old country home of David Carlson and Madeleine Carlson Ahnell. Furnished in a relaxed, rustic modern style inside and surrounded by a stunning rose garden (over 100 varieties!) outside, it's pretty much perfection. Love this one. More here on Elle Decoration Sweden.

(photography by emma persson lagerberg)


Have a groovy weekend.

(circa 1960's photo of model in pierre cardin sunglasses via here)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sweetness and Light

Tranquil turquoise tones with the surprise contrast of tomato red in the office corner of this London home. See more of this modern baroque space here on Architectural Digest Russia.

(via pinterest)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Bonnie and Neil Take a tour of Bonnie and Neil, the fun and colourful Melbourne textile design studio of Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie. That's a shot of the studio above, incidentally.

Behind the Scenes of Grey Gardens
From AnOther magazine: "As The Criterion Collection re-releases the iconic movie, we go behind the scenes with one of its directors to discover her unique perspective on the fabulous Beales, accompanied by unseen imagery of the women themselves."

The Bread-Baking Chef Turned Potter
Interesting Saveur profile of Fernando Aciar of Fefo Studio pottery, who says that "making pottery and making bread come from the same place."

Life Advice From Isabella Rossellini
Actress, documentarian, organic farmer and now model for Lancôme at the age of 63 (after being let go by them at 42 for being too old), the inspiring Isabella Rossellini discusses living well and aging gracefully.

Kamasi Washington's Favourite Albums
Saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington shares with The Quietus's Paul Smith 13 albums that affected his musical approach. Lots of great listening here.

50 Films By Women
A great list of films directed by women that you can watch online, part of the #52FilmsByWomen initiative. Lots of excellent viewing here. 

5 Anti-Aging Mind Exercises
You probably know that eating well (a Mediterranean diet is still ideal) and playing games are great for keeping your brain active and healthy, but did you know that volunteering and ballroom dancing are also beneficial? 

Loaded Greek Quinoa Salad
A fantastic and filling salad loaded with veggies, quinoa, hummus (underneath everything else) and finished with a sprinkling of feta cheese. Make a little extra for lunch the next day.

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New bread, just out of the oven. A little wonky, but not bad for my third try.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Moments of Beauty

Breezy beauty, with a splendid billowy scarf that's perfect for cool spring days. Lovely photo by Paolo Roversi.

(via here)

Neo-Classic Modernism

Architect Jean-François Faure recently did a subtle update of a beautiful post-Haussmann apartment in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, and the results are stunning. Home to a couple and their three children, the beautiful original architectural details of the space have been carefully preserved, while a slightly more open floor plan and a modern kitchen make it a home rather than a museum — one where the couple can feature the finds from their shared passion for antiquing at flea markets and auction houses. More here on Marie Claire Maison.

(photography by alex profit)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Simple Pleasures

Al fresco dining. So lovely after a long winter. And whether it's a full course meal (as shown here) or an impromptu sandwich picnic under a tree, food somehow just tastes better outdoors.

(photo by laura of our food stories. via macadameia)

A Creative Space

Take a look at the beautiful home of Amsterdam-based design duo Joyce Urbanus and Dax Roll, who together make up the interior design studio Nicemakers. Gorgeous space. More photos here on Vogue Living.

Atelier: Conrad Marca-Relli

Today I'm admiring this collage piece by Conrad Marca-Relli, a Boston-born painter and sculptor who was part of the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists. Can't believe I haven't seen his work before — looking forward to finding out more about him.

(via here)

Monday, May 16, 2016


Hope this week brings you lots of happy inspiration. Have a lovely one.

(gorgeous wall mural by alisa burke — see how she did it here)
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