Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sweetness and Light

The sudden deep cold here has me thinking of winter evenings knitting warm accessories to keep away the chill.

(photo by anna-malin of helt enkelt)


This week's links. Enjoy.

A French Château Restored
Take a tour of an extraordinary château in Burgundy, the home of French filmmaker Jean-Louis Remilleux. It's like stepping back into the 18th century.

Amy Poehler's Confidence Lessons
Sarah Larson writes in the New Yorker on Amy Poehler, an "example of the good that confidence, in the right hands, can foster in the world."

Thanksgiving Special
Love this. Artist Hannah Rothstein imagines how the traditional Thanksgiving meal would look plated by famous artists — see how your holiday dinner would have been served by Picasso, Warhol, Mondrian, Magritte, Rothko and Van Gogh, to name a few. The Cindy Sherman one is hilarious. Via Co.Create.

Smile, You're Speaking Emoji
Fascinating piece on the origins and evolution of emojis, the now ubiquitous text language. Via Andrew with thanks.

Bang On
Check out inspiration for a subtle autumn hair makeover with W magazine's inspiring archive of looks for bangs, from curly to straight, messy to fixed.

0h h1
Fun little online logic game by Q42, along the lines of sudoku. Great way to take a brain break in the middle of a work day.

Top 10 Words Invented By Writers
Fun list of words and/or phrases invented by writers and compiled by Paul Dickson. Find out the origins of such now familiar terms as bedazzled, Catch-22, serendipity, freelance and cyberspace among others.

An Actor's Roundtable
Listen in to a-list actors Laura Dern, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette, Felicity Jones, Amy Adams, Hilary Swank and Reese Witherspoon discuss their craft. Really great insights here — particularly by Patricia Arquette. 

Creamy Rosemary Polenta With Roasted Winter Vegetables
A rich and satisfying vegetarian dish, perfect for chilly early winter suppers.

(photo via bolia by way of la maison d'anna g)

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Early winter still life — ice, fallen leaves and the first snow.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Moments of Beauty

Pure elegance. Model Giannina Antonette in a beautifully cut top, photographed by Holly Burnham for Vogue.

(styling by britt layton, makeup by caitlyn meyer. via lost in vogue)

Naturally Chic

Love the rustic modern style of this former farm in Denmark, home to professional chef Camilla Lemche and her two daughters. So warm and inviting. More here at Femina.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Simple Pleasures

Spontaneous gifts, for the pleasure of making someone else's day a sweeter one.

(photo by eva varveropoulou for vogue italia)

Art House

This stunning Madrid space is actually two circular apartments, combined to wrap around a courtyard. The home of architect Joaquín, gallerist wife Inés and their children, it's a light-filled environment inspired by art galleries — the white walls give a feeling of infinite room and calm. Here paintings, sculptures and installations are a comfortable part of their home, living effortlessly with their furniture, books and collections. Love. More here on AD España.

(photography by pablo zamora)

Monday, November 17, 2014


A delicately pale still life to start your Monday gently. Have a good one.

(photo by ania via the poetry of material things)

Airy and Bright

Recently renovated, this lovely Swedish apartment has retained its original 1914 built in closets and other architectural details while getting a fresher look throughout. Great styling. More here on Stadshem.

(photography by janne olander)


I am very excited about this lovely giveaway from Jan of ReStyletwo prints of your choice from his wonderful Etsy shop! For a chance to win, visit the ReStyle shop and then leave a comment below about the two prints from the shop that you'd like to have (don't forget your contact info too). Giveaway ends Monday, November 24 2014, with the winner announced the following day. Good luck and happy browsing!

Friday, November 14, 2014


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. I'm thinking of going to the open house for a community pottery studio — fun to take a look around as I hope to take classes there soon. How about you?

(photo via elle decoration uk

Classically Modern

After almost a year of restoration, the lovely early twentieth century Alsation mansion of Sandrine and Hervé is now a fascinating fusion of old and new. Love how they've mixed colour and modern art with the original Belle Epoque architectural details, to great effect. More here on Marie Claire Maison.

(photography by yves duronsoy)


This charming Manhattan Matches print by illustrator Danielle Kroll is making me smile today. Find out more — and purchase it — at Buddy Editions here.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sweetness and Light

A perfect spot to lounge on a Sunday afternoon.

(photo via restoration hardware)


This week's links. Enjoy.

The Pantone Hotel
Have a look at recent photos of the colourful Pantone Hotel in Brussels, opened in 2010 by colour swatch company Pantone.

Rooms in Bold Colours
And while we're on the subject of colour — a collection of vintage photos of brilliantly hued rooms from the '70s and '80s, courtesy of Steven Holt of Dry Dock Shop.

13 Must Read Books for the Dedicated Fashion Follower
Harper's Bazaar has a great list of both classic and new books on fashion — I'll be adding a few of these to my holiday reading list.

What Are Literature and Philosophy For?
Philosopher Alain de Botton explains the purpose of literature and philosophy (mainly, they teach you how to be a better and happier person) with clever Monty Python-style videos.

5 Things Productive People Do at the End of Each Work Day
Stay focused, organized and keep job stress to a minimum with these 5 tips for making work days more productive.

Essential Cooking Techniques Videos From the New York Times
Check out this collection of 53 New York Times videos that are both educational and delicious.

Céline Cruise 2015
Have a look at the lovely minimalist cruise wear collection for 2015 from Céline. Beautiful pieces.

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich
An inspired take on the grilled cheese sandwich, this recipe includes avocado, spinach, goat cheese and a robust pesto to really elevate it to something special. Perfect for lunch or a light supper with salad.

(photo via eden)

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Catching up with my lovely step mum over cappuccino and tea.

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