Archive for August, 2008

San Francisco or Bust

August 15, 2008

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Well, here I go: the big transcontinental move. A last-minute change
in plans has me driving across the country instead of flying. Just
rolling with the punches, I suppose. I do love a good road
trip—though I’m sure mine won’t be nearly as urbane as the one in
this photo!

Thanks for the good times, New York. California here I come!

Image courtesy of Jo Tyler/Sarah Kaye Represents

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Big Hug to The Little White Book

August 14, 2008

A special thanks to Courtney over at The Little White Book for adding me to her Inspiration Blogroll!

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I’m a longtime reader and admirer of Courtney’s blogs—both The Little White Book and her design/interiors blog Good Gab—so it’s an honour to receive her notice. Based out of Richmond, Courtney’s taste is impeccable and her finds are true gems! I especially enjoyed her recent post on the work of artisan Frances Palmer. Bonjour, registry ideas!

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Image courtesy of Frances Palmer, via The Little White Book

Thanks again, Courtney!

Big Hug to The Little White Book

August 14, 2008

A special thanks to Courtney over at The Little White Book for adding me to her Inspiration Blogroll!

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I’m a longtime reader and admirer of Courtney’s blogs—both The Little White Book and her design/interiors blog Good Gab—so it’s an honour to receive her notice. Based out of Richmond, Courtney’s taste is impeccable and her finds are true gems! I especially enjoyed her recent post on the work of artisan Frances Palmer. Bonjour, registry ideas!

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Image courtesy of Frances Palmer, via The Little White Book

Thanks again, Courtney!

I’d Rather Be Eating Cake

August 14, 2008

The moving van’s coming in three hours. Everything I own is in a box or waiting to be put in a box. There’s so much left to do, and all I want is to sneak off somewhere and come back when it’s all done. So in the spirit of "Wish I Were Anywhere But Here", won’t you join me for:

A bubble bath in a tub of flowers?
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A light lunch perhaps?
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A postprandial snooze? Don’t forget to bring your tutu…
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A polka-dot party with extra cake for everyone?
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And I do mean extra cake!
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We’ll retire to the parlour for a chat…
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…or if you prefer we could take a quick dip in the pool…
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Just a spot of tea before we head back…
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And when we return the move will be all over, everything will be tidy and organized, and we can celebrate with our first sleep in our new home!
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All images courtesy of the very talented Polly Wreford, represented by Sarah Kaye.

I’d Rather Be Eating Cake

August 14, 2008

The moving van’s coming in three hours. Everything I own is in a box or waiting to be put in a box. There’s so much left to do, and all I want is to sneak off somewhere and come back when it’s all done. So in the spirit of "Wish I Were Anywhere But Here", won’t you join me for:

A bubble bath in a tub of flowers?
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A light lunch perhaps?
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A postprandial snooze? Don’t forget to bring your tutu…
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A polka-dot party with extra cake for everyone?
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And I do mean extra cake!
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We’ll retire to the parlour for a chat…
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…or if you prefer we could take a quick dip in the pool…
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Just a spot of tea before we head back…
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And when we return the move will be all over, everything will be tidy and organized, and we can celebrate with our first sleep in our new home!
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All images courtesy of the very talented Polly Wreford, represented by Sarah Kaye.

Soak it In: Photographer Sandra Lane

August 13, 2008

One of the best ways to get inspiration for interiors is to explore the portfolios of photographers you admire. And lately I’m loving the work of Sandra Lane. Represented by Sarah Kaye out of London, Sandra captures color in a way that makes even the brightest fuchsia seem like a neutral: deeply saturated but eminently accessible. Each image is quietly confident, with a voice that speaks softly yet persuasively.

I tried to narrow it down to just a few photos to share, but her extensive online gallery is just too amazing! Be sure to check out the rest of her brilliant work here—and believe me, you want to see it all. Here are some of my favourites…

…This is exactly as a workspace should be: serene and filled with light. Just sit down and let the creativity flow…
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…Can’t you imagine getting ready for a dinner party in a dressing room like this? It exudes glamour but isn’t gaudy. And how much do I want that deep purple pillow?…
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…Of course after the dinner party you’d have to come home for a bath in this extra deep tub. Just drape your gown over the velvet chair—the steam will take care of the wrinkles while you soak the night away…
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…When your skin starts to get pruney from the bath, towel off and slip between the sheets in your ‘fit for a queen’ bedroom. A girl can never have too many down pillows…
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…I just had to include this next image because the composition of the disparate elements captures the exact tone and complexity that I want in my own home. The sexy curve of the wooden table legs contrasts brilliantly with the industrial metal of the stool and the angles of the lamp. Throw in the organic softness of the pillows and blanket, then top it all off with a single hydrangea—which just happens to mimic the color of the worn red wood of the chair back! Perfection…

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…Sandra also photographs food beautifully. Here’s a way to make eclairs and cream pastries look even more delicious: pile them three layers high!…
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…this image of chocolate pear cake has me rethinking pink and purple. I left this color combo back with my ‘My Little Pony’ collection, but somehow the open weave of the linen and the concentric whorls of the ceramic plate makes it all grown up…
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…Baked Alaska: a truly pedestal worthy dessert…
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…and finally, I’m not having a bridal shower. But if I were, I would base the whole thing entirely on this photo: sweet and feminine, indulgently girly but sophisticated too. I smell an inspiration board coming on!
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All images courtesy of Sandra Lane/Sarah Kaye. And thanks to Coco + Kelley for pointing me to the Sarah Kaye website! 

When in Doubt, Bake Cookies

August 12, 2008

They say that amongst the most stressful life-changing events are
1. Moving
2. Having a wedding
3. Becoming unemployed

Between now and August 30, I’m doing all three…which definitely puts me in the "seriously stressed" category. So what am I doing about it? Five words: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

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It’s not so much about the eating of the cookies—especially as I have a dress fitting this afternoon, cookies aren’t on the menu for me!—but more about the calming, meditative effect of baking the cookies. I love whipping the butter, sugar and eggs to a smooth, syrupy consistency; choosing my mix-ins and folding them into the dough; carefully measuring the cookies onto the sheet and arranging them in a tidy grid. It’s about restoring a sense of order in my otherwise crazy life.

So today’s ‘sense of order’ comes from a cookbook that I purchased solely based on looks: Chocolate Chocolate by Lisa Yockelson. It’s a big, pink book with gorgeous, full color photos and 500 pages of that most stress relieving of all substances, chocolate! I’ve actually not tried most of the recipes yet, but a flip through this beautiful book makes me want to remedy that—and soon!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
(recipe courtesy of Chocolate Chocolate by Lisa Yockelson)

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cups) butter
4 tablespoons shortening
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural— be sure to use the sugary stuff like Skippy)
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate chunks (I used a mix of semi-sweet, bittersweet, and butterscotch chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Cream butter, shortening, sugars until smooth, then mix in eggs, vanilla and peanut butter. Fold in chunks. At this point I popped the dough into the freezer for about 20 minutes, just to firm it up and make it easier to work with. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees and place 2-tablespoon size balls of dough onto the cookie sheet. Press tines of a fork in a crosshatch pattern (I forgot this step, myself!) and bake for about 12-14 minutes.

Update: Proper Plum Wedding, Really Proper This Time!

August 11, 2008

Because I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat since this morning, here’s my final entry for Coco + Kelley’s wedding inspiration board contest! Phew– this one was a marathon, but I think I’m finally pleased with the result!

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Row 1: Domino via Coco + Kelley, The Knot, The Knot, JosephynS on Etsy
Row 2: Martha Stewart, Ellen Silverman, Artfool, Jenny Yoo
Row 3: Bottega Veneta, Brides.com, Caboose, Muscari by Easter Yoo
Row 4: Ellen Silverman, Prada at Neiman Marcus, The Knot, The Cupid and The Swan

Proper Plum Wedding

August 11, 2008

Coco + Kelley, one of my favourite design blogs, is having a wedding inspiration board contest. So even though things around here are crazy right now—what with moving to San Francisco from Brooklyn in four days!—I’m shirking my packing and cleaning responsibilities and fiddling around on the internet instead!

The contest involves creating a wedding inspired by one of the beautiful interiors posted here. I chose this one because I love purple, because the textures of linen, ceramic, and wild greenery really appealed to me, and because I’m a little obsessed with that style of Gustavian sofa in the background…

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Here’s the resulting board so far. This isn’t my final entry, rather a work in progress. I’m imagining a proper English wedding breakfast with ‘rugged windswept moors’ undercurrent: sort of a ‘Sense and Sensibility’ meets ‘Jane Eyre’ mood. But I’ve spent the last five hours working on this and now I seriously have to do some chores. I promise I’ll polish it up and post the image credits in a bit once I’ve gotten some ‘real’ work done…

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To the Mountains!

August 7, 2008

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I’m heading to New Hampshire this weekend to attend my uncle’s wedding. Looking forward to some fresh country air…Happy Weekend everyone, and I’ll see you Monday!

P.S. Not sure where this photo is from, so if you recognize it please let me know and I’ll properly credit it. Thanks!