Monthly Archives: May 2012

Urban Cartel

May 31, 2012

 simple, beautiful utilitarian pieces with modern appeal fill the virtual shelves of Urban Cartel. I am smitten with the soft glazes and the controlled organic nature of this “contemporary porcelain” from the melbourne, australia shop

 I have mostly white dishes & prep bowls in my kitchen and any of these would easily accompany them. The thought of using the lipped bowls in my next (and probably unsuccessful) baking endeavor makes me quite happy indeed.  

flowers for friday

May 25, 2012

happy weekend! hope you all have had a wonderful week. I have enjoyed having my brother in town and another friend from the east coast. I even dragged my brother to the flower market early one morning. We picked out the astilbe (that delicate tall pinkish flower in the arrangement) as a place to start from. Our mom has always grown many different varieties in her garden and it seems like a very appropriate flower to build on. 
Hope you enjoy this weeks flowers for friday! 

cherry season

May 24, 2012

 its cherry season again!  first spotted in the farmers market two weeks ago they weren’t quite ready but this week they are plump & round & very very sweet. Cherry season is one of the things I have grown to love here. They mark the start of summer each year. There is nothing quite like them. Their season is fleeting and so I plan to savor every last bit and then wait for them to come again next year. 

harbor cottage

May 23, 2012

I found this little hide-away on justine’s lovely blog designskool. I was immediately transported to the familiar… the costal maine air heavy with the sea and that smooth rock coast line beneath bare feet. Its a place I know intimately even without having been to this beautiful little cottage set on one of maine’s many costal marshes. It embodies what is special about new england and maine in particular… & you could rent it if you like. I would certainly like to. 

images: justine @designskool & harbor cottage website 

flowers for friday

May 18, 2012

a simple sweet little arrangement for this friday. A $5 mixed bunch of sweet peas from the farmers market. I am lucky enough to have a farm that comes to our market which grows acres & acres of native flowers. So $5, a few snips from my rabbit-foot fern & a couple of “volunteers” from the tree on the corner of my block… its some sort of flowering thing and i cut just a few pieces that were still seeded. 
I color blocked the sweet peas. I think this is a quick easy way to make an arrangement seem more purposeful and i enjoyed this lovely for the week. 

On another note I am feeling quite itchy… itchy for change. Do you ever feel like that? I have lived in San Francisco for 5 years and im just feeling that restless feeling. I cant help thinking about the hundred other cities out there in the world with their own life and interesting little secrets and corners full of treasures and i would like to fly…………….

hope you all have flying weekends. SOS leaves for london today for an extended business trip and my brother arrives on saturday. It will be nice to see him. its been too long. 

see you back here on monday. 

creating a comfortable home

May 17, 2012

celebrating the launch of Etsy’s new registry feature they have asked a few guest curators to put together some of their favorites for home. I was honored to see some items from Cottage Farm included in Nathan William (of Kinfolk) picks for “creating a comfortable home”. But, more importantly I love his thoughts on the subject. I think each of us strive to create a comfortable, and beautiful, space that we can be proud to call home. 

For me comfort in the home goes hand-in-hand with food and the kitchen space. I have chosen my last two apartments based on how good the light is and then how good the kitchen is …. gas stove mandatory. 
It is the first room I unpack after a move which is as much about function as it is about comfort… the two are synonymous. 

I also loved Nathan’s strategy for outfitting the kitchen. 
We don’t have a tableware collection with every color scheme under the sun, but I recommend following the lighting of the day (warm morning sun, bright white midday, dark and shadowy afternoon). Darken the colors you use for an evening meal with wooden serveware, candles, and colored linens.”
It is so very much about utilitarian elegance for your ever day. So logical and yet this simple practice of moving with the day leads to the creation of an incredibly beautiful setting in which to gather, eat and enjoy being together. 

Monday Mood Board

May 14, 2012

black & white is such a classic combination its sometimes hard to believe that it can also be so chic at times. It works just about everywhere from art to dress to rooms and it seems effortless too. 

images- clockwise:: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,


May 2, 2012

some lovely spaces that I have been looking at recently. I am feeling a bit uninspired when it comes to my apartment just now. Do you ever feel that way? Just a bit stuck I suppose and not sure what is the next move on the decorating front. I know it needs to be a bigger piece and I think this is what has me paralyzed, I haven’t seen anything I like just yet.  

I also need to make changes to the entryway. It needs to be more functional and thus the form needs to change. I know exactly what I would like to do but I cant seem to find the right pieces. Maybe I am too married to what i see in my head. I wish I could just sketch them and have someone make them for me. 

And finally the little eat in nook in the kitchen is feeling tired. I have been thinking something bold like glossy navy paint would spice it up but I find myself second guessing. Maybe I should just go for it? 

Anyway, I am off  a wedding for two dear friends in DC. Looking forward to being there to support them on their blissful day. Im hoping that going to this new place will bring winds of change too. Sometimes its good to step back.  
One place I am always feeling inspired though is on instagram (you can find me at cottage farm) and Im taking my polaroid with me to DC in the hopes of this beautiful tool coaxing me out of this little cloud. 

enjoy the rest of your week all. 

images: 1, 2, 3, 4