Monday, July 23, 2012

It's (Not) Going to Cost You

Ten of my favorite summer discoveries, exactly half of which won't cost you a brass farthing to enjoy.

1. Free chic. My friend David Netto has a new website. Check out the section called "The Notebook", filled with mementos and anecdotes from his too-fabulous life. 

(On the left, a card from the VIP room of the legendary nightclub. On the right, fifteen year old David in front of the windows he designed for Diane von Furstenberg's Fifth Avenue boutique!)

2. Not free, but also chic. Antique brass distressed knobs from Bosetti-Marella. Just ordered 24 of the one on the left, already have the two on the right in my kitchen. Love this line.

(Here, herehere.)

3. Free house tours. For Downton Abbey fans with time on their hands, a meticulous record of England's lost country houses. Gone but not forgotten.

(Aston Clinton House, demolished in 1958. HERE.)

(Lambourn Place, pulled down in 1938. HERE.)

4. Not free, but just as fun to tour. Have you ever in your life seen tents like these?
(FieldCandy tents. From top, "Men Only", "Fully Booked" and "Animal Farm." HERE.)

5.  Free wisdom. Want to be a better photographer? (I do.) "What's In Your Kit?" tells you exactly what kinds of cameras and lenses your favorite pros use to take their photos.
(Find out what's in Alice Gao's kit HERE.)

6. Not free, but there's no question this book will fire up mental sparks. I read it and felt wiser immediately.

(Here or here.)

7. Free visual brilliance. This could be my favorite historical art archive ever. Click on a letter and prepare for a time suck.
(Compiled by Chris Mullen in a most satisfyingly idiosyncratic manner. Here.)

8. Not free, but these brilliant wallpapers by Marthe Armitage will haunt your waking moments. (They do mine.)

(Chiswick House. HERE.)

(Alphabet. HERE.)

(Manor House. HERE.)

9. Free culinaria. Food blogs I swear by.

101 Cookbooks.

My New Roots.

Green Lemonade.

My friend Lucy's Ladles and Jellyspoons.

10. Not free, but is there a more clever way to tell them you made it with love?
(Biscuit stamp. Here.)


Chedva said...

Free- this beautifully written and curated blog post. Thanks, Lisa! xo

Jessica Thor-Miller said...

Thank you for remembering that life isn't about collecting "stuff" but rather curating experiences and material items with meaning.


Chic Delights said...

Very informative... As the saying goes "thebest things in life are free." It is a joy to always learn something new.

Emily said...

Ditto Chedva!
I'm dying over the Hardware Hut website.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The Wallpaper.
My soul.
The Wallpaper.

Anonymous said...

How did you know that aged brass hardware, bin pulls particularly, was at the top of my to-find list? Thank you, thank you!

Unknown said...

I love all the Marthe Armitage wallpaper. So many good finds. Those tents are so funny. Definitely a summer time thing!

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Lisa,
Just been completely lost in Ladles and Jelly Spoons and found the most wonderful recipe for apple, ginger, pineapple pie I'm dying to try out later on in the season as soon as our cooking apples are big enough. Thank you for all this inspiration.

debbie bailey said...

I love it when you have lists of things for us to explore!

Slim Paley said...

Those tents are so much fun!

quintessence said...

Fabulous sources - I'm hopping straight over to see more of those gorgeous wallpapers!!

Anonymous said...

Life is what you make of it,the positive things that can be accomplished through sincere work and duty.Don't take life for granted but embrace it and take it one step at a time and enjoy every moment of it even when things seem haywire or at a distance,just continue doing what is right because in the end it has its great rewards.


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