Within the last few weeks, I’ve acquired 3 amazing lifestyle books. Each one has me riveted not only on the images, but also on the texts that describe approaches to design, philosophies and flavors. The first book The Chamber Of Curiosity, I picked up while visiting Heath Ceramics with a friend (btw, they have a great book selection). The second was a surprise gift from Alex, Commune Design’s first book: Commune: Designed In California. The third, Yotam Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook Plenty More, I purchased it at his book signing event in SF on Friday night. All three of these bound beauties will offer inspiration for our home, clients’ spaces and for the taste buds of family and friends no matter how many times I peruse through them.
Do you have a favorite go-to book for inspiration?
Finding the right dining table and counter stools for our renovated kitchen proved to be a much harder task than expected. We wanted to preserve our home’s mid-century design without overpowering it with a table or stool style that conflicted with it. In Australia’s Barbera Design bronze table and Uccio stool, we found the perfect balance between modern design and a sophisticated aesthetic that will work well with authentic mid-century chairs.
Now that they have been found and ordered, we are not so patiently awaiting their arrival. Our latest update was that the cargo ship carrying our items had docked in Los Angeles! Next stop would be Oakland. I’m anticipating another 2 to 3 weeks before they’re delivered to our home, which will prompt both the table top and chair selections. Let’s hope the last stages of this project go smoothly and quickly, we’re all ready and eager to sit down at a table!
Our daughter Zoe celebrated her 7th birthday yesterday with a dreamcatcher party. With a bit more prep work than I anticipated (more on that later this week), her friends strung beads and hung feathers to create their very own dreamcatchers to filter out bad dreams. Take a look at yesterday’s photos and stay tuned for details on how to host your own dreamcatcher party .
Happy Birthday Zoe!!!
Sometime in September I created a Pinterest board entitled “What To Wear” as a place to share autumnal fashion ideas and sources with other pinners. I must admit it’s been super fun following everyone’s favorite looks. There’s a great group of contributors: a fashionista who finds inspiration from the runaways, a lover of layering clothes, a chic and sophisticated dresser, a woman with lots of bohemian flair and a laid-back clothes horse. To all those that are adding to the board, please keep doing it. I’m already spotting fashion for a Spring 2015 pinboard, even though I haven’t been able to put on a pair of boots or wear a cashmere sweater yet. California’s heat wave is giving me the Fall wardrobe denial blues…
If you’d like to be part of the shared “What To Wear” board follow me on Pinterest so I can send you an invite.
Images: via Pinterest
Some time ago, Alex and I bought a Peruvian Blanket for our project room and ever since I’ve been tempted to purchase another one. The collection that Marisa Haskell displays in her Temescal Alley jewelry studio is sheer eye candy for lovers of color and pattern. The blankets are weighty and drape easily over a sofa or chair to add a pop of color and a touch of fun to any space. We haven’t bought our second one yet, but I’m constantly tempted by Marisa’s ever changing stock of them. Take a look:
BTW, her jewelry is also high on my wish list. So far, I own two pieces!
The other day, while tending to the plethora of plants we have around the house, I thought it would be nice to share where they actually live. Some of the places you find them may be considered a bit unexpected, such as in a bathroom, in our children’s spaces and even atop bookcases. I began placing plants in the twins’ room while decorating their nursery, and ever since then there’s been a plant or two in their bedroom. Today one sits by Max’s turntable on his and Ben’s nightstand. Our home office would not be complete without a botanical touch, and the kitchen counter changes seasonally with cut branches or foliage. Zoe’s room often houses a delicate fern that softens the already sweet space. Take a look:
To see my favorite indoor plant groupings and some ideas on how to create your own, click here.
What’s your favorite plant spot?
Last week I popped into Modernaire’s new location in Oakland. After years in Berkeley, owner Bruce Crawford moved his carefully curated mid-century wares to a large, well lit space on Telegraph Ave. Living in a mid-century home, I’m naturally drawn to stores that represent the era, but what impressed me most about Modernaire was its wide array of accessories. Clocks, lamps, bowls, art and even a free standing fireplace were artfully displayed and available for sale. Any one of the items offered would be perfect for adding detail and personality to a space, mid-century or not. Take a look:
I’m super excited to announce that my mother in-law, Natalia, is exhibiting her Pod Art for the first time and you’re invited. Whether you’re local or not please join us this Saturday, October 11th, at her studio in Lafayette. If you have any questions or need directions email me at email@example.com To learn more about her unique work click here.
Looking forward to seeing you,
There are no rules in these spaces and I like that. Carefully selected furnishings and accessories speak to the personality and experiences of their owner, not to a particular trend or style, which ultimately makes them classics in their own right. By paying close attention to details through arranged curiosities, vignettes, mixed shapes and bold colors, these homes have an added dimension that pulls one in wanting to know more about the who, what, where and when about it all.
This post was inspired by a recent book purchase, The Chamber Of Curiosity. It’s filled with inspiring images and beautiful texts celebrating personal interior style. It’s a must have!