Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Moments of Beauty

So love the soft blues, creams and grey green tones of this beautiful image by Olivia Frølich, photographed for Cecilie Bahnsen's Collection 2 lookbook. 

(via abundance)

A Peaceful Space

Today I'm admiring the tranquil and beautiful Chelsea apartment of Robert McKinely, recently featured in T Magazine. Just perfect. More photos here.

(photography by nicole franzen. via georgiana design)

Sponsor Spotlight

With its mid century silhouette offset by glam gold legs, the Gold Plated Modern Single Chair from Black Rooster Decor adds instant sophistication to the plainest kitchen or dining area. Designed in Italy, the chair consists of a clear transparent polycarbonate arm shell on a gold-plated chrome base — and with free shipping within Ontario and the USA (use code CUSTOM at checkout), it's a great time to do a little redecorating! Start shopping here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Simple Pleasures

An inspired mix of old and new. Love the reflective silver ball.

(photo via the march collective)

Summer in Paris

The pretty and light-filled Paris apartment of Marie Gas, owner and buyer of the shop By Marie and artistic director of Gas Bijoux, has a lovely air of eternal summer to it. Furnished with mid century classics and a few antiques, its sunny atmosphere has a bright splash of colour here and there to add a little spice to the look. Lovely. More via Bolig Liv.

(photography by birgitta wolfgang drejer)

Atelier: Rikka Sormunen

Today I'm admiring the lovely work of Finnish illustrator Rikka Sormunen — such a wonderfully fresh sense of line and colour. See more on her website here.

(via design crush)

Monday, July 21, 2014


A pretty still life that will inspire you to look for beauty in the everyday. Have a lovely one.

(photo by tina brok hansen for petit hellerup vintage)

Paris Eclectic

Years spent in New York and London working in the film industry have given interior designer Sandra Benhamou a trained eye and a passion for collecting modern art and contemporary design, as can be seen in the Paris home she shares with her partner and their three children. Love how relaxed and effortless her space looks. More over at Elle Decor España.

(photography by montse garriga)

Giveaway Winner!

I'm very happy to announce that the randomly chosen winner of the sumptuous Tealight Tower from The Mystic Masala is number 3 — Shannon! Congratulations to Shannon and thanks so much to everyone else who entered, too. xo

(photo by me on instagram)

Friday, July 18, 2014


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll be spending time with friends — really looking forward to it. How about you?

(photo by patrick cline for lonny magazine, august 2012. via sfgirlbybay)

Milan Elegance

Located in an early-1900s building in the Magenta area of Milan, the beautiful apartment of fashion designer Alessandra Facchinetti is an elegant blend of everything from 18th century cabinets and rustic Italian chairs to mod 1960s lighting — all complemented by her many antiquing finds, her own designs and her gorgeous collection of vintage clothes. More here on W magazine.

(photography by françois halard)


The radiantly beautiful Audrey Hepburn, photographed in 1969 by Gian Paolo Barbieri.

(via history in pictures)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sweetness and Light

A tranquil still life of jewelry by Neeltje Geurtsen. I'm seriously coveting these for summer — minimalist perfection with the warmth of wood.

(via sukha amsterdam)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Under the Hill: A Surreal Dutch Home
Check out the slide show for this extraordinary modern Dutch home that's an eco-conscious Surrealist's dream — a full size car hanging from a wall is just one of the many surprises inside. I like the touches of traditional Dutch design (such as the Delft tiles) added here and there in original ways.

Portraits in Creativity: Maira Kalman
This sounds great. Gael Towey recently launched Portraits in Creativity, a short film series documenting artists and their inspirations. The latest features illustrator Maira Kalman, one of my personal faves. Via Swiss Miss.

12 Photos of Britons and Their Whimsical Sheds
It's reassuring to know that British eccentricity is alive and well, as evidenced by the recent announcement of the finalists of the 2014 Shed of the Year awards. Check out a few of the winners in their sheds done up like teapots, arcades, retro diners and more. Love how much fun everyone seems to have creating these. 

What Jane Austen Really Looked Like
From Explore: "Forensic scientists reconstruct what Jane Austen really looked like — quite different from the current Bank of England currency depiction." Fascinating.

10 Ways to Make the World a Nicer Place
Smile at others. Make compliments instead of just thinking them. Help others. Just a few of the ten easy things you can do to make the world around you a nicer place — and along the way create more happiness for yourself, too.

Picnic Generator
Saveur magazine has put together a fun slot-machine style picnic recipe generator — just click to spin for a great selection of mains, snacks, sides, sweets and drinks. Brilliant idea. Via FastCo.

10 Favourite Beauty Products of A-Listers
A list of skin care and make up faves in various price ranges that the famous swear by, including the madly affordable Aquafor by Eucerin — available at any drugstore and a go to choice by Charlize Theron, Beyoncé, Nicole Kidman and Lucy Liu.

Chilled Cucumber Soup With Farm Fresh Herbs
A lovely and refreshing summer soup by farmer and foodie Andrea Bemis of the fab blog Dishing Up the Dirt. Perfect for hot and humid days when cooking is utterly unappealing.

(photo by melanie grizzel via camille styles)

advertise on automatism

Thinking of becoming an automatism sponsor? A couple of ad spots are available for August — perfect for launching an autumn campaign. Find out more here.

(photo by martin sølyst for bolig)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Moments of Beauty

The most perfect ethereal shade of blue for summer. Photo by Mark Borthwick for Maison Martin Margiela, 2000-1. 

(via abundance)

A Parisian Loft

What was once a classroom in the former School of Electricity in Paris is now the beautiful apartment of set designer and decorative painter Muriel Cibot. Attracted by the plentiful windows and original parquet flooring, Muriel wanted to preserve the space's atmosphere, but she also has a relaxed attitude towards it, happily mixing vintage and modern for a liveable home with nods towards its industrial past. Lovely. More here on Carnet d'Intérieur.

(photography by cyrille robin. via interior break)
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