i’m not sure i’m going to decorate for the holidays this year. sometimes, i just like to keep things simple. i’m not going anywhere — i’m just going to stay home in san francisco, rest up for 2014, and take a lot of photographs. that’s my plan. i do like the idea of a simple branch in a large vase, like this one i spied on varpunen. or this super large pine branch, like this one below from fryd + design. maybe some lights and lots of candles. that’s it. i’m going ultra-purist this year.
This bright Brooklyn apartment showcases an eclectic mix of bauhaus, family heirlooms and quirky accessories curated by Margot, a freelance art history grad and architecture buff, and sent to us from Alex of Common Bond Design. On this top floor of a classic NYC brownstone, the northwest and southeast facing windows allow the gorgeous, natural light to pour in and illuminate Margot’s many vignettes and collections. and that fireplace mantel — stunning, and what better place to display your favorite possessions?
the photographers and writers at Freunde von Freunden are simply some of the best. and, they get the very best gigs! take this assignment to cover the the ethicurean in bristol, england. i want this job. the ethicurean is a restaurant hidden away in the somerset countryside, serving up only the seasonal best and foraged ingredients from the idyllic landscape that surrounds it. i really must visit this place — it looks like a place we all must make the journey to, doesn’t it? in the meantime, you can view the entire tour and interview on Freunde von Freunden. simply delicious.
two weekends ago, i made sure not to miss the last treasure island flea of 2013. this flea and antique market is located on the beautiful treasure island, and features rows and rows of vendors selling “furniture made from recycled ship wood, repurposed designed hip clothing, handmade bags, jewelry, art, sport collections” and more. plus, food trucks and kid activities satisfy the entire family’s needs. keep an eye on the treasure island flea website for the next event – they’ll kick back up in january. it’s the perfect way to spend a weekend.
• photos by rachelle dunn
when square invited me to create some unique holiday gift lists for shopping their new square market this season, i thought i’d get a little quirky with it. rather than share with you what i might be getting say, my brother, or my nieces for christmas and hanukkah this year, i thought it could be much more entertaining to share with you what i might get some of my personal heroes — julia child, the white house, wes anderson to name a few. if you follow me here often or over on twitter, you might have guessed i’ve got a mean crush on the brilliant wes anderson. oh yes, indeed. and it’s much more fun to give gifts with character — don’t you think? and what would i get wes for christmas? a master chef like julia? how might i modernize the white house?
just a few of my ideas for my beloved wes this year: press for champagne — wes likes to have chilled champagne for me at all times; the irish coffee plaid bowtie — just ‘so wes’; and the Pièce_de_résistance? this Fluorescent Pink diamond ring — i’m pretty sure wes is going to pop the question any day now, but a little reminder never hurts.
you have an opportunity to Win your Wish List, too! square market is inviting you to create your own wish list for a chance to win the entire list — a maximum of $1,000 — which is a pretty great list of items! to enter the contest, simply:
• Browse local shops all over the country on square market.
• create your wish list.
• share a link to your wish list on twitter with the hashtag #MKTholiday, for the chance to win your entire list.
• There will be 10 winners, each winning a maximum value of $1,000. woohoo!
i created a wish list for julia child, another hero of mine. as a master chef, i think julia would have loved a few of these kitchen gadgets and reminders of her days cooking in paris! you can check out all my crazy gift lists here.