hello from leslie at spotted sf! in honor of victoria’s upcoming move to sunny l.a., i wanted to share this gorgeous gem that i recently visited during my trip south. you’ve most likely seen plenty of pics of commissary all over instagram and i was thrilled to finally see it myself. i’m absolutely green with envy and delighted that victoria will have this beautiful and delicious place so close to her new home!
located at the line in l.a.’s koreatown district, commissary is a restaurant and cocktail bar inside a lush greenhouse on the hotel’s rooftop. an abundance of hanging and potted plants fill the space, and there are plenty of communal tables to enjoy your meal inside and out by the pool. serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the concept is vegetable-focused, but it is not a vegetarian restaurant. a number of carnivorous options are on the menu, but commissary is mainly about providing the freshest seasonal greens and produce in honor of all the folks and families in southern california working on the farms to bring food to our tables. i enjoyed a most delicious breakfast here before starting the rest of my day and look forward to many repeat visits. when you receive your bill, you’ll also be gifted a small pack of vegetable seeds to take home with you. if you haven’t already, be sure to add this spot to your itinerary when you head to l.a. next.
• all photography by leslie santarina.
these rooms!!! i cannot get over the exquisitely ornate look of each and every one. they don’t make homes like this anymore — these high ceilings and stunning crown moldings just make me swoon. and photographer heidi lerkenfeldt has captured them so beautifully. the lighting and pastel palette suits the rooms perfectly. based in cophenhagen heidi lerkenfeldt photographs are so cinematic — couldn’t you just see a wes anderson film coming to life in these dramatic spaces? i think these two should meet and collaborate!
• all photography courtesy of heidi lerkenfeldt.
there’s nothing i like more than a sneak peek into the spaces of creatives. Maker Spaces is a new book out by Emily Quinton, in which she examines how makers and innovators around the world live and work, exploring their inspirational and beautiful homes, studios and workshops. Emily’s Maker Spaces takes an in-depth look inside 13 beautiful homes, studios and workspaces of the pioneering creative minds of some of the best-known makers, from a color-filled, uplifting studio space in super-trendy East London to the retro reverie of a stunning San Francisco apartment. Their clever styling ideas and imaginative, ingenious creative spaces will inspire you endlessly. Maker Spaces also includes examples of the incredible things that their owners create, as well as advice on how to turn your ideas into beautiful products.
summer’s on the way and it’s time for escape — even if it’s only a relaxing staycation in your very own backyard. one of the things i’m most excited about my new house is that i actually have a backyard, all my own. so i’m pretty excited to start decorating the patio and getting it summer-ready for dining al fresco. so when cost plus world market invited me to show you their new rivera escape collection i was happy to share! i love some of these seaside-themed pieces, and as always, i’m drawn to the neutral palette, too. i love the canvas umbrellas and rattan outdoor furniture. the whole collection takes me back to one of my favorite vacations in the mediterranean villages of cinque terra, italy! and to celebrate summer, we’re giving away a $100 gift card to cost plus world market .
to enter to win a $100 gift card from cost plus world market, simply:
• Pin or tweet the cost plus world market video above and hashtag it: @worldmarket” and #WorldMarketLove4Outdoors
• please enter by wednesday, may 27th, by 12pm PST.
• sorry, this time the giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• we’ll announce a winner selected by random on my my twitter account later the week may 27th, so be sure and follow along.
ahhhh, tulum. i have to say that it’s as magical a place as i had imagined, and even surpassed my expectations. i was there last week teaching ace camp with rena tom of makeshift society and i felt like one happy camper to be able to teach in such an idyllic spot. tulum is on the caribbean sea, just two hours drive from the cancun airport and once you arrive you feel as far away from the larger touristy areas as you can get. it’s one long strip of beach with small boutique hotels and wellness spas (nothing higher than two stories tall) and charming restaurants and shops you can easily walk or bike to. we stayed at the hip hotel, a small 22-room hotel smack dab on the beach — cute little beach huts, complete with individual decks and hammocks. be forewarned, there’s no air conditioning so i’m not sure what it’s like it the warmer summer months, but our ceiling fans and the fresh breeze off the ocean was perfecto. it’s just a little slice of heaven.
i want to give a shout out to some great people who provided gift bag goodies for our students — thanks to the always fun ban.do for the cute totes, drink holders and sunglass straps; photojojo for providing us with some fabulous iphone lens accessories; and to the lovely aesop for keeping us safe from the sun!
now let’s talk about where to eat. There’s the go-to spot hartwood, which people line up for every day at noon for evening reservations. It’s well worth the wait. Situated outdoors, under whitewashed pergolas, with a wood burning oven & grill, you can watch hartwood’s chef eric werner and team preparing the evening’s fresh catch of the day, along with other deliciousness like ceviche, plantains, and some of the best fall-off-the-bone pork ribs I’ve ever had. oh yeah, and some tasty signature cocktails, too. it’s a kind of be seen, be seen eating & drinking kinda place, so wear your best flip flops.
My personal favorite was posada margherita, and it’s not named after the Mexican cocktail concoction, but is actually an amazing rustic Italian restaurant (shop and hotel) on the beach. It doesn’t get more charming than this – envision a kind of anthropologie-looking space with walls made from repurposed shutters and windows, tables that sit with the prettiest ocean view I’ve ever seen, under sparkling globe lights and swaying palm trees. I had the best burrata salad I’ve ever eaten and some divine grilled prawns. Oh, and the fresh baked foccacia they bring to the table is irresistible. down the road along the beach we had a really fresh tasting lunch at casa violeta – delicious ceviche, fish tacos and mediterranean platters, too. another favorite meal was at casa banana — a really stunning outdoor restaurant that serves Argentinean tapas and killer cocktails.
as far as the shopping goes, definitely hit tulum centro (the main street in town) — it’s full of wonderfully inexpensive shops (mostly without names that I could find!) but you can find great leather goods, beautiful hammocks, embroidered linens and dresses, jewelry and pottery. most places will bargain, so don’t feel you have to accept the first price. in tulum along the playa, my favorite shop was coqui coqui, which i mentioned last week and a close second was la troupe — which has beautiful home goods, jewelry and clothing. i got some wonderful linen pillows for my new place. another spot for mexican handcrafts and folk art was la llorona – i found some gorgeous handmade table linens here, too. and then, when you’re not shopping and eating — it’s amazing to just lay there and soak up the color. i’ve never seen a lavender sky and aqua-colored water so beautiful, and that was my very favorite thing about tulum above all!