Top to bottom, left to right:
1. Can one have a windowsill of their dreams? If so, then this is the one.
2. Two Japanese homeware companies strike perfect harmony when MUJI meets IDEE.
3. Slow down in style with Primoeza, a Melbourne-based garment label.
4. Pennyweight goes about her morning routine in pared-down pieces by Elizabeth Suzann.
5. This Japanese-inspired, communal master bathroom is simply ingenious.
Wishing you a restful Labor Day Weekend!
well, there’s no denying it — summer is winding down. it’s the long labor day weekend, which always signals the last days of summer. fall fashions will start popping up and we’ll start thinking about layering up. but i’d like to savor these lingering summer days with some lazy, bohemian chic lounging areas. what better way to savor the summer heat and be leisurely just a little bit longer. have a lovely long holiday weekend everyone. annie will be popping in next with friday finds, and then we’ll see you back here on tuesday.
if you follow me on instagram, you may have seen photos of a little bash i threw last week. the lovely folks at women & whiskies invited me to host an evening of whiskey tastings at my home here in san francisco. i invited some of my friends and colleagues over to taste some of their best cocktails and learn a little bit more about how to order whiskey drinks like an expert. women & whiskies was started in 2010 when it became clear that women were interested in learning more about whiskey, but their interests weren’t really being taken seriously — the goal of women & whiskies is to provide women with knowledge so we are comfortable tasting, talking, and buying a spirit that has been traditionally marketed and advertised to men. i’m a whiskey girl and love a well-made cocktail, so yay for women, yay for whiskey!
The women & whiskies Portfolio includes a delicious collection of whiskies from around the world including Wild Turkey, Russell’s Reserve, Forty Creek, and Glen Grant and their very marvelous bartender and brand ambassador Lucia mixed us some fabulous cocktails using these whiskies along with some of their lovely mixes like aperol, campari, cynar and even a homemade peach mint shrub lucia whipped up. my favorite was the rye buck, which included Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Lime Juice, Ginger Syrup, Ginger Beer — so refreshing. you can find all the recipes lucia created for us on the women & whiskies website. oh, and that gorgeous chalkboard cocktail menu artwork was created by christine herrin.
It was so much fun to partner with women & whiskies and put this outdoor summer party together, but i couldn’t have made it successful without the help of some very creative and talented people — floral designer kiana underword of tulipina provided us some of the most gorgeous flower arrangements i have ever seen. truly — they were stunning and so imaginative with combinations of garden roses, zinias, beautiful greenery and even green apples. and lucky me, resident sfgirlbybay photographer and friend cindy loughridge photographed the event — she takes amazing photos, even while sipping some lovely cocktails!
our caterer was jennifer cho from kitchit and she outdid herself as well. she created scrumptious appetizers like peach, burrata, basil oil, sea salt, caramelized onion (served in porcelain soup spoons!) and for dessert beignets, filled with salted caramel — paired with whiskey, they were simply extraordinary!
our cocktails were served in these crazy fun vintage cocktail glasses i rented from frances lane and a few i found on etsy. their collection of party rentals is stunning and the pink goblets and highball glasses made the women & whiskies cocktails even more special. i love a fancy glass! if you’d like to check out more pretty instagram photos from my guests — check out the hashtags #whiskeygrams and #drinkpretty, and follow women & whiskies on instagram. they’re a fun and gracious group of women!
• all photography by cindy loughridge.
Olsson & Jensen is an interior design company Located in Helsingborg, Sweden that specializes in selling new, as well as vintage furniture and decor throughout Sweden and many other countries. the latest catalogue from Olsson & Jensen is so full of inspiring images and decor ideas i couldn’t help but share. their very eclectic and vintage-modern inspired styling had the decor side of my brain working overtime — their mix of period pieces from modern lighting fixtures to farm tables and well-worn antique collections is simply sublime. here’s just a few of my favorite images from their 2014/2015 catalogue.
• all photography via Olsson & Jensen.
meet The Citizenry — a wonderful new company that designs and delivers modern, globally-inspired goods crafted with style and substance. Country by country, The Citizenry partners with local artisans to create carefully designed essentials for your home without the markup of traditional boutiques, and every purchase supports the advancement of their artisan entrepreneurial partners. Rachel Bentley and Carly Nance, the co-founders of the citizenry just launched their full collection from Argentina and Peru — beautiful butterfly chairs, hand-dyed and woven rugs, handwoven pillows and hand-loomed throws — and to celebrate with you, they are giving away to one lucky reader a $500 gift card towards a purchase at The Citizenry.
*UPDATE: to thank you all for entering and your very kind comments, The Citizenry would like to offer you a 15% discount code for any first time customers. The code is SFGIRL15 – just enter at checkout.
The Citizenry believes our homes should be reflections of the journeys we take so they’ve set out to build a company that celebrates the people behind their products. Personal spaces deserve designs with a soul, a story, and a purpose. It’s why they travel the world to develop their exclusive collections of home goods. By personally traveling to each country and using only local materials, Carly and Rachel establish sustainable relationships with their artisans and from there, they sell directly to you online — so there’s no middleman. The Citizenry name is a reflection of this collective of individuals –artisans, designers, and dreamers — who rally together across cultures and continents to craft their collections. The Citizenry is their way of sharing these stories and products with you.
to enter to win a $500 gift card from The Citizenry, simply:
• visit the The Citizenry, and choose your favorite pieces from their collection.
• comment below, and share your favorites from The Citizenry with us.
• please comment by wednesday, september 3rd, 12pm PST.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• yay! this giveaway for the gift card available worldwide, but free shipping to the winner only applies to the continental U.S.. please be aware if you should win and live out of the U.S. you will need to pay shipping costs.
• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of september 8th, so be sure and follow along.