pink is such a big commitment when it comes to painting your walls. i posted this pale pink home last week — and there was no restraint there at all, and yet it worked so nicely. i thought i’d round up some commitment-phobe rooms with just a slice of pink — a solid accent wall, or a wainscoting, with pink part way up the wall. this friday — we’re in the pink. from deep coral pink to pale bubble gum — pick a shade, any shade.
i’m not entirely sure there’s a distinct theme to this week’s new & noteworthy, however it would seem that entertaining and cocktails appear to make a significant appearance here. from chic cocktail shakers that tell you how to say ‘cheers’ in several languages to carry-on cocktail mixers, to a bygone guest book, here’s what i’m quite drawn to this week. and, why don’t we use guest books like we used to? — such a lovely sentimental idea!
2. izola toasts cocktail shaker from madewell; 3. gray ‘swiss dot’ hand towel by uchino, from steven alan; 4. sunday suppers, Born from a communal kitchen in Williamsburg, Sunday Suppers promotes cooking, eating and enjoying food with friends.
5. love these rocks glasses — Decorated Hobstar Glassware from west elm; 6. tom adler’s ‘dora’ print from mollusk surf shop; 7. the stuff of life from interior stylist Hilary Robertson, it’s the irreplaceable heirlooms that truly make a house a home, at anthropologie; 8. fun! a Clap-On LED Alarm Cube from nasty gal.
9. pretty rose gold Stelton Metallic Vacuum Jug from nasty gal.
10. such lovely quartz crystal wine stoppers from brooklyn thread; 11. The hostess with the most-est deserves some complimentary feedback — izola guest book from j.crew; and 12. the handy-dandy mason shaker old fashioned carry-on cocktail kit, from nordstrom.
hi! it’s leslie from spotted sf and i’m thrilled to share this brand new hotel in my beloved san francisco that truly feels like a home away from home. living in this city is definitely pricey and traveling here is not light on the pocket books either. for out-of-towners, accommodations have ranged from very upscale establishments (that are either historic and opulent or overly trendy) to iffy motels and now apartment rentals on airbnb. alas comes hotel g, a boutique option that fits perfectly in the middle and satisfies many travelers’ need for central location, simple + modern decoration and affordability.
originally opened in 1908 as the fielding hotel, hotel g now occupies the corner building just off union square in the heart of sf’s shopping district. much of the building’s original features have been preserved and you can still see some of the old decorative tile, beams and flooring mixed in with the newly designed spaces. 153 rooms with great amenities (including nespresso machines) occupy 12 floors + there is a mini gym, meeting room and lobby shop that will be stocking a collection of locally made goods for purchase. there are various room types to choose from and the photos i’m featuring here are from a greatest king room on the top floor as well as a few from the lobby. i took plenty more photos of the other rooms and am sharing some of those here. i just love the warm and relaxed styling + furnishings they’ve brought into each space. and throughout the hotel you’ll also find a fun mix of artwork in each of the rooms and public areas. hotel g has partnered with creativity explored, an organization dedicated to providing folks with developmental disabilities the opportunity to express themselves and pursue a livelihood through the creation and sale of their art. the hotel doubles as a gallery and you can also preview all the available work on their site.
to those of you planning a visit to san francisco or locals needing a place to house some extra guests, definitely consider hotel g as one of your options.
• all photography by leslie santarina.
this Beautiful Edwardian house is on park avenue south, in a neighborhood called Crouch End, just north of London. part of light locations’ beautiful, inspiring lifestyle locations to the film/TV and photographic industry, started by Sophie Hitchens in 2001, it’s so perfectly stunning in every way possible. have you ever seen a color palette so serene and peaceful? flooded with light, and filled with an eclectic, unexpected mix of home furnishings from mid-century modern saarinen tables and bertoia chairs — to modern art, area rugs and light fixtures — to queen anne antiques, all upholstered in pale pink and grey textiles. this is one location on their roster that’s definitely filled with light.
• photography via light locations.
i’m still hunting for my forever home, but wow does it ever get a tad bit discouraging. seems even in los angeles, the real estate market is expensive (although not as expensive as san francisco!) and it’s very competitive. i’m trying to remain optimistic, but i’m going to take a break this weekend, to clear my head and try to appreciate the lovely home that i do have (even if it’s just a rental). but as i hunt, the one thing i am hoping my dream house will have, is a guest room for out of town friends. i love the idea of creating a pretty sanctuary for overnight guests — a cozy bed with lovely linens, throws, candles, sweet smelling toiletries and of course, fresh flowers. no matter where i end up living, there will always be friends from far and near i have to leave behind, so even if it’s just a tiny nook i carve out, i’d love to have a space where friends feel welcome. here’s a few cosy spots i love.