i love freunde von freunden — it’s one of my favorite sites, not just for the stunning peeks into the homes of some very creative folks, but for the sense of wanderlust and exploration i get from seeing inspiring apartments in cities all over the world. this particular apartment is in barcelona and belongs to Interior Designer Andrew Trotter and photographer Mari Luz Vidal, and also doubles as their studio space. in addition, it also serves as their exhibition, dinner and concert venue, and is the inspiration for their magazine, entitled Openhouse, which is most inspiring. for the full tour and fantastic interview, visit freunde von freunden.
if there’s one thing that keeps running through my mind as i house hunt, it’s the idea of seriously paring down. i’m continually asking myself, what’s really important and what do i love? removing unnecessary objects is a very zen way of asking yourself what you really need, and not so much what you want. even though i like having boots for every occasion, do i really need them? no. my design and decor books make the keeper list, but only because they completely inspire me and i go back to them time and time again. but paperbacks (all of them!) will be sold at a yard sale, donated and given away to friends. as will much of my clothing, accessories, artwork and an abundance of knick knacks that don’t really hold any personal meaning for me. i’m letting go of what i don’t truly have a connection with and passing them along for someone else to love.
i think it’s healthy to pare down on a continual basis — and my new plan is to edit carefully but ruthlessly, and going forward shop with thoughtful consciousness. when something new comes in, one thing must go out. there’s a great book out right now called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and i am going to read it. my good friend kelly niland read, and followed the guidelines of the book and wrote a great article about her process for the san francisco chronicle — it’s definitely worth the read. the author of the book, Marie “KonMari” Kondo runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration and in her book she’s pretty diehard about letting things go. she challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past? the basic idea of her book is to only surround yourself with things that spark joy, and i love the idea of that. what a wonderful way to start fresh, right? this is going to be the new tao i follow. want to come along? what tips do you have for decluttering?
Top to bottom, left to right:
1. Picturesque views from a concrete house on the Danube
2. Paloma Wool, an otherworldly meeting of fashion and photography
3. Yet another delightful collection from Ferm Living for SS15
4. The natural elements of this chair from Danish brand, by Lassen
5. Precious and thoughtful DIY edible gifts in jars
chicago-based photographer anna zajac is back with her series cheers to the weekend. this week she’s sharing her beautiful images and a recipe for saturday morning pomegranate scones. 20 images is a little side project anna’s starting sharing — stories about people, places and things in 20 images – no more, no less. for all 20 images visit anna’s portfolio.
“This is a little challenge to myself to keep shooting in my off season. This past weekend I got to photograph my co-worker and friend Stacey. I have the pleasure of sitting next to this kind and talented lady at VSA Partners for 40+ hours a week. Stacey is always cooking up something new and this past Saturday she made pomegranate scones in my kitchen.” — anna zajac
two cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (I like it to be very cold, even frozen)
1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup of half & half (or sour cream, heavy whipping cream, evaporated milk, whatever you have on hand)
– Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
– In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. – – – Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in pomegranates.
– In a small bowl, whisk cream and egg until smooth.
– Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)
– Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.
• all photos by anna zajac.
man oh man, this is a pretty space — or maybe i should say, woman oh woman, because it is just so feminine! also quite small, but ever so lovely. featured on lonny, this is the mini manhattan apartment of Mischa Lampert, an Interior designer who’s created one amazing 300-square-foot SoHo space. since i’m probably going to be getting quite small myself, i’m in awe of the space mischa has created — a very functional but exquisite “Scandinavian with a touch of Parisian glam” apartment. she is obsessed with making everything versatile, a motto i’m hoping to make mine in my new space. the Pièce de résistance? it’s that tufted wall — but not a tufted wall at all, but wallpaper! for the full tour, visit lonny and find out more of mischa’s beautiful space-savings design ideas.
• Photography by Genevieve Garruppo for lonny.