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1. Tea, wafers, and a hint of nostalgia
2. Incredible views, inside and out, from this Stockholm studio
3. Behind the scenes at Julia Kostreva’s workspace
4. Recipe for a crisp and refreshing glass of summer
5. Chai latte in the form of ice cream
i was wandering the internet, as i am accustomed to doing, and ended up somehow over on new york-based photographer nicole franzen’s beautiful site today. it’s always an inspiring treat, and today was no exception. i love some of the new spaces she’s photographed and posted to her online portfolio. i’m in love with the artwork and wall hangings in some of these rooms, the mix of colorful textiles — all of it splendidly captured by nicole. for more of nicole’s gorgeous imagery check out her website, instagram and follow her on pinterest. she’s such a prolific photographer, you’ll find an abundance of daily inspiration.
• all photographs by nicole franzen’s.
i’ve been following the opening of the fig house los angeles for a while now. i first heard about it when stylist and interior designer extraordinaire emily henderson announced she would be taking on this massive renovation and design project. and man-oh-man did she get it right! the fig house is a gorgeous bespoke event venue nestled between downtown Los Angeles, and Pasadena in the heart of burgeoning Highland Park. Open to private events, outdoor weddings and receptions, exhibitions, productions, corporate and private parties, the fig house is an indoor/outdoor event venue that transports you to a place where midcentury California meets lush landscaping and modern glamour. emily and her team are responsible for that. it’s stunning, as you will see as you scroll through these photos.
i next heard about the fig house again when bri from designlovefest posted stunning images from the cocktail mixology workshop she held there. bri hosts a range of DLF workshops — from basket making, to calligraphy, to social media and she always does it up right. the ambience she creates seems to be key for a good time while learning, and bri puts on a smashing workshop. this time around her mixology workshop was held at the fig house, which is Steve Fortunato’s (from Room Forty, an L.A. catering company) venture into the restaurant and hospitality world. way to dive in, in smashing style!
as i was saying, emily henderson and her team, Dean Fisher and Ginny Macdonald are responsible for this incredible space, and you can see emily’s detailed before and after photos here, and here to get a sense of her design process and the scope of this really huge undertaking. to say the results are an amazingly stunning transformation is a complete understatement. emily enlisted the help of our own Danielle Krysa (real art for a fictitious world) from The Jealous Curator to curate the art for the space and her selections are simply spot on.
i just want to say a massive kudos to everyone involved. what a dream team! you can visit images from the fig house opening night party and emily’s before and afters to be utterly inspired about what can come from virtually an empty space. i think you’ll be wowed. follow the fig house on facebook to check for upcoming events, or get in touch with them on their website to host your own smashing event there.
I can’t get enough of these bold, fresh prints from Utopia Goods. Known for their high quality, hand printed fabrics, Utopia Goods is an Australian brand founded by Sophie Tatlow and Bruce Slorach with a “highly personal style with a combination of Australian bush references, historical influences with a contemporary new feel.” Utopia Goods claims, “We hold the highest esteem for work that is crafted by hand and built on a strong personal ethos. Whether we are mixing the old and new, the whimsical and wild, we are committed to designing and manufacturing unique utopian hardware.” Check out their newest textiles online and peek at their fun lookbooks.
greetings from leslie at spotted sf! there are so many amazing things that have recently opened up in san francisco and i’m delighted to be sharing photos of one of them in our blog series, spotted. today i’m bringing you the lovely victoria nicoll and she is the owner of the wonderful and whimsy new vintage shop called wallflower.
what initially started as a monthly pop up in her own home, wallflower is now a full-fledged boutique located in the back room of the treasure-filled carousel consignment shop in the city’s mission district. victoria’s love and flair for fashion, design and decor allows her to playfully combine vintage ’60s and ’70s frocks with jewelry and accessories, along with a collection of home and garden goods, both found and new. her boudoir-like space is the perfect little spot for playing dress-up, as there are racks and rows full of pretty pieces to try on. i especially love the yummy scents filling the air, as she stocks p.f. candles and my favorite soaps from etta + billie. in addition to running and curating her own space, this lady of many talents can also be found designing the window displays and merchandising all the gorgeous goods at nearby belljar.
• all photography by leslie santarina.