Thursday, May 31, 2012

Weekly Finds № 45

This (very, very busy) week's discoveries and links, starting with:

01 From A Whisper To A Scream / Bullett magazine, Summer 2012 : Featuring the naturally  lovely Blake Lively, and photographed by David Slijper (and styling by Melissa Rubini) Quite dramatic in tone, don't you agree?

02 Lovely little golden bowls from Griottes—lovely for little accessories or to serve?04 Niki, of My Scandinavian Home, shared this fresh home in Maine (and a warm thank you for this!)
03 Many beautiful pairs of shoes to want in this shop—which is your favorite pair?
04 Rebecca, of Sanctuary, featured a most gorgeous and intriguing country home
05 A fabulous illustration of myself & Daniella by Brooke Hagel that hadn't made it into Rue magazine (love!)
06 Such a talent… + something so delicious, it's irresistible!

Images: Fashion | Mode | Photography

Monday, May 28, 2012

Interior: Albourne West Sussex

A beautiful location house in the UK.

I believe that I have always admired architecture of the world. What is standard to building a home in one country, is never done in another… what are strict guidelines for designing staircases in one country are not even considered important in another country. The differences are quite interesting. And, having grown up in a family that is involved in the building and renovation of homes and commercial buildings, I have always been fascinated by the many details and guidelines that go into both creating and preserving structures…

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Interior: Calming Naturals

Beautiful neutrals and naturals, rough around the edges.

Though pristine, new surfaces and freshly painted walls may always be appreciated, perhaps the most comforting on the senses are surfaces that show life… surfaces that tell a story of the original maker of the piece and those who enjoy it, not only now, but yesterday, today and tomorrow. Like the well walked upon wood floor in the first image, or the drippy, unevenly toned dishes in the second… the mismatched, accumulated vintage chairs in the dining room, or the speckled counter top in the kitchen…

And then, of course, there is that beautiful space in the last—where nothing is too perfect and calls for many visits and afternoon tea within the confines of stone, wrapped around the room like a favorite blanket you can always count on; a place to relax and unwind in. All in all, perhaps the feeling of comfort is thanks the many layers of neutrals, the bits of natural sprinkled here and there, or the fact that everything is just a little bit rough around the edges…

I hope that you are having a most enjoyable weekend—thanks so much for stopping by!

Images: (scanned) The Natural Home, Hans Blomquist & images by Debi Treloar

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Shop: Les Composantes

New Spring things from Les Composantes.

Perhaps it is thanks to the refreshing rain here and there with plenty of sunshine, or a new pair of shoes and an outfit purchased for a wonderful and exciting event tomorrow evening, but one thing is for certain, I am in the shopping mood! Is it Springtime that gets you in the shopping mood? Or, looking forward to Summertime that gets you thinking of new pieces to add to the wardrobe and/or your home? (or, if you are like a good friend of mine, perhaps you are always in the shopping mood!)

Images: Les Composantes

Monday, May 21, 2012

Weekly Finds № 44

This week's discoveries and links, starting with:

01 Kettal: And while we are on the topic of Spain, this outdoor furniture design company certainly catches the attention of onlookers through not only the visually beautiful designs, but also, the functionality. Having been incredibly displeased with nearly all of the outdoor furniture options on the market today, I tend to look to vintage, antique or unusual pieces in combination with a few strikingly modern and well-made pieces such as these. What are your thoughts on outdoor furnishings and this line in particular?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Designer: Pedro García

Pedro García: Spring/Summer 2012.

Having never bought Spanish shoes before, this week, I ventured to a new-to-me shop within my favorite area of the city, filled with only Spanish designed and made shoes. Espadrilles, sky high heels with tassels, the most elegant athletic shoes in cream, simple leather sandals with just enough detail, perfect for the Summer weekends. There were too many beautiful styles. And so, my shopping partner and I left with a few bags of beautiful shoes… I, with a new pair of buttery suede wedges, and she, athletic shoes, comfortable and sandals and gorgeous heels. And at that point I knew it—I have completely fallen for Spanish shoes…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Collaboration: Reed Krakoff x Garance Doré

A journey of handbags.

I believe Reed Krakoff's beautiful handbags have been calling my name since I first laid eyes on them a short while back. Since, I have yet to forget the impeccable design and construction. Not only are they beautifully crafted but I also enjoy how limited the branding is—in fact, I am not sure where the branding lies on or within the bag, and I love that. I am instantly sold, which brings me to this: "A unique visual and sonic collaboration between Reed Krakoff and Garance Doré... for this project she took shots of her favorite boxer bag against the backdrops of London, Paris, Milan, Marrakech and other locations near and far"… 

Photography: Melissa Mercier

Exhibit at Toronto’s Contact Photography Festival and NordArt 2012 in Germany.

Perhaps it is in all gladness of warmer weather returning, in combination with recent talk and appreciation of the water, but I could stare at local talent, Melissa Mercier's photography all day. Her work is just astounding—enjoy a look above and below (no pun intended).

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekly Finds № 43

This week's discoveries and links, starting with:

01 Condé Nast Traveler: These images of model Erin Axtell features such an incredible depiction of breezy, beachy living for the Spring 2012 issue of Condé Nast Traveler. And with a beautiful backdrop of wondrous Tangier, I believe, the look results in a feel that is exotically warm and fascinating.

02 Beipiatti's, handmade ceramics: This Italian company creates durable, functional works of art, for living, crafted from earthenware, hand painted and glazed with non-toxic glazes. Today, we see beautiful glassware and ceramics (amoungst many things that they create, such as linens) —so full of life!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Library: A Favorite Book

Lost in a great book.

“There are books so alive that you’re always afraid that while you weren’t reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too.” —Marina Tsvetaeva

Do you ever get so lost in a book, and no matter how many times you may read it, it stays with you? It may take you far, far away, through tunnels and up stone pathways, along rivers and windings roads. It may take you centuries back, to moments and sights that one can only live within words and leading… 

And perhaps most fascinating of all it to read a book, and then three, five, ten years later read it again. By reading it yet again, one may glean an entirely new lesson, or see something that was not seen years ago. It is amazing how that works… the beauty of being a part of a story. Is there a book in which you would like to read again? Perhaps for the connection within your own life, or perhaps purely for its storyline?

One of my favorites to read again and again is The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I believe I first read it in my early teens, but since, it is one that I go back to from time to time—one that I can never forget. One that has left a wonderful, lasting impression.

Images: 01, 04 Liivia S | 02, 06, 07, 08, 09 PinkBow | 03, 05 CatChanel
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