Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekend


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We'll be doing a bit of shopping and then having brunch with family — where we'll most likely be discussing the royal wedding (staunch monarchists in the fam). How about you?


(lovely photo by Victoria Pearson)

Natural Inspiration








Some pretty ideas for bringing a little bit of nature into your home from Marie Claire Idées, all using reclaimed wood. More ideas and info here (in French) too.


(via husligheter)

Smile


A royal wedding also means a booming business in royal memorabilia — and some is definitely more tasteful than others. Surprisingly, though, these odd and slightly creepy teabags of William and Kate are sold out on Amazon. Have a look at more terrifying souvenirs here.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sweetness and Light


Love these two images by photographer Pia Ulin — they go so well together.

Buffet


This week's links. Enjoy.

How Genius Works
The Atlantic recently asked a dozen eminent artists, writers, architects, filmmakers and others in the art community their thoughts about creating the spark that eventually becomes great art. Fascinating read.

Rooms With a View
Great NYT review of a wonderful small exhibition currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, featuring 19th century paintings and drawings of interiors. The show explores the open window as a favored motif of Romantic painters. Don't miss the slide show! Via English Muse.

Vintage Appliance Music
Michael Petermann's intriguing installation The Stupid Orchestra synchronizes the sounds of retro electric kitchen tools into an offbeat symphonic piece. The link takes you to a 3 minute preview of the 35 minute long work.

Top 10 Quest Narratives
Author Robert Irwin chooses the best literary journeys towards enlightenment, from Sir Thomas Malory to Herman Hesse.

What I Owe: The Financial Cost of Modelling
Ever dreamed of becoming a model? It'll cost you — literally. Read on for an insider's sobering look at the crazy financial costs of going pro. Via The Morning News.

Acting Like a Grown-Up
Robert Butler argues that being green isn’t a matter of politics, but rather about behaving with courtesy to others. A refreshingly sensible take on the issue.

The Royal Wedding Online
Thinking of watching the royal wedding this weekend? Can't persuade others to watch it on TV with you? See it live online at TheRoyalChannel, the British monarchy's official YouTube channel.

Royal Recipes
If you're watching the royal wedding this weekend, this selection of royal culinary favourites from Saveur will make you feel like you're taking part in the festivities!


(photograph by Magdalena Björnsdotter)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Moments of Beauty


Love how the intense blue of the dress glows in the soft light — and the great composition, too. Beautiful.


(photo by Daniel Farmer)

A House With Soul











Even before they found their summer house, Inga-Lill was buying furniture for it — for several years she filled the garage of the family's townhouse in Gothenburg with finds from auctions and flea markets. She and her husband Per-Anders were dreaming of a house by the sea in Lysekil, where Inga-Lill is from. However, others did too, and they found themselves priced out of the market there — so, they began to look further afield. Eight years ago they found what they were looking for — five miles into the countryside, a white wooden house from 1894, an old Bohuslän farm with four acres of land, an outhouse and a barn. One family had owned it since it was built, so it was in good condition — besides removing old wallpaper and painting, the biggest change was adding new cupboards and a stove in the kitchen and a new bathroom. And they liked the original small rooms throughout, preferring not to go the usual renovation route of knocking down walls, as Inga-Lill finds the rooms are wonderfully cosy. Now they spend all their summer holidays there — and other holidays throughout the year, too — in a home that Inga-Lill describes as "... like a kind old grandmother who allows you to be just who you are." More here on Hus & Hem.


(photography by Katarina Malmström)

Sponsor Spotlight



It's the once in a blue moon Mothers Day Sale at Lobo Luxe! Celebrating their first Mothers Day, they're sharing the love — spend over $100 and receive 10% off your purchase, spend over $200 and receive 15% off your purchase. And, international customers receive a further 10% off all purchases, as they are exempt from the Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST). The sale starts on April 28 and ends on May 8 so be quick! And don't forget — if you sign up for the Lobo Luxe Newsletter, each month you'll have a chance to win $50 to spend in the store!





Looking to add a little oomph to your wardrobe? Look no further than White Moth Jewelry, where you'll find unique modern street jewelry that's not only gorgeous but versatile too. Wear it on its own, layer it with other pieces, add it to a tee and jeans or as an edgy accessory with a little black dress — whatever you decide to do, it'll make your day a little more beautiful. Shop here.





Start your spring garden off with a bang with a Wildflower Seed Bomb! Made by VisuaLingual, an artist screen printing team in Ohio, wildflower seed bombs have been a huge hit at the Small Equals shop in Vermont for the past year. Now there's good news for online shoppers — the East Coast blend is now available at the Small Equals online store! Inside each pretty hand silkscreened pouch you'll find five seed balls packed in compost and clay — and a full list of the seeds included, too. A wonderful gift for a gardener!





Tired of all the dreary spring rain? Why not brighten up your day with a little vintage sparkle! Lovely 100 Applegate Vintage has a fun giveaway on right now — a chance to win a $50 gift certificate! Visit the shop, then leave a comment on the 1oo Applegate Vintage blog about the vintage piece you like best. Extra points for becoming a blog follower and/or for adding the shop to your etsy favorites, too! The giveaway ends midnight on April 30 2011 — good luck!





Linda of the delightful Odd and Old shop has a truly wonderful offer just for automatism readers — 10% off all orders using the coupon code COLLAGEDRAW. But even better — when you make a store purchase using this code, you're automatically entered in a draw to win the lovely original collage Get Down You Naughty Hound by Linda, a professional illustrator and artist (a value of $90.00)! The draw for the collage will be held on May 11 2011 — the winner will be notified by Linda via email. Happy shopping and good luck to you too!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Simple Pleasures


I believe that displaying vintage and/or found objects like a work of art frees the mind from preconceptions and allows you to really see their beauty.


(photo from the kasthall catalogue via le petit bird told me)

Atelier: Aled Lewis







I'm utterly smitten with the work of artist Aled Lewis — his Toy Stories series is absolutely hilarious. Prints (including others in the same series) are available from his gallery at inPRNT.com, too.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday


We have the day off here (it's Easter Monday in Canada), so we're savouring the extra long weekend. But even if you're at work today, this pretty kitchen will definitely inspire dreams of peaceful mornings.


(photo by Chris Everard)

Seaside Haven












This old 1920s beach guesthouse in Nyhamnsläge, a quiet fishing village, once belonged to the artist Stig Carlsson, who used it as a studio away from the main house where he lived — the striking wall of ceramic art tiles is his work. The house went up for sale in 2008, but Ylva, a nurse, and Lars, an antique dealer, had spotted it before then — they loved the location but hesitated about buying as it was badly run down. But after discovering that others looking at the property just wanted the land, planning on tearing down the house and building apartments, they made their decision. One year later the family moved in. Now they're enjoying watching their home slowly evolve, adding a piece of vintage furniture here, a work by a local artist there. They're also relishing living by the water — most mornings start with a swim in the sea, and they've recently purchased a boat, stored at a local marina. It's an idyllic home — and well worth the leap of faith they took two years ago. More photos and details (in Swedish) here on mixr.se.


(photography by Anna Kern)
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