An Antique & Heirloom Filled Alameda Home

Nestled between a whimsical sunflower filled front yard and a home where it’s not unusual to find two curious pups peeking over the fence, is Katie and Carlos’ picketed early 20th century bungalow. Situated in the picturesque, Bay Area island suburb of Alameda, their place fits perfectly amidst a sea of other quaint homes and grand Victorians. Katie’s mentioning of her Mexican folk art and Frida Kahlo collections, and the fact that she lived in Alameda is what tipped me off that her place might be adorable. And as soon as I walked through the patio, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed!

For a town situated between the larger cities of Oakland and San Francisco, Alameda has some serious small town charm. Every 1st Sunday of the month I find myself driving through town to scavenge the Alameda Antique Faire, I’m hit with those “Pleasantville” warm and fuzzies (but in full color).

Katie’s street is lined with trees, as are most there, with a coffee shop, boutique, and selection of other businesses just down the way. Nearby, you’ll find Alameda’s downtown district, complete with a 1930s-built movie palace (if you’re lost, the giant vertical neon sign will guide you) and several restaurants and stores. I arrived in town a bit earlier than planned and she pointed me in the direction of the lagoon nearby and the best areas to ogle Victorians.

Katie, Carlos, and their old pup YumYum have rented this house for years, and have filled it with vintage and antiques, nostalgic pieces, and a few travel mementos. The charm begins in their front yard where, equipped with a bright neon green patio set, barbecue, and collection of potted succulents, the porch feels ready for summer and gives you a glimpse into the organized and collected style of the house.

Furnished with an eclectic mix of vintage pieces, including an antique chair and console as you enter, an old coffee table in perfect contrast to the floral rug beneath it, and several groupings of figurines and vases, Katie’s place is just how you’d imagine the home of a former art history major and auction house vet to appear.

The bust in the entryway is one of Katie’s favorite pieces. I had to share it, along with the scratched door moulding (YumYum’s doing. Sorry Katie!). I love the vignettes throughout the house, and how she’s even managed to make this YumYum themed corner look chic!

Katie and Carlos both have family keepsakes and old photos displayed throughout the house, like a steering wheel that belongs to Katie’s dad on the living room console. La Virgen de Guadalupe and Frida Kahlo make a few appearances in the form of candles and prints as well, alluding to Carlos’ Mexican heritage and Katie’s appreciation for Mexican art.

Part of this home’s charm, and one of my favorite aspects of it, is its architecture. Several cabinets in the kitchen open to reveal antiquated “technology” built into the walls, i.e. a fold-up ironing board (ok, this would technically work now), and a pantry originally used as a fridge with a separate shelf to place ice.

A framed Frida Kahlo looms over the kitchen, while bright oil cloth provides a canvas for colorful glass and kitchenware.

I’ve always been a sucker for clawfoot bath tubs, and to my delight, Katie’s bathroom is equipped with one!

The bedroom is just as cozy and collected as the rest of the house, with a small loveseat nestled perfectly in the corner and artwork all around.

Mary Finlayson’s Painterly Still Life Artwork

This morning–a fortuitously sunny, 60-ish degree San Francisco-kind-of-warm morning–I made my way down to Fort Mason Center for one of my favorite events in the city: West Coast Craft! I’ve probably attended each event (there are a few every year here and in other cities) since I first caught a glimpse through the warehouse windows on a late night first date with my now boyfriend (hah!). As a forever crafter and lover of art, I’m always in awe of what people are creating, and today blew my mind! A handwoven rattan furniture company run out of a garage in Oakland/studio in Indonesia, hanging macrame lighting, Memphis inspired squiggled shirts and bags, and a slew of artists with funky, illustrative style were just a few of my personal highlights. And of all of these talented folks, I think I’ve found one of my new favorite artists.

The style of Painted Mary, aka Mary Finlayson, seems so clearly inspired by painterly, Fauvist paintings, and very closely resembles Hunt Slonem’s work. Seriously, you couldn’t tell the two apart! I love his work, and I’m so smitten with Mary’s paintings that I almost bought a print, but opted to wait until she stocked her store with new prints. I hope to fill my walls with a few of her deeply saturated still life depictions of potted flora and nudes. They are simply gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

Get the Look: Marjorie Green’s Apartment from Twin Peaks 2017

If you’re a Twin Peaks fan, you may already have devoured the first few episodes of the series’ revival–and been in utter bewilderment.

Max and I started the original months ago, and we’re only a few episodes shy of finishing. So I figured I’d take a stab at this new revival, see what those old faces look like today, and find some continuity within the series as a whole. Not the case! Well, the continuity part anyways. I’ve long known who murdered Laura Palmer, but what’s with the glass box? Is Shaggy (aka Matthew Lilllard) the new killer? WHO designed frantic neighbor Marjorie’s adorable vintage apartment–the only thing that makes sense to me!?

On that note, after my confusion I was inspired to gather a few resources for getting the look of her MidMod pad, and I searched everywhere for a still shot of the place (and more info on what the heck I was watching). Enjoy!

 

Where to buy:

Floral Sofa

Vintage Side Table

Birdcage

Mid-Century Modern Lamp

Coffee Table

Rotary Phone

Lounge Chair

Floral Still Life Painting

Have you seen the new Twin Peaks?

Thread Honey Embroidery: Feminism, The Stars, and a Bit of Pop Culture

Any form of textile construction has my heart. I flirted with the idea of staying in college longer so I could live out my passion and study textiles and fashion. I was in my last quarter and taking surface design and textile classes when I realized it was what I truly loved. I learned crochet, some sewing, and a form of textile art that really boggles me–embroidery.

It takes a special human to create embroidered artwork. After a few college projects trying to create the type of beautiful artwork I now find on Etsy and Instagram, my fingers were numb and my mind was in as many knots as the ones I had to untangle along the way. So embroidery artists, bless you and your patience!

Like I mentioned, I follow several folks on Instagram who have made this tedious craft their form of artistic expression (take Sarah K. Benning as an example), and I’m always stumbling upon others. Recently, I traveled down a blog rabbit hole and found designer and stylist Thread Honey’s whimsical (and sometimes cheeky) embroidered pieces. If you’re a feminist who loves astrology, pop culture, and impeccable knolling, check out her lovely work! You can also purchase patterns of some of the pieces I’m sure are her most popular.

Do you have a favorite embroidery artist?

A Cluttered Life

In the midst of a seriously magical trip to New York City, my birthday festivities, and a string of activity filled weekends (including a few catering gigs), I’ve been mentally and physically preparing (aka editing things out of my room) for a huge move with Max this July. Needless to say, I haven’t been posting as much, and everything in my life seems to be so cluttered as of late. I’ll try to pick up some slack here and post more soon!

Renegade Craft Fair SF: Vendors I’m Still Shopping From

This is just a spur of the moment post, but I wanted to share a few of the vendors at Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco that I just loved, and whose shops I’m still browsing!

Norwegian Wood:

A chic shop selling everything from furniture to hanging planters!

Madime:

This Berkeley artist is all about macrame, and these knotted nests are what got me!

Local and Lejos:

A shop I’ve adored before, Local & Lejos features work from artisans around the world. Really diggin’ that serape!

Sarah Duyer:

Sarah Duyer creates playful and geometric ceramic pieces including planters and bowls, and a few very chic dip glazed pieces.

Darzah:

The hand embroidered flats (and many many other pieces created by talented Palestinian women artists) from Darzah caught my eye as I wandered through the aisles of Renegade.

Res Ipsa:

Arguably my favorite vendor, Res Ipsa turns Turkish kilims into flats, loafers, and the most gorgeous bags and backpacks!

Moccian:

I fall hard for woven anything–which is why I stopped to ogle Moccian’s woven bags, totes, and clutches.

Lazy Lotus:

I’ve burned these candles every night since Renegade. They are the most affordable, fragrant candles I’ve had and I will soon stock up on more jars!

Have you attended any of the Renegade craft fairs? What artisan or crafter do you recommend?

7 Insta Bedrooms to Dream About

I follow several beloved designers, stylists, and shopkeepers on Instagram who have serious vintage and boho style cred. They grace my feed daily with stacks of Moroccan boucherouite pillows, found rattan baskets and peacock chairs, and plenty of bold color and patterns. I’m a fool for their impeccable styling and am constantly finding inspiration in their vignettes of different interiors. Some of these spaces are used to market the treasures they find for their shops, and some are real spaces that either belong to or were designed by them.

Bedrooms are typically on my radar when I look through blogs or shops….naturally, as my bedroom is my only true personal space and is always a work in progress. And let me say, with Instagram’s new feature that allows you to save posts, Insta has become my new Pinterest and I’ve found myself collecting plenty of bedroom (and home) inspiration. It’s been like reading a miniature blog, but in a more practical format for a gal who’s frequently on the go but wants a quick design fix. So on that note, here are a few dreamy bedrooms I love, that I’ve found on my ‘Instapades’, from designers you seriously need to follow:

@DKRenewal:

I was drawn to this space for a few reasons: the collage of baskets (a trend I love!) that pop perfectly against the navy walls, the intense color, and the peach throw pillows hiding behind the other cushions. Those had me jonesing for peach velvet and I looked everywhere online for a similar fabric to make my own–so far I haven’t found a match.

@refoundvintagenewyork:

The bold wall thing has been a major trend for a while, and dark rooms are not only chic (and elegantly moody), but artwork, textiles, and natural surfaces stand out beautifully against them.

@thejoshuatreehouse:

I grew up visiting the desert multiple times a year, and also with parents who loved Mexican equipale chairs (and all things Mexico). The resort we’d visit (boughie I know) was filled with southwestern flair, with a few hints of Mexico. This space obviously leans toward Moroccan style, but the wood ceiling and hanging bookshelf, equipale chair, and crisp white walls remind me of that resort. The space feels cool and open–perfect for the surrounding Joshua Tree.

@leahhofff:

The home of Leah Hoffman–a modern hippie of sorts, Insta celeb, and Nashville beauty (can you tell she’s my woman crush?)–feels right out of the 70s, especially her bedroom where you’ll find a custom triangular wooden headboard and stripes running across her wall and bedding. Seriously a retro retreat.

@shopballandclawvintage:

Remember my falsa blanket rant? Well, this particular space is always being styled in different ways by Ball and Claw Vintage, but I couldn’t resist the falsa pillow and kitsch desert blanket combo!

@arteboheme:

The petite peacock chair in the corner is really what got me about this bedroom. I’m not a minimalist, but at second glance, this space feels so calming in crisp white walls and natural woven pieces.

@fleamarketfab:

It’s no news that Jennifer Harrison of Flea Market Fab is a queen of styling with vintage and found pieces. There are so many of her spaces I adore, and though she’s styled this particular bed frame in different ways, I loved the contrast between the bedding and frame, and the chic, unkempt look of the space.

Who are your favorite Insta designers or shops?.