well, i’m bound for tulum, mexico and i’m pretty darn excited. i love traveling somewhere i’ve never been before and setting off for new adventures! rena tom, founder of makeshift society and i are teaching an ace camp workshop, but there’s some downtime, too, so besides some much needed beach days, i’d love to hear any recommendations you might have for me, as well as the rest of the readers who might be headed there soon? i’ve seen so many beautiful photographs from tulum, but i cannot wait for my bare feet to touch that white sand and dive into that turquoise sea! what else should we do while there? shopping, dining & drinking? and particular ruins we should see? whatcha got for me?
now that my dream house is suddenly a reality, i’m really honing in on how i’d like to decorate it. it’s important for me to have the architecture reflected in the house’s decor aesthetic, so now, i’m much more clear on i the type of look i’d like to achieve. i wasn’t sure, for instance, if the house i bought might be spanish, or mid-century modern, or even a craftsman — all very common around this area of los angeles. and to tell you the truth, i’m not sure what you call my home’s type of architecture! it was built in 1953, and it’s got high, white beamed ceilings, and big picture windows, so it’s kind of a hybrid of mid-century modern meets california bungalow. i guess. i need to do more research on this! and i know i digress — but i guess i’m geeking out a little about actually owning a house! i keep telling lucy, “i got you a backyard!”, but i don’t think the beast gets it quite yet!
i do know i’d like the backyard to be draught tolerant — it’s quite large, and built against a hillside with a patio below, and another one up top. so i’m planning on planting lots of succulents, rosemary, mexican sage, and lavender — so it will smell good, too! and i need a pergola for shade built, and possibly a deck. i’d like to furnish the backyard patio with a mix of vintage furniture. i’ve already got two rod iron homecrest chairs, so something that will pair well with those, along with some kind of farm table and mix and match dining chairs. and some globe lights strung are a must. here’s some looks that are inspiring me right now.
i love this very tranquil looking luxury flat in SÖDERMALM, a neighborhood of stockholm, sweden. The vibe in the streets of Södermalm is relaxed and creative, and this recently renovated flat reflects that laid back aesthetic — it’s furnished quite simply, but with a lot of really eclectic pieces, including one very amazing and enviable collection of vintage inspired chairs. and with such lovely light streaming in from those balcony windows, i could live here easily. have a look around, and for the full tour visit bostad erikolsson.
• photography courtesy of bostad erikolsson.
a couple of weeks ago i posted a little shout out on instagram, requesting photos of fab homes, using the hashtag #sfgirlhousehunt — and some amazing homes have been popping up in my feed! hoorah, and thank you! one recent entry was from Anikó Takács, a passionate interior design enthusiast who lives in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Anikó and her family bought a rather ruined flat in the downtown area of Budapest, situated in a hundred-year-old apartment house. hard at work, bit by bit they are trying to refurbish and redesign the flat. fans of interior design from the 60s, 70s and 80s, Anikó hopes to achieve an eclectic, bohemian twist to the basic white Scandinavian flavor of the flat. you can follow along on her Facebook page where she shares her latest makeover images, her instagram feed, as well as a webshop she runs with her husband, great vintage quest, where they sell past treasures. thanks so much for sharing your lovely home, Anikó. and keep those instagrams tagged #sfgirlhousehunt coming!
• all photographs courtesy of Anikó Takács.
Rooted in Design: Sprout Home’s Guide to Creative Indoor Planting is a brand new book By Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give of sprout home, the beautiful garden store located in both brooklyn and chicago. the book is full of inspirational images and ideas around decorating your interiors with indoor plants. for anyone without a yard or other outdoor space, indoor plants are a way to stay connected to nature — Living with indoor plants is a way to create a more calming and natural environment in your home or workplace, which can be beneficial to your mind-set, health, and overall well-being. Indoor plants play such a large role in the design and feel of a space, and Rooted in Design is a gorgeous guide that focuses on the joy of choosing, caring for, and displaying indoor plants.
Whether you like to grow in small containers, create vertical installations, or make tabletop creations, the owners of the successful and stylish Sprout Home gardening stores, experts Tara and Tassy provide us with the means to create beautiful and long-lasting indoor landscapes. Sharing practical tips honed through hundreds of plant design classes, they share everything we need to know to care for one-of-a-kind green creations, offering advice for choosing plant varieties, soils, and growing locations while pairing them with unique design ideas. With Rooted in Design, notorious plant-killers and green thumbs alike will be able to make modern, smart choices about which plants to grow — from Succulents, air plants, and climbing vines to Mason Jar planters, wall bricks, and terrariums.
• Reprinted with permission from Rooted in Design by Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give, copyright (c) 2015. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Photography (c) 2015 by Ramsay de Give and Maria Lawson.