one of my very favorite decor magazines is australia’s inside out magazine — do you read it? they have a very accessible design sensibility, but one that, well, still shares great style and creative decorating ideas. their latest issue is no different, and i’m in love with this particular home featured. this home lives in byron bay – coincidentally the same slice of beach paradise i shared yesterday, when i posted about the atlantic boutique hotel. i think it’s a sign that i need to go there, don’t you? the vintage-inspired lincoln brooks pretzel chairs are perfect beach house accoutrement, and i love the velvet bean bag — an unexpected but beautiful pairing. the bathroom is just charming, too. for the full home tour, visit inside out magazine.
• photography by chris warnes for inside out magazine.
i’m kind of a creature of habit — well, probably more than kind of. i definitely like rituals and i tend to follow patterns that start my day off right. if i don’t stick to my routine, i tend to be a little off-kilter, always playing catch-up throughout my day. so first things first is a hike with my pup lucy up in elysian park. next up is always, always coffee. i hate to say i have to have it, but i certainly love it, and it’s a way of symbolizing for me that the day has begun.
i enjoy making it at home with all my favorite cups and coffee spoons, and love drinking it leisurely out back on the patio, or if i’ve got a friends over, creating a little breakfast spread with maybe some fresh bread from the bakery or fresh fruit, granola and yogurt. gives the ritual that kind of european vibe — when on holiday, i’ve always admired the leisurely way parisians or italains enjoy their breakfast in an unrushed way. in fact i don’t even think i’ve ever seen coffee to go there!
the folks at nespresso asked if i’d like to Experience A Cup Above and try their new VertuoLine Evoluo machine, which brews both large-cup coffee and authentic espresso at the touch of a button. Nespresso’s philosophy of bringing the extraordinary to the everyday and enjoying life experiences is along the same lines as my own credo, which is trying, when i can, to slow down and savor those moments — enjoying good food with good friends and doing it in an unrushed way that makes you feel happier about your choices. it’s really nice, for example, to have a morning hike with a friend and then have them over for coffee. and the VertuoLine Evoluo machine makes it easy even when you don’t have the luxury of say, weekend mornings, because you literally pop in the capsule and press a button — it’s like i’m like an instant barista because it makes this yummy crema on top, too.
i love the recyclability of Nespresso’s capsules (they’re made from aluminum) and hey, hey — they’ve recently introduced none other than mister george clooney as their brand ambassador. George has actually worked with Nespresso internationally for a few years, and now he’s finally bringing is love for the brand back home. now, if they’d just sent george along breakfast would take on a whole new level. a cup above, indeed.
• photography by Lily Glass for sfgirlbybay.
i have been coveting the idea of rooting plants in vintage glass jars for a while now. i even tried the (seemingly) easy idea of rooting an avocado pit to no avail. i’ve been successful when it comes to growing from bulbs — like paper whites, but when it comes to roots, i’m an utter failure. so i’m coming to you guys for guidance. i just think this is the prettiest idea, and love the simplicity of the look, but i’ve yet to be able to pull it off. are there any particular plants that you know of that root well like this, from a simple stem in a jar with a narrow neck? if you’ve got some tips, bring ’em on – i’d be most appreciative!
i was super excited when the The Atlantic at Byron Bay invited us to share their latest accommodations at their Australian resort — the Albatross Inn. i’ve been long admiring the hotel’s charming aesthetic on pinterest, and have pinned this gorgeous black exterior to my exteriors board for my own house inspiration (coming up soon — i’m painting my house black with white trim! dramatic, yes?). but i digress — look how great it looks on the albatross! located in byron bay, this boutique hotel is a collection of individually styled guestrooms in original coastal cottages surrounded by palm trees and tropical gardens. The Atlantic at Byron Bay is a boutique hotel smack in the heart of Byron, a surfer’s paradise overlooking a lush rainforest reserve.
There’s a soothing space for everyone at idyllic The Atlantic — and the Albatross hosts a group of private en-suite rooms within a clutch of terraced cabins, each room featuring vintage collectibles telling tales of adventures at sea. You can pull up a bean bag under a palm tree or soak up the sun on one of their decks. Cook up a feast in the open kitchen and dine with strangers or enjoy the privacy of your own room. Cool off in the lap pool, surf or roll out your yoga mat for an afternoon stretch. did i mention you can even stay in your own private airstream? and the walls of The Atlantic are filled with artwork from past artist residencies, workshops and exhibitions that have been hosted there over the years. sounds so dreamy, doesn’t it? let’s go to byron bay!
last night i had my family over for dinner and we dined al fresco on the new patio — such a warm, wonderful evening. tonight, it’s threatening rain and i’m hunkered down under a cozy blanket. fall is in the air. and with it, that beautiful golden light. amber and rosy hues take over the hillside outside, and it’s the closest thing we get to autumn here in L.A. — but i’ll take it. it’s beautiful, just like the colors in these pretty spaces. the warm glow of pink and shades of gold look so divine together, don’t they?