Lonny Magazine

I just discovered the digital home decor, Lonny Magazine, which is filled with images of gorgeous interiors. And it’s completely free! Thank you Elle Decor for leading me to it. Looks like Lonny has been online since 2009, so I’m late to the party, but that’s okay because all of the back issues are available on the site.

Check it out, but don’t blame me if you get lost inside for a few hours. And if that’s not enough, Lonny also has quite a few boards you can follow on Pinterest.

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Daydreaming

If I was lucky enough to have a vacation home it would have to be a summer cottage by the water and I wouldn’t mind if it looked like this:



Two interior designers from Los Angeles fell in love with Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island and built this simple Scandinavian-style cottage on a hilltop. Charming, sweeping views and seclusion…definitely my top requirements for a dream home. See more pictures and read the article here in NYT’s Home & Garden section.

Window shopping

Tiffany Morgan Clutch

Simple, elegant, classy…and way too expensive. But a girl can dream…

Since starting school, one of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten is to look closely at what grabs my attention. Whatever this item is, it will probably reflect my personal design style (line, form, color palette, etc.), even if it hasn’t emerged in my actual work yet.

Artwork come to life

More Aestheticism goodness.

Photographed by Yuval Hen and styled by Damian Foxe

I found this while reading the V&A Cult of Beauty blogHow to Spend It (the Financial Times style mag) had a fashion shoot inspired by Dante Gabriel Rosetti’s paintings. Fittingly, it was shot in V&A’s William Morris designed Green Dining Room.

The photographs are amazing inspirations for color. Now I want to paint my living room walls green…

Art for Art’s Sake

Pavonia by Frederic Leighton, 1858-59
Veronica Veronese by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1872

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, is one of my favorite museums in the world (well what I’ve seen of it anyway). I spent a lot of happy hours here when I studied abroad in London in 2002. I’ve since become a follower of the museum’s exhibition blogs as a way to vicariously visit its ongoing exhibitions. Recently, I came across one that I could justify the ridiculously expensive summer airfare to London just to see in person: The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

Aestheticism was a movement to escape the extreme materialism (and stuffiness, in my opinion) of the Victorian era by creating a new kind of art and beauty, where art was created only for art’s sake, over and above any sort of moral, political or social message. The exhibition features paintings, furniture, wallpapers, photographs, costumes and other objects by some of the leading artists/designers of the period, including William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

While the concept that art exists just to be beautiful is somewhat of an elitist view to me, I admire Aestheticism’s aspiration to bring art and beauty to everyone, rather than a select few. And I just love the amazing works of art that came out of it.