My aunt Kit lives in the beautiful city of Munich and sends me lots of funny emails (she’s a writer and comedy is one of her strengths – she has a number). She is a very funny woman but I have to admit I don’t always open the links she send through. Sorry Kit! But I am so glad I opened this one. Maira Kalman is an absolute revelation. I love her work, I love her blog for the New York Times and I would love to sit down to dinner with her. Look at her work here.
Just back from a few days in Vancouver and we found a great place for kids and coffee – yes, the two can go together beautifully. Little Nest is a cafe in east Vancouver that serves great food, strong coffee and caters – in a super-stylish way – to children as well as adults. I just wish there was something similar in LA. It reminds me of a classic Sydney cafe – think bills but a bit messier.
I need to get holiday cards printed to send to family and friends. I usually do it myself – either just print up a photo or use iphoto (they’ve got a good card option that’s pretty cool). But now I’m torn because I’ve found a great letterpress designer on etsy who can do it pretty cheaply (example of her work above).
I had grand plans to do a gift guide – it’s that time of year and all but I’m just not organised enough to pull a whole list together. So I will post bits and bobs and tag them all ‘gift’ so you can search and make it yourself! I love these little books on the arctic by Jackie Peppermint (is that her real name?) They’re $12 and this is the 2nd edition.
West Elm is having a sale on their already inexpensive picture frames. I like the black ones but they also come in white and silver. They’d make a cute Christmas present with some kid’s art in them. They start now at $9.
Alex Perry’s new rug design for Australian company Designer Rugs. He’s better know for his fashion label but I think these rugs are pretty cool…as are the black walls. I can’t wait til we aren’t renting anymore so I can try a black-walled room!
A single person or a single family home? This ‘Flexible’ house is both. Designed by Finnish Avanto Architects. The Finnish architect have done a really nice job of capturing sun and creating a flow of space that can easily be opened up or closed down. Via Daily Tonic.
I got my first Christmas catalog in the post this week. It got me thinking. I really need to send cards out sooner rather than later. I love these ones on supermarket. So sweet.
I found this blog a few years ago – two women, good friends, who live 3191 miles apart and post photos every day of their lives. It’s really beautiful – a visually stunning blog that is somehow very quiet and peaceful. Two books have now been published of their morning and evening photos and they are as lovely as the blog.
They did a shoot with Marcel Wanders at Belle right before I started as editor. It was one of my favorite stories – the man just photographs beautifully (see above) as does his product. He’s just released his range for Target and I am heading to Culver City at some point this weekend to get those bowls…and maybe some candles. Check out his very cool online magazine that traces the development of the range.