When Abe and I first walked stepped onto the property which we now call home, we instantly became to devoted and just knew it was meant to be ours. The house was nearly 100 years old, the floor plan was terribly awkward and the windows were undesirably masked in bars. But it was easy to see past all of the cosmetic imperfections as it had great bones, was located in one of the most charming neighborhoods in the Bay Area and boasted an unusually large and glorious backyard. Fast forward four years and we’re happily living in our renovated labor of love. I say labor of love because it’s still a work in progress – there are certain rooms that aren’t fully decorated and we have yet to finish landscaping. But taking on these projects, and traveling long distances in search of materials, furniture and decor, is one of the most gratifying joys of being a homeowner. Since we’re blessed with summer-like weather through October here in Northern California, creating an outdoor bedroom has always been a dream of mine. I recently teamed up with Toyota and tested out their newly designed Prius, which like our home, was once perceived as being quirky but now with its newly redesigned state of the art safety and hybrid technology, it has become one of the most popular cars in California. I loaded up my new ride with vintage European treasures from the ever so inspiring Elsie Green and turned a little outdoor corner into a tropical, French-Moroccan oasis. If you lay on the bamboo bed with your eyes closed, you can almost, just almost, hear ocean waves crashing. The imagination is a powerful thing . . .
A glance at one of Willian Santiago‘s many bold and vibrant characters and one can’t help but wish they’d come alive – even for a second, just enough to find out a little bit more. Where are they going? Where do they live? What’s their favorite song? What inspired their über chic ensembles?! My inquisitive mind will simply have to follow the Brazilian artist’s stunning Instagram account to piece it all together . . .
What perfect timing. This is a lookbook so good, that it’s actually easing the pain of summer’s immanent end. Sessùn‘s latest collection is all about layering sumptuous textures and rich colors – it’s everything we love most about dressing in cold weather. Hooded cotton sweatshirts, plaid shirts, and wool knits are paired with heavyweight linen, corduroy, and vinyl coated pants and topped with puffy jackets and long woven coats. It’s the start of September and I feel inspired and ready to embrace fall.
Brazilian born model Mari Giudicelli had just graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology before starting her eponymous shoe label. Inspired by her love of vintage wares and appreciation for utilitarian comfort, her first collection has launched with only four simple silhouettes with strong details: mules with high vamps and low, wooden block heels, fur lined flat boots, lizard skin loafers and woven soled slide sandals. Production is currently limited as they are being produced in small batches in a family run factory in her beloved Brazil but we have a feeling demand will quickly catch up to this emerging designer.
The blush painted kitchen, the hanging copper pots, ripped pages of inspiration taped straight onto the living room walls, French toile wallpaper, and one sick pineapple lamp . . . there isn’t anything about food blogger Skye McAlpine‘s London flat that I don’t love, love, love. It looks so beautifully cared for and well lived in, I just want to cozy up to any of her many vintage chairs with a good book and a homemade slice of pie. But instead, I’m rushing off to the paint store in search of the perfect light pink paint because I’m absolutely convinced that I, too, need blush walls somewhere – anywhere! – in my own house.