i came across the illustrations of grace lee on pinterest and felt an instant connection to her work. Grace Lee is a freelance illustrator from Sydney, Australia, currently based in Tokyo, Japan. Her work includes illustrations for Anthology, Figaro, and Stella magazines and prior to moving to Tokyo, grace was an editorial designer at Inside Out magazine. she’s also recently illustrated a book, Amazing Babes — a picture book for young and old that celebrates inspirational women from around the world and across generations.
many moons ago, i used to draw and paint in a style similar to grace’s work (although grace’s is a whole lot better!), so i found her drawings really inspiring. why don’t i draw anymore? i’ve found that even my own handwriting, which i take great pride in has disintegrated from typing on a keyboard so much. grace’s work is whimsical and happy, and oh so clever. just the thing i needed to remind me maybe i should pick up the pens again. i hope grace’s work inspires you, too. for more of grace lee’s lovely illustration work, visit her website, and follow her on instagram @midnightgracie. you can also purchases some of her prints at lamington drive.
when you live in a big city and someone invites you to an evening at a cabin in the woods, you say, “yes, please!”. which is what i was fortunate to find myself doing this past weekend. erin gleeson, author of The Forest Feast, and her blog by the same name teamed up with eatwith and invited a wonderful group of people up to her home in woodside for an evening of epicurean delights. way up in the redwoods, erin lives in a charming cabin with a deck that literally overlooks a forest — it was so magical and the setting she created was stunning — from globe lights, to the vintage chairs and a beautifully set table, i took one look and knew i was in for something special.
erin created all the recipes, photos, illustration and hand lettering for her Forest Feast
cookbook and we were fortunate enough to have her prepare for us a delicious vegetarian dinner all from recipes in the book. the book features 100 simple vegetarian recipes— all displayed visually, in the same way that erin presents them on her blog, handwritten and illustrated steps to each recipe. It’s a unique blend of artbook and cookbook. and if you’ve not heard of eatwith, it’s a global community that invites you to dine in homes around the world. you sign up with eatwith for dinner’s around the world and dine with amazing hosts, share stories and unforgettable experiences, and enjoy delicious homemade cuisine. such a brilliant idea — i highly recommend it. i think if you’re traveling, what better way to soak in the people, culture and food of a region than to eat in a local’s home? many thanks to erin and eatwith for having us! a truly memorable and wonderful evening under the stars and amongst the trees.
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