Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sweetness and Light


Summer living room. Can't believe we're halfway through August.

(photo: garden design by judy kameon via gardenista)

Buffet


This week's links. Enjoy.
 
Vintage Modern
Take a tour of a sunny modern Swedish home with pretty vintage touches.

The Female Sci-Fi Character Who Inspired Martin Luther King
A tribute to Commander Nyota Uhura, the ground-breaking character played by Nichelle Nichols in the original Star Trek series.

In a Sleepy French Town, a Postman Built a Surrealist Palace out of Pebbles
The true story of French postman Ferdinand Cheval, who one day in 1879 tripped over a rock while on his mail route in Hauterives. For the next 34 years, he would gather rocks each day to build his extraordinary Palais Idéal, a fantastic structure that would later attract modern artists like Picasso and Ernst, drawn by its Surrealist, dreamlike architecture.

The Useful Dangers of Fairy Tales
Thought provoking essay by Amber Sparks on how traditional fairy tales, with all their disturbing imagery, were a way for mothers to prepare their daughters for the harsh realities of life.

If Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino Directed Food Tutorials
Very silly and very fun series of short videos that imagine Anderson, Tarantino and other directors doing food tutorials.

The Colourful Storefronts of Paris
Highlights from German photographer Sebastian Erras's photo series of the beautiful storefronts of Paris. See the full project, "Paris Re-tale," here.

The Women of Dada
Excellent overview of the women of the Dada art movement, from Hannah Höch to Beatrice Wood. 

Gâteaux de Mamie
Roughly translated as Granny's Cake, this classic French lemon yogurt cake is also quick and easy to make. Perfect for summer with some fresh fruit (or any time of the year, really).

(photo: christina fluegge via here)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Serenity Now


A holiday in Capri—what could be better? Love those beautiful jewel tones against the bright white interior of this vacation home—which is also available to rent. See more of the stunning Casa Solaro over at sfgirlbybay.

(photo: albeli)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday


Tranquil modernism to start your Monday, courtesy of Fantastic Frank. See more of this lovely space at The Design Chaser here.

(styling by josefine hååg for fantastic frank )

The Art of Living


Faced with the ever pressing problem of where to keep things, designer and collector Christian Astuguevieille decided the solution was to get purchase two (!) apartments in the city of Bayonne in southwestern France, two doors apart. The creative director of Comme des Garçons Parfums, Christian also paints, sculpts and designs—hence the need for more room. The resulting studio spaces are as imaginative and unconventional as he is. Read more here on Elle Decor.

(photography by jean-françois jaussaud)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sweetness and Light


Pattern recognition. Love the mix of grand architecture, a trompe l'oeil wall and easy going furniture in this Paris apartment. See more of it here.

(photo by stephan julliard via vogue)

Buffet


This week's links. Enjoy. 

Vintage Paris
Take a tour of the Paris home of wedding dress designer Laure de Sagazan—full of charm (and great vintage pieces, too).

Insect Flower Arrangements By Raku Inoue
Utterly beautiful series by Montreal-based creative Raku Inoue, featuring real flowers and leaves delicately assembled into beetles, butterflies and other insects. Gorgeous work.

Best Holiday Reads 2017
Leading writers share in The Guardian their recommendations for summer reading. Lots of great books, ranging from all kinds of fiction to poetry, memoirs, history, biographies and more. Link above takes you to Part One—read Part Two here.

Agnes Martin Finds the Light That Gets Lost
Lovely essay by Larissa Pham on the power and personal significance of a particular work by abstract painter Agnes Martin.

9 Italian Art Terms You Should Know
Make your next art gallery experience richer and more indepth with these 9 Italian art terms.

How Dinner Is Served Across the U.S.
Fascinating selection of images from the series Weeknight Dinners by photographer Lois Bielefeld, which explores what a typical weeknight dinner is for nearly 80 individuals and families in the USA.

The Ardent Followers of A Détacher
New Yorker profile of New York-based fashion designer Mona Kowalska and her clothing line, A Détacher, "...a deliberately small, rarefied brand with a passionate, almost cult-like clientele of creative New York women."

Fast Italian Summer Recipes
Food and Wine has rounded up a great list of Italian summer recipes, featuring fresh seasonal veggies and lots of quick grilling. Perfect for weekend entertaining.

(photo: the platform experiment instagram via anne sage)

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Moments of Beauty


A diaphanous shirtdress for sultry summer days. Emma Champtaloup photographed by Jackie Nickerson for Dazed Magazine, Summer 2014.

(via contemporary)

Wall to Wall Beauty


Sumptuous and richly detailed, the London apartment of Hannah Gurney also serves as testing ground for the family business—Gournay wallpaper. With the help of decorator Tara Craig, Hannah's home has taken on a fresh and bucolic twist to traditional style. Read more here on AD France.

(photography by tobias harvey)

Friday, August 04, 2017

Weekend


Happy weekend! Have a lovely one. And a lovely space to spend it in.

(photo via lacooletchic)

A Designer Home


The lovely Stockholm apartment of H&M Home head of design Evelina Kravaev Söderberg shows how having a sure sense of one's own taste makes for a great interior. Söderberg spent several years gradually accumulating objects that she truly loved, allowing the space to evolve naturally. Well worth the wait. More here on Elle Decor.

(photography: elle decor)

Smile


Have a fun weekend.

(photo: matt allen via a gentlewoman)

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Sweetness and Light


A lovely space for your Thursday. See more of this gently modernized historic home here.

(photo: sharyn cairns for templeton architecture. via nordic design)

Buffet


This week's links. Enjoy.

A Textile Artist's Home
Take a tour of weaver, sculptor, and textile artist Amy Revier's warmly atmospheric two-bedroom flat on the woodland borders of the Hampstead Heath. 

Three Italian Cocktails You Need to Try This Summer
Spoiler alert—the three collage illustrations for this Globe and Mail article are by me! Thanks again to the lovely people in the Globe Style section for the call.

The Trip to Spain
Watch a clip from The Trip to Spain, the upcoming third installment of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's very funny road trip food film series, out August 11. Can't wait.

How to Stay Creative 
Great How magazine interview with graphic designer/creative problem solver Wendy Lee Oldfield on how to stay creative when the less creative parts of life get you down.

An Interview With Jeanne Moreau
From AnOther magazine: "At the sad news of her death, aged 89, we present a conversation between the inimitable icon of French cinema and Hans Ulrich Obrist, first published in the A/W12 issue of AnOther Magazine."

8 Artists Who Designed Enchanting Gardens
From Frida Kahlo to Claude Monet, 8 artists who designed gardens, in styles ranging from romantic and traditional to geometric and modern. 

Top 10 Parties in Fiction
From The Guardian: "From Bridget Jones’s curry calamity to Vanity Fair’s historic ball, these social dramas have inspired many novelists. You are invited to enjoy 10 favourites."

Super Easy Raspberry Ricotta Cake
Showcase the fresh berries in season right now with this quick to make Raspberry Ricotta Cake recipe from Bon Appétit.

(photo: jr apartment by nicolas schuybroek architects via here)
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