Monthly Archives: October 2010

picture perfect.

October 25, 2010

im printing up some business cards (finally) and am trying to decide on a front image for a set of larger cards (4×6) im a bit indecisive in my choice – but have narrowed it down to these. I would love a little help from you all in the final cut. what do you think??

it seem to be coming down to two groups. flowers (above) and farmhouse (below)





thanks for your help

simple sundays

October 24, 2010


its quiet and rainy here today…its enough to put on in a bit of a funk. but its a good time for reflection and a bit of solitude.

hope you enjoyed your weekends

rustic redefined. mexican pottery

October 20, 2010


i wanted to do a little post on something i love even though i dont have too many pieces of it in my house. ok truth be told i only have one piece. a big white tea cup painted with luscious deep blue flowers. i like it because it crosses a line for me between the formality of english china with the casual but inspired folk painting of scandinavian and mexican pottery. also it feels amazing in my hand in the morning.

but there are tons of beautiful examples of mexican pottery. If you haven’t guessed by now i love folk painting. my grandmother was a tole painter (ill be doing a post around thanksgiving on some of her work) and i think my appreciation of it came at an early age also the colors are typically vibrant and full of life. there is an effortlessness to all folk painting that attracts me but something else attracts me more. it is a style passed down through generation and generations of a culture. it adapts and changes while still adhering to traditional rules or guidelines.
here are some of my favorites from etsy.
the shapes are all irregular and weight and (typically) terra cotta materials give the pieces rustic feel. the brush strokes are honest but confident and there is a flow to the designs that are painted.

a wedding in the woods

October 19, 2010


just a few photos from the wedding this weekend in big sur. it was on a private working ranch so we kept the flowers simple and wanted them to look like they had all come from a big cutting garden. my favorite was the delicate little wildflower headwreath for the flower girl.


the setting for dinner was beautiful. it was on a saddle of land 1000 feet up and overlooking the pacific ocean.



and the cocktail reception and dancing after dinner were held in a little pasture area below grazing horses and rolling mists.

A little cottage in the country

October 6, 2010

i often feel between two worlds – caught between the buzz and modernity of the city an the calmness of the rural. Always longing for one when im in the other –

i spent a few days at my brother’s cottage in yountville ca. its tiny but filled with light. its everything i imagine needing in a country house. a small front porch with an ancient rocking chair. A perfect side yard just big enough for a garden and with a little deck and table for outside meals. Old heavily polished wood floors and a giant claw foot tub in the bathroom to wash away the good country dirt.

its simple here. its about good food and conversation. sunshine makes things grow and they grow rich and full. Bugs and birds and butterflies are everywhere…and so are some of the creepy crawlies that go bump in the night.
its a place where i feel creative, innovative and overwhelmed by the need to create. A mouthfull of wine taste like the work of thousands of honey bees and the fresh figs plucked from the trees are the sweetest things one can ever imagine.
i feel fortunate at the moment to have the possibility to escape from the city and camp out here for a few days…or at least until i miss the hummm of the city.

Fall in The French Laundry gardens

October 5, 2010



yesterday i had the privilege of walking through the fall gardens of the world renowned The French Laundry. not only are the gardens immaculate they stand for me as a symbol of many of the things i hold most important in my life. Its a thrill for me to be walking among their neat rows.

“Take your time. Take a long time. Move slowly and deliberately and with great attention” – Thomas Keller