the weather in L.A. has been very kindly easing me into its warmer temperatures — not too hot, mostly overcast mornings. but today the sun came out in full force, introducing what summer’s gonna really be like here in the city of hot, golden angels. so that put me in the mood for bright, bold home accessories to help you kick off vacation season in style. here’s what’s new and noteworthy this week.
one of my dreams is to finally visit cuba. i’ve has this old book about havana homes forever and every once in a while i get it out and fantasize about making the trip. and now, thanks to new travel regulations, perhaps i’ll be able to one day. which is why i loved this story in t magazine about american-born Pamela Ruiz and artist Damian Aquiles’ home in havana. the two met when she came to cuba for an ad campaign and now share this incredible home together, hosting salons for talented artists from all over the world — a lifelong dream of pamela’s to promote the arts. i can only imagine one of these evenings in their havana home — just as amazing as the house itself. that melon-colored palette just screams cuba! but the two had a long struggle bringing this old villa back to life, and the story in t magazine is an uplifting one — a good read, indeed. not to mention the dreamy house.
well, if this isn’t a kitchen to die for, right? i’d slave away behind a hot stove all day here if i could. so light, so fresh, so pretty! the latest work from Senalee Kapelevich of svk interior design, this kitchen is in san francisco’s noe valley neighborhood — a pre-1900 victorian, given a makeover with a danish modern vibe. this is a great example of keeping things simple — it wasn’t a fancy kitchen, or one with a large budget, but keeping things simple and classic made senalee’s beautiful design go a long way.
This kitchen remodel was part of a larger remodel that included two bathrooms, and new flooring, and Before the remodel, all that existed was a free standing refrigerator and range, and some free standing cabinetry. The owners are a creative couple with two children — both had a very clear vision of how they wanted to use the kitchen and also of the aesthetic direction they wanted. The wife is from Denmark so senalee kept the design very simple and used a neutral palate. They loved the color mint, so that was used in the light fixture and some of the kitchen accessories — like that sweet little retro coffee pot that pops right off the shelf. The couple knew from the start that they wanted to include an area for their young children to play, so the small Children’s kitchen plays an important role in the design as well. for more interior design inspiration from svk interior design, check out this mission district makeover we featured a while back, and visit senalee’s website.
– Shelving from Rejuvenation.
– Cabinetry from Columbia Cabinets.
– Bar Stools & Island top are custom.
– Jadite Sky Chief Pendant light fixture from Barn Light Electric.
– children’s play kitchen from IKEA
– The countertop is flamed black granite.
as i roam around my neighborhood, one of the things that i find so inspiring are the beautiful tiles adorning the charming spanish bungalows that cover the hills here in echo park. sometimes it’s a tile trim around an outdoor fireplace, or decorating a few steps to the gorgeous old front doors. but regardless of where i find them, they’ve always got this lovely worn, ‘lived-in’ look that i love. i’ll bet they could tell some good stories, those tiles.
i first became aware of australian photographer fiona galbraith’s when stylist nicole valentine don shared their very creative collaborations with me. the two make an amazing team and the interior photographs fiona shoots are stunning, and oh so inspiring. so i just had to go take a look at fiona’s online portfolio for more inspiration. i need to know how to get the lighting in my own photographs to look like this — so natural, light and airy. to view fiona galbraith’s full portfolio, visit her website.
• all photography by fiona galbraith.