1. From grain silo to modern home, this transformation will blow your mind.
2. A tatami room is the perfect addition for playtime and quiet time alike.
3. The creative duo behind Cereal Magazine share their space and story.
4. Echoing its natural landscape, this Swedish cottage is built entirely of concrete.
5. Clean lines and an uninterrupted line-of-sight create a harmonious space.
i recently had the pleasure of stopping by tina frey designs in san francisco’s dogpatch — a thriving and very artistic neighborhood on the edge of the city near the old shipyards. once very industrial, it now houses a lot of design and artists’ studios and it’s where tina frey has found a home for her homewares and accessories studio and showroom. tina’s work is stunning and rather unusual — instead of more traditional ceramic dishware, tina creates her pieces from multi-colored resin. the inspiration for tina’s designs come from many things: The shapes are inspired by organic forms in nature and objects found in travels around the world. The colors are inspired by delicious translucent popsicles, candies, and jelly beans. walking into tina’s studio is a bit like entering a rainbow-colored kaleidoscope. much like her work, it’s so cheerful!
the day i stopped in, tina very graciously gave me a small preview of how each piece is created: she first hand sculpted in clay — Sculpting starts with an idea that is cohesive with the rest of the collection. When the clay design is completed, hand-made molds are created for each object. These molds are then used to cast each item individually by hand in small batches by color. Slight color variations between batches just add to the beauty and uniqueness of each piece. After the pieces are cast and removed from the mold, they are hand sanded. They are truly made with love and care. And while they look quite delicate and translucent, the pieces are quite resilient.
tina uses a cute pastry mat to pound out her clay, and it made me smile that she’s is also inspired by miniature toy animals, and i just loved her sweet collection. tina has branched out from dishware and vessels to jewelry, swings, champagne buckets and planters — all of them completely unique and colorful. you can shop online, or drop by her dogpatch studio and showroom. do stop in if you’re looking to put a smile on your face and meet tina. she’s as friendly and joyful as the art she makes.
• photography by sfgirlbybay.
the first time hairpin legs were used on furniture was in 1941 as part of a Russel Wright American-Way collection. invented by Henry P. Glass, Hairpin legs were a war-time invention — their design limited the amount of material needed while keeping the strength of traditional legs — truly a form meets function story. almost 75 years later, i’m still a big fan of the hairpin leg. there’s something sort of whimsical about them, while still remaining sleek and modern looking — like something we might find in the jetson’s home. these days you can even order hairpin legs individually in online shops and even etsy, and swap out boring legs on your furniture, or DIY something of your very own — add hairpin legs to a pretty slab of wood, and boom! a table is born.
as i prepare myself for the possibility of leaving san francisco, i can’t help but feel a bittersweet sense of nostalgia. san francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and one with so many hidden gems. i thought i’d start sharing a few of my favorite spots before i depart — i’ll always be back, but i’ll miss the spontaneity of spying daily eye candy on almost every corner. one of san francisco’s somewhat secret spots is the stow lake boat house, in gorgeous golden gate park.
i can’t think of a more romantic place to share on the cusp of valentine’s day — can you picture a romantic afternoon paddle around stow lake on valentine’s day with your sweetie? not that i’m recommending it (cuz, ahem, it’s probably illegal!), but i think bringing along a small split of champagne and some cupcakes or picnic lunch would seal the deal. stow lake has been providing boat rentals since 1893 and is one of the most beautiful places in the city. you can cruise around the serene, calm lake surrounded by lush, overgrown gardens, the waterfall on strawberry hill and the chinese pagoda in a paddle boat or row boat for hours and at quite a reasonable price (only $20/hour).
stow lake’s boathouse cafe is quite good too! the food’s delicious and its got a charming little indoor seating space — or eat outside in the sunshine watching your fellow boaters pass by. whenever i visit stow lake, or any part of golden gate park i can’t help but be astounded that the whole park was once just windswept sand dunes. for more than eleven decades, stow lake has provided san Franciscans and its many visitors with a place to escape from busy, crowded neighborhoods and spend time enjoying the great outdoors within the confines of the big city. amazing and romantic.
• all photos by sfgirlbybay.
happy early valentine’s day, dear readers! we’re really going to get you in the romantic spirit today, because we’re having another women & whiskies soiree and this time around it’s a valentine’s day theme! last week bri from designlovefest and i were most honored to co-hostess a valentine’s day shindig for women & whiskies. that’s pretty much our dream task: decorate and celebrate with pink, and cocktails, too? hey, okay! women & whiskies was created by Campari America with one very awesome mission in mind: to educate women on how to rock your whiskey cocktail orders like a pro — so you’re comfortable tasting, talking, and buying whiskey — which has been traditionally marketed and advertised to men. women’s more astute palates (ahem!) make us ideal candidates for sampling the delicious varieties of great whiskeys. so, time to order up a whiskey! The Campari America Fine Whiskies Portfolio includes a diverse collection of whiskies from around the world including Wild Turkey, Russell’s Reserve, Glen Grant, and Forty Creek.
to get this party started, bri and i decked out the designlovefest studio in los angeles and created a plush pink haven for women to sit and sip their whiskey cocktails in real comfort and relaxation. we did this with the help of found rentals, where we ordered everything we needed from carpets, to pillows & ottomans, to swanky velvet sofas. they also provided a beautiful bar set up for women & whiskie’s brand ambassador lucia to do her mixing magic, with gorgeous flowers hung around her from moon canyon. in pretty pink and white goblets, and crystal rocks glasses and coupes from casa de perrin, lucia served us the fanciest cocktails around, including the major’s punch (that goes down way too easy!); the oh canada; the avery julep; and my personal favorite, the boulevardier. yum. all of these delicious recipes are available on women & whiskies, and make the perfect compliment to the special plans you’ve got with your valentine or girlfriends. and, if you’d like more inspiration for your own valentine soiree, follow women & whiskies and our hashtag #drinkpretty on instagram where you’ll find a bunch more photos from the evening.
served alongside our pretty drinks was beautiful food from heirloomLA, who did us proud with such a delectable spread. it was so gorgeous it looked as much like art as it was delicious. thank you so much to our partners in the event — photographer jesse chamberlin for these stunning snapshots; moon canyon for the beautiful flowers; casa de perrin for the perfect glassware; found rentals for all the comfort and style; anne robin who did the calligraphy on our pretty cocktail menu; and again to heirloomLA for feeding us so well. and a special thanks to the lovely ladies from women & whiskies and to my co-hostess bri, who was one smashing collaborator. until next, time — drink pretty!
• photography by jesse chamberlin.