Monthly Archives: August 2011

point reyes station

August 31, 2011

this monday i had the pleasure of spending the day in point reyes station. a charming and quintessential norther california town – complete with main street, town diner, bakery and creamery. it was a lovely way to spend a day. 

 im so excited to be doing the flowers for a wedding here in a few weeks. its simply the most beautiful setting. the town is filled with lovely old cottages and rambling gardens… the gardens are as much a part of the inherited landscape as the architecture. 

 black berries ripen lazily in the warm, late summer sun and the town market displays the last of the second crop of strawberries along with sleepy porch seating on which to watch the world go by. 

 it was a great site inspection and im feeling very inspired by the entire setting. i cant wait to get to work. 

flowers for friday

August 26, 2011

dahlia season is in full swing. i cant seem to get enough. 

i love them mounded into this vintage hotel silver teapot which almost looses its form under the pompom like mass of these grouped dahlia. their subtly varied tones become much more luscious when paired only next to another of its kind. 

happy weekends. 

Rilleau Leather

August 24, 2011

 recently I found a wonderful vermont company Rilleau Leather. It is a second generation family run business with roots in the modernist movement and artists colony of cape cod. Their exquisite craft produce beautiful knotted belts and bags that seem as though they would last a life time. Im enchanted as much with the story of this company as I am the beautiful work ~ 

 i love this belt – it just has such an elegance about it……

 their bags are pretty great too. that rolled knot…..

flowers for friday

August 19, 2011

sometimes the simplest things hold the most fascination. i am completely captivated but these gloriosa lilies. so delicate they seem like something out of a fairy tale. i have seen them mixed in with other flowers a million times but i like a few of them grouped in a vase – their elegance and sculptural lines are showcased this way. 

what does the weekend hold for you? 

flowers for friday

August 12, 2011

 hooray! its friday. this weeks seems to have lagged, but im sure it is just the anticipation of my family’s arrival this evening. Im excited to spend a few days with them, relaxing and playing tour guide. I know they are going to especially love the farmers markets at this time of year. I will be taking break from blogging and all shop related things until tuesday. But then ill be back with loads of new vintage and lots of photos from this visit im sure. 

What are your plans for the weekend?

 i couldn’t resist using this big old bottle from the shop for a field inspired arrangement. Bottles can be hard to work with as the narrowness of the neck forces everything into a very upright position but i chose materials that I thought would behave well in this situation as well as having narrow stems. 
I used gooseneck loosestrife, a soft lavender lisianthus, and a variety of euphorbia. the euphorbia bleeds milky sap when cut and can be a little irritating to the skin, it also needs to be seared at the cut – a few passes of a lighter will do. 

Have lovely lovely weekends everyone!


fruits of labor: summer pasta

August 11, 2011

this recipe is a combination of a few found in the july 2011 issue of martha stewart living. with all of the fresh vegetables at the moment it was hard to stop at just one recipe….though i would have liked to use a spinach based pasta for color contrast. 

Summer Pasta:
2 tbsp evoo

1 tbsp butter 
3 large cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper 
1 lb of orichette pasta (cooked al dente and 3/4 cup of cooking water reserved)

10 ounces of yellow wax beans or green beans 
 3 ears of corn (steamed and shaved)
1 lemon juiced and half zested into strips (a non-serrated vegetable peeler works best) and slice into match stick sized pieces
3/4 cup of finely grated asiago cheese
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 cup of fresh torn basil

bring a large pot of water to boil – add ears of corn and cook until tender, aprox 7 minutes. remove from water and set aside, with water still boiling add yellow beans and cook until just tender. Remove from water and plunge into ice bath to stop cooking. with water still boiling add a tsp of salt and then add pasta. cook until al dente

while pasta cooks – heat oil in a large skillet over medium/low heat add red pepper and garlic, sautee until golden brown 3-4 minutes. add lemon strips and sautee another minute. add butter, shaved corn and beans toss with cracked black pepper. toss to coat, when butter is melted add lemon juice. cook another 2 minutes and then add cheese, reserved pasta water. toss in pasta and torn basil last, coat well and plate. 

painting in dutch: erin spencer

August 9, 2011

i first found erin spencer‘s work while looking for a beautiful and meaningful wedding gift for one of my very dearest friends. when i came across her paintings of the sea it was love at first sight. the heavy textured brush strokes evoke all of the unrest of the sea but with a spectacular feeling of calm. erin painted the most beautiful harbor scape of portsmouth, nh -the town where my friend and her husband met and live- as a wedding gift for them.
her landscapes are incredibly beautiful too, they always seem to hover on the edge of verdancy. I love the palette of these.  i regularly check erin’s gallery, painting in dutch and etsy shop. she is always working away at something and its exciting to keep up with her and her work.

table scape

August 8, 2011

its a new week! a fresh, clean start for anything you want to achieve. Im incredibly excited to welcome my mom & dad, brother & cousin to san francisco at the end of the week. It will be the first time they have seen the new house and I cant wait to spend a few days hanging out, visiting the farmers markets and other sights with them. I have been working on making a new kitchen table and im hoping my dad will be able to help with the final touches so we will all be able to share a meal there together. 
     I love this table above… a simple kind of grandeur ~ full of beauty but the kind that highlights the lovely occasion of sharing food and friendship together.