Julia Child’s life and journey have always fascinated me, I’m sure it partly has to do with the fact that we both love food (very, very much!). She didn’t exactly have a rags to riches story, but she was a lost soul for a large portion of her adult life, and that’s something I feel a lot of us can relate to on some level. It wasn’t until the age of forty that she found her true calling and boy did she make an impact on the world of cooking.
La Pitchoune was the summer home Julia and Paul built in 1963 on the homestead of her dear friend and co-author, Simone Beck. I’m sure I’m not the only one that daydreams about living in a countryside cottage in the south of France, but if my daydreams were to be manifested into a physical place it would surely be La Pitchoune. I can just see myself making Julia’s boeuf bourguignon every damn day in this kitchen.
I’m almost done reading Dearie, a story of Julia Child’s life, and of course my favorite parts are about the time she and her husband, Paul, spent in France. It’s basically a dream of mine to live in France, shop the markets everyday and take cooking classes, all while wearing a striped shirt with a baguette under my arm and a croissant in my mouth. A gal can dream…maybe I will just have to read My Life in France again and stare at these photos of Julia’s former home.
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I’ve been a bit more of a minimalist lately, whether it be my personal surroundings or wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still have a soft spot in my heart for some design to the max. Leo’s Oyster Bar in SF’s Financial District (just two doors down from one of my favorite restaurants Wayfare Tavern) is an amazing mix of midcentury retro glamour design. This gorgeous, tropical oasis is making me crave some oysters (and I don’t even really eat oysters ;p)…
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Designing this nursery for brand new parents was a super fun project. Having previously worked with my clients on other parts of their home, I was trusted with creating a playful space that their baby boy could grow up with. The space was previously a guest room turned storage room while other parts of the home were undergoing a remodel. We started with putting fresh coat of paint on the walls and installing new, textured carpet.
We repurposed a few pieces of furniture, which totally helped with the budget and worked well with the overall design.
Wallpaper is up along with a fun paint treatment.
And here’s the after!
I grew up playing the piano, but it’s been forever and a minute since I’ve sat down and played. As a child, I begrudgingly went to my weekly lessons and pretended I wasn’t feeling well before every single recital, but after all those years of what I considered torture, I feel so grateful that my parents afforded me the opportunity of piano lessons. One memory that is still so fresh in my mind is when my dad and uncle drove me all the way to Sacramento to play one song I had composed at some national championship thing, I was six. After driving all day to perform that one song, we got back in the car and drove all the way back home. Now as an adult(ish), I’m really looking forward to owning a piano again. As a creative, I feel the need for different outlets. As much as I love design, I just can’t live design 24/7. I believe having different outlets for creative expression keep me fresh, so working towards trying to play piano again, but first, a piano is needed.
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I was recently invited to a spring fete at the home of private chef and owner of Le Picnic, Ariane Aumont. It was a beautiful afternoon, the jasmine tea cocktails were flowing and the food was top notch to say the least. I’m still dreaming about the most delicious banana leaf wrapped coconut rice and pork belly
mushroom parcels (with crispy shallots!).
The table was dressed in candles, artichokes, dogwood blooms and cabbage.
A nest detail.
For dessert, we chanted ‘Hatsuyuki’ while Ariane used her Japanese shaved iced machine for the first time.
You can see the menu and more photos from this spring celebration here.
I’ve long been a fan of the design work from Commune, so of course, I’m quite excited about their new fabric collection for Christopher Farr Cloth. They’ve released three patterns in five colorways each and I feel they’re all very approachable for varied design styles. You can bet I’ll be trying to squeeze these into a project or two.
I’m working on a home in Los Angeles that has me all kinds of inspired. The architecture of the home is very ‘Fraunch’ as Franck from Father of the Bride would say and it is a total fixer upper (just wait until I share the before photos). We are definitely influenced by the architecture, but we’ll also be giving the home a modern spin while still keeping it cozy. This one is gonna be fun…
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This Before & After was unique in that it was a complete birthday surprise from the Mrs. to the Mr. (and the design was almost all done while I was “on vacation”). My client and I had only a few weeks to get all our ducks in a row to install the day of her husband’s birthday. As you can see, the room had “good bones”, but it needed to be pulled together and a little wow factor never hurt anybody.
When it comes to wallpaper, the options can be endless. There’s a definite contrast of modern and traditional in this home (with a side of eclectic), so I wanted to carry that thread throughout the bedroom as well. I wanted a paper that was impactful, fun, a bit masculine, but not too wild. We started here (below) and I was really feeling the infamous palms paper, but in the end, my client and I both fell in love with the classic David Hicks geometric hexagon pattern.
The wallpaper makes an impression upon entry, but isn’t overwhelming, and that’s what I love about this space.
The jewel tones are gorgeous in this bedroom and who wouldn’t want to curl up in this corner with a good book?!?
The headboard and nightstands are in the same color family as the wallpaper, which helps make the room feel serene.
The gold and orange tones provide some cheer in this masculine and feminine bedroom, the perfect place to relax, rest and rejuvenate.