Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Introducing: The PRETTY Prop Rental!

We're doing it! We're opening a prop house in Portland! I mean, we could just say that I'm going to start renting my props to other people... but opening a prop house sounds so official and businessy! And, it's pretty official. We've got a whole website and instagram and everything! If you're in Portland and need tabletop props, come find us! Cheers to 2017 adventures!

Friday, January 27, 2017

4 Secrets To Setting A Table // Architectural Digest

Discussed some of my process and pointers for setting the dinner table with Architectural Digest writer Kamala Nair this past week. Post up on their website!

Photography by Ryan Dausch.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Italy: Masseria Moroseta

In the middle of endless olive groves and on it's own organic plot, the Masseria Moroseta in Ostuni, Puglia, was the first place that we stayed in Italy and a perfect one to relax and recharge. European countryside dreams coming true. It was designed with the perfect balance of rustic Italian countryside and minimalistic modern and around the intention that your visit be leisurely. Each room has antique beds with Italian linen sheets and a small outdoor patio, ours also had a working fireplace. There's a fresh breakfast in the morning, different breads and cheeses, my favorite combination was tomato focaccia and mozzarella, fruit and the option of eggs from the masseria's chicken coop or yogurt. The living room is comfortable and stocked with design books and magazines. They leave healthy cakes (like a whole grain, gluten free carrot cake) out for afternoon tea, and there's an espresso machine right there. It was too cold to swim, so I can't say much about the pool, but the showers are the waterfall kind and fantastic. And on top of all of that the owner, Carlo, is a really cool guy and will point you in the direction of a great meal, or a great flea market. Would definitely go back again.

Photos by me and Scott. (If they're really good, they're probably by Scott.)

Friday, January 20, 2017

8 Bowls For Your Winter Soup

I've been searching for the perfect winter bowls. A snuggly bowl suitable for a creamy pureed soup would be great, but it just wouldn't give ramen the brothy room it needs so would need a different size for that. And then a pasta bowl- too big and my eyes become bigger than my stomach, but too small and the meal feels sad. Starting to seem like there may not be one perfect size. May just have to get several! Some appealing options below...

1/ Sheldon Ceramics silverlake bowl.
2/ Miro Made This udon bowl.
3/ Golden Biscotti matte porcelain bowls.
4/ One & Many blue and white marbled bowls.
5/ Luke Eastop petrol crucible bowl.
6/ Koji Kitaoka fluted bowl.
7/ Irving Place Studio porcelain bowl.
8/ Sue Paraskeva sold by Herriott Grace stoneware and porcelain bowls.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Italy: Puglia

It was a hectic 2016! In all of the best possible ways (and some not quite so). The grand finale was our three week honeymoon in Italy, then home just in time for a restorative holiday season. Going through the photos now just makes me want to go back. I have a certain inescapable love for mediterranean Europe. Maybe (obviously) because my heritage is almost entirely Mediterranean.

We spent most of our time in Puglia, a more off the beaten path area of Italy where we could eat all of the foods, take in the sights, but wouldn't be tempted to run ourselves ragged. It was perfect. Beautiful weather in late October, mid 50s, sometimes 60s, sunny. Endless olive groves, fresh breezes, and views of the ocean. We went to a Saturday market in Ostuni, a Sunday flea in Lecce and Castromediano, and took long leisurely walks and car rides.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Light + Ladder

The below are from Light + Ladder's 2016 lookbook, shot by Nicole Franzen and styled by moi. I don't do lookbooks often, but I really enjoy them. The work of creating a limited series of photos to capture a brand's seasonal vision is so inspiring. You get to immerse yourself in their aesthetic world. Farrah Sit's use of geometry and volume is so simple, yet elegant, and elevates everyday items to another level. In fact, I now own one of those dark grey planters and my bedroom corner has never looked so chic.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Perks Of The Job

Work for cool brands, get to try cool products. So fun! An occasional and awesome perk of the job. Last year I got to work with several beauty brands that I admire (including NARS) and my clients are so generous, they generally ask if I'd like to take a few things home to try. How can I say no to that? I've really fallen in love with Sjal's face creams and serum but I don't see how I could justify spending $265 on a serum any time soon... so that was fun, but now it's over. Naturopathica's face cleansers are so creamy and hydrating feeling, like a warm hug for your skin. I use the oat cleanser in the shower and I use the sweet lupine as a make up remover at night. The packagings are so pretty, having them around the house inspired Scott and I to take some portraits of them. I also really love the ethos of these brands. Worth checking out.