Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday


Hope your Monday is the start of a week with a little self indulgence here and there to offset the usual routine — a routine that's probably even busier these days, with the holiday season fast approaching!


(pretty photograph by JenniPenni on Flickr, via Just Be Splendid)

Giveaway Winner!


I've run the numbers (via random.org), and I'm happy to announce that the winner of the Aquatic Santa card giveaway is comment #7 — Amanda! Congrats Amanda (and please email me your contact info!)! Thanks so much to everyone who participated!


(lovely still life via concrete & honey)

Evan Hecox







Love the darkly beautiful urban work of artist Evan Hecox — in particular his prints, which are available here and here. Gorgeous.

Holiday Special


Tomorrow is the start of a special holiday feature here on automatism — hope you'll stop by to have a look!


(photo of charmingly quirky christmas decorations by minoridesign on flickr, via we heart it)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Quiet Little Reminder


Just so you know — there's still time to enter my giveaway of a set of 5 Aquatic Santa cards! Deadline is midnight, Sunday November 29 (EST). Enter here.


(photo by firemisha, via we heart it)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Weekend


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely and carefree one. We'll probably be getting a bit of holiday shopping and/or organizing done — how about you?


(pretty photograph by fs48 via PaperTissue.)

Domino Archive: The White Office











Serene white spaces that offer a contemplative working environment, from my archive of Domino Deco Files.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Guest Post


I have a guest post today, my contribution to the Everyday Beautiful Life series on the lovely Bits of Beauty blog — have a look here. Thanks so much again for the invite, Jennifer!


(pretty teacup photo by Debi Treloar)

Snapshot: Special Edition


I'll be running a special holiday series throughout the month of December, which means that the Snapshot series will be taking a little break for a bit. Thanks so much to all the wonderful bloggers who contributed such beautiful images and inspiring posts to Snapshot this year — each one was a truly exquisite gift.

P.S. Keep an eye out in the new year for new Snapshot guest post goodness!


(photograph via my archive of Domino Deco Files)

Buffet


This week's links — and a Happy Thanksgiving to American friends, too! Enjoy.

A French Connection
Did you know that the first American Thanksgiving was a French meal? A fascinating glimpse into food history.

The Lego Engagement
A designer courtship — cute and original. Via Design Observer.

Feasting on Art
A fascinating blog about art, food and photography — author Megan prepares dishes inspired by a painting or other artwork and then photographs and posts the results (and recipes). Clever — and delicious, too. Via Design Milk.

Printable Advent Calendar
Mibo has a beautifully designed free advent calendar on their site that you can print out and (with a little help from a glue stick and a craft knife) make for yourself. Pretty and modern. Via How About Orange.

Tim Burton Fonts
Want your next missive to look like it's from Willy Wonka or Sleepy Hollow? Check out these free downloadable fonts from the Tim Burton Collective for slightly macabre fun. Via whimsy and spice.

Why We Use Cookbooks
Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker muses on what exactly we're doing when we buy and read cookbooks. Seems it's much more complex than falling in love with pretty pictures, or just wanting a recipe or two ...

Lovely Paper
A great blog by Dawn, who makes beautiful things out of paper.

Dutch Landscapes
Beautiful images of the Dutch countryside by photographer Jan Koster. There's something about the quality of the light and the at times almost abstract composition in these photos that I find really appealing. Via things magazine.


(photo via my archive of Domino Deco Files)

Sponsor News


Aneta of Bobbin Talk has a special holiday promo on for her sewing-themed bobbin necklaces — $5 off and free shipping until December 1! Each necklace is hand-crafted out of a 16" long, 1/8" (3mm) wide crystal chain and a real metal sewing machine bobbin. Available in several colours, it's a cute gift for your favourite fashionista! See them here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Moments of Beauty


Prettiness and a sense of fun aren't necessarily exclusive — love the unexpected note of playfulness of the polka dot stockings and bright red pompom shoes.


(charming photograph of Julia by Saga on Flickr, via pretentious and pop)

Collector's Edition










The lovely home of decorator Mia Lundström, located in the bay outside Helsingborg (Sweden) is a comfortable mix of antiques, Ikea finds, '50s classics and a few playful touches of kitsch here and there, too — a wonderful example of a modern home with lots of personality. So liveable and pretty. More photos here, too. Via Sköna hem.



(photography by Per Gunnarsson)

A Little Giveaway


Need a little holiday cheer? Maybe this will help— a little pre-holiday giveaway! For a chance to win a set of 5 of my Aquatic Santa cards, leave a comment below about a Christmas tradition that you look forward to each year. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 30 2009. Good luck to you!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Simple Pleasures


An inspiring work space. Love this.


(photo via vos cheveux magnifiques)

Book Covers







Some of my recent favourite designs from the Book Covers site. Beautiful.

From top to bottom: The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? by Padgett Powell (Ecco), designed by Alison Forner; Honored Guest by Joy Williams (Vintage), designed by Abby Weintraub; St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (Vintage), illustration by Mary Evans Picture Library, designed by John Gall; Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists by Iain Ellis (Soft Skull Press), designed by Fogelson-Lubliner; All for Love: A Novel by Dan Jacobson (Picador), designed by Nicole Caputo; Things Fall Apart: A Novel by Chinua Achebe (Anchor), designed by Edel Rodriguez

Monday, November 23, 2009

Topsy Turvy and Back


A new week, a new computer and a fresh new start. So glad to be back!


(cute photo by the wonderful 11nightmares on Flickr, via vos cheveux magnifiques)

Monday


Hope your Monday is the inspiring start of a week filled with creativity. This lovely photo features the work of stylist Tanya Goodwin, and I think it's as much assemblage art as it is a still life. Via desire to inspire.

A Modern Aerie





I originally ran this post a year ago, but while I'm waiting for my Mac I thought I'd revisit this lovely home that was originally featured on Sköna hem. This light-filled loft belongs to Helena and Mattias, who must find every day there an inspiring one. More photos here. (Photography by Carina Gran)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Weekend -- And An Update


Happy weekend! Hope it's a beautiful one. I've had rather a tumultuous week, first with my computer completely conking out on Monday, ordering a new one on Tuesday, and now the current difficulties my Mac guru is having with transferring files from the old operating system to the new one. I've also had a major migraine through all this, which is why I haven't been around to update you guys on things while I've been waiting. But the end is in sight -- I should have my shiny new computer on Monday, and I'm so looking forward to being here again. I've really missed you all! Hope you have happy and relaxed weekend -- I'm planning on curling up on the couch with Andrew and watching old movies. Can't wait.

(The astonishingly lovely image of a pink camelia is by the Tokyo-based photographer tanakawho, via her Flickr page)
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