Autumn has to be one of my most favorite times of the year. I find so much inspiration around me — from a simple walk with my dog to a visit to the San Francisco Flower Mart – everywhere is full of beauty and inspiration for my designs. This lovely nook under a window at Victoria’s San Francisco home gave me the inspiration to create a moody, autumn scene complete with hanging florals. While the cottage is small on space, each area yields something special, and it is hard not to fall in love with all of it. This sweet nook is the perfect space for pretty much anything, from Victoria’s awesome vintage clothes, to her bench and my floral design.
Flowers and foliage: garden and spray rose, ranunculus, peony, tulip, carnation, nodding abutilon rose hip, acorn, pumpkin, pomegranate.
I am a fan of using many different elements in my designs — typically what I can find in my garden mixed with what is available at the flower mart. There happened to be peonies at the mart that day, so I knew I wanted to use them. And the carnations, with their perfect ruffles and their colors just scream autumn. For those who still don’t believe that carnations are amazing, and only for cheap bud vases at the local restaurant or for adorning the funeral parlor, I challenge you to examine the varieties available at your local mart. They are simply lovely. The abutilon and eucalyptus were some lovely additions from my garden/yard.
We shot with both film and digital to capture slightly different moods. The film pictures have a smoky, slightly darker tone that I really love. The digital came out a bit brighter and more saturated. Both together paint a complete picture of the lovely scene that we were able to create.
here’s my latest dispatch of the decorating dozen. one dozen ideas for kitchen shelving solutions. kitchens can be a real tough spot when it comes to finding space — it seems for me there’s never enough room for all my kitchen accoutrement. so i go vertical with racks for pots + pans, a tall, three-tiered coffee cart, and shelving to stash large bowls and serving pieces that won’t fit in my cabinets. ikea’s a great resource for inexpensive shelving and racks, as is west elm (i like this wire mesh shelving unit). here’s a decorating dozen ideas for kitchen shelving. when out of space, go vertical, dear readers.
having the luxury to shop in a variety of small, independent boutiques is one of the reasons i love living in san francisco so much. like many big cities, we embrace the small business. and this year Small Business Saturday® is going one step further to help you shop for local, handmade products by working with Etsy to create a unique way for small business owners to support local designers, by hosting Etsy shop trunk shows. as a small shop owner, you can connect with an Etsy designer and throw a trunk show in your own store, featuring one-of-a-kind products on this year’s Small Business Saturday, November 29th.
small, Local business across the country including San Francisco’s own Little Paper Planes; Portland’s Radish Underground; Boston’s Olive & Grace; Clementine in Middlebury, vermont; Made in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Gather in Cary, North Carolina; Fair Folks & A Goat in New York City; Salt & Sundry in Washington D.C.; and One Strange Bird in Chicago will be participating in a Small Business Saturday by hosting an Etsy trunk show. Each participating small business will receive a Trunk Show kit* that also includes an Etsy gift card to assist with the cost of supplies for the event. shop owners can find a local Etsy artist or designer who complements their business at Etsy shop local, and invite them to showcase their products in their stores.
These events provide online Etsy sellers with the opportunity to put their products in front of customers in an offline retail setting and for the small businesses who host, a trunk show is a chance to increase foot traffic into their stores. Participants hosting an Etsy trunk show on Small Business Saturday will be able to feature diverse and local products, supporting fellow entrepreneurs in their community — such a lovely idea. For details and to learn more about the Etsy / Small Business Saturday partnership, click here. And don’t forget to shop Small Business Saturday on November 29th in your city’s local shops.
*Merchandise is only available to eligible small businesses through 11:59 P.M. ET on 10/24/2014 or while supplies last. Limit one order per business. Subject to Merchandise Terms. See Merchandise Terms at Etsy.
as always, the latest issue of milk magazine is most inspiring — nevermind that these are clothing for kids. i love the colorful sweater collections, scarves and mittens, and most especially the styled layered look they’ve created for issue no. 45. i went looking for some adult-sized accessories to get this funky, fun and cozy layered look. i think the idea here is to just have fun with it while staying nice and warm!
get the look: 1. mystical faux fur tails scarf from urban outfitters; 2. preps crew socks from hansel from basel; 3. hunter huntress boots from zappos; 4. gap cashmere gloves; 5. chunky pink scarf necklush; 6. antipast garden socks from shop twig; and 7. coral pink sandra juto wrist worms.
• photography via milk magazine.
the ever-so-talented stylist and author mr. jason grant (who has a new book out — but more on that later!) sent me some pics of an irresistable home he’s recently styled up in collaboration with the owner, Nicole Valentine Don, a Canadian living in Australia for the last ten years. Often affectionately known as Little Nicki, she lives here with her filmmaker boyfriend (well, fiancé actually, she just can’t get used to saying it!). Nicole is an interior and lifestyle stylist, maker and owner of etsy shop little nicki, as well as an aspiring actress. her sunny seaside apartment beautifully photographed by lauren bamford, is in Sydney, in the beach suburb of Tamarama. Their colorful home is full of travel mementos and handmade goods, plants, thrift store treasures and objects collected since childhood — and i love it all. Check out her lovely blog The Transcontinental Affair; she is also a weekly contributor to justina blakeney’s beautiful blog, offering styling, DIY and interior roundup posts. you can also find nicole on facebook, pinterest and instagram.