For a long time I have flirted with the idea of going dark in our bedroom. There is something so dramatic yet inviting about dark walls. I have long admired Theobert Pot on Instagram for his lusciously saturated interior shots, and I keep being drawn to the dark and moody wherever I turn. I finally have decided to take the plunge, and with it, I’ve ordered the pink velvet bed of my dreams to really pop against the dark walls I’m envisioning.
I’ll be sure to take you along for the transformation, but in the meantime, here are some of the images I am inspired by, along with my glorious new pink bed and a song I can’t help but sing on repeat.
The eminent Janelle Monae makes an excellent argument for pink, no?
After admiring the cover and peeking inside virtually every time I visit Blue Bottle Coffee Co., I finally picked up a copy of Caitlin Freeman’s Modern Art Desserts. I am so glad I did! Freeman’s book is a gem. Formerly of Miette, Freeman clearly knows her way around amazing desserts — backwards, forwards, and sideways, in fact. What made this cookbook stand out for me was the fact that is not only full of stunning recipes, but also it serves as both a personal memoir and a mini-guide to some of the works at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. While Freeman and her beautiful desserts are no longer at SFMOMA, the cookbook that resulted from her tenure there is a pleasure for the pastry enthusiast and art lover alike.
Each dessert is presented with a photograph of the pastry, an image of the artwork it was inspired by, information about the work and the artist, and Freeman’s own experiences creating the dish. Then follows the recipe, with clear, clean instructions. Many of the recipes are quite aspirational — the complex Mondrian cake, for example, takes a whopping two days. However, specialized supplies and ingredients are sourced in the book, out-of-the-ordinary equipment is highlighted and explained, and a section early on gives a great rundown of both the ingredients and cooking tools you’ll likely need throughout. Freeman somehow manages to make incredibly complex recipes seem both aspirational and accessible. Mixed in with culinary feats like the Mondrian cake are slightly lower key options like trifle, sodas, popcicles, and even a savory snack or two, so there are certainly options for those who prefer to measure their recipe timing in minutes or hours rather than days.
Overall I was surprised and delighted by Modern Art Desserts. It is a diverting read above and beyond being a good cookbook. If you’re a modern art fan, give this one a whirl. Freeman has given us candy for the eyes and the taste buds in equal measure.
Maybe it is the busy, chaotic state of the world right now, but I find I am currently craving clean clean clean soothing neutrals, with a bit of black for a sophisticated accent. Black gives an unexpected polish to these looks, and I’d love to spend a serene afternoon in any one of these spaces.
As fate would have it, I was able to attend the goop x CB2 launch event this past weekend, only days after professing my love for the gorgeous Cerchio chairs. CB2 did a delightful job of hosting, with pressed juices, meditation, DIY sage bundling, and a chat with the lovely Caroline of Love & Loathing Los Angeles. Here are a few snaps from the event, if you’d like to see:
While I had no need for new dining chairs, I may
or may not have bought a new coffee table — and I am so excited! I think it will be just the bit of curvy modernism my living room needs/wants/has to have. In the meantime, thank you goop and CB2 for a lovely event!
I fell in love today. Meet my new crush, the Cerchio chair from the new goop x CB2 collaboration. It’s got the perfect vintage Italian vibe — without the hassle of toting an actual vintage set back home from Italy somehow. I think these are gorgeous just as shown, or would be amazing in a matchy-clashy set mixed with some Thonet chairs and Eames shell chairs. Maybe it is just because it is Monday, but today, I am infatuated. Be still, my heart. I have literally zero need for new dining furniture, but girl can dream.
This lovely maker was a happenstance find while in Seattle — meet Baleen! Billy and Leah started Baleen in 2013 when they saw a niche for quality, affordable handmade jewelry they decided to fill, and their fresh and sculptural jewelry is all handmade in Seattle, WA. Their jewelry is eco-friendly in a number of ways: about 95% of their materials (silver, brass, and gold-fill) are made from recycled metals, they are a zero-waste manufacturer, their nickel-free and conflict-free gold-plating facility is also zero-waste, and their packaging is printed locally on recycled paper made in Michigan in a green, water-powered factory. And besides all of this, their jewelry is just plain beautiful!
I fell in love with their Fifty/Fifty earrings when I came across them in the Seattle Art Museum store, then bought yet another pair of their earrings as I shopped at the delightful Butter Home shop at Melrose Market. Their Herkimer studs almost came home with me as well
and still might.
If you’d like to visit, Baleen’s workshop and storefront is located right in Ballard, or you can shop online to your heart’s content. Necklaces, bracelets, pins, rings… so many fun things to choose from. And as someone with a mild nickel allergy, I can vouch that their jewelry is comfortable and worry free to wear. Thank you, Baleen!
Someone dear to me is moving in about 5 weeks and it is going to be a bit of a whirlwind, so I offered to help her pull together a fresh new look on a major budget. She is keeping most of her current furniture, but I’m excited to give her a pulled-together and homey new look with accents and accessories. Most of her existing furniture is dark wood, so I’m hoping to lighten up the feel of everything by adding some lighter colors into the mix. I can’t wait to pull everything together in her new space!
It’s been a little while since I shared some inspiration images, so here are a few lovely things that have caught my eye on this fine Friday. A blend of fresh and moody colors and sunshine are on my mind — and judging from the variety of locales, I seem to also be feeling a tinge of wanderlust. Enjoy, and have a good weekend!
That carved wood cabinet on that wood wall at Casa Warrandyte in Australia is perfection. Warm woods and leather with all that greenery? Yes and please.
Dying over this moody teal hex tile, especially paired with a grey concrete shelf.
This sunshiny corner at Sonoma’s Scribe Winery encapsulates their “falling down but still soulful” aesthetic delightfully.
Sisters Hollister and Porter Hovey’s Brooklyn apartment is a maximally chic adventure in design. (And seriously, how great are their names?)
This serene and light-filled seating area in Sint-Niklaas is exactly where I wish I could spend the weekend.
Some time ago I helped a friend pull together some inspiration for his new studio apartment. I love the color combo even though it is a bit of a departure from my own home — it is fun and eclectic with the blues and rusty tan hues in a mix of patterns.
For a cleaner, more streamlined vibe, just swap out the pillows and the rug. There is still a lot of visual interest with the combination of textures and materials, but less pattern and a tighter color palette give it a quieter overall feel.
Which do you prefer? Either way, that sofa and leather chair have my heart!