as a pinner, i have to say i feel a bit unworthy after viewing this week’s pin-worthy pick. Lena Ďurišová has the most beautifully curated boards i have seen. the way lena pieces together a picture with pins is truly unlike anything i have seen. the titles of her boards are equally compelling.
i do encourage you take as much time as possible perusing…i can barely handle all the inspiration.
picking a few favorites seems impossible…
and on and on…
thank you for taking the time to visit, i look forward to our time together in a couple of weeks.
xo mrs. french
i’m in one of those moods again — the kind that makes me feel like i’ve got too much darn stuff. it happens to me a lot when i return from a trip away from home. maybe you know how it is — when you pack a small bag of essentials for a weekend away, maybe it reinforces the fact that you really don’t need that much stuff to be happy. so i’m looking at more minimal ways of living today. clear away the clutter and live a little more simply. a mix of mid-century modern neutrals, wood, and a colorful punch from lovely textiles and rugs. here’s a bunch i love.
i think everyone likes a little bit of faux fur. wearing these furry little frocks is almost like playing dress up for the day (or night). a fuzzy vest or jacket takes an every day outfit and amps up the look and makes it way more fun, not to mention warm. and a bit of color — like pink or green — and it may be over the top, but you can’t say you’re not having a good time!
i wonder if when husband & wife design team charles and ray eames designed their iconic fiberglass shell chair in 1949, they had any inkling of its longevity. their philosophy for design was always approached in the same way: Does it interest and intrigue us? Can we make it better? Will we have “serious fun” doing it? they must have had a good time designing such a fun, happy chair, don’t you think? These colors were labored over lovingly — Charles and Ray would spend endless hours in the factory, tweaking and making slight alterations to the specifications of each color option, often creating several chairs in one day in order to ensure perfection. with its bold colors, and playful design the shell chair is here to stay. i’ve long been a collector of these cheerful chairs, and i especially love a mix of multi-colored eames chairs. here’s a few looks i love.
i was quite fortunate to rent my friend’s home in glen ellen, in sonoma county this weekend. a few girlfriends and i drove up and spent a beautiful autumn weekend here — it’s just a little over an hour’s drive from san francisco, but you feel a million miles away. the leaves are changing color here this time of year, but it’s still warm — around 70 degrees, and while we had some pretty late afternoon showers, it was mostly clear and crisp. this is one of my favorite times of year in sonoma, and i highly recommend an autumn visit to wine country.
there’s some wonderful wineries up here — and some great restaurants too. we ate at one of my favorite spots for mexican food (try the fish tacos!) — el molino central. it’s a cute little spot where you order at the counter and eat on colorful picnic tables outside. low-key and delicious. we also brunched at the fig cafe & wine bar, where we had a yummy basil zucchini soup, shared a burger which was delicious, and each tried a flight of wine – 4 small glasses for $10. they were all excellent, including a highway 12 Cabernet Sauvignon that i decided i need to by a bottle of. the glen ellen star is just around the corner, too and an excellent place for dinner with wood oven pizzas.
mostly we just read by the pool, hot tubbed, fixed ourselves yummy mediterranean-inspired meals eaten al fresco, and drank wine by the fire. there are lots of charming small inns up here, and airbnb’s as well — so i highly recommend you putting a trip to sonoma on your autumn travel wish list.