sometimes when i think about beach house style, i like to think in terms of a more sophisticated color palette. instead of say nautical blue, i think neutrals, black, white — the colors of sand, black coral, thatched huts, and the color of the ocean under the moonlight. ever since my trip to tulum i’ve been obsessed, and strongly impacted by the style i saw represented there, so my new house is taking on quite a bit of this vibe. i’ve still got my pops of pink here and there, but much more understated. i’ll be sharing soon, after a few renovations, but in the meantime, here’s an idea of the kind of looks i’m really loving. an eclectic mix of mid-century modern, meets gidget, meets beach hut sophisticate.
I’ve (finally!) made some progress sifting through the photos I took in Japan, so I thought I’d do a miniseries on my time there, starting with this gem in Tokyo. Fog Linen Work is a linen shop based in Shimokitazawa, a charming neighborhood dense with independent retailers, cafés, and music venues. Yumiko Sekine began making own line of linen products a decade ago, having grown nostalgic for the simple fabrics of her childhood. She has created a collection of timeless essentials and a beautiful boutique to showcase her designs.
Upstairs, I spent an eternity rummaging through a sumptuous selection of found objects, consisting of classic porcelain wares, and of course, linen. For those of us who aren’t local, (FOMO not!) we can Shop Fog Linen from anywhere in the world.
i’m big into plants these days — now that i have a large outdoor space. just ask sunset nursery — they’re starting to tease me if i don’t show up every day to add a few plants to my growing oasis. such nice people, by the way — if you’re in the area, check ’em out. but i digress, i also love indoor plants just as much as the outdoor species. it’s so nice to bring a little bit of the outdoors, inside. and visa versa — i quite like the look of creating an outdoor dining room (like this one just below) and am working on that project now. decorating with plant life and surrounding ourselves with nature seems like a very good idea.
if you’ve not had the pleasure of an introduction, katy skelton is a furniture designer based in brooklyn who believes in creating beautiful home furnishings that are designed and manufactured with social responsibility in mind. the company focuses on making sure everything they create comes from responsible manufacturing sources they’ve found through The World Fair Trade Organization or Aid To Artisans, and for the most part, they like to manufacture their beautiful furniture and accessories collection in the United States. new in the katy skelton collection are the Camp Bench, Port and Starboard Ladders, Zelda Console Table, Charcoal Zelda, and katy’s also just introduced some fantastic vintage finds to her shop. she’s also just launched the adorable Fox and Longfellow blankets — and to celebrate we’re going to giveaway two of them (your choice!).
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* editor’s note: please welcome new contributor, los angeles-based photographer lily glass who’s joining the sfgirlbybay team this week and will be sharing lots of L.A. goodness!
today we visit Alchemy Works, a unique retail experience nestled on the bustling East 3rd street in Arts District of Los Angeles. Founded by Lindsay Parton, this well-curated space sits just a few doors down from her husband’s store Apolis (more on that shop soon!), and offers a range of lovely printed material, apparel, household items and handmade gifts. grab a cup of joe at blacktop coffee which sits at Alchemy’s front entrance and also browse a wide collection of warby parker frames in the back corner. with the amazing selection and gorgeous layout of her first shop, we can’t wait to see what Lindsay has in store for her new locations coming to venice and orange county later this year.
• all photographs by lily glass.