i’m having a real itch to buy a home of my very own these days. the biggest problem being the price of real estate in san francisco is insane. no really – it’s totally insane. if i am ever able to buy something here, it’s going to be a dump that needs major fixing up. not that i’m opposed to that — i’d love that challenge, but it’s also a bit daunting to do all on one’s own. i need a carpenter/builder/architect boyfriend — anyone? but in the meantime, i love daydreaming on real estate sites like bologet — even if it is in another part of the world, one can dream, right? how about this home in malmö, sweden, built in 1929, perhaps? i certainly could live in a home with this kind of character, couldn’t you? all those beautiful moldings, and sliding pocket doors — and all that lovely sunlight. just stunning. something to aspire to, i suppose.
• photos courtesy of bologet.
ali golden first graced our site on maia mcdonald’s oaktown round-up a few months ago, and for this tuesday’s girl, we’re taking a closer look at this local fashion designer’s gorgeous goods. i’ve been on the hunt for a new staple bag and finally found my way into ali’s temescal alley shop this sunday, and was able to admire her chic clothing and accessory line and studio in person. ali was even kind enough to demonstrate the many ways to wear her incredible bags, and i couldn’t decide which was my favorite (meaning i’ll be back very soon!). next time you’re in the temescal neighborhood, make a point to peek into ali golden’s shop.
Welcome to a wonderful Scandinavian-inspired home in belgium. it’s the home of the House Martin’s shop owner — a charming home decor and accessories shop in the city of ghent. it appears in Living Blog’s new book, Living Book by Tom Cole and Britt Sebrechts. i am desperately trying to get my hands on this book but so far, i think it can only be found in european cities as it just launched in october. but if this is an example of the homes featured in their book, I’d love to add it to my collection. This bright and somewhat whimsical interior is just one of the 15 interiors featured in the Living Book along with 20 DIY projects, as well as some of the Living Blog’s favorite interior shops in Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, and Amsterdam — some of the best shopping for home decor i’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing on my limited travels abroad.
• all photography via Living Blog.
it’s monday — the day of the week i think we’d all like to linger in bed just a little bit longer. coffee and the paper under the covers? yes, please. alas, we gotta get up sometime, tidy up the duvet, and straighten the bedside table. i’m oddly really into nightstands and i’m a bit fussy about keeping mine just ‘so’. i love the idea of a unique or re-purposed piece of furniture (like that little cart up above) for a nightstand and i don’t like a lot of mess there — a few books, my reading glasses, a bedside lamp and perhaps a bud vase or a pretty carafe for water. i like it serene and simple — something a little like these.
the other night i was invited to a little unveiling party at pinterest. i had no idea what to expect, except to see friends and have a good time — but i was very excited to be present for the launch of a really cool new product from pinterest — place pins — which let you get a map of your Pins on all of your travel and destination boards. i’ve got several of these kinds of boards i’ve created previously for trips to london, rome, and stockholm. and i’ve got a san francisco pinboard i’ve been keeping to remember new cafes i want to try or shops to visit, or remember old favorites and share with new visitors to the city. so, if you’re friends are headed somewhere you’ve been, and they want to know your must-sees, now you can simply send them a link to visit your pinboard.
i’m kind of a map addict, and i’m hooked on travel, and i also love referring friends to great places, so i’m pretty psyched about this place pin feature. plus, it’s cool to be able to add to your boards over time — each time you get a recommendation you can simply go to the pinboard you’ve created for that city and add it to your place pins.
and, it’s on the pinterest mobile app, so when you’re traveling, your place pins are right there on your phone. pinterest also teamed up with travel experts who’ve created boards for our reference, like AFAR’s ‘vibrant street markets’ and condé nast traveler who’s created a board for ‘the top 100 hotels in the world’. so, now we can take our Pins with us as we the navigate the busy streets of a foreign city or stroll through a quiet park in our own hometown — you can read more about place pins right here. ready, set, go!