Thursday, December 05, 2013
We're going to see The Nutcracker ballet, performed this year by The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. I am so excited — this is when Christmas really begins for me.
(photo by mark olich)
This week's links. Enjoy.
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013
Great wide ranging list of fiction, poetry and nonfiction — perfect for inspiring ideas for gift giving (either for others or for yourself) for the holidays.
Intelligent Life magazine invited six writers to imagine how they thought various literary characters would smell — all for charity. This intro to the project gives a few tantalizing hints of what the final results will be.Once a Movie Theatre, Now a Gym
This is amazing — the NY Scout website recently discovered a stunning 1920s movie theatre palace in Brooklyn that was converted into a gym. Wow.
The Junk Drawer Project
A fascinating exercise in urban archeology, The Junk Drawer Project features photographs people's junk drawers, accompanied by a short interview with them about it. Great idea.
The World's Most Exquisite Libraries
And while we're looking at beautiful public architecture, have a look at this slide show of gorgeous libraries from all over the world. A bibliophile's dream.
Neanderthals Organized Their Homes
Interesting — a recent dig in Italy has turned up evidence that Neanderthals organized their living spaces into distinct areas, just like their supposedly more sophisticated human cousins. Via Archaeology.
12 Great Music Docs
Nice round up of 12 music documentaries that are a must see for serious music fans. Friends of mine have recommended the docs Looking for Sugar Man and Sound City in particular as well worth seeing.
One of my absolute favourite fruits — I definitely indulge in a lot of pears at this time of year. Check out this lovely selection of sweet and savoury pear recipes over at Martha Stewart, including Pear Tart Tatin, Watercress Pear and Cashew Salad, Cranberry Pear Crisp and Roasted Pears and Sweet Potatoes.
(photo via the style files)
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Vintage romantic style — a lovely atmospheric shot by photographer Friedmann Hauss for the October 1994 issue of Elle France.
Marion and Casper moved with their young family from the Netherlands to Sweden seven years ago, attracted by a country that, unlike their own, had lots of space and untouched nature. Experienced renovators after doing up three previous homes, they looked for another one to do but eventually decided to buy land and build their own after an unsuccessful search. It involved a lot of backbreaking hours of work, but they're thrilled with the beautiful results. Love this one. More here on Hus and Hem.
(photography by lina östling)
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Belgian designer Michael Verheyden's elegant objects combine geometric forms and elemental materials, resulting in sculptural shapes that have a serene and almost meditative quality. The home he shares with his wife Saartje Vereecke is the perfect backdrop for his beautiful designs. More here on T Magazine.
(photography by alexandre guirkinger)
I'm very excited to bring you the second annual Good Cheer, a special guest blogger series running throughout the month of December. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for great posts by lovely fellow bloggers, sharing their favourite things to make and do while entertaining over the holidays. And to get you in a festive mood — Cranberry Torte from Lottie and Doof. Perfect with coffee or tea when company drops by, or to bring to a holiday pot luck.
Monday, December 02, 2013
The tiny home of Danish stylist Benedikte Ugland is a visual feast — each small room features beautiful still lifes of fascinating objects, each one an eloquent expression of her discerning eye. Gorgeous. More here on Bolig Magasinet.
Incidentally, I featured a glimpse of her lovely space a year or so ago, but couldn't resist sharing these new photos with you.
(photography by anna kern)
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Welcome to this year's edition of Handmade Holidays, a series of special gift posts that I'll be running throughout December. Each post will offer an idea on something you can make or do for the holiday season — it might be a pretty gift, decorating inspiration, festive food or even music suggestions to get you in the spirit of things. It's all about getting creative, having fun — and giving from the heart. Hope you enjoy it!
And to start things off — Christmas Ice Cubes from the Funkytime blog, featuring rosemary sprigs and berries for adding holiday cheer to your glass. Enjoy.
(photo via funkytime)
Friday, November 29, 2013
Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll be busy with work stuff, but we're also looking forward to a delicious family dinner, too. How about you?
(photo by sam mcadam with styling by lara hutton)
Discovered totally abandoned, this ancient villa near the town of Prato in Tuscany was perfect as far as professional couple Paolo and Alessia were concerned — surrounded by a spectacular landscape, it was the perfect place to raise their three children. Leaving the outer shell as untouched as possible, they worked with b-arch architects on opening up the inside space to add natural light and restoring the original stone floors, beamed ceilings, and whitewashed walls. The decor is an interesting mix of classical and modern art, furniture from all over the world, textiles and an Art Deco collection — perfect for such an interesting space. More here on Nuevo Estilo.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
This week's links. Enjoy.
Canada in Colour
Check out this gorgeous house tour over at Design*Sponge, featuring a Port Coquitlam, British Columbia townhouse that mixes colour and minimalism beautifully. Love this one.
Five Minute Beehive Tutorial
Give your hair a retro cool look for holiday parties with this great five minute beehive video tutorial by Gizzi Erskine. Add a little flicky eyeliner and you're done.
Looking for a really unique personalized gift? UK-based company Boomf makes marshmallows out of your Instagram photos, charging £12 for a box of nine. Sadly it's only available in the UK for now, but it's definitely a fun idea.
The Observer's Books of the Year
The Observer recently invited some very distinguished writers, critics, poets and others to pick their favourite books of the year. Lots of great ideas for gift giving during the holidays — or good reads for yourself, too.
Designer's Cookbook: George Lois
The Design Observer has begun a great six part series on designers, artists and food — first up is the legendary George Lois, creator of some of the most iconic covers for Esquire and one of the original Mad Men.
Having a bad day? Take a look at this slide show featuring New York-based photographer Sophie Gamand's hilarious series of dogs in the bath. Soggy doggies!
How to Interact With an Introvert
Handy illustrated guide on how to socialize with the introverts in your life — or, explain yourself to the extroverts you know. As an introvert myself, I find this really accurate.
Am I Eating Yams or Sweet Potatoes?
Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends — and here's a great illustrated diagram of the difference between yams and sweet potatoes, perfect for settling any starchy arguments around the holiday dinner table.
Poached Egg, Sautéed Spinach and Mushrooms
It's the season for holiday eating, and — as delicious as that is — we do need a break now and then for something lighter. This lovely dish by Tartelette is perfect for brunch or supper when you want something healthy but not heavy — add a little roasted squash on the side if you'd like it a bit more substantial.
(photo by daniella witte)