Friday, June 29, 2012
Happy weekend — and happy Canada Day long weekend to the Canadians, too! Hope it's a good one. Depending on the weather, we're planning on picnics, going to the movies — and of course watching some fireworks, too. How about you?
(photo of annabelle kerslake's home by jane cameron. see the rest here on design sponge)
Wendy Clausen loves to renovate old houses. This idyllic cottage in Gilleleje, Denmark with its minimalist black and white color scheme is one of her recent transformations — it's now a relaxed beach house, perfect for idling away the summer holidays. More here on Femina magazine.
(photography by fred heiberg)
Thursday, June 28, 2012
This week's links. Enjoy.
The Evolution of Lunch
This is interesting — the concept of lunch as we know it now didn't really come into being until about 1850. Before that it was, (to quote from Samuel Johnson's 1755 Dictionary) “as much food as one’s hand can hold” and eaten as a snack at any time of day.
How to Be a Good Traveler in 10 Easy Steps
Helpful tips for happy travels from National Geographic (who should know a thing or two about this topic). Via ecosalon.
A Legend as Big as the Ritz
From Vanity Fair: "Hemingway personally liberated its bar from the Nazis. Proust ordered from it on his deathbed. Sophia Loren declared it “the most romantic hotel in the world.” It was, of course, the Paris Ritz—headquarters and playhouse to Coco Chanel, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, and Ingrid Bergman, among others. As the hotel closes for a two-year face-lift, A.E. Hotchner recalls the somewhat madcap majesty, eccentric clientele, and unhurried luxury that created a high-life heaven."
Top Ten Art Books
Michael Bracewell picks his top art books, ranging from Tom Wolfe's The Painted Word to The Eye's Mind by Bridget Riley.
Behind the Scenes of Moonrise Kingdom
Check out this great Flickr set of behind-the-scenes stills for Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom. Lovely candid shots of the stars, and an intriguing look at the process of film making, too.
Katherine Lanpher reveals the secret of how she got her perfect New York apartment — witchcraft!
Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night Painting Made From 7,067 Falling Dominoes
Amazing video of colour dominoes set up to create an impressive chain reaction that seems to fall in the same direction as the artist’s brushstrokes.
Always With Butter
I am loving this gorgeous new-to-me food photography blog by Julie Marie Craig, The recipes are equally lovely, such as the latest post for Blueberry Chocolate Frangipane Tart.
(photo from votre belle maison via twigandsparrow)
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
This colourful duplex with its enchanting view over the rooftops of Paris is the home of Irene and Thomas Cohen, director of children's clothing company Bon Ton, and their children. Such an invitingly warm and playful space. More photos here on Elle Decor Spain.
(photography by morten holtum)
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A pretty bed to sleep in. Love this delicate gelatin silver print of one by art photographer Robert Stivers, called Dream (Bed). See more of Robert's work here, too.
(via still life quick heart)
Today I'm admiring the gorgeous digital collage work of Russ Mills, whose stunning images are a mix of traditional ink and pencil drawings digitally collaged with scanned textures (such as free form strokes of paint) and photography. Just amazing. See more of his work on Behance here — which is also available as prints from his shop here.
Monday, June 25, 2012
This serene villa in Saint Barth, French West Indies, belongs to Danish couple Marienne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen, who escape their busy work lives in Copenhagen whenever possible to spend time in their idyllic retreat. Rather than emulating the colourful house style found throughout the island, though, they've opted for a restrained classic Scandinavian black and white palette for their home, which allows for the lovely colonial architecture of their home — its soaring ceilings, exposed roof truss beams and large windows overlooking the sea and lagoon — to take centre stage. Furnished with an interesting mix that includes nineteenth century Chinese furniture, tribal art, vintage trunks, stacks of books, shabby chic-inspired sofas and shells from New Guinea, it's a relaxed and peaceful space to unwind from a hectic city life. More here on Marie Claire Italia.
(photography by gaelle le boulicaut)
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thanks to an amazing eye and a willingness to search, English designer Kathryn Tyler has amassed a fantastic — and fantastically affordable — collection of stunning mid century pieces. Inspiring. More here on Dwell.
(photography by andrew meredith)