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Sawkille Collective

December 8, 2010

im actually sorta at a loss for words – having just stumbled upon the beautiful work being made here at the Sawkille Collective.

tucked away in the catskill mountains a group of artists are working to create some of the most inspired american furniture i have ever seen. I love how it plays off the familiar shaker styles so indicative of this region – simple, functional,beautiful – but with an ultra modern twist.

bravo! i cant wait to visit and oh how honored i would be to have one of these extra lean stools in home

fruits of labor. Irish Brown Bread

November 9, 2010

the fall season is well upon us here in San Francisco. With chilly temps and driving rains you can be sure to find me in the kitchen most days. Nothing fills a house better than the smell of baking bread.
Inspired by these lovely photographs via eastsidebride by Susanna Howe. im sharing a very special recipe- for irish brown bread. The recipe came to me via SOS’s mom and what i love about it is that it has been worked on and adapted over the years by her and her 8 sisters to reach its current state.
below is the recipe. enjoy and let me know if you have any questions I would be happy to help!
This recipe makes 2 loafs and I use 8 x 4″ loaf pans. see them here.
wholefood bulk section is a great place to find many of these ingredients.
Pre heat the oven to 400.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
1 3/4 C course ground whole wheat or brown flour.
1/2 C self rising white flour
1/2 C oat bran
1/2 C steel cut oats (not the instant kind)
1/4 C sesame seeds
1/4 C wheat germ
30 hazelnuts halved
2 tbsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
mix all of these together gently.
Next begin to add in wet ingredients
1 pint of buttermilk
2 eggs beaten
3/4 C plain yogurt
mix all ingredients together very well and pour into greased loaf pans. batter should be quite wet. like a cake batter almost.
Bake for 45 mins at 400.
After 45 mins remove pans from oven and cover tops with tinfoil.
return pans to oven and continue baking for another 20 minutes.
total cooking time 1h 5m.
remove as soon as possible from pans and let cool.

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

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

Cape Light – Joel Meyerowitz

August 24, 2010

its finally summer here in San Francisco – most of us were thinking it wouldnt happen, but here it is!


yesterday on sfgirlbybay, victoria took us on a tour of martha’s vineyard. it made me long for my childhood summers on the cape and islands. i swear there is something magical that exists only there and no where else.

photographer Joel Meyerowitz captures my feelings for this place so well. his photos from the series Cape Light serve to satiate my longing…at least for now.
hope you enjoy

a few more sights from amsterdam

August 21, 2010

a few more sights from amsterdam….the last and first photos are from the flower market…its fun to walk through but i would recommend any of the other food markets … where the cut flowers are more plentiful and incredibly inexpensive.
and who could resist those giant puffy clouds of meringue??? i couldnt! definitely check out Patisserie Kuyt while you are there and on the same street find the cute little cafe (fantastic coffee with a scrubbed scandinavian atmosphere) pictured 2 photos below. the whole street is lined with wonderful clothing shops, design collectives, the best butcher and cheese monger youll ever find! right off Rembrandtplien

loved this pretty delicate door knocker …its a bit cheeky too dont you think?