i think most kitchens we see are often brightly lit, colorful and cheerful places to sit down for your morning coffee or bowl of fruit loops. but what do you think about a dark kitchen? a dramatic black and white space that’s a little more sophisticated is pretty great too. i wonder if i’d like a kitchen that’s predominantly black — could i wake up in a space like one of these, or rather would i sit stirring my coffee, staring aimlessly out the window, endlessly contemplating where the day will take me? what do you think — bright and cheerful, or dramatically different and dark? or, are just a few black accents or cabinets the way to go? oh my, such dark thoughts!
Hope Thanksgiving was yummy for your tummy! Victoria gave us some solid advice on proper feasting attire, wouldn’t you say? Today marks the start of the holiday shopping season, which we in the States (not so) affectionately refer to as Black Friday. I found a handful of holiday gift ideas for the folks on your nice list. Be safe out there!
Top to bottom, left to right:
1. For the modernist kitchen gadget junkie: Nusskubus Nutcracker $40
2. For the pared down but styled up: Watch by The Horse $129
3. For the tastemaker and creative: Kinfolk Magazine Gift Subscription, $60
4. For the green or black thumb: Spora Planter by Light and Ladder $45
5. For the host/hostess with the mostess: Signature Hopscotch Candle, $23
the holidays are coming upon us quickly. and although i love decorating for the season, i’m not one to be completely enamored with the more traditional christmas decorations, or lots of shiny colorful bulbs, but give me a red & white scandinavian-inspired holiday and i’m in. crate & barrel very kindly invited me to pick out a few items from this season’s holiday collection and create a pretty holiday themed party to help inspire you this season, so we created a chocolate fondue and coffee & dessert party. most delicious! it’s been a long time since i’ve made fondue (which is actually a Swiss tradition) and i forgot what a fun party atmosphere it creates. everyone loves cooking with a stick! and chocolate helps, of course.
we made chocolate dipped strawberries, and served cookies and sweets along with fresh coffee in the pretty chemex and espressos for the adults, and whipped cream topped hot chocolate in big white mugs for the kids. you can find more holiday inspiration from me over at crate and barrel. happy holidays!
• photography by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.
we’re off today, but we’ll be back tomorrow with a very Scandinavian christmas — so stay tuned for that. but in the meantime, i just want to say thank you to all of you who pop in here daily with your comments and thoughts, or just to have a look around. i’m most thankful to you — you let me do what i love, and there’s nothing i feel more grateful for every day. i hope you all have a good afternoon of rest (if that’s possible), or at least some good eats and some time well-spent away from the computer and with those you love. xo, victoria
i had a bit of difficulty watching jonah hill in The Wolf of Wall Street, mostly because i just don’t want to know people like that exist. however, i could very much linger looking at his new york apartment, which is decorated with exquisite taste. i love everything about this stunning space with exposed brick and epic 13′ tall ceilings. and hey — if i just had $3.8 million hanging around i could buy this lovely soho loft. alas, i will just have to admire it from afar and envy the lucky person who makes it theirs.
• all photos courtesy of city realty.