there’s nothing worse than bad lighting. it can take you from looking your most beautiful to a frightening Frankenstein moment instantly. But Philips Lighting is introducing a new line of dimmable LED light bulbs that are a complete game changer. I always want to use LED’s for energy efficiency, but i don’t like the weird blue casting they create — so cold and unwelcoming. but Philips sent me their new Philips LEDs with a dimmable warm glow effect to try out and i am sold! even when lily was photographing these images around the house she mentioned how great the light they give off is — and shooting in dim light is challenging!
the Philips LEDs with a dimmable warm glow effect take lighting to the next level by changing color temperature as they dim. We put my dining room and overhead kitchen light fixtures on dimmer switches to test it out, and voilá — lovely soft and cozy light! Through dimming alone, Philips LED’s move from producing a warm incandescent light effect to a softer sunset light effect, helping you to create the perfect ambiance needed for every room in your home, and for every mood or occasion this fall and beyond — they’re really nice to read by, too. The new Philips line includes five bulbs, offering a lighting solution for any room or fixture, and they provide up to 85% energy savings and last up to 15 years. i will definitely be using the Philips LED’s from here on out — they have really made the light in my house so much more warm and flattering.
• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.
1. well, i just had to have these POM POM BABOUCHE SLIPPERS from maven collection.
2. love this pattern: IKEA PS 2014 Rug; 3. antique gold midas chair from rockett st. george; 4. very festive brendan ravenhill bottle openers for areaware via MONO hawaii; 5. aurora string lights discreetly perfect for holiday decor.
6. stash your precious goods in make history’s treasure tin in blush.
7. barr-co. hand cream really knows their packaging.
8. belgian linen pillows in the prettiest colors, from west elm; 9. tom dixon plum cocktail shaker from yliving makes a mean martini; 10.i like the shape of these vertical copper plant markers from shop terrain; 11. these decked out pink stone coasters from west elm are very elegant.
12. i could see sitting on santa’s lap on the pink slub velvet orianna settee from anthropologie.
this is the nilsson media stand from rove concepts, and it’s the perfect piece of furniture for my entry way. it’s an odd spot and challenging to furnish, but this credenza fit all my needs — it’s low and sleek, with drawers for my dining linens, and because there’s shelving, it’s the perfect spot for a few of my favorite cookbooks. there’s also holes for wiring in the back so it’s also the ideal spot to stash my jambox. rove concepts is a mid-century modern and Nordic furniture retailer based in Vancouver, British columbia with shipping all throughout North America. they carry a line of classic reproduction mid-century modern furniture, lighting and accessories, as well as their own exclusive collection of Scandinavian furniture designs with accessories coming soon. to introduce you to their beautiful collections we’re giving away $500 to spend towards anything you’d like from rove concepts.
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i’ve been following jessica comingore around the internet for as long as i can remember, admiring her from afar. but recently, after moving to jessica’s native city of los angeles we ran into each other and finally met face to face. we then met up for coffee and i asked jessica if i might share a tour of her lovely glendale home (which i’d also been long admiring/stalking). she kindly agreed and then very, very kindly agreed to photograph it herself for us — win, win! jessica is a designer and photographer and runs a creative studio out of Los Angeles offering both of those services. she also spend her days art directing and creating content for a lifestyle blog she’s been running since 2007. Glendale is located on the east side of Los Angeles, sort of situated between Atwater Village and Pasadena, and jessica’s home there is as charming as you might imagine if you’ve been following her on her very popular pinterest boards, and equally popular instagram feed — and if you’ve haven’t you’re in for a treat. let’s take a peek!
What is your idea of a perfect day in L.A.? What do you show friends and family when they come to visit?
This is a hard one. I have a few different scenarios that constitute a dream day for me, but one of my favorite ways to start the day (and I always recommend to visitors) is a sunrise hike at Griffith Park. I’m definitely an early bird and love that feeling of being out and about before the rest of the city is awake. I like to follow up the hike with a cup of tea at the Trails Cafe, and then get lost in a good book store like Arcana or Skylight. No perfect day is complete without something tasty to eat, and the happy hour at L&E is one of my favorites (oysters and rosé, say no more).
Any favorite L.A. secret spots we should know about?
Though it’s a bit of a trek, I always encourage people to schedule a visit to the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. There’s something about the energy there that is so serene; you can quite literally whisk away an afternoon just wandering around the property and studying its bones. In general though, I love to explore L.A.’s architectural gems in my spare time, and would also recommend the Neutra VDL House in Silver Lake, and the Schindler House in West Hollywood.
What’s the easiest way for you to find inspiration?
Being out in nature. Whether it’s a solo morning hike or a camping trip somewhere new, being outdoors refreshes my eye and mind in a way that nothing else quite can.
What’s your favorite feature in your home?
I love the architectural details from when it was built in the early 1920’s — the arched doorways, the fireplace (though I wish it were real), the door hardware. There’s even a tiny window built into the front door so you can check to see who’s knocking.
Who would you like to sit down to drinks or tea with?
In regards to design, I’d have to say Margaret Howell. I really adore the way she approaches aesthetics and her unwavering dedication to quality. Outside of design, Larry David. Aside from being a comedic genius, I really appreciate the way he approaches his work. Subtle and strategic.
Do you have a guilty pleasure or indulgence?
Does sugar count? I have such a sweet tooth, it’s nearly impossible to tame. No day is complete without a bite of chocolate or a cookie. But chocolate is healthy, right?
What souvenir did you bring back from your last trip?
I have some amazing rocks from a hike I took with my aunt near her home in Wyoming. There’s an area at around 8,000 feet elevation where the mountainside is covered in fossils from when that area used to be underwater. Kind of hard to wrap your head around.
What are some of your favorites websites/blogs to visit?
I love 101 Cookbooks for its endless array of vegetarian recipes. I also enjoy T Magazine for it’s tasteful take on art and culture today. OKREAL also has some wonderfully inspiring interviews with women in business.
Do you have any favorite Instagrammers?
Too many! And there seem to be more I discover by the week. I always love @charlottebland’s feed for her stunning use of light and a peek into life in London. @mgracejewelry makes some of my favorite pieces and her photos always transport me to someplace peaceful. @local_milk is also a favorite for her impeccable styling and timeless recipes.
What do you currently have playing on your turntable?
I’ve been spending a lot of time with Kurt Vile’s earlier records lately, but when I come home at night, it’s all about Wes Montgomery on the record player.
What does success mean to you?
To me, success means waking up every morning excited for what you do. It’s about balancing work and life in a way that encourages a healthy mind and body, allowing you to be your best self to those around you.
What do you think is most valuable: drive, talent, or luck?
Drive. If you can visualize a goal and are willing to put in the work, you can truly do anything you set your mind to.
What is your idea of living hell?
Ha! Going to a mall during Christmas. [ EDITOR’S NOTE: HELL, NO, DON’T GO. ]
• all photography by jessica comingore.
the thanksgiving holiday is a few days away and kitchens across the country are gearing up for the big family feast. it’s a little different here at my house — i’m cooking this year and in our smith-family tradition we go british and forgo the turkey for prime rib, mashed potatoes, and most importantly yorkshire pudding — along with a few side dishes like roasted Brussels sprouts, and my mum’s favorite: rutabagas. but regardless of what you’re putting on your thanksgiving table, it ought to be pretty, right? call me an anarchist but i’m not a fan of harvest colors, so i like to keep things simple — loads of candlelight, white linens and dishes for sure, and very often i’ll use fresh herbs like sage and rosemary tied with twine as a napkin ring. i went looking for a little more inspiration this year, since it is the first holiday in my new place, and low and behold, there was plenty. what are you setting the table with this year — any special thanksgiving traditions or new ideas you’d like to share?