i was most flattered when 20×200’s founder and cool boss lady, jen bekman asked me if i might like to have them create a set of prints from my book, see san francisco. jen selected two of her favorites — potrero hill and chinatown, which look quite swell side-by-side. they’re limited edition prints, only available for the next 48 hours — individually, framed or unframed. so if you’re in the mood for an impulse buy, hop on over to 20×200.
• images © 2015 Victoria Smith, see san francisco (Chronicle Books).
i’ve always wanted to go to lisbon. and when i saw these beautiful photographs from a recent food & lifestyle photography workshop there, it made me want to move that destination much higher up the must visit list. this is the workshop of Sanda Pagaimo of little upside down cake and beth kirby of local milk, and darn it if i’d only known about this i might have hopped a plane to lisbon. i do hope they hold another workshop there — but all of the retreats look quite lovely! if you check out local milk you’ll see all retreats, past & present. i believe these are part of local milk retreats, so i’ve signed up for that mailing list to find out more. life is too short not to be a part of something as lovely as this.
• photography by Sanda Pagaimo of little upside down cake.
since i’ve moved to a much warmer climate i’ve been all about readying my outdoor spaces for summer. i have a front porch with some lovely views of the echo park hillsides and elysian park, so what better way to cool down in the evening but to do a little porch swinging? every porch deserves an outdoor swing, don’t you think? i hung this pretty hanging rattan chair from serena & lily and added a few of their pretty pillows for extra comfort. this is the most zen place to sit — i love how this feels, suspended, with a light breeze swaying me just enough to feel calm and peaceful. instant de-stresser!
to help you celebrate summer, we’re offering an exclusive Serena & Lily 20% reader discount on their new summer assortment. simply enter SFGIRL20 at check out for your 20% discount (please note: discount valid from 7/7 to 7/21 and not valid on fashion, art and not combinable with other offers). i love their whole riviera collection of rattan furniture, and their manhattan bar cart, too. my parents always had sling chairs for the beach, so i’ve got a sentimental sweet spot for those, too. enjoy the discount, while i head back to my swing chair!
featured recently in domino, i’ve got a big crush on this victorian-era home, made over with modern touches. owned and renovated by the founder of lifestyle and clothing brand chance, julia leach has given this home new life. most of the work was focused on renovating the exterior, while the interior rooms were remarkably well-preserved. “Structurally, not much has been done to the interior,” observed Leach. “The changes we did make were really about simplifying the space.” i love how open and airy it feels in contrast to the ebony-stained floors, and i’m a huge fan of the art collection — the dining room’s four botanical landscape panels are stunning, and all those elusive, but wonderful sketches that i seem to have such a hard time tracking down at flea markets. i have big artwork envy here! for the full tour, hop on over to domino.
Arroyo General is one of many new faces in the recent Highland Park renaissance and offers the community a lovely curated selection of handmade ceramics, paper goods and fresh local produce. It’s quickly become my go-to shop for gifts for the people I really like. Last November, founder Max of Morning Glory Confections, approached a few creative friends (Linda+Kagan of Knot Work LA, and Elizabeth+Adam behind Pop Produce), with the proposition of transforming the former artist studio into the York Blvd staple that it is today.
In the work that they produce, the products they offer and the clientele they attract, it’s obvious that the general mission of Arroyo’s team is community and togetherness. They are passionate not only about the products that they carry but the makers that create them. Their pop produce stand and recently added CSF (community supported fishery), attracts costumers that they see on a weekly basis. You’ll want to follow Arroyo General on Instagram to be the first to know about new artists, unique fruits and fresh hot deliveries from Clark Street Bread.
• all photographs by lily glass.