today i’m taking you inside the sweetest and cheeriest place in all of san francisco. perhaps you’ve visited yourself or maybe you got a glimpse of it in victoria’s new book. with jars full of colorful confections and ribboned bags of sweets, how can you resist? this is miette and it is one of the most charming and beloved spots in the city.
miette has four locations in the bay area. the one in san francisco’s historic ferry building is full of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, macarons, confections and dessert ware. this one featured here is in the city’s hayes valley neighborhood and carries candies from all over the world (including the largest collection of licorice i’ve ever seen!) as well as treats made by local artisans. just across the bay bridge in oakland is a little shop attached to the bakery where all the pastries are made (and p.s. i’m giving you a sneak peak inside the kitchen here). and across the golden gate in marin is their latest boutique store. owner meg ray started miette in 2001 and has been providing her spin on classic american cakes and confections since. every treat is simple, delightfully delicious and made with only the freshest and finest ingredients, especially much that is local, organic and sustainably produced. as for the candy, meg and her team venture around the globe seeking, tasting and bringing back only the best for the shop. if you’re in the city, i hope you’ll want to sugar rush right on over. and if you’re visiting sf, add this sweet spot to your itinerary.
• all photography by leslie santarina.
i can’t remember when it started becoming a very recent ‘thing’ for me, but i’m really wanting black doors to my rooms off the hallway. it may very well have been after seeing what a bright idea it was on manhattan nest — daniel’s got a killer eye, and i loved how his black doors looked. now that i actually own my dream house, turns out it has awful doors — those kind of particle wood plain old doors from the 1950’s, so i want to install new doors, with lovely molding, paint them a glossy black and add white porcelain knobs. copy cat? yes!
i love the ways this looks — it’s just makes for such a much more interesting hallway, no? i may even paint the walls a very, very pale shade of gray, too. but we shall see. doors are not that expensive, i found, and it’s such an easy and long-lasting way to brighten up your house. i really love old salvaged wood doors, too (check out CA home + design’s top ten architectural Salvage Yards For Hunting Down Decor Gems) so if you can find the right size, or ones that are close enough, you can plane them down, as well (or have a professional do it) to get the fit just right. i may take a hunt for some of those, too — i thought a door with glass panes would be pretty to my office. let the new + old home makeover games begin!
i always love when helsinki-based interior designer and stylist laura seppanen checks in with me to share one of her latest design projects. This distinctive Helsinki apartment is laura’s latest home editorial project for Deko magazine, published in April’s issue and photographed by Pauliina Salonen. it’s the home of Finnish graphic designer Jirka Väätäinen and his partner Pete Rahikainen who works in the clothing business. Located right in the center, in atmospheric Eira residential area. The architecture itself is very extraordinary. It’s a lofty penthouse with two floors — an Airy, spacious and compact home for two with enormous ceiling height and lots of light.
The interior is an interesting mix between vintage and modern, with Scandinavian style, but not in the most recognizable way. It’s decorated with vintage furniture, some flowery prints, graphics, unexpected small details and interior objects collected from trips abroad. Despite the mixture of eclectic styles, everything is in balance — it looks just lovely! you can follow more of laura’s styling work on instagram.
meet Bolé Road Textiles — handmade, ethically sourced home décor accessories, designed in brooklyn and handwoven in ethiopia. founded and designed by interior designer Hana Getachew, the Bolé Road Textile collection celebrates the rich qualities of natural Ethiopian cotton, showcasing its unique variations and subtleties. Its palette of natural cotton, cool grays and elegant tans, along with its modern motifs, makes their Modern Classics a perfect fit in any space, while the brightest of colors bring to life the indigenous blooms collection reminiscent of spring in ethiopia. from urban dwelling to rustic getaway. Bolé Road marries ancient weaving traditions, passed down through the generations to today’s master local artisans, with a modern global aesthetic. All of their products are ethically sourced and lovingly crafted.
Springtime in Ethiopia is a time of new beginnings, when promise hangs thick in the air. It’s a time when Ethiopia opens her arms and introduces herself to travelers from all over the world. so hana couldn’t think of a better way to introduce Bolé Road to you. Modern and timeless, each pillow in Bolé Road’s collection features a name in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia, which shows respect for the past while looking forward to the future.
i’m a little worried my wifi won’t kick in for a couple of days based on the number of often insanely ridiculous phone conversations i’ve had with ‘said’ cable company this week. i’m afraid to even mention them by name because then i could really, really screw myself, and i think they may be pretty much the only game in town. but let’s hope for the best. i know i’ve got a few posts ready to go and scheduled to run (one’s coming up shortly today! hoorah!) — but please indulge me while i get unpacked and have the new home office up and running. thanks for your patience! — xo, victoria