this lookbook from Bay Area-based producer of handcrafted homewares Melanie Abrantes’ has me hankering for a san francisco rooftop party. Melanie Abrantes’ very beautiful Summer 2016 Collection introduces new, heirloom objects and new materials — like brass — to the designer’s line of home goods focused on showcasing the natural beauty and unique qualities of hand-turned cork and wood.
melanie’s pretty lookbook shoot was inspired by the rooftop culture inherent to city dwelling. The cocktail parties, impromptu gatherings, and relaxed lounging that take place in cities like San Francisco, and in every city around the world. When tight for space the rooftop is the communal gathering spot that is beautiful and has endless options for hosting a summer gathering! their Hayes Valley rooftop was styled with a distinctly California vibe — natural, minimal and modern. melanie collaborated with Ashley Rose Conway who made a gorgeous cocktail for the shoot with gin, elderflower, grapefruit, and thyme. Melanie Riccardi did an amazing job as the photographer, and the shoot was styled by Genevieve Bandrowski. boy, does this ever take me back to my san francisco days!
melanie’s collection is cohesive in its classic shapes and natural materials, and while designing this season’s collection she wanted each piece to be a strong stand-alone object — Each one being an heirloom that someone would cherish and bring out during their most beloved gatherings. she also strives for utility when creating her products. When designing home décor, the beauty of the object is just as important to melanie as its functionality. For instance, the new brass coaster can be used to keep a drink of the table. But is also a sculptural piece that will look beautiful on your table — with or without a drink. pop over here for the full lookbook and you can shop melanie’s 2016 summer collection here.
• photography by Melanie Riccardi.
Eat. Cook. Farm. Gather. Shop. All the incredible experiences you’ll find at Healdsburg Shed in Sonoma’s wine region. This is the top spot to visit when you’re in the area. Located in the heart of downtown Healdsburg, it is a market, cafe and community space designed to bring us closer to the way we grow, prepare and share our food.
Opened in April 2013, Shed owners Cindy Daniel and Doug Lipton envisioned a space that embraced their passion for farming, the true taste of real food, and the pleasure that can be had from serving others. And they did just that in the most beautiful way. There is so much bounty to be found in the space (it’s hard not to get excited and overwhelmed), but they’ve cleverly designed sections to help you navigate. In fact they won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design in 2014.
Upon entering Shed you’ll first see the Coffee Bar. Here you can order espresso drinks, pour over coffee, natural juices and a variety of house-made pastries, sandwiches and homemade ice cream.
The Eat section is full of locally grown, farm fresh flowers and produce, as well as a great variety of pantry essentials and artisan foods.
The Cafe section includes tables and a bar for sit-down meals. There is plenty of outdoor seating in the front and back of Shed, too.
The Cook area has a beautiful selection of housewares, including cooking and serving pieces, kitchen tools, linens and cookbooks.
At the heart and center is the larder. This is where all the Shed meals are prepared, both for in-house dining or packaged to-go.
The Farm section in the back is where you can pick up tools, supplies and books to help with your home gardening needs.
Head up the stairs and you’ll find the Grange where events are hosted throughout the year. These include special meals, cooking demos and workshops, film screenings and discussions around food. Check out their lineup of upcoming events.
Shed is open Wednesday through Monday from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm and is closed on Tuesdays. They serve breakfast, lunch, evening meals and weekend brunch. You can walk-in or make a reservation on open table.
• all photography by leslie santarina.