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WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. So what's in this week?


  • I can't get enough of Abigail Ahern. Her home, her Atelier, her book A Girl's Guide to Decorating, her blog. Cutting edge mistress of the darkside, she is one of the world's most subversive style makers. Grey is the new black is the mantra we all chant (actually black is fine too just not white, never white). I fell off my chair when PR Megan sent me these lush images of Abigail's latest venture - faux flowers. YES! Big, blowsy, almost slatternly in their voluptuousness. I have always loved the much maligned faux flower. They can be the offerings at the high altar of kitsch but they can also be simply gorgeous. Think how eco-chic you can be. You can cut out the water waste of intensively farmed blooms, the airplanes full of flowers jetting round the world, the waste of week after week replacing dead bouquets. If the feng shui of the faux weirds you out think of them as not dead flowers but little manmade works of art. Hang it you don't need an excuse. You just need a vase full. Because I am a glutton for the fabulous faux flower you can see more, much more after the jump as well as all the other wonderful winks for this week.



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A home in Italy

I found the 16th century retreat of Italian fashion and jewelry designer Maria Calderara on the Marie Claire Maison Italy site and I think it's the perfect ending to a chaotic work week (not only did my fiancé and his cats move in and we had a 5 day or so heat wave but I also started a new job.) I could use a little serenity, calm and peacefulness like this home exudes right about now. Maria's refuge from her work life in Milan is exquisite. It is white and cream and simple and relatively unadorned which is perfect in such a beautiful setting. I love that there are hints of modernity here and there providing contrast to the rustic shell of the home, with a couple Tolomeos, Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs and a Gaetano Pesce Donna chair.


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Rachel Whiting fan club


Dear Ms Rachel Whiting,

How did you get to be so damned good at photography? Was it nature or nurture? Simplicity, colour, form and light. Your photos are restrained but also refined. Dear Ms Whiting your portfolio is fabulous. I for one am a big fan. So was Kim when she posted about your work back in 2008. So many more new images since then. I guess a good photographer is always busy. Your work makes me want to move into every room I see. Sorry I'm gushing. Just wanted to write this short note to say wow ... just wow.





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Tristan Auer

Parisian designer Tristan Auer is a one to look out for - he was recently named by Architectural Digest as "One of ten best contemporary interior designers, stars of tomorrow" and has worked on projects with the likes of Christian Liaigre and Philippe Starck. Below are several photos of his residential work along with some photos from some hotels he has designed (which are located in Monaco, Cyprus, Caracas, Cannes, and Paris). While mostly modern, his designs are bold, yet I spotted some beautiful spaces in his portfolio that have a decidedly French touch.

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