simple, beautiful utilitarian pieces with modern appeal fill the virtual shelves of Urban Cartel. I am smitten with the soft glazes and the controlled organic nature of this "contemporary porcelain" from the melbourne, australia shop.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Uprise Art. I was very excited at their description and rushed home to check it out. Uprise Art allows you to bring contemporary art into your space for a time. You sign up and for a small fee each month you can have a piece by one of their artists hang in your home. And it all arrived custom-framed, hand delivered and installed into your home.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I am still buzzing from the excitement
Friday, May 25, 2012
happy weekend! hope you all have had a wonderful week. I have enjoyed having my brother in town and another friend from the east coast. I even dragged my brother to the flower market early one morning. We picked out the astilbe (that delicate tall pinkish flower in the arrangement) as a place to start from. Our mom has always grown many different varieties in her garden and it seems like a very appropriate flower to build on.
Hope you enjoy this weeks flowers for friday!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
its cherry season again! first spotted in the farmers market two weeks ago they weren't quite ready but this week they are plump & round & very very sweet. Cherry season is one of the things I have grown to love here. They mark the start of summer each year. There is nothing quite like them. Their season is fleeting and so I plan to savor every last bit and then wait for them to come again next year.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I found this little hide-away on justine's lovely blog designskool. I was immediately transported to the familiar... the costal maine air heavy with the sea and that smooth rock coast line beneath bare feet. Its a place I know intimately even without having been to this beautiful little cottage set on one of maine's many costal marshes. It embodies what is special about new england and maine in particular... & you could rent it if you like. I would certainly like to.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Kenneth Jay Lane has me a bit week in the knees for these....
find them here
find them here
Friday, May 18, 2012
I color blocked the sweet peas. I think this is a quick easy way to make an arrangement seem more purposeful and i enjoyed this lovely for the week.
On another note I am feeling quite itchy... itchy for change. Do you ever feel like that? I have lived in San Francisco for 5 years and im just feeling that restless feeling. I cant help thinking about the hundred other cities out there in the world with their own life and interesting little secrets and corners full of treasures and i would like to fly................
hope you all have flying weekends. SOS leaves for london today for an extended business trip and my brother arrives on saturday. It will be nice to see him. its been too long.
see you back here on monday.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
For me comfort in the home goes hand-in-hand with food and the kitchen space. I have chosen my last two apartments based on how good the light is and then how good the kitchen is .... gas stove mandatory.
It is the first room I unpack after a move which is as much about function as it is about comfort... the two are synonymous.
"We don’t have a tableware collection with every color scheme under the sun, but I recommend following the lighting of the day (warm morning sun, bright white midday, dark and shadowy afternoon). Darken the colors you use for an evening meal with wooden serveware, candles, and colored linens."
It is so very much about utilitarian elegance for your ever day. So logical and yet this simple practice of moving with the day leads to the creation of an incredibly beautiful setting in which to gather, eat and enjoy being together.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
images: HB Design
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
images- clockwise:: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
im crushing on lucite furniture at the moment. When i first moved into the apartment (which was gulp! almost a year ago... how did that fly by? and yes im a very methodical decorator) I was a bit intimidated by the lay out of the living room. There are three entry points to the room and the fourth wall is a bank of windows. The two doors face each other which creates a long sweep that cuts the top of the room and I havent been able to truly make it work. But, after a year of thinking and looking and patiently working to understand the space, i think i know the perfect solution. Lucite!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
a little preview of the summer 2012 collection coming soon to cottage farm. As always, I am inspired by the nautical history of the san francisco bay area. From the end of my street, I can see the oakland ports out across the bay. But, san francisco has always had an affection for and need of the water that laps our front yard.
the shop soon.