This and that

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.

Made it to Friday

“All the women in me are tired.”

-Nayyirah Waheed

 

For some reason it has been a tiring week.  Not only did I have a lot on my plate, but it feels like family, work, relationships, politics, friends, and social obligations have all somehow been involved.  I contain multitudes, and all of us are tired this week!  I am looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow, and to an afternoon nap with my pups.  Wishing you a restorative weekend as well!

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Travel-minded

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Pont Saint-Michel, Paris

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

–Maya Angelou

 

I’ve got an intense case of wanderlust.  Photos of faraway places have me itching to plan a trip somewhere — Portugal, Cambodia, Seattle, Uruguay, Kenya, Vancouver!  Somewhere new I can discover!  I also got to see a few people that are very dear to me this week, leaving me with a deep appreciation for some of my closest friends.  Somehow my general concern for the state of the world combined with my feelings this week are encompassed in this wise quote by Maya Angelou.  Happy Friday, friends!

Fridays are for cake

One week ago, I tried a new cake recipe for a Friday night dinner with friends.  Spoiler alert: it is amazing and I will be making this one again and again.  Behold: Maialino’s Olive Oil Cake.  I served it topped with dollops of the strawberry black pepper jam I made several weeks ago, and it was perfection.  Not too sweet, perfectly moist, easily mixed, and the most delightful hint of citrus.  Make it for yourself or someone you love this weekend — you won’t be sorry!  Sharing is entirely optional.

 

Balance point

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“This is the first time the girl becomes aware that the world requires something other than what she is.”

–Lesley Nneka Arimah, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky: Stories

 

This Friday I am thinking about expectations, and about balance.  The world might expect something different than what we are or what we want, but that doesn’t mean we are obligated to give in to that expectation.  Find your bliss, find your fulcrum, and don’t let the world upset the balance you find.

Love your solitude

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“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

I read Rilke’s Letters years ago and felt such a resonance in my young spirit.  I’m feeling a bit off-kilter as many things are in flux at the moment — perhaps it is a good time to return to those encouraging words I found so dear.  Wishing you confidence and calm as the week comes to a close, and happy Friday!

A cozy Friday

It is grey outside today so I’m soaking up a bit of hygge in sweats with a candle burning and a mug of tea.

Essentials for a cozy weekend:

Happy Friday!

Friday!

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“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.”

–Barbara Jordan

Between my dogs and this very blissed-out San Francisco sea lion, I have some prime examples of napping done right.  Here’s to a weekend full of naps, cheesecake, and R&R.