icy goodness

just in case you felt the need to look at a bunch of beautiful ice pools, like i did.

… which indirectly made me think of this douglas adams quote

“… imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in – an interesting hole I find myself in – fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise.”

– by michelle arcila

– by ed emrich

– by ed karjala

– by stephen eichhorn

– by greg inda


these saturday things

maybe you’re stuck in front of your computer like i am, in which case – browse away…

i took part in the “design insiders weekly finds” on elledecor.com, where i shared my admiration for the makers project by jennifer causey

in complete agreement with hila re: the whole galliano loves hitler issue. so i felt kind of bad about liking dior’s a/w 2011 collection. is that stupid? probably. fashion really makes me roll my eyes sometimes. but i am very taken with the seventies inspired daywear – fur / round glasses / floppy hats… though quite similar to the vibe at gucci, no?

alison of teenangster did a guest post at pour porter based on the theme of life in a cave. one of the most beautifully curated and refreshing blog posts i have read in a while – it got several revisits from me.

all around cowboys by jay b sauceda seen via design work life actually made me teary.

nice work by bluewhitebrownman

have been desperate to vist an old & cold village…

goldhill, england by robert dorsett

hallstatt, austria by lexymann01

avalonne hall does what i wore posts based on movies (king’s speech, amelie) and art (picasso) – more please!

this photo by brad lou tennant

these shoes from hudson

streetstyle winner of the week at stockholm streetstyle

and in case you missed it – my period dramas vs streetstyle guest posts at le project d’amour here & here



antonio marras a/w 2011

um, yes. i am very much down with this vibe.

antonio marras dedicated his autumn/winter 2011-12 collection to his mother – including a characteristically poetic ode to her in his show notes and a sepia, passport-sized photograph of her pinned to the front of them.

all runway images courtesy of vogue.co.uk


ten favourites

my brother the architect (mentioned in this post) has 444 folders with 5,700 pictures on his computer sorted by name & date of rad architects, houses & buildings. i forced him to give me a copy (not really, he gave it to me out of the goodness of his heart) and now i’m going to share ten of my favourites.

if you like this kind of stuff make sure to explore the modernist architecture tag

ben rose home aka ferris bueller house in chicago by a. james speyer, 1953

kaufmann desert house in palm srings, california by richard neutra, 1946

katzenstein house in los angeles, california by ray kappe, 1974

villa mairea in noormarkku, finland by alvar aalto, 1939

aarhus town hall in denmark by arne jacobsen, 1942

house walton in arkansas by e. fay jones, 1958

irwin miller house in indiana by eero saarinen, 1957

gehry house in santa monica by frank gehry, 1977

hanna house in stanford, california by frank lloyd wright, 1937

bruynzeel house in stellenbosch by aardt bijl, 1962

this is an incredibly well-known house in my hometown of stellenbosch that’s in the same neighbourhood as my parent’s place. i always see the angled roof sticking up out of the trees when i drive around there. there are many houses in this neighbourhood that have the same modernist feel (albeit not such a dramatic design) – lots of wood inside, with cleverly designed built-in cupboards and bookshelves that separate open plan living areas. basically my dream homes! unfortunately new people who move into the area are starting to tear these houses down and building generic tuscan style pieces of poo in their place.

on a side note – we are always highly amused by famous architects who wear those glasses.