a feast in the forest.

a feast in the forest / sfgirlbybay

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.

a feast in the forest / sfgirlbybay

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.

a feast in the forest / sfgirlbybay

a feast in the forest / sfgirlbybay

a feast in the forest / sfgirlbybay

a feast in the forest / sfgirlbybay

a feast in the forest / sfgirlbybay

• photos via instagram: sfgirlbybay; the forest feast; nataliebdesigns.

when in drought.

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

the design files; handcrafted in virginia.

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.

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

heltenkelt.

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.

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

melissa green.

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

smäm.

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

softwaring.

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

happy interiors blog, via llamas valley (above & below).

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

sofia byström.

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

coffeeklatch.

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

shop sweet things.

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

elle.

when in drought / sfgirlbybay

loose leaf..

beach house in ibiza.

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

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.

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

beach house in ibeza / sfgirlbybay

• all photography from mi casa

Friday Finds

Friday Finds Friday Finds

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

Happy Friday,
Annie

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen.

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

i was wandering the internet, as i am accustomed to doing, and ended up somehow over on new york-based photographer nicole franzen’s beautiful site today. it’s always an inspiring treat, and today was no exception. i love some of the new spaces she’s photographed and posted to her online portfolio. i’m in love with the artwork and wall hangings in some of these rooms, the mix of colorful textiles — all of it splendidly captured by nicole. for more of nicole’s gorgeous imagery check out her website, instagram and follow her on pinterest. she’s such a prolific photographer, you’ll find an abundance of daily inspiration.

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay

the shutterbugs: nicole franzen / sfgirlbybay-7

• all photographs by nicole franzen’s.