welcome to the first edition of new paper, volume 1: autumn. autumn is defined as the season between summer and winter and the later part of something’s existence, so as we head into december and inevitably winter, i thought i’d share some thoughts on autumn in this first issue as we say farewell to yet another season — they seem to pass too quickly these days! new paper is an experiment for me, and i’m not sure where it will lead and how it will evolve, but i wanted to share some of my favorite instagrams with you from our first collective hashtag #sfgirlautumn, as well as share a few thoughts, memories, recipes and even songs of what these images evoke for some friends i love and admire — like si from @frenchbydesign who said these images reminded her of lou reed’s Take a walk on the wild side (in fact, we made you a whole playlist just below). if you have any special mementos of autumn you’d like to share with us, please comment below — we’d love to hear what the season means to you.
thanks so much to everyone who contributed their lovely images on instagram — if you’d like to view all the contributions, just visit this link and perhaps you’ll find some inspiring new feeds to follow. this first issue of new paper is going to be a little brief, for no other reason than i honestly got caught up in the thanksgiving holiday and all of a sudden realized we’re moving into winter, so i’d better post this now! autumn for me makes me want to relax and read more, and listen to good mellow music. if you’d like a little listening music, we made you an SFGIRLAUTUMN mix on spotify, so just click the image below to play!
Listen. . .
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees
And fall. — Adelaide Crapsey, 1878 – 1915
you might like to curl up in a cozy spot and read some of my favorite books: crossing to safety by wallace stegner; the beekeeper’s bible By Richard Jones, and Sharon Sweeney-Lynch; a prayer for owen meany by john irving; my year of meats by ruth l. ozeki; the principles of uncertainty by maira kalman; http://amzn.to/1RisRLhthe creative habit by twyla tharp; the razor’s edge by w. somerset Maugham; beautiful ruins by jess walter; the white album by joan didion.
we’ve gathered our favorite fall recipes together in one place for you here on pinterest — all the delicious ideas you need to keep your kitchen smelling great and your bellies feeling full of comforting foods this season (recipes that work well for the winter months, too!).
in closing, in seems like autumn is a time of year when we feel like really slowing down, spending time with family, and getting outside for a walk, or maybe a roadtrip in the car for a long sunday drive — like jenna from @whimsyandspice who said, “This collage reminds me of our recent Fall drive in the Berkshires, particularly our drive up Mt. Greylock. The colors of the photo in the middle right resemble the freshly fallen snow that dusted the trees and grass when we reached the top. The foliage was so beautiful that we had to pull off the side of the road a number of times just to watch the leaves flutter around us. Now that we’re on the cusp of Winter, this already makes me nostalgic for the coziness and vibrancy of Fall.” perfect fall day, indeed. thanks so much for all your heartfelt contributions to new paper, volume 1: autumn.. until next time.
— xx, victoria
in another episode of what I’m currently pinning it looks like i’m leaning towards the feminine mystique — doesn’t it? pretty pastels, and swirly marble — even the cutest leopard print briefs made it to my pinboards. many of these pins made it to my blushing beauty board, as you might expect, but a few ended up in my beauty bar and random beauty boards, too.
Hannah morrow is a UK born, Los Angeles-based designer who studied 3D design at Camberwell School of Art in London, specializing in bone china. hannah now has her own lovely line of delicate bone china — h for hannah, designed with the delicate feel of traditional china, that’s super thin but also durable, great for everyday use. All of hannah’s designs are handmade in the UK from beautiful bone china by a small family run manufacturer utilizing techniques used for hundreds of years. The quality is evident in every piece, so thin that the light shines through them and lovely to hold and use. Hannah’s designs are deceptively simple and draw from her many influences — aiming to design beautiful products that people can enjoy every day. we thought you might like the chance to win $500 worth of h for hannah’s beautiful bone china — any that you fancy!
to enter to win $500 worth of h for hannah bone china of your choice, simply:
• visit the h for hannah online shop and pick out your favorite pieces.
• comment here on the blog sharing your favorites.
• please comment by monday, december 7th, 12pm PST.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• hurrah! this giveaway is worldwide. should an international winner be selected at random, they would be required to pay shipping fees.
• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account later on the week of december 7th, so be sure and follow along.
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.