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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

the professor

February 24, 2011

the other day i found my self quite inspired by this simple vintage desk chair. (sorry for the poor phone camera quality) 

a nod to mid century i couldn’t help but conjure the professor. bookishly handsome, cardigan or blazer, it hardly matters, with leather patches at the elbows, horn rimmed glasses and a weathered but captivating smell of tobacco encircling him. in an instant i glimpsed his home office. A large wooden slab desk with gorgeous patina, a wall covered in ornate antique gold frames,empty so that one may appreciate all their intricate detail, comfy siesta chairs for reading, plenty of old books, and accents of candlelight, brass, wool and hide. btw an inspiration board via the internet is hard – made me appreciate fabric samples and colored pencils. 

desk: 1stdibs, books: simply objekts, siesta chairs: 1st dibs, fossil bookends: littlybyrdvintage, hex lamps:1stdibs, rug: moroccanmaryam, paint: No.268,95 and 264:farrow&ball, sconces:lovedbytime

wine list wednesday.

February 23, 2011

ok kids. this little bottle of chardonnay is gonna knock your socks off. the 2007 Pine Ridge Vineyard Dijon Clones. its amazingly rich and has such elegance. I think if i had to pick one bottle to drink for the rest of my life this might be it. 

this wine tastes like the work of honeybees in a summer orchard. and it smells just as amazing. it all so well balanced, super super smooth and just the right hint of fruitiness(white peach, a little citrus, and pineapple) to compliment the oak – something that can be tricky with chardonnay. sometimes it just tastes like you are licking the inside of an old wine barrel, you know what i mean? but this doesn’t its gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous and it lovely flavor just lingers on your tongue. it will be a hit if you bring it as a gift or the star of the party. 
serve with: mussels. or nothing at all. just enjoy it. 35$.

monday.

February 21, 2011

another week begins. the start of this one feels crisper and cleaner than others have this year. I booked a trip for the middle of march to go off buying for the shop. I feel like i need to get away from seeing all of the things im slowly becoming accustom to at the markets here. clear my head and eyes just for a minute to gain fresh perspective. 
it stormed friday night and all day saturday and on into the evening. it was my first time seeing rain with such combination of force and longevity since moving to san francisco. i cant help but imagine this huge storm as it swelled and tossed out across the wide open pacific before finally crashing on us.  we spent almost all of the day curled up inside with books and blankets and huge cups of tea. if we had a fireplace i have no doubt that it would have been roaring, but our trusty radiator did its job faithfully though with less ambiance. i worked my way through much of the Great House, nicole krauss. i am pleasantly surprised not only with the story but with the writing itself – drawn in by the novels focus on objects imbued with the memory of many individual and many generations (go figure, i know.) with a few sections left i am eager to finish. 
it was nice to awake this morning to a bright blue albeit chilly sky. wrapped in this lovely, i headed to the farmers market. It was a treat to find bundles of thin fresh asparagus there. brown bread was made and a huge pot of veggie stock with all the unused bits i squirreled away in the fridge during the week. i also spent some time with an amazing old cook book i acquired a while ago, but it deserves a post of its own. and i report a disasterous molasses taffy attempt. 
i  finished the whole thing with a long cold walk at the beach. its proximity to the pacific and sand  is one of the great luxuries of san francisco and i loved spending as much time there as i can. 

wine list wednesday…

February 17, 2011

…..well um is guess its more like a thirsty thursday. i hope youll forgive the tardiness of this post. we have had technical difficulty here at Cottage Farm. a moratorium of sorts on internet. but not to fear, i think its all sorted out and we should be back up and running midweek next week. for now though i will be working from my satellite (aka my local coffee shop or public library) office – so things might be a bit skatty over the next few days. please stay with us. 

and now what youve all been waiting for….wine list wednesday. 
i have a champagne on the menu today. normally im not such a huge fan, but this bubbly is worth the hype. its the california cousin of the french masion du louis roederer.
its a beautiful, not too bubbly not to sweet vintage from Roederer Estate. and its brilliant!! this champagne is not for oj and thats for sure. so just trust me- grab a bottle, its about 20$, a few of your favorite girlfriends (or your honey) and have a blast. 

a love-ly dinner

February 15, 2011

last night we spent a truly lovely night at home. we are lucky to live in a city that offers a bounty of beautiful ingredients and we feel like on special occasions its nice to take full advantage of this bounty.  

 we started the meal with a sampling of charcuterie from the newly opened Fatted Calf store in Hayes Valley. they use high quality and local ingredients and all of their meats are cured and prepared by hand.the flavors and exquisite pates and salumis surly show case this delicate art. they also offer classes so you can learn these skills for yourself. YUM! 

on the right side of the board are a few cheese we picked up at Cheese Plus. they are always so helpful and have an amazing variety of artfully crafted cheeses from around the world. the blue cheese was by far the favorite. a goats milk blue from france: blue du bocage goat. its excellent. the best part is we have enough left for dinner tonight. this makes me very happy. 

finally – mussels from SwanOysterDepot. a long standing sf fishmonger. they have been at it been around for decades. they have an oyster bar which looks like it hasent changed since the place opened and you at 9am you can see people happily slurping oysters, eating huge bowls of clam chowda and drinking anchor steams – its looks like so much fun. i still have yet to partake. but their fish is amazing! its the only place i will buy seafood from in the city. you can call ahead to order or just get there early. but i suggest getting in before 10 to have prime choice. 

Mussels. 

2 1/2lbs of fresh mussels. scrubbed and debearded

1 large fennel bulb. cored and diced. fronds reserved and chopped aprox 1/4 cup. 

1 large onion diced.

2 cloves garlic diced.

a few sprigs of fresh thyme

tbsp of red pepper flakes 

1/2 cup white wine

1/4 cup vodka

1 1/4 cups of fish stock, or other stock if you prefer. 

1/2 cup of fresh chopped parsley 

2 tbsp evoo

1 tbsp butter

salt and pepper. 

in a large dutch oven or heavy bottom skillet heat oil and saute fennel, onion, garlic and thyme. until softened. aprox 8 mins over medium heat. 

next add red pepper flakes and saute another 1 minute 

add vodka and wine and bring to a boil. reduce 3 mins. 

add stock and bring to a boil. when it is boiling add mussels. cover and shake pan or gently fold bottom mussels to top.  until mussels are opened and cooked. aprox. 7 minutes. discard any unopened ones. 

while mussels are cooking i placed a large le cruset baking dish in the oven at 300. when the mussels were cooked i carefully transfered them into the warm lecruset and placed it back in the oven. 

i then added the last dollop of butter, chopped parsley, fennel fronds, and salt and pepper. i melted the butter and reduced the sauce simmering gently for 3 minutes. removed mussels from oven and poured the sauce over the top. 

served w. big hunks of crusty bread. 

a little love for cottage farm

February 14, 2011

yesterday, i was featured in a little article over at the san francisco chronicle. I basically got to walk around and do what i love, look for treasures at the flea market. It was a lot of fun working on the story with the very talented Chantal Lamers, who penned the article. I hope you will go and check it out. there are lots of great photos too!

and Happy Valentines Day!