It’s her love of nature, Italian Renaissance painters, and fashion trends that inspires artist Marialaura Fedi‘s captivating portraits. Her female figures are faceless yet full of bodily expression. Her choice of colors are muted, almost desert-like, yet each illustration exudes such charisma and attitude. Her compositions are unelaborate yet display strength. And of course, I’m just so smitten with the clothing (all the ruffles!). It’s as if any of these confident females could very well be me, my sister, my mom, my friends . . . my tribe. Love.
Design led furniture manufacturer deVOL just recently opened their second showroom in London’s St. John’s Square and it’s beyond stunning. The spotlight is on a custom pink and green kitchen that is enough to make anyone wish it was their own. Everything is perfect – the grayish blue-green hue of the cabinets, the brass cupboard catches, the hand-lettered “pantry” sign, the emerald green metro tiles, the pink painted walls, the hanging copper pots . . . I can go on and on. And on and on. If popping by the showroom isn’t of convenience, deVol has spelled out nearly every detail for you on their blog. Pink and green, would you do it?
Let me introduce you to Baum und Pferdgarten, a Denmark based label that I’m currently obsessed with. The brand was founded in 1999 by designers Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave and over the years, has become a Danish favorite because of its playful, masculine meets feminine vibe. I love the 70s inspired jacquard prints from their summer collection (which is currently on sale!), as well as the preppy feel of the cuffed lurex sweaters and the sweet touch of the point d’espirit and lace dresses.
What started out as a middle finger to art school, ended up becoming a flourishing business for a Brooklyn based ceramicist. Isaac Nichols never imagined that an Instagram post, of a boob emblazoned ceramic pot made for his girlfriend, would make his comical pots an internet sensation. Years later, Isaac and his team have expanded the collection with handcrafted bikini, speedo and tan line clad pots. Honestly, I need one.
Summer is finally here and with the cold, wet spring (and winter) we just survived, I couldn’t be more thrilled for a season of weekend getaways. The best thing about living in the Bay Area is its proximity to some of the most picturesque areas of California, like Tahoe, Big Sur, the Monterey Bay Peninsula, the Russian River, and of course, wine country. And because these spots are just within a couple of hours from San Francisco, there is no shortage of beautiful homes in the vacation rental market. Searching for the perfect vacation rental can be fun and addictive, but also challenging. Ever since my husband and I acquired two miniature sized traveling companions, ages 1 and 4, our search criteria have modified. Kid friendly homes are a requisite, pools are a must, large kitchens are a luxury and an outdoor fire pit is a huge bonus. Just a couple of weekends ago, our entire family escaped to an adorable rental in Healdsburg that fit the bill. Our little weekend getaway was ideal, but not without a few housekeeping and travel tips that I’ve learned along the way . . .