California Home & Design
Stow Lake is, hands down, one of my favorite sections of Golden Gate Park. Ever been? It's tucked a little off the main road and far enough into the park to not get a slew of visitors, and it's gorgeous–truly a little oasis of calm in the city. It's a great for a casual walk on a nice day, which is just what I was in the middle of doing a few months back when I stumbled upon a photo shoot. Normally I pass those by–there are a surprising number going on throughout the park on weekdays–but this one featured home decor, so naturally I had to investigate.
California's silhouette is arguably the most recognizable of all the states, what with its long and slender, almost boomerang-like shape. So, unlike any of those square-ish states that are impossible to tell apart when taken outside of map context (I'm looking at you, Wyoming and Colorado), CA's outline is ripe with design possibilities.
With a name like Bloodhound, one might think this San Francisco bar would be all old English pomp and pub-dom with hunted deer heads decorating every nook and cranny. But while the distressed wood walls, padded stools, and yes, an antler chandelier or two, might call to mind the trappings of an ancient hunting lodge, a few modern accents keep the place feeling like a chic den rather than a time warp. Read more. . .
Having painted every room in pretty much every apartment I've lived in, I fancy myself quite handy with a paintbrush. Yet ask me to paint stripes on a wall and watch all the blood drain out of my face. All of that measuring, taping, prepping, painting, drying, and painting again is enough to make this girl throw in the roller. It's like taking all of the mundane aspects of the job and multiplying them by two (or more, depending on the number of colors in your stripes). Read more. . .
Foggy weather given you cabin fever? Inspired you to get crafty? Perhaps you've repainted a dresser, repaired an old piece of furniture or re-done a sofa? If so, California Home+Design wants to see it. They're running a contest where the winning "before-and-after" project will be featured in their October issue, which will give you all sorts of DIY cred. Show off your skills here.
This trend has been hanging around for the past few months, but, perhaps because it is such a classic style, it doesn't feel remotely outdated yet. After all, the art of creating a silhouette is as old as time, capturing a person's likeness long before cameras came around.
Isn't it funny when you're looking for something and it turns out to be right under your nose? Big thanks to Joy from Oh Joy! for posting about Anzfer Farms, a workshop located not two neighborhoods over from mine, which had so far managed to fly under my radar. Their beautiful home furniture and accessories are all made from reclaimed wood, and are exactly the rustically charming style I've been coveting of late.