there’s a drought of historic proportions going on here in california — In fact, 2013 was the driest year the state has seen in 119 years. so, what to do with our house plants? it would be difficult to just allow our plants to dry up and shrivel away, so one thing you can do is recycle indoor water outdoors: what i do to water my plants is keep a bucket in my shower. as the water warms up the bucket collects the water for watering my plants. you can also wash your fruits and vegetables over a bucket and use it to water your plants — voilá, very handy.
another wise choice would be to decorate with cacti and succulents, which require very little water at all. plus, they look so great and in so many capacities. from living walls, to living in the odd repurposed container (think: old tins, vintage wooden boxes), succulents are extra hardy, but not extra thirsty. for more tips on conserving water, visit save our water. you can also check out sunset magazine’s guide to plants requiring very little water.
it was so sunny and warm this weekend in san francisco, had i not been a tad busy i would have loved to have snuck away to a beach house in nearby stinson or half moon bay, but alas i am working. but i did come across this pretty and unpretentious beach home in ibiza. what i love about it best is that it’s not your typical beach shack — nothing really nautical or seaworthy in sight. just a really laid back vibe that looks really comfortable — and that’s pretty much all you need when hiding away at the shore. it does however, create a very soothing space, based on the indigenous materials they used, gathered from the unique flora in the Natural Park of Salinas it’s surrounded by. a pretty whitewashed façade, inspired by the traditional habitat that emerges in this part of the countryside and an interior infused with clay, wood, natural fibers fabrics and white cotton — very natural and well thought out simplicity. this beach home works for me, very well, indeed.
• all photography from mi casa
Top to bottom, left to right:
1. Tea, wafers, and a hint of nostalgia
2. Incredible views, inside and out, from this Stockholm studio
3. Behind the scenes at Julia Kostreva’s workspace
4. Recipe for a crisp and refreshing glass of summer
5. Chai latte in the form of ice cream
i was wandering the internet, as i am accustomed to doing, and ended up somehow over on new york-based photographer nicole franzen’s beautiful site today. it’s always an inspiring treat, and today was no exception. i love some of the new spaces she’s photographed and posted to her online portfolio. i’m in love with the artwork and wall hangings in some of these rooms, the mix of colorful textiles — all of it splendidly captured by nicole. for more of nicole’s gorgeous imagery check out her website, instagram and follow her on pinterest. she’s such a prolific photographer, you’ll find an abundance of daily inspiration.
• all photographs by nicole franzen’s.
i’ve been following the opening of the fig house los angeles for a while now. i first heard about it when stylist and interior designer extraordinaire emily henderson announced she would be taking on this massive renovation and design project. and man-oh-man did she get it right! the fig house is a gorgeous bespoke event venue nestled between downtown Los Angeles, and Pasadena in the heart of burgeoning Highland Park. Open to private events, outdoor weddings and receptions, exhibitions, productions, corporate and private parties, the fig house is an indoor/outdoor event venue that transports you to a place where midcentury California meets lush landscaping and modern glamour. emily and her team are responsible for that. it’s stunning, as you will see as you scroll through these photos.
i next heard about the fig house again when bri from designlovefest posted stunning images from the cocktail mixology workshop she held there. bri hosts a range of DLF workshops — from basket making, to calligraphy, to social media and she always does it up right. the ambience she creates seems to be key for a good time while learning, and bri puts on a smashing workshop. this time around her mixology workshop was held at the fig house, which is Steve Fortunato’s (from Room Forty, an L.A. catering company) venture into the restaurant and hospitality world. way to dive in, in smashing style!
as i was saying, emily henderson and her team, Dean Fisher and Ginny Macdonald are responsible for this incredible space, and you can see emily’s detailed before and after photos here, and here to get a sense of her design process and the scope of this really huge undertaking. to say the results are an amazingly stunning transformation is a complete understatement. emily enlisted the help of our own Danielle Krysa (real art for a fictitious world) from The Jealous Curator to curate the art for the space and her selections are simply spot on.
i just want to say a massive kudos to everyone involved. what a dream team! you can visit images from the fig house opening night party and emily’s before and afters to be utterly inspired about what can come from virtually an empty space. i think you’ll be wowed. follow the fig house on facebook to check for upcoming events, or get in touch with them on their website to host your own smashing event there.