I’m off to Japan for a month, but before I go, I thought I’d leave you with few of my favorite Japanese houses from one remarkable duo, mA-style architects.
Top to bottom, left to right:
- A modern extension of a traditional family residence
- The garden and floating walls that frame this artful abode
- This plywood closet inside a creatively constructed space
- Patterns formed by the natural light pouring in from skylights
- Shōji-inspired sliding doors that open to an interior patio
Sayonara for a little bit!
the folks at Target Style invited me to share some styling tips with you this week — and i selected this sweet little accent table to show you just how many ways you can make it look great. i love a piece of furniture that has more than one life — since i love to change up my decor practically as often as i get my hair done, a versatile piece like this faux bamboo table is exactly what i’m talking about. this is Target’s Threshold™ Bamboo Motif Accent Table with Glass Top in Gold — very on trend at the moment, and a stylish but functional table I can see using for a multitude of purposes — bar cart, library table, sofa end table, nightstand — it even looks great outdoors. this time around, i’m displaying vintage cloche collection, styling it up as a bar cart, and using it as the perfect end table.
Welcome to The Cullen Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. This vibrant boutique hotel teamed up with some of its very favorite Etsy creators to dream up a space that is sure to host the holiday you’ve been waiting for. With handpicked products that fill each room, making an intimate stay that will surely feel like your home away from home. We suggest you pair this vacation with a light-weight jumpsuit, or snuggle-in with our favorite Free People PJ set.
mother’s day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate moms but with a toast to all they do!? mothers work harder than anybody and darnit, they deserve a cocktail — a pretty and tasty one! the lovely ladies at women & whiskies invited me to share with you one very refreshing cocktail to celebrate moms everywhere — the strawberry basil smash, made with wild turkey 101 or Russell’s Reserve Bourbon, and a delicious muddled mix of fresh strawberries, basil, lemon and a dash of real maple syrup. we, of course, had to taste this cocktail while photographing it, and let me assure you — it is mighty good! and super easy to mix up — i’ve shared the recipe just below, and you can find it on the women & whiskies website, along with lots of other refreshing cocktail recipes. plus, we have one amazing mother’s day giveaway from williams-sonoma home and love & victory!
mother’s definitely deserve a lovely present, too — so i’m over the moon to announce that we’ve teamed up with the fabulous williams-sonoma home, who are giving away one very beautiful bar cart; and we’re also giving away a gorgeous ‘mother’ decanter set from love & victory! how swell is that? happy mother’s day, indeed!
in order to win the williams-sonoma home bar cart and love & victory mother decanter set, i’d love for you to share what cocktail you’d create for your mother — or for yourself as a much deserving mom — if you had a bottle of wild turkey 101 or Russell’s Reserve Bourbon. mix it up, taste it and then take an instagram of it! we’d love to see your best creativity and styling, but points for a tasty recipe too! we’ll chose a lucky winner at random, so not too much pressure — just have fun mixing up your favorite cocktails! also – women & whiskies will donate a dollar to the women’s charity dress for success every time someone uses the hashtags #mamaneedsadram and tag their instagram entry @womenandwhiskies.
• follow women & whiskies on Instagram.
• take an Instagram of your cocktail and tag it @womenandwhiskies, and #MamaNeedsADram. you can enter as many photos as you like!
• comment below letting us know you entered an Instagram; as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• sorry, this time the giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
• we want to give you time to mix up your cocktails so we’re giving you a couple of weeks, but please share your Instagram and comment by friday, may 8th, 12pm PST.
• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of may 11th, so be sure and follow along.
• photography by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.
leslie from spotted sf here and i’m delighted to share the beautiful work and design space of san francisco-based studiopatró, makers of these fine, individually handprinted, and naturally sustainable linen tea towels, napkins, aprons, and market bags.
proprietress christina weber began her career as a fine art teacher, a graphic designer, as well as art director of photography working alongside many talented stylists and chefs. these experiences naturally led her to start studiopatró about five years ago—and the linen towel became her blank canvas for her designs. “useful” and “beautiful” are the two words that inspire her work and her home. her well-chosen palette and prints suit just about anyone, whether your preference is bold and bright or you like things more natural. they’re perfect gifts and great essentials for the home, as each piece becomes more softer and loved as they’re used over time.
the studio is located in san francisco’s north beach area and can be visited by appointment and when an open studio is hosted. all the linens are available online, but you can also catch christina at some of the best makers markets and craft fairs, including remodelista and west coast craft where she is a regular favorite.
• all photography by leslie santarina.