one look at this lovely bookcase (a sister to mine) and i knew this was a home after my own heart. it’s been featured on both the Scandinavia standard and a cup of jo, i couldn’t help but share, too. it’s the home of miriam Bak McKenna an Australian living with her family on a small island in copenhagen, denmark — one of my favorite places to visit. theirs is such a lovely minimalist peaceful space, but with oodles of charm (and books!). for a further look, check out the Scandinavia standard and a cup of jo.
it’s weird to think i can look right out my living room window at this rustic architectural gem, once referred to as the Long Lost Lautner, a modernist home tucked up in the echo park hills by elysian park, in my very own neighborhood. designed by mid-century architectural legend John Lautner and built in 1948, it was officially known as the Jules Salken Residence, previously lived in by just one family for decades and one of many homes lautner first designed around los angeles. it was bought by none other than fashion designer trina Turk, who’s known for her love of all things mid-century modern and together with her husband Jonathan Skow and the help of architect barbara bestor have restored this beauty on the hill to its former glory and have had it declared a historic-cultural monument. it’s recently been featured in both milk decoration and The New York Times so if you’d like more background on this beauty, check out those very interesting articles. i’ll just be down here, just below this lovely piece of L.A.’s modernist architectural history wondering if they can see me waving to them up there — or, maybe they’re waving at me!
Every now and then I feel a pull to check out the new arrivals at Anthropologie, a destination I’ve been shopping for years and, let me tell you, they rarely disappoint. With a nod to global curiosities and pieces that feel one-of-a-kind without the hassel of hunting down vintage treasures, I can always find something (or twenty somethings) to add to my shopping cart. I’m loving the natural fibers and wood, textured textiles, and cool accents in this crop of arrivals.
What are you loving?
sunworn tapestry; tufted calamus quilt; sisal wrapped decorative bowl; nahla rug; isoke oak storage nightstand; kaye blevgad hook; grace serpentine three piece sofa; farmhouse dining table; isla woven seagrass tray.
yesterday i found myself going down an instagram rabbit hole of new accounts to follow, mostly from parts far-flung across the globe — like spain and north africa, which is where i landed with this week’s instagram worthy feed, @fifigram. if you like photos that take you away from it all, then you’re really going to love following @fifigram’s account. i don’t even know much about this talented shutterbug, other than she’s a fellow fan of the VSCO photo app and you can also find her images through her VSCO journal. i love the way she sees the world — her photos have a very dreamy color palette and i think you’re apt to get a bit of wanderlust just looking at them. enjoy!
these sweet chairs are not all alike. they’re a kind of hybrid jean prouvé meets industrial schoolhouse chair. they all have different makers, but i love the overall vibe of every single one of them. what they have in common is that metal base and very often a wood or upholstered seat. i’m not sure which came first — the schoolhouse chairs, or did those mimic the style of jean prouvé? perhaps they tried to class up the classroom so to speak. but whatever the case, you can find these kinds of chairs all over if you like the look. we have a few vintage versions at super marché and elsie green carries them as well. for new chairs, have a look at design within reach and schoolhouse electric. many of these chairs stack, too so they’re handy for extra seating. they make for great desk chairs, and even better dining room chairs — and by all means, mix and match!
California has been experiencing a major heatwave lately and if you’re anything like me, the higher temps have you dreaming of a little getaway. Why not embrace the heat and head to the desert? Joshua Tree is one of my all-time favorite destinations (and, from the looks of it, Victoria’s too… see her recent trip recapped here and here!) and this airbnb, aptly dubbed The Joshua Treehouse, looks like the perfect place to spend a little time. From the bohemian decor elements (woodworking pieces by Aleksandra Zee, vintage treasures, and a little Blockshop Textiles action) to the relaxed, you-can-put-your-feet-up-here vibe, I’m really digging this space!
What’s your favorite element?
we’ve been of a pretty neutral color palette this week, so i thought i’d better spice this week’s friday finds up with a little color — and a little print and pattern. we’ve got stripes and checks and all kinds of mix and match prints for you to contemplate and play with this week. it’s so hot here in L.A. and these also kind of remind me of the sunsets we’ve been having lately — and while beautiful are sadly brought on by california’s relentless wildfires. stay safe out there, friends.
the mosquito supper club may not sound like someplace you might like to dine, but never fear, you should be free of those pesky little varmints in this charming Cajun restaurant located in a repurposed old home in New Orleans. instead, imagine yourself sitting down to a cozy, communal-style spicy Cajun seafood dinner including gumbo, oysters, shrimp and fried soft shell crabs! heck, yes, please bring on the bib and don’t forget my slice of pie! we’re thinking we give a fresh spin to the southern belle with a feminine and billowy bow blouse but pair it with a fun suede jumper and some kickin’ boots. bring out that girly charm with a vintage-inspired Floral Embroidered Clutch and you are good to go. need a little reading material should be rolling solo? we suggest rosie walsh’s ghosted — a love story with an intimate secret at its heart.
wear this there: free people Blissful Beginnings Blouse in ivory;
this is one very beautiful collaboration between some very talented designers. featured recently on sight unseen this project from hovey design — two sisters Hollister and Porter Hovey, who specialize in interior styling, as well as staging homes for sale is almost gallery-like in its minimalist look, and just as inspiring as you might expect a visit to view art might be. this particular project is a 19th Century brooklyn townhouse with sky-high ceilings renovated by hatchet design build, and styled by one of our favorites, cold picnic’s phoebe sung and John Sorensen-Jolink of Coil + Drift. the results are one part whimsical, but also restrained sophistication. for more projects from these talented folks, visit their respective links!
this is such a lovely little kitchen nook featured on a recent apartment therapy home tour belonging to Mery Garriga, a Barcelona-based interior designer. small, compact and utilitarian and oh-so achievable because it’s all furnished from IKEA — those are the very adorable FROSTA stools. it’s all so charming — i think it has to do with the pretty color palette and the charming details like that built-in shelf with a swipe of pink paint. i love that idea for accenting collections and adding a sense of dimension to the room. for the full tour visit apartment therapy and follow Mery Garriga for more inspiration.
Although terra cotta and rust are similar, in my mind they are two very distinct shades equally worthy of spending time exploring (and drooling over). The of-the-earth hue is reminiscent of desert days, endless summers, and a whole lot of sartorial goodness. Whether you’re wearing the color or placing strategic pops of clay around your home, I think you’ll agree that this shade is one to inspire.
sleeper dijon lounge dress; duo de mar coral bag; j. hannah polish in saltillo; the smith chair by barbaby lane; anthropologie dipped clay pot and stand; niconico clothing vermont tank bodysuit; moroso josephine sofa.
this week’s holiday at home takes us all the way across the pond to copenhagen, denmark. when i think of the danish design aesthetic it’s actually a tad difficult to pin down because i think it influences a lot of other countries’ design, and vice versa. like japan for instance — i see a lot of similarities in the two country’s take on design — a kind of wabi-sabi practicality exists in both. but when i consider how to get a look straight out of copenhagen i would add a pastel color palette, some signature lighting pieces, distinct and eye-catching seating and a kind of minimal, often whimsical but warm design elements. i found you a few key pieces to get the look.
clockwise, l to r: accent chair design*sponge; Louise Gray Throw Quilt No. 8 from need supply; Airo Dining Chair; Pink with Peach Diamond Acrylic paint and thread on canvas by emily keating snyder; fine little day BIRCH LAMP BJÅRSK; kalon White Caravan Divan Toddler Bed (on sale now!); super marché mid-century modern accent table; Pink with Peach Diamond Acrylic paint and thread on canvas by emily keating...
i’m always drooling over the abundance of beautiful objects from jenni kayne, but their blog rip & tan inspires me in so many ways, too. they seem to locate and share the dreamiest homes and their latest feature of Austin-based photographer Kate Zimmerman is no different. such a pretty space with those high beamed ceilings and all that lovely natural wood — minimal, but so warm and inviting, too. if you happen to like her style, you can shop it too — look no further than jenni kayne’s homeware collection to fit the bill perfectly.
DeVol has done it again with this beautiful black kitchen. called the ‘Chipping Norton Kitchen’, its glamorous glossy black cupboards paired with those statement-making San Simone Quartzite worktops and beautiful hints of warm brass and copper look so chic. devol took their simple Shaker cupboards and painted them in their Printer’s Black shade, deep and dark and daring and oh so gorgeous. The worktops are one of the latest additions to the deVOL collection, San Simone Quartzite, a natural stone sourced from Brazil with that stunning black grain running through them. i love those transom windows around the perimeter of the ceiling, too — with the skylight, they really brighten up the dramatic look of the whole kitchen and the greenery paired with all that black looks fabulous.
I always wonder what it must be like to be a bonafide designer and work on your own space — is it more stressful? easier to source the perfect pieces? just as confusing? probably all of the above! With her tranquil Echo Park dwelling, Homepolish designer Melanie Burstin proves that it’s definitely just as stylish. From finding the perfect balance of minimalism and accessorized to nailing the “warm and comfortable” vibe, Melanie definitely hit her stride in the 650 square foot home.
She told Domino, “My style is modern and minimal, but warm. It’s really important to me that a space feels chic and exciting, but comfortable and inviting. I think, in design, I’m a minimalist—but probably not in other aspects of my life (for example, my wardrobe). Every friend of mine who comes over and sees my home comments on how my bedroom inspires them to want to get rid of all their belongings and furniture. That wasn’t my intention, but I really wanted it to feel relaxing, and like a retreat. For me, that means less is more.”
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it would appear that this week’s friday finds have been inspired by both nature, and great photography and how the two worlds often collide. maybe i need to get out more? but oh, L.A. how very hot you’ve been, and when will you cool the heck down? soon please, i’d like to enjoy the pasadena city college flea market this sunday without dripping in sweat. have a cool weekend, where ever you are!
trying to squeeze in one last holiday away before this sizzling summer comes to an end? might we suggest getting away to this pastel-lover’s caribbean paradise, the skylark negril beach resort in Negril, Jamaica? this bohemian beach resort and swim club draws on inspirations from tropical mid-century, modern design, discreetly tucked away among palm trees and hibiscus ﬂowers with ocean views from almost every room. get your escape outfit ready with an off-the-shoulder, sea-blue peasant blouse and a comfy wide leg pant in an on-point tropical print and slip into some pastel strappy sandals. at night, curl up in some cozy vintage-inspired pj’s and read All These Beautiful Strangers: A Novel by Elizabeth Klehfoth — a juicy beach book, and addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of The Secret History. bon voyage!
sometimes, a greater impact can be made when you take things away. take art for instance — a single, simple piece of artwork can speak volumes all on its very own. its negative space can be jarring, and eye-catching all on its very own. and so affordable, too — one of something is less expensive than lots, right? i think starting small with something you truly love can be the best way to start collecting art, and if it never grows beyond that one precious piece, c’est la vie — it will speak to you, and in the end that’s all that really matters when it comes to something so subjective as art.
i love a good beach pad, but this one has more sophistication than most. meet the mckinley bungalow, featured recently in vogue, a 1,900-square foot four-bedroom, 3-bathroom ranch style home outfitted with objects with a mid-century modern vibe. designed by Robert McKinley, the Designer Behind Surf Lodge and Sant Ambroeus, in collaboration with his wife, Kate Nauta — their very chill beach house is full of fun and vintage treasures — and it just happens to be available for rent. the mckinley bungalow can be yours, if just for a little while, and i’m okay with that. inspired by the couple’s world travels, it’s cozy, but not overly beach-house precious and looks to me like the perfect place to getaway. for details on how you can stay, visit the mckinley bungalow.
as you probably saw on my instagram feed, i took a cruise recently. and not just any cruise, but a beautiful luxury cruise on hapag-lloyd’s MS EUROPA2 through spain and portugal. i hadn’t been on a cruise in about 30 years, but this was an invitation i couldn’t refuse. hapag-lloyd invited bri and i along for a ride on their press trip and i have to say it changed everything i’ve ever thought about cruise ships and the kind of experience one could have at sea. first of all, as i mentioned, this ship, based out of hamburg, germany is stunning and our cabins looked more like five-star hotel rooms rather than the bunkbeds i’d envisioned from my first cruise. if it hadn’t been such a gorgeous Mediterranean sailing, i might never had reason to leave my room. but the MS EUROPA2 offers so much more than a cozy cabin (complete with my own veranda, deck chairs and did i mention a walk-in closet?). this ship is everything it promises (gyms, spa anyone?) and so much more. oh, and if you’re an art lover, the ship’s collection includes over 800 individual pieces of art — one of the world’s most expensive and varied art collections at sea.