I am often asked where I start when designing a space. For me, I start from the ground up. For this living room project, I first selected this vintage blue and white area rug and then started to pull colors and textures for the furniture items. I love a balance of colors and textures in a space. For this room, we are using mohair, leather, linen, velvet and leather. One of my favorite perhaps unexpected accents is the touch of lavender. I can’t wait to see this space come together!
This past weekend at my neighborhood farmer’s market, the strawberries were perfection. Perfectly ripe. Sweet as candy. I could smell the fragrance from aisles away. I think that I was so intoxicated by the smell and taste – I ended up purchasing an entire flat (12 baskets). Strawberries for breakfast, strawberries for a snack, freezing some to make smoothies. I still had more than I knew what to do with, so I decided to make a strawberry rhubarb crisp to bring along to Sunday brunch with friends.
I looked up a few recipes that had a lot of sugar, so I decided to tweak a few things, like cutting the sugar by adding in an orange instead. Here is my version. You could serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream -or just enjoy by itself.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
6 stalks of fresh rhubarb, cut into 1 inch pieces
3 baskets of fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
1 cup of brown sugar
Zest of one orange
Juice of one orange
1 cup + 1 tablespoon of flour
pinch of salt
1 cup of oatmeal
1 stick of butter (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, toss the strawberries, 1/2 of the brown sugar, orange zest and orange juice with 1 tablespoon of flour.
Pour this mixture into a large buttered baking dish (I used a large, shallow Le Creuset).
In another bowl – or the can use the same one (which I did to save on the mess), add the rest of sugar, 1 cup of flour, salt, oatmeal, butter and vanilla. Combine the mixture until it forms a crumble-like consistency. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit, and bake for 1 hour. The fruit should be bubbling and the crumble a golden brown color. I made this the night before, covered it and left it at room temperature. I imagine it would be excellent right out of the oven – still warm and bubbling. This served 8 people by the way. Enjoy!
To really know me well, you have to know that I love goat cheese (or chèvre or whatever you want to call it.)
I love the tart flavor and consistency. When I found out that I could tour a goat cheese farm in the French countryside, I was beside myself. As you can see from the photo, I really do take my goat cheese eating pretty seriously, as I came home from the farm with all of this loot! Goat cheese that was soft, aged, coated in pepper, spices and shallots. I had the best cheese tasting of my life! The one thing that I noted in my tasting was that these cheeses tasted much less salty. I later learned that goat cheesees are often heavily treated with salt to prevent decay.
Just returned from Paris and just had to share the photos of a lucky little guy that got to tag along with me.
Since France doesn’t have any quarantine laws (and the French love dogs), I thought, “Why the heck not?”
Wesley actually enhanced the experience. People approached on the street to say bonjour to Wesley (frequently exposing my lack of French-speaking ability). As you can see from the photos, he was kind of over the photo shoot at the Louvre. He has a “enough already with the photos, dad!” look on his face. After his time in Paris, Wesley enjoyed a lovely time in the country with very dear friends.
He is working on his French for his next trip to France. In my next life I want to come back as Wesley the Westie!
P.S. Before you think that I am some cruel dog owner, I want you to know that Wesley was under my plane seat or in my lap the whole flight. I wouldn’t put my baby under the plane with the baggage!
I have always had fascination with how things are made. Seeing things on a shelf in a store always makes me wonder more about where it was made and by whom. For years, I have driven by a ceramics studio near my house, always wondering about it. I decided to sign up for a weekly evening class. I am now in my second session. Learning to throw the clay and form it on the wheel is no easy project. It takes concentration, patience and strength. There are a lot of pieces that I turn on the wheel that don’t turn out, but I am learning from each experience. This all started with my 2015 New Year’s resolutions: I wanted to challenge myself to a different creative medium. I have a few weeks left in my class. Don’t worry – I am not quitting my day job!
According to the calendar, spring has officially arrived. When looking at the weather reports across the country, it doesn’t quite appear that way with snow still falling. Fresh flowers always seem to brighten up even the gloomy days. I picked up this bouquet of anemones the other day for my kitchen. When looking them up online, I found out they represent anticipation. This just seemed appropriate for those out there still dreaming of spring.
I had a bunk bed in my bedroom growing up. I always loved climbing the ladder and reading a book with my stuffed animal buddies. I had the luxury of choosing to sleep in either the top or the bottom bunk since I am an only child.
We are currently working on a boy’s bedroom and he is also an only child. One problem was storage because of the size of the room. So we worked on designing this custom bunk bed that has plenty of storage for toys, games and clothes below. I am not sure who is more excited to have this move in more – him or me!
For the last few months, I have been working on an exciting project in Healdsburg (about 1.5 hours north of San Francisco). This is the new tasting room for MacRostie Winery. Here is a peek at one of the tables and stools for the space. Excited to share more photos very soon. We are excited for this launch and opening in the upcoming weeks!
When people ask me about my favorite room to design, I typically say a living room or a bedroom. But you wouldn’t know it lately. We have been working on numerous bathroom remodels. Here are some shots of some of our current bathroom projects.
All for different clients and completely different feels for each.
I love playing with shapes and patterns in a bathroom to make the space to feel unique and yet timeless.
Sometimes furniture just will not fit in doorways or down hallways – so you have to come up with alternative options to make things work. For this project, we worked on the design of the client’s roof deck (of a three story house). There was just no way that it would be possible to move the furniture in by going through the house. So we called in a professional crane company to lift the furniture up to the roof! As you can see from the photo, it is quite a dramatic process. Everything worked out well and happy to share the final results. I am pretty sure that this furniture isn’t going anywhere any day soon.