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When Vermeer was just a kid Papa Vermeer bought him a big set of Lego brand building toys. Now this was a long, long time ago, even before there were Star Wars trademark Lego brand building toy sets. This is the secret inspiration for many of his best-loved paintings. Van Eyk? Ha, Tinker brand toys. Who knows any of his paintings? [30-12-13]

LEGO-Masterpieces-Marco-Sodano-2-Vermeer - Design Milk

The Blue Forest, Belgium

The Blue Forest by Kilian Schönberger

The perfect white peony, by Andrew McCaul

Morning coffee in Paris

// Amber Cowan's recycled glass sculpture.

Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims - Light Show for 800th Anniversary France

Art at the Pompidou Centre, Paris (by Mr. Gourmand)

Paris + cherry blossoms. stunning. wow how romantic.

looks like an Australian Spotted Jellyfish

Palau de la Musica, Barcelona

installations by Denmark-based Japanese artist Yuko Takada Keller - made of small, triangular, hand-colored pieces of tracing paper.

This classic Art Deco ring features a 3.10 carat emerald cut peridot, within a surround of green and blue enamel and a lattice work of 14 karat white gold.