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{two lovely things: headboards}

. . . upholstered perfection and custom cane . . .

{images: 1 - design*sponge; 2 - the french bedroom}

{guest post: decor8 + favourite things}

Hope you had a lovely weekend! Have been working on a collection of photographs for a guest post on decor8 for the past little while, and on the way to the beach last Friday afternoon a message arrived that it was up -- had such fun pulling everything together -- all the photographs, with the exception of the Phillip Lim, {which was taken by me}, were taken by the charming BF {happy, happy birthday!}. . . stop by if you like for a few of my favourite things . . .

{image: shoes, this is glamorous, photography by p.}


{two lovely things: office inspiration}

. . . love in a gilded frame + vintage orange

{images: 1 - elsk dit hjem by ranvita la cour via decor8; 2 - candystore collective}

{happy weekend!}

. . . this weekend is windswept hair and toes in the sand, picnics on the beach and the city behind us . . . ahead: the last golden days of summer . . .

Have a beautiful, beautiful weekend, everyone!

{p.s.} a few lovely links:
* fun, fun, fun {via here}
* seeing hearts
* rock 'n roll chic fall collection
* back to school
* video: friends forever

{interviews + guestposts:}
* summer musings at automatism
* question & answer with sesame magazine

{images: 1 -
Chloè Spring Summer 2007; model: Trish Goff; photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin; 2 - Yves Saint Laurent’s Paris duplex on the Rue de Babylone; YSL original logo hand-lettered by graphic artist Cassandre, 1961; photography by Pascal Chevallier, Vanity Fair}


{two lovely things: inside out}

two lovely things

. . . crisp linens and throwing open all the windows and doors . . .

* sharing thoughts on summer at the lovely blog automatism today
* more {two lovely things} posts . . .

{images: 1 - the white collection at designers guild; 2 - architectural digest, november 2005
via verdigrisvie}


{inspiration: cotton candy}

. . . adore vogue espana's softer shades for Fall, with a dash of leopard for contrast . . .

{Tanya Dziahileva by Nicolas Moore for Vogue Espana September 2009 via a glamorous little side project + Lace & Tea}


{inspiration: black + white}

When there's a moment to spend sorting through the abyss that is the closet, often find myself wandering away to do other things -- sometimes difficult to pare down and part with things, infinitely easier to sort through the hundreds of photographs in inspiration folders -- and happened upon these lovely shots of black + white -- the best of both worlds: bright airiness contrasted with bold elegance . . .

{images:1 - otis & frank; 2 - brigitte bardot via moodboard; 3 - elle decor; 4 - the french bedroom; 5 - desire to inspire; 6 - tiny k; 7 - desire to inspire; 8 - unknown; 9 - australian home beautiful june 2008; 9 - kate moss by bruce weber for vogue november 2006 via moodboard; 10 - skona hem}

{thoughts on love}

{via paper schmaper + mary ruffle}


{sesame magazine + an interview}

Lately have been adoring all things Australian, including Sesame, an online fashion magazine from Melbourne that focuses on emerging talents in fashion, illustration, art and music . . .

“I think I’ve always been a bit of a magazine addict,” says Nadia Barbaro, [Sesame's founder]. “I have a ridiculous collection piling up around the house.” Sesame was born three years ago as a print magazine, but Barbaro was soon swayed by the Web. The heart of the site is, of course, Australian fashion, and twice a year, Barbaro plucks the best local designers, artists, and musicians to feature in gorgeous fashion spreads. “It’s pretty girly,” says Barbaro, “Doesn’t every girl want her own magazine?” --
excerpt: Jamie Cooke for Nylon magazine

Issue Seven has just been release and it's all interactivity and animation intermingled with dreamy stills, wood nymphs and rainbows . . . also fun was the chance to answer a few questions with Nadia, who is also a stylist and Sesame's talented creative director:

. . . and to be included in the magazine's Blogs We ♥ category along Lucy from The Design Files and the always fun and fashionable Susanna from Style Bubble; thanks so much to Nadia for being so cool despite my answers arriving nearly too late . . .

{view the new issue + read the interview}


{happy weekend + links}

. . . this weekend is open-toed shoes and barbecues, laughing with old friends and endless august nights . . .

Have a beautiful, beautiful weekend, everyone!

{p.s.} a few lovely links:
* fun little totes
* frilly + frothy whites
* beautiful hand-blown glass lights
* congratulations to anna
* a work of art
* pretty DIY: instant moldings
* airy and light-filled

{images: 1 - marcus ohlsson via ffffound!; 2 - alicia bock; 3 - flickr via creature comforts; 4 - pink; 5 - cumbersome; 6 - captivate me}


{inspiration: a walk on the wild side}

Lately have been considering adventurous animal prints such as leopard and cheetah as accents, such as throw cushions and especially when mixed with crisp whites and feminine florals . . .

. . . or on the floor, perfectly paired with white trim and seagrass walls

. . . perhaps even a few fun Fall fashion accessories:
1 - fendi marshmallow leopard-print shoulder bag; 2 - topshop leopard tie belt; 3 - very privé peep-toe platforms; 4 - christian louboutin leopard loubiday clutch; 5 -
miss clichy 140 boots; 6 - helena rubinstein lash queen feline blacks mascara; 7 - toss designs leopard flask by art effect

{images: 1 - photography by james waddell for domino magazine november 2008; 2 - kate moss via tfs}


{packaging design: sac acordéon by justin lyn}

A perfectly lovely idea: a slim and structured paper bag that can expand to hold more things . . .

{image: packaging, UQAM, paper bag /sac acordéon designed by justin lyn}


{inspiration: grey + white stripes}

. . . the perfect late-summer look

{image: prue ruscoe for vogue australia via follow studio}

{inspiration: on the water + vogue paris}

A little uninspired one morning last week and the only thing to do was spend the rest of the afternoon on the water . . .

Swept up in late-afternoon breezes and sun-reflected waters shimmering like a million diamonds, was reminded of this layout for Vogue Paris:

. . . always obsessed with and inspired by the layouts in Vogue Paris for as long as can remember, and lately with this one is particular, with its varying shades of blue, ultra-thin gold belts, patent leather ankle boots, nautical stripes, and -- best of all -- the always classic crested blazer-- things are looking up for Fall

{images: 1 - Megan Young via Mary Ruffle; 2 - Vogue Paris}


{inspiration: black or white}

If you're still a little uncertain about shades of charcoal sweeping across the walls . . . a comparison: two similar rooms, one crisp + nautical, and the other, dramatic + modern . . .

{images: 1 - from a previous post; 2 - domino magazine}


{fashion inspiration: loeffler randall}

Lovely new things for Fall at Loeffler Randall and it's all cream twill and champagne washed satin . . . and to make things even more irresistible, a brand new site for online shopping . . .

lola ruffle bootie - beige leather
shoulder dress - nude silk with pale gold sequins

{p.s.} more Fall inspiration


{at this moment: hermès orange}

May never consider painting the walls a bright orange, but have lately been inexplicably drawn to its sheer vibrancy, at home and in fashion -- perhaps it's the coming change in seasons or the creativity the colour is thought to bring . . . or it may just be the promise of the beautiful things that arrive in those lovely orange boxes . . .

Hermès orange and a framed 1950s fashion photograph are the perfect compliment to a Louis XVI gilt console

French chic: orange leather shoulder bag with gold chain strap

{images: 1 - hermès box, this is glamorous; 2 - home of windsor smith, house beautiful september 2009 via decorology; 3 - a.p.c. shoulder bag via refinery29}