Papel SF

It takes thirty five to eighty hours for Tiffanie Turner, of PapelSF, to layer over 1,000 crepe paper petals to create her life sized flowers, which range from 23″ -26″ in diameter. Her peonies, marigolds, asters, chrysanthemums, and dahlias part of an exhibition called “Heads” and are on display at Rare Device in San Francisco. She also teaches workshops in the area as well. And if you’re looking for a smaller scale paper flower tutorial, check out our own version





Serena & Lily Design Shop

When news first broke of the opening of Serena & Lily‘s first West Coast store, on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, I was delighted. After our 8 month home renovation project was completed last winter, I’ve been finding myself nose deep in their gorgeous catalogs, looking for guidance and inspiration while designing our interiors – which can be so daunting and intimidating, by the way! So the new design shop was the perfect jumping point in helping me decorate one of the most important rooms in the house: my son Quincy’s nursery. Their gorgeous prints, worldly touches, California sensibility, and artisanship make shopping a cinch. And being able to pull fabric samples from the walls, touch rug swatches, and feel the quality of the wallpaper, made the design process so much fun. But it was the trusty design advisers at the shop that really helped push me to take risks with some unexpected elements in the room, which will be revealed next week! In the meantime, I’m picking the three brains, behind the Sausalito-based brand, on all things related to design and the shop. And if you’re in the Bay Area, do stop by – it’s wonderful.





Odyssey and Oracle

It’s hard not to be entranced by Sydney artist Leah Fraser‘s paintings of an shamans, living in an imaginary world inspired by the many healing methods of different cultures. Each of her characters are decorated in ceremonial attire and armed with ritualistic weaponry and wildlife companions. Each piece is powerful yet serene and haunting yet beautiful. 


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