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Samantha Battersby
I'm a drawing machine and history head!
Interests: the "photo" above is of me in a past life., interests include drawing and designing new prints and originals to put in my etsy shop of course! other interests include going for walks and talking
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This is Matthieu - Luc and David and they are both very fond of spending a lazy afternoon in the garden. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at matouenpeluche
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1) Gold Feather Brooch. 2) Jean Cocteau gold brooch. 3) Fragment of a gold wreath, Greek 320-300 BC. 4) Byzantine gold with pearls and sapphire earring. 5) French Empire coral and gold tiara, 1800. 6) Necklace with Lion's-Head Closures &... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at matouenpeluche
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These beautiful paper mâché birds were made by French artist/ sculptor Anne-Lise Koehler. She doesn't just do birds either, she makes all sorts of things ranging from pine martens to mushrooms to forest floor dioramas. You can see more of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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To celebrate the start of Mad Men's last ever season being aired this week, Vanity Fair have several Mad Men related articles including one about the clothes of several of the lead characters season by season. As you can imagine,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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1) Brian the Bear Lambswool Plush Toy - Made to Order - Sara Carr 2) Baby Mammoth - Mount Royal Mint 3) An Olive Green Felted Bear Brooch - ememem 4) (the dear ones) Elephant - Made to Order -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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I have recently discovered the work of German artist Quint Buchholz. His paintings have a surreal, quiet feeling which I really like. He also seems to be a keen cat fancier too which is always a good thing in my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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I have been perusing Vogue Living, and I've discovered that it has some great images! See more here ---> Vogue Living. Miami Jungle Hues Cost de la Luz, Spain Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Happily, wild-life photographer Brad Wilson had his owl portraits featured in The Guardian today. Photographs of owls are usually pretty good to look at, but these owl photographs are something else entirely! I could look at them forever. Such intensity... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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The V & A has just recently opened a grand Alexander McQueen exhibition which originally showed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York four years ago. The private preview party featured glamorous people like Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Meanwhile, here's the latest instalment in the epic mermaid saga: Mermaids Jemima and Miranda like nothing better than to stroll through the Sunday morning markets in search of a bargain. But only after they've had a cup coffee and read... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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The fastest and most affordable way to re-decorate a living room is to invest in some new throw pillows and cushions. Here are eight designs I thought might spruce up a sofa or armchair: 1) Le Chat Cotton/ Linen Pillow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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So far we have seen Pascal at the footy and swimming in his favourite river. Here we see him in quiet contemplation with a flower as part of his daily zen meditation practice. Incidentally, his favourite Zen Haiku is by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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These stunning photographs are from a sumptuous coffee table book (published in late 2013) called Hollywood in Kodachrome. Prior to he release of Kodachrome in the mid 30s there was really only black and white film, so you can imagine... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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These beautiful murals are in the Goess Apartment which is within the Schloss Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria. Hand painted by Johan Bergl, they were commissioned by Marie Antoinette's mother Maria Theresa who had received Schonbrunn as a present from her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Fox portraits: Stanley, Sean and Xavier. These handsome fox brothers live in the alpine meadows of the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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I think it's always handy knowing where you can get some interesting greeting cards. I've collected 10 here that you might like to keep in mind the next time it's someone's birthday etc 1) Maurice Chevalier Blank Greeting Card -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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This is a three - story townhouse built and designed by Mexican architectural firm Alejandro Sanchez Garcia. This is actually one of four townhouses built inside a garden. Additionally, each townhouse is not only surrounded by greenery, but has a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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This is Miss Nancy. She teaches Jazz Ballet and Yoga at her local community hall. She teaches jazz ballet on Mondays and Thursdays and yoga every Friday morning. She doesn't usually wear her favourite cobalt blue reading glasses at these... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Here are my two favourite looks of the 2015 Oscars: Julianne Moore's custom made beaded Chanel dress and Marion Cotillard's couture Dior dress. Karl Largefeld himself designed Julianne's dress that reportedly took 927 hours to make! It's absolutely lovely and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Furniture designer, art collector and antiques dealer Richard Shapiro has landscaped a superb garden for himself in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. It is full of rare and exotic plants and a box wood maze which he hand carved into pillowy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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I am very keen on this new (small) trend for silver sequins as worn by: Julian Moore (Givenchy), Dakota Johnson (Chanel Couture), The Duchess of Cambridge (Jenny Packard), Dakota Johnson (Sonia Rykiel) and Felicity Jones (Valentino). Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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The Dreamer dreams of many things. He dreams about inter planetary space travel and he dreams about writing a book on his hero Nikola Tesla and his epic battle championing the alternating current (AC) as opposed to the direct current... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Sleeve details by Valentino on the left and Christoph Josse on the right. Ribbon sleeve by Vionnet Fall 2011. Valentino embroidery detail. Elie Saab bodice detail. Cecile Henri Atelier beadwork. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Fashion designer Lee Mathews had her family home featured on The Design Files not so long ago. It is a warehouse conversion situated in Balmain, Sydney. I like that she has created a unique home with her eclectic furniture and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Did you watch The Baftas on Sunday evening? I didn't manage to, but I did catch up with all the red carpet frock action today. These are my three favourite looks of the evening: Keira Knightley in Giambattista Valli Haute... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at matouenpeluche