Archives for the month of: February, 2013

Next month Derek Henderson launches his new project Darkness of Noon. Model Zippora Seven features in the book which also includes illustrations by Kelly Thompson. The images are super pretty and dreamlike.

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Pre order your copy here.

All photography by Derek Henderson. All illustrations by Kelly Thompson.

MicrocosmosMicrocosmos is a french nature documentary by filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou. It uses macroscopic photographic technique to explore the life of insects. Think of the Pixar film A Bugs Life but real life.

MicrocosmosThe film is narrated by Kristin Scott Thomas and Jacques Perrin, with a haunting soundtrack by Bruno Coulais. It is truly fascinating and if you have a night in this week be sure to watch it.

The whole film is up on YouTube. Check out Part 1 below and follow the links on their site to the rest of the film.

All images Microcosmos (1996)

While we’re on the rose theme, here is Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadem’s The Roses of Heliogabalus.

The Roses of Heliogabalus

Home Life recently posted these photographs of a beautiful property in the Adelaide Hills. The owners have cultivated an incredible collection of roses, and I love seeing the countryside and cows peek out from behind the flowers.

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Also on their website is a glimpse into a beautiful French Lot valley countryside home. It has been tastefully updated from its original 19th century state.

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Kokedama is a type of Japanese bonsai that sees the plant roots and soil held together with moss and string rather than a traditional pot. These guys are taking it a step further and hanging the gardens up in the air.

These floating gardens are a great idea for those living in smaller spaces, but they would bring a sweet quirkiness to any space.

Dutch botanist Fedor Van der Valk is the leader of the floating garden pack.

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Some of Van der Valk’s designs were exhibited in 2010 as part of the Salon exhibition in Amsterdam.

Floating GardensPhotograph from Design Boom.

Good.Is have a great guide to making your own hanging garden, as demonstrated by Wilder Quarterly’s Taylor Patterson. Check it out here.

And to finish here is a super cute illustration of how to water your floating garden by Elsa Dray Farges.

Floating Garden

I picked up the latest issue of Love Magazine to find this incredible Tim Walker shoot starring Kate Moss. The photographs were inspired by Angela Carter’s novel The Magic Toy Shop and feature a scantily clad Moss with little gardens growing from her body. It’s kind of intoxicating.

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Walker did a little interview with Love Magazine about the shoot. Check it out here. To subscribe to the magazine head here.

All photographs by Tim Walker.

The Secret Garden is now on Instagram!

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How nice would it be to build a little cabin in the woods. It doesn’t need to be big. All you need is a bed nook (or two or three), a little kitchen, a fire, running water and a nice comfortable spot to sun yourself outdoors. I imagine most of my time spent wandering through the surrounds, cutting flowers and branches, or reading in bed. Here are some of my favourites from the fabulous Cabin Porn.

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I am currently on the lookout for a large fiddle leaf fig to add to my indoor plant collection.

Aren’t they beautiful?

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The Little Flower School is run by Nicolette Owen and Sarah Ryhanen. Nicolette has her own floral studio Nicolette Camille Floral and Sarah is co-founder of beautiful Brooklyn florist Saipua as well as owner of a flower farm in upstate New York.

They came together in 2008 and now run classes all over the US and most recently did some special classes in Sydney. I was disappointed to learn of the classes after they had already sold out, but got to enjoy something of their visit through the photographs they posted of their trip.

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All photographs by the Little Flower School.

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