just in time for Spring — the newly revamped Girl Crush site is live. have you ever checked out los angeles-based Wendy Wither’s clever blog dedicated to inspiring women everywhere? well, if not you should. the new site is Designed by graphic maven Mary Frances Foster, and the collage-style aesthetic perfectly captures the core of what Girl Crush is all about: sharing stories of women from all walks of life. wendy was inspired by this mood board below of images she created, and mary frances created the new site from this inspiration. spot-on and beautiful!
The visual overhaul of wendy’s site means the main page now exclusively features rotating Girl Crush stories of awe-inspiring ladies and what they do. Everything else — from wendy’s personal bits, to interests and events, to the latest about what Girl Crush is up to – will live over on the Girl Crush blog page. check out the beautiful new Girl Crush space, where you can find your regular doses of female-powered inspiration.
i’m just home from a long weekend away which was so wonderful. you know how when you leave town and go on holiday, the prospect of it is just so exciting? sleeping in a new place, with new adventures ahead. and then, after a week or so, maybe even less than that, you have a hankering for something a bit more familiar. usually for me, it’s my bed. i love my bed with it’s soft white linens and all the comfort and contentment it brings. no surprising pillows that simply won’t fluff just how you like them. no foreign bumps in the bed, or in the night. just home, just your very own bed calling you to surrender from your travels near and far. your sanctuary — ahhhh home. serenity now.
when i went to antwerp, belgium a few years ago, i couldn’t help but notice the neoclassical influence in the architecture there. i was given a tour of the Cogels-Osylei neighborhood with gorgeous old gothic homes, once sitting in ruin, that had been restored to their original beauty by a community of locals artisans in the city who banded together to save them, and eventually occupy them. so when i saw this NEOCLASSICAL GALLERY HOME IN BELGIUM which also serves as a gallery in dwell’s newsletter this week it brought back all the memories of those Antwerpen homes, and my desire to have a peeked inside them. luckily dwell had access to this beauty so i’m finally getting that voyeristic itch scratched. visit dwell for the full story.
• Photography by Chris Tubbs.
happy friday readers! i am actually taking the day off today. i’m up in sonoma county with my family celebrating my mum’s birthday. we’re staying in a great house, it even has an airstream in the backyard, which is where i’ll be sleeping tonight. i think it’ll be a little like camping — fun! so, today, i thought i’d share a few more ideas for relaxing and roughing it — decorating with vintage cots. add some cozy throws and pillows and you’ve got a great place to curl up with a good book or have a lazy afternoon nap. we have one from elsie green at makeshift society in the loft, and you can often find someone nodding off up there. you can find them all over — from army/navy surplus stores, to etsy and ebay. have a great weekend everyone and i’ll be back on monday!
ciao, si from the french by design blog here. today, we’re visiting a 13th-century-old franciscan convent in brianza, lombardy region, italy, brilliantly renovated as an artist’s home and studio.
in this 13th century brianza franciscan convent, partially destroyed during WW2, lives architect and painter marco grassi. marco, who curated himself the renovation project, has kept most of the original internal structure such as the ceiling beams and part of the original brick walls. in marco’s gorgeous home, vintage, design, paintings and sculptures co-exist in harmony, giving the space a unique character.
si –- french by design
• photos by sergio magnono for brava casa magazine.