What started as a 1948 GMC bread van has since been transformed into one of the best-looking food or beverage trucks I’ve ever seen — and it has an even better story to go with it. Lady Falcon Coffee Club in San Francisco, CA has been serving neighborhoods all over the city since 2017. Buffy Maguire, owner of Lady Falcon Coffee Club, shares the story of the name: “Lady Falcon Coffee Club is a respectful nod to an era in San Francisco Ocean Beach history. In the 1880s, an impromptu neighborhood of abandoned street cars on Judah Street became ‘Carville-by-the-Sea.’ Carville housed many a freethinker. The Falcon Ladies Bicycling Club was one of the first cars in the bunch and helped shape the legend of Carville. With deep roots in Ocean Beach, San Francisco, we sought to imagine the lives of these forerunners who built the spirit of the neighborhood on a sand dune we love so well — with recycled streetcars, grit, tenacity and a passion for fun.”

The transformation of the bread van to a coffee truck was not as easy, laid-back, nor quick, but completely worth the wait. The buildout on the truck took around two years from purchase of the vehicle to serving the first cup of coffee. Chris and Mike at Hellcam completed the truck in two stages. The first...

When Jessica and Christopher Brigham still lived in their East Haven, CT rental apartment, Jessica used to go house hunting in rural areas, hoping to find that dream property with character, charm and a good amount of land. The couple had no immediate plans to move, but daydreaming never hurt anyone. When Jessica’s mother, a realtor, first told her about a house for sale in New Haven, Jessica scoffed — staying in the city wasn’t what she had in mind. Despite her hesitations, Jessica decided to drive past the house that her mom had mentioned, just to see what it looked like. The moment she set eyes on the 1930s Craftsman that stood on a double lot and bordered a city-owned forest, something sparked. A few days later, Christopher, who hadn’t really been in on the house hunt game, came home and told Jessica that he too had driven by the house and had the same feeling — it just felt right. “Chris and I opened a bottle of red wine that night and talked it through — the rest is history. We still have that bottle. I’m so grateful this home independently tugged at our heartstrings and that it’s ours,” Jessica shares.

Fast forward four years brings us to a couple of very...

This week, like so many others, has been a challenging news week. I’ve been trying to maintain a balance of staying plugged-in (and active) and also quiet and finding space for rest and care. It can be discouraging, but I’ve found so much joy and beauty in Instagram lately, especially in the pages of our hashtag challenge feeds. You all have shared so many stunning moments of natural beauty, serenity and hope. This one (of Monarch Butterflies at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden) taken by @mol_dek (Molly Dektar) is a favorite of mine, and I hope it will bring you the same sense of peace and love that it brought to me when I saw it. Until Monday, here’s to a wonderful weekend! Some of our favorite links from around the web and Design*Sponge this week are below! xo, grace

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This West Village apartment is such a quintessential NYC space. I love the old tiles.

Mugs are a bit like the whole magnet collection on the fridge phenomenon. They just keep appearing and taking up more and more kitchen real estate. While homes (and kitchen cabinet interiors) tend to be a whole lot more “curated” in the Instagram and shelfie age, I’ve been reminiscing about opening my grandmother’s cupboards in Florida and being visually overwhelmed by not only the sheer number of mugs contained within, but also the colors, slogans and multiple zodiac-related graphics emblazoned on too many mugs to count.  But boy, was her collection charming! I currently own three mugs and only one of them did I purchase for my personal own pleasure (thanks TJMaxx clearance section & Pantone!)

Since I bought my first home (at 50!) and kicked my eleven-year old out of the master bedroom, I’ve been doing a bit of #adulting. For me that means adding some small things to my home that are within my budget – think real shaving cream, a full set of matching cutlery and a mug or two I’ve chosen to start my morning with. So long Shepherdstown Chronicle (local newspaper) freebie mug! May you find a new home in a college dorm where you’re held gently and filled with powdered hot chocolate and mini-marshmallows.

Here are some of our favorite indie shop mugs to hold all your warm beverage this seasons!...

Seeing potential in almost any space is a skill that comes easily to Michelle Gage, an interior designer in the Philadelphia, PA area. She works with her clients to unveil what could be in their spaces while utilizing the same budget-savvy eye to make-over her own 1920s colonial home in Havertown, PA. Michelle and her husband, Alex, have been working room by room in their house to make it home. They’ve recently transformed their dated basement into a gorgeous family room.

Michelle and Alex wanted to do this project for less than $1,000 — minus the cost of furniture and accessories — which meant doing the process themselves from start to finish. “The basement was one of the last spaces we tackled. We started by ripping out some of the paneling and a dated ‘church-pew-like’ bench. Alex built a custom cabinet for the TV and décor. We painted the walls a fresh white coat. One hurdle we faced was asbestos tile. We couldn’t rip it up, so we had to layer flooring on top of it,” Michelle says. “This faux-wood floor looks like the real deal, but snaps into place and was super affordable.” The exposed beams were left the same, keeping the richness and charm from the wood in the space. Michelle chose furniture that layers color and texture in a cozy way and...

How often do you find a creative project looming and think, “If only I could just get away, hole up in the woods and think through this”? It’s a thought that has crossed my mind with each passing season. For Robin MacArthur, it’s a thought that crossed her mind, and she did something about it — a very big thing about it. She and her husband built a cabin with their own hands, dug the septic trenches and all!

Robin and her husband Ty both grew up in idyllic Vermont, but as a couple, they spent stints living and creating in Providence, New York and Philadelphia. Robin is a musician and author (her second book, Heart Spring Mountain comes out this January), and Ty is a composer for documentary films. They also collaborate musically under the moniker Red Heart The Ticker, but as they ventured away from Vermont, they came to a decision. “We realized that the only way we had a shot at having artistic careers was if we moved back to my parents’ land in Vermont and built ourselves a cabin where we could live mortgage- and rent-free. The dream!”

The land itself was storied already. Robin’s grandparents moved to an abandoned farmhouse on three-hundred acres of land in Marlboro, VT in 1950. Her parents later built a...