i was out hunting for fresh flowers this morning, and it seems my echo park neighborhood may be lacking for a small, local florist. a floral boutique is much needed, and if it’s here and i missed it, please do let me know where to find it. i know silver lake has the bosky dell and clementine floralworks but i couldn’t find a sweet corner shop carrying great flowers. it made me miss ampersand, a local flower shop and design studio based in san francisco’s Mission District. ampersand is tucked away in an alleyway — a tiny space in a former garage with a bright turquoise door. shop owners benjamin & emerson are just as charming as their shop and so many photographers have captured their floral design and shop so beautifully, i wanted to share. i think this might inspire anyone out there with an inkling of an idea to open a floral boutique near echo park and I sure hope so — we need you!
this is the bright and airy copenhagen-based home of a creative couple living and their young daughter, featured recently on bolig liv. a wonderful mix of bright and bold color paired with some lovely danish-modern touches — like that great mid-century sideboard, eames chairs and the pair of Kaare Klint Safari Chairs – a gift from their family. naturally, i’m a big fan of their custom space-saving built-in bookcase, since i just had one built for myself (more on that soon!). built-ins are the best, but if you’re renting, or haven’t go the budget for custom-made, there’s loads of great alternatives, like the much-blogged about Ikea billy bookcase hack. for the full tour, visit bolig liv.
A Silver Lake staple, L & E Oyster Bar offers one of the best happy hours around. The restaurant opened in 2012 by a diverse and well-equipped team with a passion for good food and drinks. Executive chef Spencer Bezaire is in daily communication with several oyster farmers up and down the North American coast lines. Once he places his order, it’s a mere 12-18 hours before the oysters arrive at L & E Oyster Bar, available for your order. (It’s not unusual for the restaurant to go through 2,500 oyster in any given weekend.) L & E Oyster Bar restaurant downstairs offers the perfect setting for a special evening dining outside and the breezy upstairs bar is the ideal spot to enjoy happy hour with your friends. Find yourself a little sheepish about the raw seafood? The selective seasonal menu somehow still offers something for everyone with items divided into raw, smoked, grilled, steamed, and fried categories.
• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.