Monthly Archives: March 2011

interior inspiration : Coco & Igor

March 28, 2011

im so excited! to release two new collections, the ZOLA and HUNT collections, in the shop today,and i will be posting some of the inspiration behind them over the week but for a wonderful sneak peek head over to illseen,illsaid. jane has written up a lovely post. 

i hope you all enjoyed your weekend… inbetween rain drops i watched Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, directed by jan kounen- i find more and more that when watching a movie, what im actually watching is the sets. i had to watch the king’s speech a few times to be able to tell you what actually happened in the movie but the set, i think i can map out each scene. Coco & Igor was no different. its streaming on netflix at the moment. the the set becomes the bonding point for the movie, which in all honesty is pretty slow and not terribly compelling, but the sets…

it plays on chanel’s iconic black and white fashions and stravinsky’s fame as a composer – the notes on a page, the alternating keys on a piano – through the sets their world seems to flow seamlessly together – the majority of the movie takes place within chanel’s home. 

i believe the sets are designed by marie-helene sulmoni and yves fournier, but i had a very hard time confirming this, so if i am mistaken please correct me. what ever the case, they are truly inspirational, with too many details to point out but i hope you’ll enjoy lingering over them as much as i have. i also couldnt resist this little bowl, so humble yet elegant especially paired with that crystal steamware. 

flowers for friday

March 25, 2011

since there was such love for the flowers last friday thought i share some of my favorites this week – 

parrot tulips – love ’em. ive pretty much decided that they are my favorite flower. they start out looking one way and as they grow and open they change so much. the white with green accent are my absolute favorite but these pretty pink ladies arent too shabby either … oh they come in orange too!

fruits of labor : grao de bico

March 24, 2011

so i haven’t done one of these for a while and i think im long over due. the weather here in SF has been so grey and raw the last few weeks but this recipe is definitely helping to keep things warm and cozy – grao de bico or chick peas, portuguese style. 
this recipe is kinda special because it comes from my favorite cookbook – peter hunt’s cape cod cookbook. it was published in 1962 and is an amazing collection of recipes. this book, over the last year, has become very important to me and at some point i want to give it the full post it deserves – but for now – here is one little recipe from its pages. 
1 lb of dried chick peas
1 package of linguica
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon vinegar 
1 bay leaf

wash peas. soak overnight in enough cold water to cover. drain peas and place in a kettle. cover with fresh cold water (just enough so the tops of the peas are covered) add sausage, cut into bite sized pieces, onion, salt, vinegar and bay leaf. bring to a boil. reduce heat to low and cook 3 hours. 

serve with crusty bread and fresh chopped parsley. its yummy, trust me. 

** you may have to add a bit of water over the course of the 3 hours. 
*** the bay leaf is my addition 

p.s. what do you think of the bowl?

home: vanessa bruno

March 7, 2011

i’ve had a very busy weekend – hitting what feels like every antique show and shop in the the massachusetts area. it has been wonderful so far and im looking forward to maine this week and an auction that looks quite promising. 

i am constantly thinking of how to make my life more simple in style and function. Vanesso Bruno is a constant source of inspiration – she manages to capture simple but chic in the same breath. she mixes suede sling chairs with airy floral pillows, makes wonderful use of paper lanterns and has just the right amount of farmhouse chic going on – whats not to love in the long wooden table. if you give the images a closer look there are so many carefully but care-free details to love. 

enjoy! im hitting the road but ill see  you back here tomorrow – 

images via: domino and photographs by birgittawolfgangdreger via thestylefiles